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Seeking vengeance on the enemies who have slain his clan, young warrior Aldric begins a quest for the one weapon of power that can destroy the magic of an evil sorcerer dead for five-hundred years.


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Seeking vengeance on the enemies who have slain his clan, young warrior Aldric begins a quest for the one weapon of power that can destroy the magic of an evil sorcerer dead for five-hundred years.

30 review for The Horse Lord

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ian Anderson

    This felt like a novel written by someone who has played Dungeons and Dragons style role playing games. After some scene setting chapters a catastrophy occurs to Aldric and his family, and he sets out to get revenge. He meets a bunch of helpful people along the way including an extremely powerful wizard. The setting is a typical fantasy-medieval one, with a hybrid European-Samurai culture. Given how powerful wizards are in this book, it seemed surprising to me that all three wizards in the story This felt like a novel written by someone who has played Dungeons and Dragons style role playing games. After some scene setting chapters a catastrophy occurs to Aldric and his family, and he sets out to get revenge. He meets a bunch of helpful people along the way including an extremely powerful wizard. The setting is a typical fantasy-medieval one, with a hybrid European-Samurai culture. Given how powerful wizards are in this book, it seemed surprising to me that all three wizards in the story are on the edges of society rather than occupying the topmost positions of power. The story hums along and hits most the typical tropes of the genre including those popularised by J.R.R. Tolkien. While there is nothing particularly wrong with the book, it felt like there was nothing new here. The edition I have is illustrated with drawings by the author. There are sequels but I doubt if I will seek them out.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rosie Rizk

    On its own, the book is ok, but compared to others in this genre, it's such a typical run of the mill fantasy. There's nothing about it that makes it stick out. There's the boy, coming of age, who loses his family, apprentices to a wizard, and then goes out to fight the rising evil wizards. The world was nicely built with a strong history and culture. But that's probably the best thing I can think of. Unless you're excited by Mr. Hero's superior swordsmanship in every situation. I did get the feel On its own, the book is ok, but compared to others in this genre, it's such a typical run of the mill fantasy. There's nothing about it that makes it stick out. There's the boy, coming of age, who loses his family, apprentices to a wizard, and then goes out to fight the rising evil wizards. The world was nicely built with a strong history and culture. But that's probably the best thing I can think of. Unless you're excited by Mr. Hero's superior swordsmanship in every situation. I did get the feeling that this might have been a very slow startup to something interesting, since there are several ways the series can grow into a more mature and captivating read, but if that's the case, then I hope the next books are written better, and don't drag out the boring bits instead of fleshing out the important parts. I'm not sure if I'll get around to reading the next book in the series. It'll probably sit on my "to read" list for several years, while I have more interesting items to peruse. Disclaimer: I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kitt

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is a huge cheat, as I've read this book many times back when I was a young pup. I have a big soft spot for The Horse Lord, and since I was feeling ill and sorry for myself over the past few days I decided that it was an ideal time to revisit Peter Morwood's sprawling world of demons and warlords. I probably haven't read this for about 15 years, but it's still a corker of a story. Highborn Aldric begins a quest to avenge his family, a quest that includes sorcery, monsters and bloodshed. Will This is a huge cheat, as I've read this book many times back when I was a young pup. I have a big soft spot for The Horse Lord, and since I was feeling ill and sorry for myself over the past few days I decided that it was an ideal time to revisit Peter Morwood's sprawling world of demons and warlords. I probably haven't read this for about 15 years, but it's still a corker of a story. Highborn Aldric begins a quest to avenge his family, a quest that includes sorcery, monsters and bloodshed. Will he succeed? Of course he will, but it won't be as straightforward as he expects and he faces treachery and otherworldy forces at every turn.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Matt Turnbull

    Under-rated series. Although the writing style is a little funky, he does - I think - an admirable job of composition such that the characters' emotional state comes through. And this is a fantastic story! Under-rated series. Although the writing style is a little funky, he does - I think - an admirable job of composition such that the characters' emotional state comes through. And this is a fantastic story!

  5. 5 out of 5

    John Milton

    I am pretty sure I read this book about 30 years ago. Still, it was fast paced and enjoyable. The characters were interesting and complex, with realistic flaws. I enjoyed it overall.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Stuart Schneider

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is the old straightforward fantasy that we used to read back in the 80s. Not too many wrinkles and a very linear story without any true explanation as to why this world functions as it does, just a story told within the confines of the old D&D world (even though there is not one word of same contained herein). The main character is a combination of fighter/wizard. He doesn’t get the girl in the end, but that would have ruined the simplicity of the story and made it plain Jane writing. I ap This is the old straightforward fantasy that we used to read back in the 80s. Not too many wrinkles and a very linear story without any true explanation as to why this world functions as it does, just a story told within the confines of the old D&D world (even though there is not one word of same contained herein). The main character is a combination of fighter/wizard. He doesn’t get the girl in the end, but that would have ruined the simplicity of the story and made it plain Jane writing. I applaud the author for what back then I am sure was an original storyline that has since been redone time and time again, but I do appreciate the original imagination involved and hope that the rest of the series is just as good.

