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From the moment he is born, Lubrin Dhu is different and his unusual talent for drawing places him even further apart. So when his tribe is conquered and Lubrin is appointed its mouthpiece, he is treated with the utmost suspicion. What is the bargain that Lubrin has struck with the enemy lord? And why does he make a horse - a huge horse, high up on the hillside, cut out ofFrom the moment he is born, Lubrin Dhu is different and his unusual talent for drawing places him even further apart. So when his tribe is conquered and Lubrin is appointed its mouthpiece, he is treated with the utmost suspicion. What is the bargain that Lubrin has struck with the enemy lord? And why does he make a horse - a huge horse, high up on the hillside, cut out of the chalk? How can this set his people free?...

Title : Sun Horse, Moon Horse
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ISBN : 9780099795605
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Number of Pages : 128 Pages
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Sun Horse, Moon Horse Reviews

  • Mathew
    2019-05-25 10:53

    When a story is set on the back doorstep of where you live, you read it. An origin story pertaining to the imagining and crafting of Uffington's White Horse, Lubrin Dhu, a black-haired, black-sheep of his family is called to its making. His eye for looking at the world in a way which is foreign to those he meets means that, for the first part of his life, he is separate. Yet the tribe who live atop the hill are storytellers and horse traders. They understand, at least, that Lubrin's blood is touched by that of his father, the Chieftain and that perhaps his visions and patternings ,whilst sat at the top of a wych-elm, might portend a safe future to its people. Although the story may not have the action of other Sutcliff texts, there is something lyrical and wise in this story. A lovely moment, for me, is Lubrin's thoughts at the end of the story: 'It is only a round patch of turf, after all,' said something within him, laughing gently at his own foolishness. But something else deeper within him, knew that it was strong magic, the touch-spot where earth and sky came together; and something else said, 'There is harebell growing on it. That is the most wonderful thing of all.'

  • Gale
    2019-04-28 13:41

    PICTURE MAGIC IN CHALK AND BLOOD How much of himself must an artist put into his work, to validate it and give it his blessing, a life of its own? Warrior-youth Lubrien Dhu is the third son of the Chieftain in prehistoric Britain. Dark of skin and features in this nordic-looking clan, he feels stirrings in his mind to represent the natural world around him in two-dimensional form, but few admire dainty fingers or artistic insight in the Bronze Age.We watch the dark one grow to young manhood, when his clan is viciously invaded from the south. We learn the special ideas and secret dreams, both of his own and shared with his best friend, Dara. Gradually the daring plan evolves--a dream of a great migration. His people, the Iceni, count their wealth by herds of horses; a matriarch system is in place. We witness curious customs and "barbaric" rites in this prehistoric world. Who is to say that Sutcliff's fictionalized anthropology is not true. Things Could have happened even as she described them. Inspired by an ancient chalk depiction of a galloping horse, this stark story gains momentum until the ultimate, grim denouement, which makes for a powerful tale of sacrifice and isolation, in order to complete the picture magic. Thousands of years ago an unknown artist presented his world with a wild, windswept white horse on the High Chalk-- a gift that has been preserved through the centuries, which still speaks to contemporary man. Who was this ancient master and why did he choose such a huge and chalky canvas, instead of a cave? What was its purpose: statement of ego, hunting omen, religious symbol? We will never be able to answer those questions, so I'd like to think that the artist was Sutcliff's Lubrien Dhu. His pictorial sacrifice to save his people from the invaders earned him the respect of his sister, the Woman of the Clan, even though he was physically shunned. His dream/vision has been preserved for generations up to the present. This is a daring tale about honor, courage and human motivation. Are we moderns worthy descendants of such a man?(August 23, 2011. I welcome dialogue with teachers.)

  • Hazel West
    2019-05-09 06:55

    A beautifully heart-wrenching story, as only Rosemary Sutcliff can write them. It's one of those books that is very hard to put into words, because it almost feels like if you do, you'll lose something in your heart about the story. In any case, I was easily able to sympathize with Lubrin, and how no one saw the world as he did--I know how he felt almost too well. There was just something so painfully beautiful about that and his story, that, while it was definitely sad, it was also something much more. I will certainly never be able to think of the Uffington Horse again in the same way. As usual, just a really lovely story and also a beautiful tragedy. There's no one who can pull my heartstrings like Rosemary Sutcliff.

  • Lizzy
    2019-05-10 07:49

    I first read this story when I was in primary school and I remember it leaving a big impression on me then. It still does. Sutcliffe is so good at making characters that are tragic but also proud. You really feel that it is a true story from a long time ago.

