The Mark of the Horse Lord by Rosemary Sutcliff

The Mark of the Horse Lord by Rosemary Sutcliff 

So began the ceremony that was to make young Phaedrus, ex-slave and gladiator, Horse Lord of the Dalriadain. Phaedrus had come a long way since the fight in the arena that gained him his freedom. He had left behind his old Roman life and identity and had entered another, more primitive, world—that of the British tribes in the far north. In this world of superstition and ancient ritual, of fierce loyalties and intertribal rivalry, Phaedrus found companionship and love, and something more—a purpose and a meaning to his life as he came fully to understand the significance of the Mark of the Horse… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Slavery
  • Sexual assault (nonconsensual kiss)
  • Forced arranged marriage
  • Suicide, on-page
  • Unplanned pregnancy
  • Emesis
  • Death of a father recounted
  • Forced murder of a friend
  • Animal sacrifice (horse)
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