Blurb: Nineteen year old Nia is shocked when she is secretly offered the leadership of Third Barn. This new barn full of flying horses will need someone confident, experienced, and innovative, so why are both warring factions pursuing an untried girl? Suspicious that both sides want a puppet instead of a leader, Nia races to discover their secrets before making the biggest decision of her life.
Some of those secrets are unknowingly buried in the disconnected memories of a young groom named Owain. Terror and guilt haunt Owain’s dreams – and then a face from his nightmare arrives in High Meadow. Owain looks for answers in his past and uncovers a dangerous plot that could doom High Meadow’s future. How can he foil the plot and save his people as well as the winged horses?
Horse book lovers rejoice! Another great, YA horse series hits the shelves and ereaders. When I was a young adult, there weren’t that many horse stories out there. Well, okay, there were a lot and I’d pretty much read them all, and it seemed like no more were going to be published. Fortunately that’s changed recently. Ms. Ulleseit builds a world set in the past in Wales where winged horses actually exist. They live only in a limited area and are severely endangered due to events in the previous book. In the Winds of Danger is the second book in the series, but it stands alone. I haven’t read the first one yet, though I will, but I don’t feel like I was missing anything by starting with the second.
The winged horses are cared for by dedicated grooms and riders, and every year the two barns compete in aerial games to help the patrons continue to fund the two barns. There used to be many more barns and horses and patrons but greed led to one evil man poisoning and killing many of the horses and riders. The two barns that survived are now strong and healthy, but rumors of a third barn starting up keep circulating. Prudent minds want to wait a few more years, but forces beyond their control are pushing for the third to happen sooner. The reasons are political, and control, and many of the things that tried to destroy the magnificent winged horses several years earlier. Will the riders be able to start the third barn without losing control of the future of their precious animals? And will they be able to prevent the politics that ruined them the first time?
This book is full of intrigue, a little action, bravery and really damn cool horses. This is a great YA horse book that I’d recommend to everyone who loves horses or who ever dreamed of flying with Pegasus.
Also, I love the cover.
Five out of Five horse shoes for this great novel.
About the Author
Linda Ulleseit was born and raised in Saratoga, California. She currently lives in the Evergreen area of San Jose with her husband. They have two adult sons.
Linda is a sixth grade teacher at James Franklin Smith Elementary School, where her students were some of the early reviewers of her books. She loves teaching writing and has published several anthologies of student work.
As a child, Linda always loved to write. She took her first creative writing course in seventh grade, accumulating a closet full of stories that she never showed anyone until 2007. At that time, she gave the first draft of a flying horse book to a teacher colleague to read.
ON A WING AND A DARE began as a NaNoWriMo novel in 2009. It was revised with the help of reviewers on thenextbigwriter.com over the next two years. For NaNo 2011, Linda drafted the sequel, IN THE WINDS OF DANGER.