  • Ditte
    2019-05-02 07:00


  • Meredith
    2019-04-28 07:11

    Rosemary Sutcliff presents a creation myth for the White Horse of Uffington, which was carved into the hillside chalk during the late Bronze or early Iron Age. Sutcliff's real gift is her ability to distill people belonging to remote and alien cultures down to their essential humanness, making them -- their lives, their emotions, and their dreams -- as accessible as those of any contemporary person. Like Shakespeare, Sutcliff also has the ability to lay bare someone's entire character with a single sentence. The simplicity of her writing provides a powerful poetic completely devoid of sentimentality. Lubrin, in whom the blood of his distant ancestors the Old People runs true, is the third son of a Chieftain whose tribe is the proposed forerunner to the Iceni. Marked by dark hair and eyes and a slight build among a fair-haired and light-eyed stocky people, he is further made an outsider by his desire for artistic creation, which remains mostly inexpressible. His loneliness is temporarily soothed by his childhood friendship to Dara with whom he forms a bond closer than brothers and shares a dream to seeking new lands and founding a new clan. However, a trick of fate sunders him from Dara (view spoiler)[ when the priest unexpectedly selects Dara to wed the Chieftain's daughter become the new heir to the Chieftainship (hide spoiler)]. When another tribe displaced by Roman conquests conquers Lubrin's people, slaying his father, two brothers, and the majority of the menfolk, it falls to Lubrin and his strange gift to save what remains of his clan and bargain for them to be released from slavery and allowed to seek new lands for themselves in the north.

  • Simina
    2019-05-12 08:49

    This is, I think, one of Sutcliff's lesser-known books, but, if I think about it objectively, I would say that it is also among her best. In this rather short story, she offers a possible background to the making of the White Horse of Uffington. The book is typical Sutcliff, dark and harsh at times, with a few glimmers of hope here and there. It's filled with the theme of sacrifice - the idea of the sacrifice a ruler has to make for his people, that is present in one form or another in most of Sutcliff's works - but also with the more complex and modern notion that there can be no true work of art without some form of sacrifice on the artist's part. I liked the main character a lot and I think that, as a writer and painter herself, Sutcliff must have related to him more than to her other characters. Unlike Marcus or Alexios or Artos, who were mainly soldiers, Lubrin Dhu is an artist first and foremost. More than this, he is an artist in a world of warriors, just like the real maker of the White Horse of Uffington must have been. Sutcliff plays with these themes quite nicely. Despite its mostly dark tone, this was truly a pleasure to read.

  • Lesley Arrowsmith
    2019-05-07 09:05

    I had mis-remembered this book. I knew I'd read it, and I knew I had thought it was good - but I had forgotten the inevitability of the ending. I started re-reading it, thinking there were bits of Warrior Scarlet there in the friendship between Lubrin and Dara - and about halfway through it grabbed around my heart and never let go, and I cried at the ending, which was exactly the right ending.It's also good, in a time where films seem to show that violence is the only answer, and heroes have to be violent to win, to see a story where the hero saves his tribe by his art, and not by violence.

  • Jas
    2019-04-26 14:08

    One of my favourite books from my early teenage years - I read this book about 4 times between the ages of 13-14. When I was 21 I visited Uffington for the first time to see the white horse; it was as breathtaking and magical as the book portrays it to be.The themes of this book are so relevant to any era; self sacrifice, the triumph of art and creativity over evil, community strength in times of trial, leadership and destiny, duty to others and finally, because the white horse lasted thousands of years it reminds us that good can come from eviil when people live out their destiny.

  • Sigrun
    2019-05-09 09:41

    This is one of Rosemary Sutcliff's shortest books, and I found it one of the author's most touching. However, there are definitely readers who will scoff at it. It is a very simple story of a young Iceni who loves making beautiful things. In this case he paints something which has survived for centuries. Of course, nobody actually knows who the artist really is, but Ms. Sutcliff gives us a wonderful picture of what the person may have been like.I hope you, too, will enjoy it for what it is.

  • Samantha
    2019-04-30 07:00

    I don't really remember this but it looks like it must have been pretty cool. as I enter books I read when I was seven or eight I can see topics I remained interested in - australia, chalk horses, native americans, etc. I may not remember them consciously but I think they were probably quite formative.

  • Abigail Hartman
    2019-05-04 13:51

    This bittersweet novel was the first of Sutcliff's that I read and really appreciated, so it holds a special place in my heart. It is incredibly sad, as most of her books are, but spectacularly written all the same.

  • Mumbler
    2019-04-30 10:00

    Too much suffering without enough contrast. I can't get into such a downer, as much as Rosemary obviously could. Some interesting stuff about being an artist. But the whole book is a bit Rosemary-by-numbers. I loved the opening, describing their home and fortress, the dun.

  • Melissa
    2019-05-26 14:51

    Rosemary Sutcliff wrote The Mark of the Horse Lord, and while I am ever searching for an old copy to own, I found another novel of hers at the Central Library Book Cellar for fifty cents. I am super excited.

  • Megan
    2019-05-07 06:42

    Probably a fine introduction for kids (not too young, though), but not for me.

  • Esther Filbrun
    2019-04-27 12:45

    This was a good book. It gave a good glimpse into the lives of people at that time period. I didn't appreciate some of the things that happened, but on the whole it's a pretty good book.

  • Rebecca Radnor
    2019-05-27 09:43


  • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
    2019-05-05 12:02

    Excellent historical novel about the people who created that giant horse drawn on a hillside in England.