Young Daine's knack with horses gets her a job helping the royal horsemistress drive a herd of ponies to Tortall. Soon it becomes clear that Daine's talent, as much as she struggles to hide it, is downright magical Horses and other animals not only obey, but listen to her words. Daine, though, will have to learn to trust humans before she can come to terms with her powers, her past, and herself. (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)
I love love love this series. In some ways, I may even like “The Immortals” series better than “Song of the Lioness” although that’d be an extremely difficult decision. The thing that’s so appealing about Daine is that she’s not noble, she’s just a normal girl that has been thrown into some very odd circumstances. She’s feisty, overwhelmed, learning a lot and not afraid to protect her own. It’d be unrealistic for all the characters in the Tortall realm to be intense fighters. One of the best things about this book is also how Daine grows as a person throughout the book. She starts very unsure about her human friends to embracing her new life and having a fantastic start in the end.
Also, can we discuss how amazing it is to see the characters from “Song of the Lioness” a few years down the line? D’AWWWWWW.
Warning: Contains violence.
Rating: 5 stars!
Who should read it? YES YES YES! I’d recommend starting with the “Song of the Lioness” quartet, but you won’t lose anything if you start with this one!
Want to read the whole series?