Book I: Eclipsed by Shadow begins the adventures of a modern-day teenager traveling through history—on horseback! The title won mainstream critical acclaim and national awards, including the Eric Hoffer Award for Young Adult Fiction and the Mom’s Choice Award for best Young Adult Fantasy.
Young Meagan Roberts comes from a family rich in love if not money, and is the proud owner of a new backyard foal she names Promise. Meagan is told a long-forgotten legend about her beloved foal, a dark prophecy no one will believe. The legend is fulfilled when Promise wings Meagan back in time, where she must survive using only her own modern-day skills.
The journey opens in prehistoric times—when man’s interest in the horse was strictly culinary—and follows with a harrowing ride through antiquity as Meagan struggles to survive the infamous thrills of Roman chariot racing, the hordes of Genghis Khan, and a season of chivalry among castles, jousting tournaments and knights.
Vivid writing and colorful characters (both two- and four-legged) create a fresh, page-turning adventure that educates as it entertains. Library Journal recommends the book: “Veteran horseman Royce combines history and myth with action and adventure to create a fast-paced, well-informed tale ...” , and other critics have ponied up their praise: “Sure to Please!” (Midwest Book Review), “Lots of Horsepower Here!” (Free Lance-Star) and “One of those works you will remember forever.” (2009 Reader Views Literary Award review)
“Veteran horseman Royce combines history and myth with action and adventure to create a fast-paced, well-informed tale of a flying horse and the young girl who loves her.” ~ Jackie Cassada, Library Journal
“What a wonderful way to get factual history into a great readable fiction novel. I have passed it along to my twelve-year-old daughter and she loves it.”
~ Danelle Drake, Reader Views
“The book will pull you in to the darkness of history and not let you stop reading until you get to the end.” ~ Allison King, Rebecca’s Reads
“Eclipsed by Shadow, the first installment of Royce’s Legend of the Great Horse trilogy, transforms a majestic beast into a thrilling and intelligent fantasy.” ~ Emily Hinton, US Review of Books
“Great plot and character development, wonderful descriptions of equine history ... will leave you gnawing at the bit for more. ~ Historical Novel Society
Home (California, USA — 2001)
An Education in Horses: the story begins in modern-day California, USA
Prey (North America — 20,000 B.C.)
The First Ride ...
Escort (Black Sea — 700 B.C.)
Inside an ancient Scythian tomb
Savage Nation (Rome — 100 A.D.)
Everywhere and nowhere to run
Damsel (Central Asia — 1240 A.D.)
Riding with the Mongolian hordes of Genghis Khan
“An adventure about the love of horses young and old will love to read...”
Danelle Drake, Reader Views