Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Hello, everyone. It’s hard to believe that autumn is already here. Particularly since my area has been having hotter than normal temperatures for three weeks. Horsefeathers! Maybe that’s why the procrastinator part of my brain is in overdrive. (That’s my excuse and I’m stickin’ with it.) While I should be getting the October issue of “Dead of Winter” ready, I’m doing this post. However, I’ve at least found the title for the next installment, “Journey 10, Pergesca.”
Now, I’ll segue from Horsefeathers! to horses! If you’ve followed me for very long, then you know that animals are usually a part of my stories. Animals aren’t prominent in Dead of Winter, but horsefeathers! In any high fantasy, there must be horses. Several readers have mentioned liking the horses, so I’m featuring them today. Here are some equestrian personality profiles.
Blossom. Emlyn gets a horse. She’s not a stranger to them, but her father only let their horses be used for work in the orchard, not for riding. That said, she’s rather intimidated by the horses when she begins to travel with the Deae Matres. Gethin helps her by teaching her how to care for her own horse. Blossom is a gentle honey-colored mare with black mane and tail. When I was a little girl, I had a figurine of such a horse and daydreamed about it.
Einarr. This fierce horse belongs to Hallgeir. The name means lone warrior. Since Hallgeir cut himself off from his kin, one might expect that young man to name his steed accordingly. Eniarr is tall warhorse trained for battle, so his disposition is not docile. He can bring the horses that pull the wagons into line when he wants. He is tall and big-boned to accommodate his very tall rider. However, he is agile, long legged, and sleek. His glossy dark brown coat has tufts of fur at the ankles.
Firelance. The tall red gelding was a gift to Tajín from the monarch of Bandihar, and bore the brand of the “frog king.” The royal monks could trace the horse’s bloodline back two hundred years. Bandihar bred the finest horses in the world, and the warhorses of the Bandihari king’s stables were the greatest of those. Firelance had astonishing strength and endurance. He also had a distinctive personality, for a horse. He seemed to enjoy teasing his rider and could be downright mischievous.
Kiska. Zasha’s pure white mare is named Kiska, which means “pure.” Kiska had also been Zasha’s mother’s pet name for her when she was an infant, so she chose the name for her beloved horse. She’s well trained and not intimidated by warhorses like Firelance and Einarr.
Mist. It takes a special kind of courage for a horse to accommodate a supernatural rider like Boabhan. Mist is a dapple gray mare. She’s trained to follow instructions from Hallgeir as well as Boabhan, since the young north-man has to take charge of the mare whenever Boabhan… well, I don’t want to give any spoilers.
Thanks for meeting the horses of Dead of Winter. If you’re part of the Journeys, leave a comment telling me your favorite horse. If you aren’t reading it, then don’t let that stop you from saying hello with a friendly comment. Wishing everyone an easy coast down the other side of this midweek hump. Hugs on the wing!
Dead of Winter — All of the Journeys
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Journey 9, Doors of Attunement
Journey 8, The Lost Library
Journey 7, Revenant Pass
Journey 6, The Fluting Fell
Journey 5, Llyn Pistyll Falls
Journey 4, The Old Road
Journey 3, the Fever Field
Journey 2, Penllyn
Journey 1, Forlorn Peak
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