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The Mountain's Call THE MOUNTAIN'S CALL
Luna, September 2004
ISBN 0-373-80210-2
RT Book Club Top Pick
4½ stars

Valeria relishes the tales of the mysterious, powerful Mountain where the gods--powerful beings in the form of white horses--live. And she loves hearing stories of the elite Riders who ride the Stallions in the Dance--a pattern that reflects, influences, and sometimes creates the past, present, or future. Though Valeria has a horse sense thought magical, she knows no woman has ever been called to the Mountain. Until she feels a strange pull and makes the decision to answer the call--as a boy...

Only Kerrec, a senior Rider, and Euan, a barbarian prince, realize the truth as Valeria survives until the final test--and passes with acclaim. But in her moment of triumph her secret is discovered and Valeria loses all that she's won.

Meanwhile, the barbarians plot to overthrow the Aurelian Empire. And Valeria's anger and frustration might be enough to give them a way in. Now the Empire depends on the will, the strength, and the loyalty of one Rider. A Rider who has been rejected by all but the gods...

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