Finest Creation (Finest Trilogy #1)

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They were the Finest Creations - mystically forged creatures of perfection sent by the creators to aid the Fallen (mankind) during their mortal existence.

Though they resemble ordinary horses they are highly intelligent, capable of communicating telepathically and completely moral. They are assigned to bond with individuals of great potential and then protect them from harm while guiding them along a path of virtue.

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Overview

They were the Finest Creations - mystically forged creatures of perfection sent by the creators to aid the Fallen (mankind) during their mortal existence.

Though they resemble ordinary horses they are highly intelligent, capable of communicating telepathically and completely moral. They are assigned to bond with individuals of great potential and then protect them from harm while guiding them along a path of virtue.

This is as it has been for years unto creation ... but when a young Finest is separated from its mentor before it has been invested with its assignment, the result of an ambush by evil forces bent on corrupting men, the young equine accepts the charge of two orphans to its care not realizing that man's potential may rest in their future.... And that the path forward is already being diverted by an evil mastermind whose manipulation of court politics and affairs of state might instigate a new dark age upon the light of civilization.

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Praise for The Finest Creation:

"Rabe's fun, galloping romp of a story launches a new fantasy series....Rabe (Redemption and other titles in the Dragonlance series) deftly puts some beguiling twists on the guardian-angel theme. The rearing steed on the jacket will signal young horse lovers that this is a book for them" —Publishers Weekly

"The author of several novels set in Wizards of the Coast's "Forgotten Realms" setting has created her own world and populated it with vibrant characters both human and animal" —Library Journal

"Jean Rabe has not only garnered many awards in the field of imaginative games, but she has also some dozen role-playing novels to her credit, plus numerous short stories and articles. Her store of knowledge concerning war (in all periods), strange civilizations, and magic-white and black-is indeed prodigious." —Andre Norton

"Jean Rabe is a helluva storyteller"—Margaret Weis

"Enjoyably entertaining..it is as if C.S. Lewis had decided to write Black Beauty as a fantasy." —Mel Odom, Alex Award-winning author of The Rover

Andre Norton
"[Rabe's] store of knowledge concerning war (in all periods), strange civilizations, and magic-white and black-is indeed prodigious."
Margaret Weis
"Jean Rabe is a helluva storyteller."
Alex Award-winning author of The Rover Mel Odom
"Enjoyably entertaining..it is as if C.S. Lewis had decided to write Black Beauty as a fantasy."
Publishers Weekly
Aimed at a YA audience, Rabe's fun, galloping romp of a story launches a new fantasy series. In the magical land of Paard-Peran, the horse-like members of the Finest Court, the favorites of the gods of creation, look after the "Fallen Favorites," those few humans deemed worthy of their attention. Kalantha and her brother, Meven, are wards of Bishop DeNogaret, a high-ranking priest who's been caring for them since their parents' death. The teenage pair are of royal blood, though they've been brought up as commoners who have no contact with their uncle the king. Now that their cousin, the heir, is marrying, they are invited to the wedding. Traveling with them on their first-ever long journey is a Finest Court shepherd, who helps the two very green youths through some harrowing trials and teaches them to follow their instincts to survive. While the plot at times stumbles into improbability, Rabe (Redemption and other titles in the Dragonlance series) deftly puts some beguiling twists on the guardian-angel theme. The rearing steed on the jacket will signal young horse lovers that this is a book for them. Agent, Frank Weimann at the Literary Group International. (Nov. 1) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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The first volume in a fantasy trilogy, The Finest Creation asserts that horses are the safeguards of civilization. Often told from an equine point of view, this story traces the troubles following twin offspring of royalty. With the help of the sapient horses, the pre-teen boy and girl escape a death planned by an evil relative, who is eager to usurp the throne of a dying king. The twins are separated, and the scheming uncle ingratiates himself with the male twin, who succumbs to the rich life. The Finest (a horse named Gallant-Stallion) is assigned to the boy, but finds that his true charge is the girl, who had suffered in the forest and understands the language of horses. Characterization is stronger for the humans than the horses, but each has unique features. The message that appearance is less important than substance and loyalty is an old chestnut, but its treatment is cleverly done in this version. (Finest Trilogy). KLIATT Codes: JSA--Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2004, Tor, 318p., Ages 12 to adult.
—Dr. Lesley Farmer
Library Journal
The gods of Paard-Peran created "the Finest," beings that resemble horses but are gifted with intelligence and magic, to shepherd select humans whose destinies were tied to the fate of the world. When a young Finest, named Gallant Stallion, loses his teacher before he learns the identity of his chosen human, he decides to protect a pair of royal children in their perilous flight from inhuman assassins. The author of several novels set in Wizards of the Coast's "Forgotten Realms" setting has created her own world and populated it with vibrant characters both human and animal. This coming-of-age tale, the first of a series, should appeal to adult and YA fantasy fans. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765347275
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Series: Finest Trilogy Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 4.26 (w) x 6.66 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean Rabe lives in Kenosha, WI. A former journalist, she has written numerous bestselling novels for TSR/WOTC in their Dragonlance, Forgotten Realms, and Dungeons & Dragons worlds. She has also sold stories to numerous anthologies. This is her first non TSR/WOTC novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2005