  7. 4 out of 5

    James Traxler

    I read this back when I was about 13 years old. I enjoyed it back then - at the time, I'd come off the back of reading Lord of the Rings, The Belgariad, Thomas Convenant, etc. over the previous couple of years. This book is a pretty easy and quick read, but it is very much of the usual formula of this kind of fantasy novel. The magic system is fairly limited in detail but it's is nice to hear about the various bits of armour and sword-work and so on. Basically, it's about a young man who is amazing I read this back when I was about 13 years old. I enjoyed it back then - at the time, I'd come off the back of reading Lord of the Rings, The Belgariad, Thomas Convenant, etc. over the previous couple of years. This book is a pretty easy and quick read, but it is very much of the usual formula of this kind of fantasy novel. The magic system is fairly limited in detail but it's is nice to hear about the various bits of armour and sword-work and so on. Basically, it's about a young man who is amazing at everything (!) and something bad happens to him and he sets out for revenge... I've been holding onto my copy of this for all of these decades - probably now time to let it go :) :(

  8. 4 out of 5

    Boulder Boulderson

    I mean, it's fine. Young lad, family murdered, ancient mentor, fetch quest, battle. Nothing wrong with it but nothing special either, and between the constant reference to kailin and taikin and all the rest of the pseudo-Japanese nonsense I felt thoroughly disconnected and disengaged from all of the characters. Not dreadful but not recommended. Oh, and aside from a few references to the Horse Lords, nothing about this novel is anything to do with horses. They're Sword Lords, I'll give them that, I mean, it's fine. Young lad, family murdered, ancient mentor, fetch quest, battle. Nothing wrong with it but nothing special either, and between the constant reference to kailin and taikin and all the rest of the pseudo-Japanese nonsense I felt thoroughly disconnected and disengaged from all of the characters. Not dreadful but not recommended. Oh, and aside from a few references to the Horse Lords, nothing about this novel is anything to do with horses. They're Sword Lords, I'll give them that, but horse? No.

  9. 5 out of 5

    C.S. Lane

    Fantastic! I chose this series because I had read other offerings in this genre. I wasn't disappointed. The only thing I would change is the fact that occasionally the wrong character name was used which was confusing. The author delivered with this new series, a wonderfully formed circle of characters, setting, plot, and climax. Fantastic! I chose this series because I had read other offerings in this genre. I wasn't disappointed. The only thing I would change is the fact that occasionally the wrong character name was used which was confusing. The author delivered with this new series, a wonderfully formed circle of characters, setting, plot, and climax.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Zee

    This story is NOT about horses. It's not a knock off of Tolkien's Horselords. But it IS a very lovely start to a fabulous fantasy. With his entire family (with the exception of the one family member who hates his guts) wiped out, the youngest son of a Battle Lord is left for dead in the woods, only to be found by this world's version of Yoda. This is the start of an adventure. This story is NOT about horses. It's not a knock off of Tolkien's Horselords. But it IS a very lovely start to a fabulous fantasy. With his entire family (with the exception of the one family member who hates his guts) wiped out, the youngest son of a Battle Lord is left for dead in the woods, only to be found by this world's version of Yoda. This is the start of an adventure.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Nason

    Well written and intriguing The author does a good job of creating something new with hints and unexpected nuances that provide a contrast to similar stories. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and look forward to the rest of the series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    John Wilander

    I read this book in Swedish back as a high schooler. It has an air of young adult fiction which made it less exciting than back then. But I love the plentiful magic and the existence of magic creatures.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alayne

    This was a well-written book with a very enjoyable story. I will be seeking out the next one in the series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    claire preece

    Armour Magic Battle Swords Honour An interesting treat. Likeable characters, a plot that can go on and on. Oodles of magic and men in armour.... What's not to like? Armour Magic Battle Swords Honour An interesting treat. Likeable characters, a plot that can go on and on. Oodles of magic and men in armour.... What's not to like?

