Blood Red Horse by K.M. Grant

Genre: Historical Fiction

Age Level: 14 and up

# of Pages: 277 p.

RAC Book: yes

Iowa Teen Award 2008

In the year 1185, when the book begins, in England there are two brothers and a little girl who all live together in a castle. The two brothers, Will and Gavin, quarrel a lot as Gavin always tries to belittle Will in front of others. Ellie lost her parents at a young age and came to live with them until she is old enough to marry. She and Will get along really well, even though it is understood that someday she will marry Gavin. When Will gets old enough he is sent to go pick out a big war horse, but he finds a red horse that he falls in love with. Even though everyone makes fun of him he works tirelessly to groom and train the red horse, Hosanna, until everyone becomes enchanted with him.

When Will and Gavin are summonsed with their father to go to the king in order to fight in the Crusades, they leave Ellie and a few others in charge of the castle. The war is much more difficult than either of the boys could have imagined and the tension between them is often fierce. Both begin to wonder if they will ever return home. Hosanna manages to keep Will hopeful in times of great sadness. Meanwhile, Ellie is having problems of her own back home.

The first in this trilogy moves at a leisurely pace despite the many things that happen in it. The brothers change and grow a lot on their journey and become very different men than they had previously planned on becoming. The war is also told from the eyes of the Muslims, which provides an interesting way to humanize the other side. The author makes it very clear what the motives for both sides are and why it is near impossible for either side to give up. Hosanna is the tie between everyone in the story. The red horse seems to inspire great things and loyalty where there previously was no hope. A good story for those who like reading about war and life during this time period.

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16 Responses to “Blood Red Horse by K.M. Grant”


  1. 1 kasey fluet February 4, 2009 at 1:40 am

    this book has alot to offer for those who have never really tried to learn about history. Me personally was one of those people. Iread this book for school and i plan to read the second book for it is intriging. The description doesn’t even come close to all the adventure you will seek while reading this book.

  2. 3 Anonymous February 18, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    i dont rly like that much, i have to read it for school. they say they pick books we would like, but i wanna fall asleep when i read

  3. 5 Victor Tran May 29, 2010 at 12:36 am

    I really super liked this book 🙂

  4. 7 Merp October 26, 2010 at 2:08 am

    The back of the book fooled me, it sounded good. But it was boring..

  5. 8 anonymous March 31, 2011 at 12:19 am

    its alrite definitely not the worst i read for school

  6. 9 california girl April 19, 2011 at 2:30 am

    osm book. am reading for skool. super intriguing to me and im only a 7th grader. yall, do ya think u can provide a ch. summary for like every 3 chapters? it would help me understand this alot better. thx!!!

  7. 10 california girl April 19, 2011 at 2:31 am

    luv it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. 11 california girl April 19, 2011 at 2:32 am

    jk, but it’s still pertty goo.d lolz!

  9. 12 Harry Potter June 10, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Im a 7th grader and this is one of the books we have to read for school.

    Can someone give me an easier to understand summary of how YOU think the book is and what its about?

    Thnx, that would be awesome!

  10. 13 cole jenkins December 9, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    i hav to read this book for school and think its getting kind of bored. I hav to write down stupid stuff bout the book.

    • 14 Cheif Shabbona January 31, 2012 at 12:20 am

      It was really good. I don’t think it was boring.I am in the sixth grade. The the people who say its bad thenthey don’t know how to judge a book!

  11. 16 Anonymous October 24, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    this book is exciting but needs more entertainment and less luv . it was fun but boring cuz nothin really happens.sometimes i didnt want to read anymore like when hossanna almost dies and where william almost die and when sir thomos dies.this book is to sad for my liking


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