Blood Red Horse

1335 WordsDec 19, 20116 Pages
The 277 page novel, Blood Red Horse, was written by K.M. Grant. It is a historical fiction that takes place during the Third Crusade, the story beginning at Hartslove Castle in England with a quarrel between two of the main characters, William and Gavin, sons of Sir Thomas de Granville, the head of the castle, and a young orphaned girl, Ellie. Ellie and Will have a strong bond tying them together, but because Gavin is the eldest son, Ellie is promised to become his wife when they are old enough. While reading and evaluating the syntax, rhetoric, and literary elements within the novel, as well as annotating it, I have noticed that it is stronger in some areas than it is others. While annotating the novel, I noted that there was a…show more content…
“Truly, truly, children are nothing but heartache and nuisance.” (Grant 5) “But you are a funny boy, you know, even though I do think you have a bit of an eye for horseflesh.” (Grant 37). Although scarce of rhetorical devices, Blood Red Horse has quite a bit of syntax. The sentence structure in the novel is rather complex. Because Grant wrote with such detail, the sentences are well written, each page jam-packed with at least three to four of each phrase. At one point during the war, Will, Gavin, and the rest of the knights are on a ship traveling to the Holy Land to fight. An adjective clause appears when the men are becoming less hopeful after all they’ve been through. “The whole venture, which had begun so proudly, seemed to be turning sour, from the months of inactivity in Sicily to the pointless deaths of so many before they had even reached the Holy Land.” (Grant 108) During one especially torrential storm while at sea, I see an example of an absolute phrase, when Gavin sees his horse thrown overboard into the raging sea. “And [Gavin] could still see Montalan swimming past, his eyes wide, his nostrils flared, searching for land- land he would never reach.” (Grant 109). After the storm passes, when King Richard speaks to Will about a plan to capture a city under control of a fraud ally to the Christians, I see an appositive phrase. “The ruler of Cyprus, a disaffected member of the Greek imperial family was posing as a friend
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