Will longs to be a knight, like his older brother Gavin. Then he could ride a charger, fight bravely in the Crusades for King Richard, and win the heart of a fair maiden. All he needs is a horse. And when he chooses one, he chooses well - a small chestnut stallion with a blaze on its forehead. There's something different about Hosanna - but Will doesn't know how important Hosanna will be to him, to his family, even to Saladin.
In the Holy Land, Will learns that being a knight is bloody, brutal and often terrifying. His father is killed, his brother desperately injured, and Will finds himself closer to his enemy than he ever expected - but his small chestnut horse teaches him what it really means to be brave, to be noble, and to be fair.
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... this really is unputdownable, featuring great characters, plenty of action and some unforgettable moments. -- The Bookseller, January 2004
Atmospheric and evocative ... a terrifically exciting novel. -- Ink Magazine, March 2004
Green Jasper is one of the best books I have ever read. -- W. H. Smith customer reviews May 2005, Alex Bailey
These books are tense and exciting - great reads for boys and girls ... -- Undercover, June 2005
the book (Blood Red Horse)is not soon forgotten and lends itself to great discussion -- US School Library Journal 2005
Blood Red Horse is the first book in the de Granville trilogy. Green Jasper begins 3 weeks after Blood Red Horse ends and Blaze of Silver, which will come out in 2007, begins a few months after Green Jasper closes, so all three books, as well as standing alone, make one continuous story. I have just finished writing Blaze of Silver and have grown so fond of Will, Gavin, Ellie, Kamil and, of course, Hosanna, that I found it hard to say goodbye to them.History! What else is it but a giant story? And I am very lucky, because my family history has been written down so that I am always bumping into ancestors who have done strange things. They must have gone on crusade. Then, in 1746, one was executed in the gristliest possible way, and the travels of his head, before it was eventually reunited with the body, are the subject of my next book, to be published in 2006, called How The Hangman Lost His Heart. Another relation managed to tell Napoleon all the things he needed to know before he escaped from Elba. With ancestors like these, I had a cast of characters ready and waiting with which to people my books. Not just nice people either. I'm sure we had our share of men like Piers de Scabious, the villain of Blood Red Horse and Green Jasper.with very best wishes,
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Book Description Puffin Books, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 014131706X