The Horse Goddess
by Morgan Llywelyn
In my urge to stay away from Celtic Paganism I did a stupid, stupid
thing: I avoided Morgan Llywelyn's books. I'm older now, and smarter.
This was the first book of her's I've read, and it's bloody excellent.
It's an interpretation of the origins of the myths of Epona and
Cernunnos, as well as a chronicle of how the Celts became a horse
faring people. Epona, a young woman of a pre-Celtic tribe, is the
main character; she resists the call of magic in her blood and follows
her heart (and her hormones--this is a romance of sorts) to a people
whose ways are completely alien to her. In the process she comes
to understand and accept her talents and realizes she can embrace
her culture and be her own woman at the same time. Llywelyn's style
is poetic and magical, and the story's ending is satisfying (important
criteria in my mind).
Reviewed by Diane Sylvan
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