  15. 5 out of 5

    karen james

    An engaging tale A good read with a balance of humour, romance and action. I soon found myself wrapped up in the story

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jay Knox-Crichton

    A reread Not as strong a book as i remembered but still very enjoyable. The characters a more shallow than the story deserves

  17. 5 out of 5

    Yvette

    Should have come with glossary I really wanted to finish this book. It's well written, minus words I can't begin to pronounce. I just got too frustrated. Should have come with glossary I really wanted to finish this book. It's well written, minus words I can't begin to pronounce. I just got too frustrated.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    Interesting fantasy story with a war between two races in a medieval type setting.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Luke

    More comfort re-reading. I’ve had this paperback since high school maybe. Run of the mill fantasy, but I have always enjoyed the world and the characters. Still do.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    The story moves quickly from the beginning to the end. There is a mix of medieval setting and warfare with magic thrown in. I was kept engaged through the book and would be ready for the next book in the series. The main character's family is slaughtered by an evil magician. Luckily he is taken in by another magician who is great with weapons too. Under the magician's tutelage the horse lord becomes a formidable foe. The story moves quickly from the beginning to the end. There is a mix of medieval setting and warfare with magic thrown in. I was kept engaged through the book and would be ready for the next book in the series. The main character's family is slaughtered by an evil magician. Luckily he is taken in by another magician who is great with weapons too. Under the magician's tutelage the horse lord becomes a formidable foe.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Annezo

    A nice fantasy trilogy and an enjoyable read. The plot doesn't always go where you expect it will, which is a nice change from many books. The protagonist is likeable but not too perfect. The cast of characters is interesting and the world-building is sufficient to carry the story. In fact, I wouldn't mind reading more in this world. Or even re-reading this trilogy, to pick up on the nuances I missed the first time around. For those who prefer their reading with more story and intersecting plotli A nice fantasy trilogy and an enjoyable read. The plot doesn't always go where you expect it will, which is a nice change from many books. The protagonist is likeable but not too perfect. The cast of characters is interesting and the world-building is sufficient to carry the story. In fact, I wouldn't mind reading more in this world. Or even re-reading this trilogy, to pick up on the nuances I missed the first time around. For those who prefer their reading with more story and intersecting plotlines, without a lot of gore, violence, and bloodshed.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shaitarn

    Somewhere between 3.5 and 4 stars I guess, rounded up because it’s an old favourite and I’m biased. In the misty beginnings of time, when the Horse Lords came to Alba, they defeated the master sorcerer Kalarr cu Ruruc and banished magic from their land. Five hundred years later a young Alban warror called Aldric, heir to the great castle of Dunrath, returns from a drinking spree to find the castle sacked, his father and sisters murdered, his retainers and soldiers slaughtered. The sorcerer has ret Somewhere between 3.5 and 4 stars I guess, rounded up because it’s an old favourite and I’m biased. In the misty beginnings of time, when the Horse Lords came to Alba, they defeated the master sorcerer Kalarr cu Ruruc and banished magic from their land. Five hundred years later a young Alban warror called Aldric, heir to the great castle of Dunrath, returns from a drinking spree to find the castle sacked, his father and sisters murdered, his retainers and soldiers slaughtered. The sorcerer has returned for his revenge. That was from the original back cover blurb; there was more, but it gives away the whole plot. No doubt the plot sounds rather clichéd, but the book is over 30 years old, and wasn’t so hackneyed then, so I give it a pass. I read this when I was in my teens, and enjoy it as much now. The world building is effective, the culure being an unusual mix of Celtic overlaid with some Japanese/samurai-esque fighting/weaponry; I wouldn’t be surprised if the author had tried swinging a katana himself to judge from the armour and fighting descriptions, which are well done. Characterisation is also well done, particularly the main character Aldric, who is a nice blend of warrior and noble with his young age occasionally giving him bursts of immaturity. The wizard Gemmel, his teacher in his years of exile, is another favourite of mine. And it has a dragon, Ymareth. A real dragon, very much in the vein of Smaug and the dragons of Earthsea. If you like old-fashioned fantasy, you might well enjoy this book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kendall

    Good writing, likable character, evil villain Just a good epic fantasy book. The writing makes it easy to read and the main character is in just enough danger to be exciting without being too frantic.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Leon Aldrich

    A light fantasy read, falling just under Magician: Apprentice. A light fantasy read, falling just under Magician: Apprentice.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Adon Coya

    A good story, a bit cliched, but in a vibrant and live cosmos. The history details are well researched, and the language used masterly. There are not many characters that matter, and the viewpoint of the narrative changes frequently, always providing insight to the reader of what's going on. A good story, a bit cliched, but in a vibrant and live cosmos. The history details are well researched, and the language used masterly. There are not many characters that matter, and the viewpoint of the narrative changes frequently, always providing insight to the reader of what's going on.

  26. 4 out of 5

    W. Nolan

    Well written Exciting start to series. A mix of combat, betrayal and magic adventure. A young untried warrior swears vengeance on the sorcerer who destroys his family. Well written and I will be reading the second book soon.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Timothy Boyd

    Excellent fantasy story. Morwood creates a complex yet believable world. Nice fast paced storytelling and interesting characters make this a great read. Highly recommended

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dantegideon

    More like a three and a half, as it was a bit of a mishmash sometimes.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    Diane Duane's husband, rather a chore to read Diane Duane's husband, rather a chore to read

  30. 4 out of 5

    Neil

    I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. This is just a average Fantasy/ History novel. Nothing very different or exciting occurring to make it stand out.

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