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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (5 Feb. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014131706X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141317069
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 755,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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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,
Katie Grant

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By freddy mcconnel on 19 Feb. 2004
Format: Paperback
William is a young boy who lives in the city of Hartslove, governed by his father, Sir Thomas de Granville. Gavin, his brother, is a knight with a black stallion warhorse called Montlouis. Ellie is a young girl, adopted by the de Granvilles and brought up with Gavin and William. Gavin is betrothed to Ellie but she is in love with William. The book charts the adventure of William and his horse, Hosanna, who is the foal of William's old courser, Sacramenta.
I am 11 years old and I began reading this book without any preconceptions about how good or bad it would be. After reading the first few pages, I was drawn in and couldn't put it down. This is by far the best book I have ever read and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone over the age of 10. It was spell binding - the story of King Richard's crusade - told through the eyes of the king's right hand knight. It makes you want to know more about that period of history and I hope there will be a sequel although the ending seems very final...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eco bunny on 19 Jun. 2012
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This is a compelling read - a wonderful horse book and a great adventure that chucks history at you in the easiest way. I picked it up at the British Museum Horses exhibition (for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee) expecting it to be a bit rubbish. But the writing is great, right from the first sentence and the author has developed the teenage characters in such a wonderful way. I really hadn't imagined that people four/five generations from William the Conqueror (ie, about 1189) are just like us, but Grant brings them alive, sets up challenges that work so well. I've given it 5 stars, but if this book becomes equally enjoyed by my Harry Potter obsessed (in a good way) 13-year-old daughter then it probably deserves six stars! Admittedly I do really like horses and they are written up very well. That said should I ever meet K M Grant I would have a few questions about the loyalties of the lovely star of the book, the "Blood Red Horse". I put up a blog entry too, see [...] (arab horses are stars)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LRH on 1 Jun. 2008
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I loved this book, thought i'll admit for some it may take a bit of getting into, though only a couple of chapters. This is one of those books where you truly fall in love with the characters.

The story takes place in medievil England in the time of kings and wars. Will, gavin and Ellie face many problems, the biggest being the crusade. Will staying truly loyal to knig Richard be worth the price?

I would definatley recommend this book to anyone who appreciates truly good writing and loves a story of adventure in a far off time and place.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Chrestomanci VINE VOICE on 30 Aug. 2004
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I had been looking forward to this book - despite reading about it in one of the most scathing newspaper reviews I've ever read. I'm glad that I did read it, because I have come to the conclusion that the reviewer was most unfair. It suggested that this book was written as some kind of comment on parallel wars being fought in recent times. Knowing the timescales involved in writing and publishing, I knew this was impossible - but I was curious to see what kind of slant the author had put on the history of the Crusades. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the view presented was impartial and balanced. We learn about this historical event from both sides: from King Richard and his men as well as the Sultan and his Saracen army.
The story is well written and has a definite sense of period - yet without resorting to 'olde worlde' dialogue that would swiftly weary the reader. The three main characters: Will, Gavin and Ellie, are well drawn and have real depth. The reader follows their growth from children to young adults. As they age it becomes ever clearer that there is a romantic triangle of sorts here - Ellie is clearly attached to Will, yet must marry Gavin the oldest. How their emotional stories progress (whilst together and far apart) really holds the story together.
Despite its merits, I felt the story had a few flaws that kept it from being a truly perfect children's novel. It seemed to have a very slow start; on a number of occasions whilst reading the first few chapters I was half-tempted to abandon the book, as it seemed rather pedestrian and dull. I also found the earlier segments about the Sultan and his son distracted me from the story of the three main protagonists, and felt tempted to skip them.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 July 2004
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I picked up Blood Red Horse while I was living in Egypt. K.M. Grant successfully pictured the horror of pointless wars which continue to this day. There was no bias opinion expressed which is so important in books of this nature. She uses the life of a horse to travel the world and gather new experiences. An excellent read for anyone interested in history, horses or chivalry.
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