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Alexander the Great ruled the greatest Empire of the ancient world, but he was ruled by his mother, called Olympias. There are as many legends about this powerful Queen as there are of her famous son, and the stories began long before she even met Philip of Macedon.Priestess of the Great Goddess, daughter of ruling house of Epiros, witch, and familiar of Serpents...she was a figure of mystery, fascination, and fear even during her own lifetime. Author Judith Tarr weaves the legends into an intensely romantic fantasy novel set in ancient Greece and Macedon.
In this sequel to White Mare's Daughter, the people of the horse goddess once more face the threat of war. Generations ago, the people of the White Mare migrated westward, through the great forests, until they met and clashed with the people of the cities of the Mother. They brought war to the cities, but in the end they made peace through alliance and marriage. But now war threatens again. Now there is something rumbling across the plains, coming from the East: a dreadful new weapon wielded by the tribes of the east as they once again begin to push westward. Rhian, a potter's daughter with the gift of seeing, has dreamed of these terrifying war chariots. Emrys, the King's son, has seen them at the edge of his kingdom. Together, they must try to find a way to defend the Cities of the Mothers from a new invasion.
The year is 1191. The place is the Holy Land, where the knights of Christ are embroiled in a war with the armies of Islam. The prize is the holy city of Jerusalem. Led by Richard the Lionheart, the armies of the West are conducting a Crusade against the sultan Saladin. In Cyprus, the king's mother, Eleanor, has struck a devil's bargain to grant Richard victory at any cost. Only Sinan the sorcerer knows that victory will cost the king his immortal soul.
Second volume of the Hound and the Falcon trilogy
Charlemagne's daughter must call on her own magic and the power of a young Breton and a special elephant to save her father from a deadly Byzantine spell.
Nicole Gunther-Perrin is a modern young professional, proud of her legal skills but weary of the daily grind, of childcare, and of sexist coworkers and her deadbeat ex-husband. Then after one exceptionally awful day, she awakens to find herself in a different life, that of a widowed tavernkeeper on the Roman frontier around A. D. 170. Delighted at first, she quickly begins to realize that her new world is as complicated as her old one. Violence, dirt, adn pain are everywhere; slavery is commonplace, gladiators kill for sport, and drunkenness is taken for granted. Yet, somehow, people manage to face life everyday with humor and goodwill. No quitter, Nicole manages to adapt, despite endless worry about the fate of her children "back" in the twentieth century. Then plague sweeps through Carnuntum, followed by brutal war. Amidst pain and loss on a level she had never imagined, Nicole must find reserved of the sort of strength she had never known.
This is a medieval fantasy which is the first book in a trilogy called the Hound and the Falcon.
The wizard Merlin, imprisoned within an enchanted forest since the fall of Camelot, receives a visitor possessing strong magical talent. His name is Roland, a knight and warrior who has sworn to free the legendary sorcerer. But, to save the wizard, Roland must first confront an old, powerful enemy of Merlin's on a quest for the Holy Grail.
Red William, the eldest son of William the Conqueror, has inherited the throne, but his decision to leave magic out of his rule causes the land to wither and die. The fate of Britain lies in the hands of Edith, princess of Scotland, and Henry, the youngest son of the Conqueror. Both are highly gifted in magic-but only the blood of a king will cleanse the realm from the evil infesting it.
Journey back into the deep mists of time, enter the lives of a savage people whose rituals include human sacrifice and ritual cannibalism; a superstitious people who fear the magic of the Shamans who live among them; a patriarchal people who forbid women to be hunters, or go among the horse herds, or become shamans. Enter the frightening, powerful life of Sparrow, the daughter of the tribe's Shaman and a captive woman. She is destined to do all those things, for the Horse Goddess herself has come among the herds of the tribe in the form of a proud mare, and she has chosen Sparrow to be her servant and priestess. Lady of Horses is a passionately romantic book, a historically accurate book, and a wildly adventurous book. It is a love song to the ancient, mysterious bond between women and horses, and, like Marion Zimmer Bradley's Mists of Avalon, takes the reader back to a time of goddess worship and women's power.
At the coronation of the new king of England, two crowns are offered to Richard the Lionheart: the mortal and magical. Lured by earthbound glory and driven by mortal faith, Richard spurns the pagan crown--and rides off on a Crusade to reclaim a sun scorched Jerusalem from the infidels, leaving his new kingdom defenseless in the mists.... For some unknown power has brought down the wall between worlds--and beings of dark magic await their chance to cross over the threshold. Summoned to England by his dreams is Arslan, a strapping youth born of fire and man. Able to walk between worlds and speak with spirits, he is destined to help a country he has never seen and to swear loyalty to a man he has never met: Prince John, called Lackland, who will emerge from the shadow of his older brother, Richard, to rule the armies of the air. There are two wars for England to win or lose. One could weaken a mortal empire. The other could destroy the world.
