Book review: 'I Am the Great Horse'

September 07, 2010|By SUZANNAH WYATT / Pulse correspondent
  • "I Am the Great Horse":

A book written through a horse's eyes sounds like it might be intended for younger readers.

Surprisingly, not this book.

"I Am The Great Horse" by Katherine Roberts is the epic of Alexander the Great, and his black stallion, Bucephalas.

The story is told through Bucephalas point of view. "I am no Black Beauty, " Bucephalas said, "but a stallion trained for war."

After his owner is killed in battle, Bucephalas is wounded in his left eye. He is then shipped off to Macedonia with the rest of his herd to be sold to the king as cavalry mounts.

Because he is uncontrollable, the king shows no interest in him; however, his 12-year-old son, Alexander does.

The king does not wish for his young son to ride Bucephalas. However, Alexander makes a bargain with his father, that if he can ride Bucephalas around the paddock, that will be his mount in battle.


To find out what happens with Alexander and Bucephalas, you'll have to read the book.

With many twists and turns, this is a great book to read, and one of my personal favorites.

"I Am the Great Horse" is 401 pages long, but it really zips by.

Bucephalas is very descriptive about the taste of his favorite foods, and the scents of everyone around him. I've read books where the plot is unbelievable or the characters are unlikable, but this isn't one of them.

I love this book because it's very believable. You honestly feel like it's written from a horse's perspective.

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