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  • Posted January 26, 2013

    Nora Donovan is a 14-year-old Irish lass whose story takes place

    Nora Donovan is a 14-year-old Irish lass whose story takes place in 1588. The thing she loves most is being with the wild mountain ponies. Throughout the village, Nora is well known for spending more time with the ponies than with humans.

    The story quickly shifts from a grand party at Aughnanure Castle to a despairing scene at the beach where a Spanish ship has wrecked. Not much survived from the ship, but Nora found the biggest prize: a tall, Andalusian stallion. She also finds something else... a drowning sailor from the wrecked ship. Nora is forced into deciding on something hard. If she helps this young, stranded sailor, how much danger is she putting herself into? Even her own family is afraid of the Spanish sailors. By telling them what she found, she would be endangering her entire family's safety. So she keeps it all a secret.

    The story soon melts into a huge, furtive journey that Nora did not plan on taking. It involves some scheming, escaping, sword-fighting, and especially, it entails horse riding.

    One thing to mention: Throughout the book, Nora's family and other villagers talk of "little green fairies" and a "sea god" and other similar, minor, old Irish beliefs. To me, these references somewhat enhanced the story to make it seem more true to that time period. Also, you might learn a few new Irish words!

    Overall, it was an exhilarating tale that I enjoyed. Recommended for ages 10-15.

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  • Posted May 13, 2009

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    I liked the title because it left a mysterious air about the book, so you don't quite know what will happen.

    This is a great, exciting book that I would recommend to any reader. It does not have a high reading level as far as I know. I like to read tougher books, and I liked it, so I think that any reader, even those older than what it reccomends, should enjoy this book quite nicely. It has a great plot and exciting script, ending with a sad heartbreaking goodbye that leaves the reader wanting to read more of VIctoria Holmes's books. Any fan of the Warriors series (also written by Victoria Holmes, but under the pen name Erin Hunter) would definity be able to tell that this book was written by her. All in all, any reader who enjoys daring, life-threatening adventures would like this book, and even those who don't!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2008

    Amazingly Amazing!

    'Horse from the sea' is a GREAT BOOK! I was supposed to read this for class and it was really good! Once i started reading, I couldn't stop! It's very realistic and you can understand it. There is no other book in the world that is this great. Its about a girl, Honora, a.k.a. Nora. She spends most of her time with wild ponies. Then a Spanish ship gets wrecked by her house and Nora discovers a Beautiful Spanish Horse. Then she decides to try and nurse it back to health. But, then she discovers that there is someone else that she has to help.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2007

    Breathtaking!

    This was a wonderful, exciting book full of history, excitement, and humanity. The characters are wonderfully real and unbelievably courageous. You become caught up in their stories and come all too soon to the last page, asking, 'Isn't there more?!' The plot takes surprising twists, but in the end is resloved in a way that will make readers happy. The reader is transported to a beautiful land and time far away from our current realities. This book will not disappoint!

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    Posted April 20, 2009

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