From the Court of Jerusalem to the battlefields of the Crusades to the glorious city of Byzantium, here are the pageantry and the danger of twelfth-century Europe's greatest adventure. Melisende was the oldest daughter of Baldwin of Jerusalem, a princess of the Franks, and, since she had no brothers, heir to the Crusader kingdom. The crown would go to the man who married her, and afterward to her son. But Melisende was a strong woman; the law that forced her to marry instead of taking the crown in her own name was a thorn in her side. It was she who ruled the City and juggled the politics of church and court. The knights of Jerusalem fought in her honor, many of the best sworn to her personal service. Melisende would not submit easily to a husband's rule, nor for long.
Hippolyta was Penthesilea, or Queen of the Amazons. She ruled as war leader and high priestess of a scattered tribe of women warriors who had dwelt on the high plains to the north and east of Persia for time out of mind. They were not isolated---travelers came and went through their territory, bringing news from the west, and carrying tales of the warrior women back home with them. But the Queen had a great grief in her life: her daughter and heir was a strange child. The girl had been born, so the Priestesses said, without a soul. And it was true that she was like no other child alive. She did not speak, and often seemed not to even see the people around her. She could not dress or feed herself, but she could ride and hunt like no other woman of the tribe. Many of the Amazons believed that the child must never be Queen, but that was a problem for a later time--Hippolyta was young and strong. Selene, the niece of the tribe's Seer, was put in charge of the child, to be her nursemaid and guardian. And it was a good, though sometimes difficult, life for many turns of the years. But then one day news came from the West of a new Conqueror, a young man who came out of Macedon with a spirit like flame, intending to rule the whole world. The Queen's daughter responded to the tale as a woman in the desert would to the sound of falling water. That very night she stole out of the camp and rode west. Selene could not stop her, and so she must follow, praying thatthe Queen would understand. Hippolyta herself followed the next day, and so they rode together, controlled by the child's compulsion, until they had crossed the mountains and entered into Alexander's Empire, and under the sway of Alexander's powerful personality.
Romance reigns in Tarr's absorbing historical fantasy, in which William the Conqueror of Normandy, the reincarnation of King Arthur, must be taught to master his own magic by his witch-wife, Mathilda of Flanders. William's destiny is to throw down the "walls of iron" against the fey beings of the Otherworld, erected by the Saxons and Christianity. He fends off human enemies like Geoffrey of Anjou, while the couple's united magic allows them to travel through the Otherworld faster than mortal foes. In due course William sets sail for England, where Harold Godwineson sits on the throne, having broken his oath to support William for the succession. England's magical and material defenses are powerful, however. Who will succeed and rule England?
Their passion set fire to the known world and lives on as the greatest love story in history. Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, heir to the throne won by Alexander the Great: she was the most powerful woman of the ancient Mediterranean, and the only person standing between Rome and its dominion over the world. She was wife to Julius Caesar, and bore his only son. After his death she took Mark Antony, Caesar's greatest general, as lover and consort and as her partner in a vast political enterprise. Together they strove to unite Egypt and Rome under one throne. Throne of Isis tells of Cleopatra's war with Rome, her political skills and her devotion to Egypt. Shakespeare tells of the tragic love affair. But in Throne of Isis, Judith Tarr shows us an extraordinary woman wielding the power to which she was born. Here is the Cleopatra who took the throne of Egypt and held it despite Rome for nearly thirty years. This is the woman who spoke twelve languages, studied philosophy and arts, and could debate with the greatest scholars and orators of the age.
Among the nomadic White Horse tribe, tomboyish Sarama is the servant of the White Mare, the incarnation of the Horse Goddess. Because of her station, Sarama is allowed freedom denied to women of the White Horse, but she never feels truly comfortable in the tribe. So when the Goddess wills her to seek out the legendary civilization where women are rumored to be kings, Sarama is relieved to follow her duty. Her quest brings her to the western land held by the Lady (another representation of the Goddess), a place that has never seen a man in power, a horseAor war. Sarama soon realizes that her destiny is to teach this peaceful society to fight against the inevitable advancement of the tribes. But she doesn't know that it will be her twin brother, Agni, who will lead the invasion.
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