Amazon Vine Voice
“... a rip-snorting tale and an overall fun read.”
The second in a planned three book series (The Legend of the Great Horse) continues to follow 16 year old Meagan Roberts through time as she is transported by the magic of the Great Horse. When last we saw our intrepid equestrienne, she, and her horse, were about to be executed for witchcraft in 1616 Western Europe. Escaping through time, Meagan finds herself transported to a ship captained by Spanish Conquistador, Hernan Cortes, in the year 1519. This section is reminiscent of some of the most violent parts of the first volume of the series (which is not a bad thing, but readers must understand that this is not a girl's bucolic romp through time on the back of her winged horse).
I'm greatly looking forward to the eventual conclusion of this series, and expect that the trilogy will become at least a minor classic, if not a more respected work over time. Tally ho!” ~ Kilgore Gagarin, Amazon Vine VoiceRead review
Library Thing "Early Reviewer" Program
“History comes to life as her journey takes her from Mexico 1519 to Medieval Europe, Rome, the Black Sea and to 20,000 B.C. North America. With each stop Meagan searches for the Great Horse whom she believes is responsible for her time travels and is the only one who can help her find her way home.
My kids and I LOVED this book! It brings history to life and we sat on the edge of our seats while we read this book.” ~ EA Lovitt, “Hall of Fame” Amazon ReviewerRead review
Hall of Fame Amazon Reviewer
“Book II of The Legend of the Great Horse continues John Royce's sweeping historical fantasy about horses and horsemanship, and I am very much looking forward to learning why 16-year-old Meagan Roberts was flung backward into time. Don't listen to anyone who tries to label this trilogy as a work of juvenile fiction. It is much more than that.
Meagan's final time-jump in The Golden Spark lands her in with the family of a horse trainer in Regency England. The description of our heroine's participation in a neck-or-nothing foxhunt is alive with the colors, scents, and sounds of a spectacle that has now been voted into extinction in the country of its origin. This author's narrative is the next-best thing to actually saddling up and following the hounds.” ~ EA Lovitt, “Hall of Fame” Amazon ReviewerRead review
Midwest Book Review - Bookwatch Featured Review
“Trapped in time, all [Meagan] has is her will and her equine knowledge to try to guide her home.
With a good focus on history and horses, The Golden Spark is a fun and enjoyable read, highly recommended.” ~ Bookwatch, Midwest Book ReviewRead review
Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer
“The Legend of the Great Horse series is unlike any other horse series written for young adults. Just like book one, the author has gone to great lengths to add historical accuracies to this fantasy tale. Young readers will find the time traveling horse to be interesting, but there is so much more to young Meagan's quest.
I would have to say my favorite part of the book was the amazing descriptions of the foxhunt during Meagan's visit to England. Both fantasy and history readers will enjoy reading about The Great Horse. I recommend it to everyone.” ~ Billy Burgess, Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted WriterRead review