As others have said, this is an amazing fantasy novel with excellent writing. Robin Mckinley has a beautiful voice and is so talented that she is certainly underrated as an author. What is not so clear from the cover or the summary is the prominent role of horses and riding. Aerin nurses an injured war horse back to health, and slowly invents a whole new style of riding, all while battling dragons. The horse information is accurate (in so far as information in a fantastical world can be) and the author's love of horses shines through her main character's relationship with her mount, Talat. A worthwhile read for anyone looking for an engrossing plot, rare writing talent, and a good horse book.
submitted by AnnAsplund on June 14, 2014, 10:44 pm
This is a good fantasy novel, in class with the Tolkien's books. It has magic, and people over coming obstacles, and it is one of few books that has an amazing female heroine, and is a definite good read!