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READ PDF Ä Black Horses for the King Ë In order to defeat the Saxons invading his land, Lord Artos who will one day be known as King Arthur needs to develop a swift, mobile cavalry, the first ever on his island This means he must breed Libyan horses the only ones large enough to carry his armed warriors An Anne McCaffrey book I ve never read before This was a jewel for me, not only because I love Arthurian literature, but because Anne McCaffrey was one of my go to authors when I was growing up, and she remains one of my most beloved authors today I can t believe I ve never read this one before.I found this to be an utterly delightful tale I ll read Arthurian legends in just about any format you give it to me, but I really enjoyed the story of Galwyn and his journey to becoming a farrier for An Anne McCaffrey book I ve never read before This was a jewel for me, not only because I love Arthurian literature, but because Anne McCaffrey was one of my go to authors when I was growing up, and she remains one of my most beloved authors today I can t believe I ve never read this one before.I found this to be an utterly delightful tale I ll read Arthurian legends in just about any format you give it to me, but I really enjoyed the story of Galwyn and his journey to becoming a farrier for King Arthur I thought it was unique, and a refreshing change from the usual Arthur Guinevere Lancelot drama Reading a lovely story about horses is also something I always welcome, and I feel in love with the fiery Corvix, the brave Ravus, and sweet Spadix Enthusiastically recommended for all lovers of horses, Arthurian legends, Anne McCaffrey, or just a nice tale to read with your kids Black Horses for the King is an Arthurian novel, but focuses mostly on an original character, Galwyn, as he joins Arthur s men and helps to look after his horses, and eventually becomes involved in making prototype horse shoes for them.It s a little odd for an Arthurian novel, as it has nothing to do with the now traditional focus of the stories on Lancelot and Guinevere, and barely even follows the well known characters the minor characters among Arthur s knights are original ones, while Bed Black Horses for the King is an Arthurian novel, but focuses mostly on an original character, Galwyn, as he joins Arthur s men and helps to look after his horses, and eventually becomes involved in making prototype horse shoes for them.It s a little odd for an Arthurian novel, as it has nothing to do with the now traditional focus of the stories on Lancelot and Guinevere, and barely even follows the well known characters the minor characters among Arthur s knights are original ones, while Bedwyr, Cei and Gwalchmei are mentioned a couple of times, but noThe drama of this story is very minor, when set against the usual Arthurian plotline the main antagonist is a bully of a young man who wants to kill Arthur s horse as revenge for it throwing him.That might be a welcome change of pace for some, and it certainly served to fill a lazy Sunday afternoon for me, but it fits oddly I m not sure I would ve cared much to finish it if it weren t for my interest in Arthuriana In the end, it sof interest to those who are interested in horses.The historical research seems accurate, in the sense that nothing in it sits very badly with me The afterword made me wince she claims not to include Merlin because Gildas and Nennius, chroniclers contemporary with Arthur, didn t mention him Do note that Gildas doesn t mention Arthur at all, let alone Merlin Her research on that front doesn t appear to have been stellar It s a quick read, though, in any case it took me only a little over an hour to finish it, I think and the content is suitable for all ages King Arthur needs horses and someone to keep them well shod.I loved this new twist on a very old tale because it focuses on obtaining fighting horses and isn t just another story about Merlin or the infamous love triangle.Well done, Anne I do remember people cheering Lord Artos with See the black horses See the big, beautiful black horsesI love this book I just do It s one of my favourites, a turn to comfort, feel good, warm fuzzies for the most part , easy read This book is a take on Arthurian legend true but it s not really about Arthur Lord Artos is there, but this isn t his story, it s Galwyn s A young lad unhappy in the abusive service of his uncle who literally jumps ship at the chance to serve the noble LordI do remember people cheering Lord Artos with See the black horses See the big, beautiful black horsesI love this book I just do It s one of my favourites, a turn to comfort, feel good, warm fuzzies for the most part , easy read This book is a take on Arthurian legend true but it s not really about Arthur Lord Artos is there, but this isn t his story, it s Galwyn s A young lad unhappy in the abusive service of his uncle who literally jumps ship at the chance to serve the noble Lord Artos instead I like Galwyn, he s a good lad whose circumstances and hard working nature make him easy to like and to root for I like Lord Artos, Bericus and Bwlch Their open affection for, appreciation and defense of Galwyn makes them easy to like too As does that fact that they don t lord their positions or status over him or anyone else Only Iswy and Galwyn s mother Serena fall outside the easy to like character category Rather they re easy to dislike, or hate in Iswy s case Serena is a bitter, ungrateful and shallow woman and while Galwyn makes excuses for her to the reader the truth is she s just plain mean spirited Iswy is worse, single minded in avenging a perceived slight he sinks lower and lower in his attempts to revenge himself upon Galwyn and co The characters in this book are not complex They are simple and relatively two dimensional because they re meant to be straight forward good guys or bad guys That s part of the charm of this novel, you can trust the tropes and stereotypes to lead you where you know they will Some may find that boring, and if everything I read were like that then I d agree I LOVE complex characters, it s why I like grimdark fantasy so much But every once in a while I want a book where I know what will happen, whose who and the just ending is guaranteed, where the good guy comes out on top and the bad guy gets his comeuppance I get that when I readBlack Horses for the King.I come back to this book time and time again because it works for me I love its feel good nature and its take on Arthurian legend, historical rather than mythical without Arthur at center stage I love the focus on the horses and the way the book sinks me into the world and time of medieval Britain Is it original Nah, apart, of course, for the horse Is it predictable Yeah But does it make me happy, reading this book You bet your arse it does.This book transports me back in time to a legend I wish were real and imagines what it was like if it was For that reason alone I ll always love it.Caveat Animal cruelty view spoiler One of the horses is murdered hide spoiler