A hellhorse. A bredinari’s horse.
Kat rode that horse. She knew that her stepfather, Cornelius, would beat her for it. But after that ride, she knew she wanted to be a bredinari. She wanted to gallop around, helping people.
She was going to do anything to become a bredinari. It wouldn’t be easy for a girl from the far off Three Valleys to become one. But she’d do it.
If she could. And if she hadn’t found out about Ermine and Saratown, and had Cornelius’s life held responsible if she told anyone about them.
And if she could learn the secrets, too, of the bredenari, and learn to control her temper.
In My Opinion…
Author: Lene Kaaberbol
I wouldn’t have read this book had it not been for the amazing and fabulous Shamer’s Chronicles, written by the same author. I had a big debate with myself at the library, after seeing that it was both a horse book and about hellhorses. In the end trust of the author won out, and I resolved that if it was rubbish, I could just return it.
It was good. Nowhere near as good as the Shamer’s Chronicles, but good. Well worth the read. I don’t think I’d read it again, but I liked it enough to decide to read the next in the series.
Kat’s world was very feministic, with women controlling everything, because, legend had it, the land had been abused when the men controlled, so now the women do. An interesting thought. The book was about how the men wanted to have a place to call their own, not just be roaming.
They also had their own deities. “Our Sweet Lady,” though she was never made huge, and the “Locus Spirits.” I didn’t like that. And those who believed in the Locus Spirits disagreed with marriage. I did not like that either.
So the author has some strange views that she brought forth in the writing. Views I disagree with. But the writing is excellent. Simon is a wonderful character, and Kat herself is very strong-willed, and you can always see what she’s feeling. You understand her. You get angry when she does, and sad when she does. You are happy when she makes a friend, and annoyed when the stuck-up head of the bredinari academy accuses her of something she didn’t do. Great characters.
I don’t think this is what would be considered a horse book. I think it was called Silverhorse and has a horse on the cover for the simple reason of getting horse-lovers to read it. It’s a bit horsier than the average book, but not so horsey that people who aren’t horse or animal lovers wouldn’t like it. It’s fantasy more than anything else.
It’s a great book to read. Well worth taking the time to read. It’s very thick, and it took my a while to get through it. Like I said, it wouldn’t be on my list of ones I have to read again, but its a good book.