Better that you had never been born. His father's bitter words torment Soulai. Even worse, he fears they may be true. The thirteen-year-old isn't brave like his sister. He isn't a skilled harnessmaker like his father. He is just a boy who likes to sculpt clay horses -- a boy so unimportant that his own father has sold him into slavery. In Nineveh, the seat of the ancient ABetter that you had never been born. His father's bitter words torment Soulai. Even worse, he fears they may be true. The thirteen-year-old isn't brave like his sister. He isn't a skilled harnessmaker like his father. He is just a boy who likes to sculpt clay horses -- a boy so unimportant that his own father has sold him into slavery. In Nineveh, the seat of the ancient Assyrian kindgom, Soulai gets his first glimpse of a stallion named Ti; a stallion so regal he bears a mark from the gods. Like Soulai himself, Ti is owned by the spoiled young Prince Habasle. Both slave and stallion have good reason to doubt their courage, even though Prince Habasle is convinced that Ti's strange markings promise a future of greatness -- a grand destiny linked to his own determination to become king. As Soulai is suddenly swept into the dangerous world of palace intrigue, he can only wonder, will he have the courage to pursue a destiny of his own?Diane Lee Wilson brings to life an exotic, fascinating world in this moving and inspiring epic adventure about three heroes -- each bound for glory....
|Title||:||To ride the Gods Own Stallion|
|Number of Pages||:||244 Pages|
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To ride the Gods Own Stallion Reviews
Really surprised this book is not more well read or even voted for any lists - I'm adding to a list for best horse books, and this is one of those rare horse books that I'm sure will appeal equally for boys as it would for girls. What boy can resist a lion hunt? For older kids who love horses, this is a sure bet. The ancient Assyrian historical context is brilliant but not overwhelming. And the action is sizzling - the lion hunts!!!! Oh my gosh the lion hunts!!!! The boar hunt is pretty amazing, too. Soulai is probably about 12 years old, and starts out as a fearful boy, ashamed and forever doubting himself. Even the noble stallion he cares for disdains him. But he perseveres, learning to face his fears as well as face some tough decisions. He's bound as a slave to Habasle, a spoiled, cruel young Assyrian prince. But the dynamics between the two boys is complicated and keeps you guessing the whole time. What's also interesting is the journey of change the stallion, Ti, goes through alongside Soulai and the Prince. The Prince's prize hunting dog, Annakum, a mastiff, also plays an important role. The ending is unexpected and challenging (and even a little tear-jerking) - but I cannot imagine any other ending. This is not just an adventure about two boys, a horse, a dog and a couple lions (and other wild creatures) - it's also got a lot of emotional and moral depth to it. It really gets you thinking: adults will enjoy this book too (I'm 40, and I loved it - I know I would have loved it as a kid, too). I loved the unexpected allies: I'm not going to name them specifically (to avoid spoilers), but here's a list of all the main characters - some good, some evil, some you won't be sure of until almost the end!Prince Habasle - one of many princes, he's only met his father the King once in his whole lifeMousidnou - master of the King's stables where Soulai worksNaboushoumidin - keeper of the King's library (over 200,000 clay tablets)Soulassa - Soulai's older sisterJahdunlim - a trader who also barters slavesAshipu - a high priest
Soulai is sold into slavery by a father who doesn't value him. Torn from his family, Soulai struggles with his new life as the property of Prince Habasle, caring for his horses. Ti is a stallion marked by the gods for greatness, but Habasle's carelessness and Soulai's cowardice may rob him of his birthright. Soulai struggles with palace intrigue and his own heart as he tries to find his true place in life.
So, another one my son read. He said that he really really loved this book, more than some of the other historical fiction novels he read. Now that might be because we briefly studied ancient Assyria and that is when this takes place. But still, I was amazed that he liked it so much. I think I'll have to read it some day.
This unusual story is set in BC 640 in Nineveh. The main character, Soulai, a thirteen-year-old boy, is sold into slavery by his father. Soulai becomes a stable boy for the Crown Prince’s horses. One horse in the stable, Ti, is an unusually gifted stallion that the Prince nearly kills. Soulai protects Ti and ends up proving he is a courageous person.Unusual setting and story.
Just finished reading to the kids and really liked it. There are a few ass and damn words in it, but a fun read for kids. We are doing 6th grade history and it came with the program. I was even happy to have read it.
I believe this book was a pretty good book considering it was for school and an overall good story about the bond between a boy and a horse.
Didn't care for this one quite as much as her first book, but it was a good storyline about friendship.