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Author: Amalia Carosella
Genres: Mythological, Historical Fantasy
Release Date: October 3rd, 2016

More than two decades before the events of Helen of Sparta…

Abandoned as a baby, Hippodamia would have died of exposure on the mountain had it not been for Centaurus. The king of the centaurs saved her, raised her as his own, and in exchange asks for only one thing: she must marry the future king of the Lapiths, Pirithous, son of Zeus, and forge a lasting peace between their peoples by giving him an heir. It would be a fine match if Pirithous weren’t more pirate than king and insufferably conceited, besides. But Hippodamia can hardly refuse to marry him without betraying every hope her people have for peace.

After the death of Dia, queen of the Lapiths, tensions are running high. The oaths and promises protecting the Lapith people from the Myrmidons have lapsed, and the last thing Pirithous needs is to begin his kingship by making new enemies. But not everyone wants peace on the mountain. There are those among the centaurs who feel it comes at too high a price, and Peleus, King of the Myrmidons, lusts for the lush valley of the Lapiths and the horses that graze within it. Pirithous needs a strong queen at his side, and Hippodamia will certainly be that—if he can win her loyalties.

But no matter their differences, neither Hippodamia nor Pirithous expected their wedding banquet to be the first battle in a war.

Having enjoyed my last Amalia Carosella – By Helen’s Hand (review) – I most certainly couldn’t pass the chance to encounter my next favourite book.
Being passionate about mythology and folklore, Tamer of Horses was so up my alley, it is putting harsh competition to my love of dark chocolate, Christmas cookies and frozen strawberries, which is saying a lot since I am a fanatic of all those things.

I am in awe of Amalia Carosella’s latest, heart-wrenching, greek-tragedy style work – it is very well written, it’s subject is interesting and not as well-known, thus not as much used (and maybe abused) as many other myths and legends –  and I can claim it yet again to be booklove ❤  and no more needs to be said.
Basically you can read my review for By Helen’s Hand for all the gushing because this author manages to keep the high standards she previously set, and only makes me want to read more stuff written by her – say, Herakles’ story, Theseus’ adventures that “yes, I have every intention of writing a book for Antiope and Theseus one day” already made me very happy, and on top of that I can’t wait for February ’17 for Daughter of a Thousand Years! – I’m really startubg to believe this author to be my spirit animal), gimme more about Castor and Pollux and all their Argonaut companions! Whatever, really, I’ll read it and most certainly love becazse, dear Amalia, I now put you on my favourite authors’ shelf right beside Valerio Massimo Manfredi, J.R. Ward, Mary Renault, Margaret Yourcenar, and E.A. Poe.

THE GUIDE TO ALL THINGS MYTHOLOGY!

Bulfinch’s Mythology by Thomas Bulfinch

For almost a century and a half, Bulfinch’s Mythology has been the text by which the great tales of the gods and goddesses, Greek and Roman antiquity; Scandinavian, Celtic, and Oriental fables and myths; and the age of chivalry have been known.
The stories are divided into three sections: The Age of Fable or Stories of Gods and Heroes (first published in 1855); The Age of Chivalry (1858), which contains King Arthur and His Knights, The Mabinogeon, and The Knights of English History; and Legends of Charlemagne or Romance of the Middle Ages (1863). For the Greek myths, Bulfinch drew on Ovid and Virgil, and for the sagas of the north, from Mallet’s Northern Antiquities. He provides lively versions of the myths of Zeus and Hera, Venus and Adonis, Daphne and Apollo, and their cohorts on Mount Olympus; the love story of Pygmalion and Galatea; the legends of the Trojan War and the epic wanderings of Ulysses and Aeneas; the joys of Valhalla and the furies of Thor; and the tales of Beowulf and Robin Hood.
The tales are eminently readable. As Bulfinch wrote, “Without a knowledge of mythology much of the elegant literature of our own language cannot be understood and appreciated. Our book is an attempt to solve this problem, by telling the stories of mythology in such a manner as to make them a source of amusement.”

 

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