Saturday, 20 October 2018
The Conquistador's Horse
It is set in North America during the years 1540 to 1550.
It tells the fictionalised account of historical events surrounding the events that brought horses to the American native tribes.
A Cheyenne hunting party with Tall Bull are crossing the Arkansas river, they are taking something of a risk, for they are entering the hunting ground of their enemies to hunt for some buffalo.
However, other men are crossing the same river, fierce warriors armed with bow and arrows, war-clubs and spears. They are wearing war paint. They were a war party from the Pawnee nation making their return journey to their home village after they had made an attack on the Sioux, their bitter enemies.
However, those two groups were not the only ones to cross the river. There were men of pale skin who were riding on horseback. They, too, were armed. But they were armed with swords and muskets. These were a group of Spanish Conquistadors, searching for a city of gold, Quivira.
The three disparate groups eventually met and Tall Bull would come across an amazing animal, the likes of which he had never seen.
These animals infiltrated his mind, inhabiting his dreams. They would change not only Tall Bull's life, but the lives of generations of his people to come. He had seen his first horses.
This is a very well researched and equally well written book aimed at children from ages 10 to 14.
It is published by Matador at £6.99.
Incidentally the author has also included an extra bonus story "The Birth of the Wolf Clan."