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Dun Lady's Jess

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2008

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    Apart from the Harry Potter books, I¿ve read few fantasy novels. My one exception: the books of my friend Doranna Durgin. Of course, as she¿s been my friend for over 20 years, you can¿t expect me to be wholly objective in a review. So I¿ll just tell you what I like about her very first published book, Dun Lady¿s Jess, which has been reissued in a beautiful new edition by Canadian publisher Red Deer Press. Beautiful dun mare Lady, and her rider, Cary, are running for their lives when Cary invokes a spell that sends them hurtling to an alternate reality¿a reality that does not include magic. Not only that, but Lady has been transformed into a human woman. She¿s found by Eric, a kind-hearted environmentalist, and his friend Dayna. They quickly realize that Lady is in a state of mental confusion. Wary about turning her into the authorities, they take her to Dayna¿s home to try to figure out what to do next. They meet up with their friends Jaime, who owns a horse training facility, and her brother Mark. And when Carey shows up--that¿s when the fun begins. This book has everything I look for in great storytelling: endearing friendships, action, adventure suspense, thrills and fun. I¿m not kidding when I say it¿ll make you laugh and cry. There¿s a reason this book won the Compton Crook Award, and it¿s hard to believe this could be someone¿s first book because Doranna got everything right. The characterization, the action, and most importantly, the mindset of Dun Lady¿s Jess--a horse changed by magic into a woman. Read it. You¿ll love it, too.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2008

    This is a first novel???

    It reads like an offering from a far more experienced writer. But then, I expected nothing less, by the time I actually read it. I discovered Doranna Durgin many years ago, but even then, Dun Lady's Jess was already out of print. I finally tracked it down at an online used book store. It was VERY hard to find... apparently, not many people who read it were willing to give it up. That should tell you something. I, myself, couldn't wait for the American edition of the re-issue... I bought the Canadian edition. HUGE thanks to Red Deer Press for reintroducing it! I have read and enjoyed other fantasies that involved shape-shifting--and I'm looking forward to Durgin's new one in the Silhouette 'Nocturne' line next year. But Dun Lady's Jess is a 'change' fantasy on an entirely different level. As a person, Jess has the instincts and sensibilities of a horse, but has to learn to use her new and expanded human brain power. As a horse, Jess is not a person in a horse's body, she's a horse, confused by the new scope of thought available to her horse's brain. This makes the whole story fascinating on a personal development and characterization level, as well as the actual intriguing plot-line of travel and adventure taking place across two very different dimensions. All the characters benefit from Durgin's talent at characterization, of course--like all her books--but Jess has, and always will have, a special place in my heart. The action ain't bad, either. Durgin excels at pacing a story to keep you turning pages far into the night.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2015

    Enjoyable

    I enjoyed reading Dun Lady's Jess well enough, that I purchased the other two in the trilogy. The author's understanding and descriptions of equine behavior were unusual and refreshing. I really liked reading that perspective and noticed many parallels with my own observations on this.
    However, I came to DLJ after reading her prequel Barrenlands, which I found to be MUCH more enjoyable. It's evident that the writer's style improved greatly just in the short time between the trilogy and the prequel. The plot line and characters for the trilogy seemed less well-rounded, less likeable; a little more "wishy-washy".
    All-in-all, though the trilogy is a good value for the money.

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  • Posted September 16, 2014

    Wonderful

    Fantastic story for a horse lover! Well written, exciting, and different.

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  • Posted August 18, 2014

    I bought this book when it first came out in paperback.  It's so

    I bought this book when it first came out in paperback.  It's so good I've read it a number of times and finally got it for my Nook so I could read it any time I wanted.  You can't go wrong with a Doranna Durgin book!

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  • Posted July 30, 2013

    Five Stars!

    This book will be a favorite forever for me and I'll reread it several times. It ahs all the makings of a classic and after finishing it I quickly bought and read the next two in the series. I have only to read the prequel and then I can start over on the first book.

    The characters are believable and one quickly begins to care about what happens to them. The palette is large and full of details that make it realistic and believable. And there is plenty of action.

    If I ever arranged books on a shelf with favorites on top, this would be right up there with Anne McCaffrey, Robin McKinley, Patric O'Brian and Jane Austin.

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

    Wonderful book! Durgin has done an excellent job portraying hors

    Wonderful book! Durgin has done an excellent job portraying horse turned person in the character of Jess. The story captured my attention from the first page to the last. I can't wait to read more!

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  • Posted February 5, 2013

    Nobody writes animals as well as Durgin. Her understanding of ho

    Nobody writes animals as well as Durgin. Her understanding of horses is so deep, that she has no trouble drawing the reader into the mind of a horse. And then she does a fabulous job of showing all the quirks and joys and dramas of being a human from an outsider’s point of view. And to top it off, there’s a delightful story with beautifully drawn settings, a dangerous villain, and an exciting adventure.

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