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Ludo and the Star Horse by Mary Stewart

Ludo and the Star Horse (1975)

by Mary Stewart

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A delightful story of a journey round the Zodiac made by a boy and his horse. He meets many gods and characters of Greek legend in the process, and of course he learns lessons, but it isn't a preachy book at all. It's a higly imaginative story, and I love it. (Even though my own Zodiac sign doesn't come out of it at all well!) ( )
  hyarrowen | Apr 26, 2012 |
Darn it, wrote a review and it went poof. OK.
Nice, interesting, a bit too young for me. It felt fairy-tale-ish, although Ludo does make some choices and consider his alternatives. The Zodiac theme is interesting, and the horse is nicely portrayed - intelligent but definitely not human - not anthropomorphic. A sweet story with some deep issues gently covered.
Um, I'd forgotten this was a Mary Stewart. Not as good as others by her (A Walk in Wolf Wood is for a slightly older audience, and has a lot more depth to it, for instance). But a very good children's book. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Oct 7, 2008 |
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One night when Ludo is home alone, his family's only horse, Renti, escapes from the stable. Overcome with guilt and fear, Ludo follows Renti out in to the snow, and before long the pair find themselves in the House of the Archer, a gateway to the Zodiac. Here, the Archer tells Ludo that Renti is a Star Horse, and has chosen to return to his own kind. Ludo, says the Archer, may keep faith with Renti and accompany him, or, if he prefers, return home. Ludo decides that he must repay Renti's years of loyal service, and so the pair set off on a journey through the houses of the zodiac, or 'Star Countries'. They must pass through all twelve before catching the sun - but Ludo soon realises that many of the house rulers are less than hospitable. Dismissed by the imperious goat, chased by the crab, taunted by the bloodthirsty twins... theirs is a perilous and unpredictable journey...
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