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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents The Rose Legacy by Jessica Day George, read by Helen Keeley.

This sweeping, emotionally resonant fantasy from beloved author Jessica Day George is perfect for fans of Princess Academy and Black Beauty.

When orphaned Anthea Cross-Thornley receives a letter from a long-lost uncle, she wonders if she will finally find a true home. But she is shocked to learn that her uncle secretly breeds horses - animals that have been forbidden in her kingdom for centuries. More alarming is Anthea’s strange ability to sense the horses' thoughts and feelings, an ancient gift called The Way. Confused and terrified, Anthea is desperate to leave, but when her family and kingdom are put at risk, can she embrace The Way and the exciting future it might bring her?

A Mighty Girl Best Book of the Year

©2018 Jessica Day George (P)2021 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic Reviews

"A fresh, original story that will warm hearts and entertain readers of all ages." (Jennifer A. Nielsen, New York Times best-selling author of The Ascendance Trilogy)

"Set in a fascinating and fantastic new world, The Rose Legacy will make you long for a horse of your own!" (Sarah Beth Durst, award-winning author of The Girl Who Could Not Dream)

"Will delight readers who love a classic-feeling fantasy, as well as those who absolutely love horses.... This thought-provoking fantasy with relatable characters is clever and heartfelt." (Booklist)

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Updated throwback

When Mary O'Hara published My Friend Flicka in 1941, little did she know that in merely a couple generations, dragons would displace horses. You know, intelligent, telepathic, heroic. Sandra Day George has now retired the dragons (she does know them well) reinstating horses, giving them the upgrade. Kristen Britain's Green Rider would be a good follow-on for horse lovers, less telepathy. I was loving this story, until the iron horse from Wild, Wild West showed up. Anyway, this series-initial story holds promise. Book two is in my queue and three in my cart.

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Book is fun narrator is overly dramatic

My family enjoyed this book. We plan to finish the series by reading it instead of listening to it. The narrator was overly dramatic and made most of the females emotional and flighty.

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Fun, Clean, & Captivating

This was a very cute book and I became engrossed in the book very quickly. I recommend this book for kids and adults.