K.M. Grant pens an exciting tale of historical fiction set in the 12th century. Will is permitted to chose his own warhorse now that he has turned 13. Much to everyone's amusement, he selects a rather small chestnut. But Will sees something magical in this horse. As they accompany King Richard on a crusade to the Holy Land, the noble stallion galvanizes young Will with his displays of strength, courage, and loyalty.More
"The historical setting and the vocabulary may challenge younger readers but ensure that older ones will find the book a rewarding adventure, one not soon forgotten and one that lends itself to great discussion." (School Library Journal)
"Transcends boundaries of gender and genre, with something to offer fans of equestrian fare, historical fiction, and battlefield drama alike." (Booklist)
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Pretty good, but...
The setting for the story is great, but the characters lack depth. Most characters have little progression throughout. The horse has none, as it's perfect and stays perfect. William has flare ups of imperfection, but they're never true problems in the story. Gavin is the main one with any progression. Also, this book like most modern books, gives a PC flavor to the crusades with the noble Muslims vs. bloodthirsty Christians. It detracts from the story but doesn't kill it entirely. Still, you love the horse and enjoy the story with mixed bits of history despite the flaws.
Entertaining But Not Authentic