Title: She Who Rides Horses: A Saga of the Ancient Steppe (Book One) | Author: Sarah V. Barnes | Genre: Historical Fiction | Publisher: Lilith House Press | Publication Date: March 2022
Set more than 6,000 years ago, She Who Rides Horses: A Saga of the Ancient Steppe (Book One) begins the story of Naya, the first person to ride a horse.
Daughter of a clan chief, bolder than other girls but shunned by the boys because of her unusual appearance, Naya wanders alone through the vast grasslands where her people herd cattle and hunt wild horses for their meat. But Naya dreams of creating a different kind of relationship with the magnificent creatures.
One day, she discovers a filly with a chestnut coat as uncommon as her own head of red hair. With time running out before she is called to assume the responsibilities of adulthood, Naya embarks on a quest to gallop with the red filly across the boundless steppe. Unwittingly, she sets in motion forces and events that will change forever the future of humans and horses alike.
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In this atmospheric saga, a young teenager named Naya is drawn to confront tradition by attempting to befriend, then ride, a horse. As the daughter of the clan’s chief, thinking of horses as anything other than a source of nourishment is unheard of and not taken to kindly, especially with the current tensions rising within the clan’s leadership. But Naya’s grandmother and mother recognise the extraordinary at work and allow her to follow her own path. When Naya is mistakenly shot with an arrow, the truth becomes hard to hide. Naya risks her own life and the lives of those trying to protect her to follow what she believes is a message from the spirit world. Immersed in an ancient civilisation, one young girl stands apart and slowly builds a unique relationship with horses that had never been attempted before.She Who Rides Horses immediately reminded me of the joys of reading Clan of the Cave Bearers. With compelling characters, intriguing sub-plots and the complexities of life 6,000 years ago, the complex story is absorbing with multiple layers that continually build up drama. Naya’s journey is an amazing adventure story with an ancient setting that makes for a truly unique YA novel.
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Meet the Author:
Sarah V. Barnes, Ph.D. is both an historian and a horsewoman. When Sarah is not writing stories, she practices and teaches riding as a meditative art. She also offers equine-facilitated coaching and wellness workshops.
Sarah holds a Ph.D. in history from Northwestern University and spent many years as a college professor before turning full-time to riding and writing. She has two grown daughters and lives with her husband, her dogs and her horses near Boulder, CO.
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