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)


2009 Eric Hoffer Book Award - Best Young Adult Fiction Mom's Choice Award - Best Young Adult Fantasy Reader Views Literary Awards - 2nd in Historical Fiction Global E-book Award nomination


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

John Royce introduces us to one of those works you will remember forever...

Danelle Drake, Reader Views

An adventure about the love of horses young and old will love to read...

Allison King, Rebecca's Reads

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