The Secret Horses of Briar Hill

  • by Megan Shepherd
  • Narrated by Fiona Hardingham
  • 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

There are winged horses that live in the mirrors of Briar Hill hospital. In the mirrors that line its grand hallways, which once belonged to a princess. In those that reflect the elegant rooms, now filled with sick children. It is her secret.
One morning, when Emmaline climbs over the wall of the hospital's abandoned gardens, she discovers something incredible: a white horse with broken wings has left the mirror-world and entered her own.
Tucked into the garden's once-gleaming sundial, Emmaline finds a letter from the Horse Lord. He is hiding the wounded white horse, named Foxfire, from a dark and sinister force - a Black Horse who hunts by colorless moonlight. If Emmaline is to keep the Black Horse from finding her new friend, she must collect colorful objects with which to blind him. But where can Emmaline find color when her world is filled with gray?

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What the Critics Say

"Emmaline's narration is unreliable, flawlessly childlike, and deeply honest; her faith in magic brings her solace and, possibly, healing. The magical realism is reminiscent of the Chronicles of Narnia, Elizabeth Goudge, or a child's version of Life of Pi.... Readers will love this to pieces." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Endearing characters, metaphors for life and death, and a slow revelation of the horrors of war give this slim novel a surprising amount of heft." (Booklist)
"Magical, terrifying, and full of heart. Open these pages, and ride true." (Kathi Appelt, Newbery Honor-winning author of The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp)

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-11-2016
  • Publisher: Listening Library