Prince of Macedonia (I am the Great Horse, #1)
This first episode of Katherine Roberts' epic novel "I am the Great Horse" tells how the young Macedonian prince Alexander tames the spirited stallion nobody else could master, and then rides him to victory in his debut battle on the Thracian border. You'll also meet Bucephalas' groom Charmeia, who disguises herself as a boy so she can look after the horse all the other grooms are afraid to touch.
This book includes a bonus story by the red stallion Petasios, who becomes the mount of Alexander's best friend Hephaestion and watches Bucephalas' blind side all the way across Asia to the edge of the known world.
Easily digestible, with bite-sized historical facts at the end of each chapter, this short book of around 60 pages would make a perfect introduction to the full-length novel, a fun study aid for history students, or part of a series to collect in its own right.
Want to know more? Ride with Alexander the Great as his warhorse Bucephalas and the brave horses who fought at his side guide you through history, hoofprint by hoofprint!
1. Prince of Macedonia
2. Treachery at Thebes
3. Armour of Achilles
4. Blood of Amazons
5. Son of Zeus
6. King of Persia
7. Demon of Persepolis
8. Betrayal in Bactria
9. Princess of Soghdiana
10. River of Hades
For confident readers and adults, the original novel (first published in hardcover by Scholastic US, and in paperback by Chicken House UK) is also available as "I am the Great Horse: Alexander the Great from the horse's mouth".
"This is a wild, surging, enormously readable narrative… Bucephalas joins Anna Sewell's Black Beauty and Richard Adams' Traveller as one of the great equine storytellers." Books for Keeps (5 star review).
"Unique and brilliant!" Dr Ian Mortimer (author of the Time Traveller's Guides).