Review: The Secret Horses of Briar Hill

The Secret Horses of Briar HillThe Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve always loved books with horses.  They were my preferred subject matter. If you want the honest truth, I read A Horse and His Boy (book 5) immediately after reading The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe simply because of Bree. Forget those princes and such in between. 

Now if you take a horse story and include brave thoughtful girls full of heart and a dark enemy, all the better.  The fantastical features of this one reminded a little of Gaiman’s style of fantasy a la The Ocean at the End of the Lance.  I chose it because I was short on time, it had horses and Maggie Steifvater recommended it highly on Goodreads.  I have to say, I am quite pleased with it.

Resonating with the era of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, it sets the tragedy of WWII in England as a backdrop for the more personal battles these children who were left behind face. I truly enjoyed this and if you’re in the mood for a magical read this season, give it a try.

What’s your next holiday read?

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