    fantasy reader and horse lover

    This was a wonderful book. Rabe has a great plot and interesting lovable caracters, however the only fault i ca find is she really should have researched horses a lot more. The breeds she used did not make it as beliveable as it could been. for instance a cutting horse is not a breed, it is more somthing a horse is trained to do. she really should have made up names or just gave discriptions

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2005

    Magical Young Adult Novel

    Jean Rabe has authored a lot of stories and books in worlds originally established by others and, although she has had a greater impact on many of those worlds than is sometimes realized, it is wonderful to see her create a world that is entirely of her own making. Aimed at a YA audience, The Finest Creation has a magical feel comparable to Harry Potter, but characters who are more innocent (and less bratty) and a less convoluted plotline. Jean has a real affinity for describing the feelings of her young protagonists and for showcasing the natural world, including the equine Finest Creations. Creative and original. Donald J. Bingle, Author of Forced Conversion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2005

    A Wonderful Surprise!

    I liked this book as much if not more than I liked Lakey's Valdemar series. In this book the finest are not infallable as we find out towards the end...they can make mistakes just like humans can and can have little faults, like curiosity. What a breth of fresh air. Being a long time fantasy fan I was lamenting the lack of new voices or alternatives to Robert Jordan. It is nice to see that the fantasy pool is not as dry and dead as it had seemed. What a great story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2004

    NOT to be missed!

    'The Finest' are mystically forged creatures of perfection sent by the creators to aid the Fallen (humans) during their lives. The Finest resemble ordinary horses, are highly intelligent, and can communicate telepathically with other Finests and animals. However, they cannot speak with humans. The Finest are 'shepherds'. Each is given a 'charge' which the shepherd will gently nudge or guide in life. Yet the Finest must not allow the humans to realize he is more than a mere horse. ................................ Prince Edan Montoll of Galmier was en route to Duriam, where he was to marry a princess of Nasim-Guri and unite the lands, when dark assassins attacked. Only thirteen-year-old Meven and his younger sister, Kalantha, (Edan's cousins) survived. They lived only because of Gallant-Stallion 'Rue'. ........................... Rue's mentor also died in the attack. Rue accepts the two children into his care. They are his first assignment and he fears himself unequal to the task. Dark, evil forces gather bent on the destruction of the two orphans (who are now the last of the royal line). .................................... ***** Oh, WOW! It has been a long time since I have had the pleasure of reading such a wonderful tale of fantasy. Here is a book that you will not want to set down for any length of time. It will adorn your 'Keeper' shelf to be read again in the future. I predict awards for this gem. This is not one to be missed! *****

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2004

    Gallops Right Off the Page

    When i first picked up this book, i was half afraid it would be a copy of Lackey's Valdemar, but I was pleasantly surprised to find it was not so. Rabe's Finest are not the all knowing wise magic horses Lackey's Companions are sometimes portrayed as. Also, they can't speak with their riders or even permit them to know they are anything but ordinary horses. They also are not white with blue eyes and in fact some of them appear to be ugly, like Gallant-Stallion, to the people they shepherd. I liked this story because the two main characters were so ordinary seeming, they didn't have magic or mind talents, they were simply a normal brother and sister. Kalantha is an impetuous ten year old and her studious brother Meven is struggling between his calling as religious priest and the fact that he is also prince of a realm. Then there are the opposite of the Finest, evil owls and crows who work with nasty humans to try and kill the two siblings. There is a surprise villian revealed towards the end of the book, as well as a surprise Fallen Favorite. Should appeal to kids and adults alike. Can't wait for book two.

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