Rider in the Dark: An Epic Horse Story

( 1 )

Overview

Everything in Helena's life is in perfect order. The daughter of magistrate Lord Roseby, she has a comfortable home on a grand estate, and with the help of her best friend, Jamie the stable boy, she is able to secretly ride her father's powerful horses -- without the confines of a sidesaddle.

Then, suddenly, everything changes. Dangerous smugglers are on the loose in Helena's quiet village. And Helena's father brings home a mysterious and beautiful new stallion. Helena's world ...

See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (10) from $1.99   
  • New (1) from $50.00   
  • Used (9) from $0.00   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$50.00
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(177)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Overview

Everything in Helena's life is in perfect order. The daughter of magistrate Lord Roseby, she has a comfortable home on a grand estate, and with the help of her best friend, Jamie the stable boy, she is able to secretly ride her father's powerful horses -- without the confines of a sidesaddle.

Then, suddenly, everything changes. Dangerous smugglers are on the loose in Helena's quiet village. And Helena's father brings home a mysterious and beautiful new stallion. Helena's world is suddenly turned upside down, and becomes more exciting than she ever could have imagined.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Helena, daughter of the magistrate, is no stranger to secret plans. She has been taking her father's powerful horses for rides for months without a sidesaddle, despite her parent's wishes. When she stumbles across smugglers during a late-night ride, Helena's eyes are opened to an underground world she never knew existed. Her best friend, Jamie the stableboy, is involved with the smugglers and cautions Helena that she must never tell what she knows about the operation. After realizing that the smugglers are not evil men, but ordinary people trying to make a living, Helena is determined that they remain undiscovered. This larger conflict is paralleled by Helena's efforts to convince her parents that the spirited new horse is a good animal in need of some training. This combination of horse story, historical novel, and mystery works very well. Helena is rather spirited and independent for an upper-class girl of the eighteenth century, but her interactions with other people does not stray too far into the realm of historical inaccuracy. 2004, HarperCollins, and Ages 10 up.
—Amie Rose Rotruck
KLIATT
This IS an epic horse story and will thrill readers who yearn for another Black Stallion. The setting is the southern coast of England (smugglers!) in 1740 and the heroine is Helena, a young woman of the gentry whose family has a stable of fine horses, including a wild new stallion named Oriel. Helena is a skilled rider, of course, and her best friend is Jamie, who works in the stables and grew up with her. The two conspire to work with Oriel in the middle of the night to get him trained. These nighttime activities have consequences: Helena discovers that Jamie and his father are involved in local smuggling, and Helena's father is a local magistrate responsible for upholding the law. She has a bit of a dilemma until she learns just how complicated it is: unreasonable taxes, extra income for local villagers, etc. There are several opportunities in this exciting story for Helena to race about on the cliffs and beaches in the night on horseback, disguised as a boy, warning her friends the smugglers when the king's men are prowling about. One stormy night, really bad smugglers (wreckers) are about—strangers—who plan to trick a ship onto the cliffs so they can kill the sailors and take the goods. Helena rides the marvelous Oriel to relight the fire to warn the ship. Anyone who loves good horse stories will enjoy this excitement, and Helena's worries about right and wrong add some depth. KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 2004, HarperCollins, 305p., Ages 12 to 15.
—Claire Rosser
VOYA
Fifteen-year-old Helena Roseby has a close-to-perfect life on her father's estate. An accomplished horsewoman, she rides almost daily with childhood friend and stable boy Jamie, has servants for her every whim, and school lessons that consist mainly of reading Robinson Crusoe with her tutor. Everything changes when she learns that Jamie, his father, and other men of the village are smugglers, bringing ashore stolen goods to avoid horrendously high taxes. Although sympathetic to their cause, Helena fears for their arrests and possible death sentences when a zealous new customs officer arrives. She is distracted by her father's new horse, the beautifully wild and impossibly fast Oriel. Helena is determined to keep him and secretly rides him without her father's permission, galloping out one stormy night to warn Jamie and the others. The evening before the annual horse race, the Rosebys discover each other's secrets: She is the furtive rider, and her father is the mysterious source of the smugglers' funding. Jamie rides Oriel to a predictable victory resulting in a secure future for the horse. Despite a lot of riding, there is not much other action in a tale written to attract horse lovers. The author's background as a rider and farm girl results in an authentic portrayal of tomboyish, good-hearted Helena. Details of daily life in the England of 1740 are realistically, if somewhat optimistically depicted, with an upbeat ending for all when the customs officer turns a blind eye to the criminal actions of the villagers. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10to 12). 2004, HarperCollins, 305p., and PLB Ages 12 to 18.
—Pam Carlson
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-Lady Helena, 15, is a talented horsewoman and secret trainer of her father's prize-winning horse. When her father wins high-spirited Oriel in a bet, he threatens to sell him for fear he can't be tamed. Helena immediately sets out to prove the man wrong with the help of her best friend and stable boy, Jamie. While on a midnight ride, Helena discovers that Jamie is involved with a local smuggling ring but chooses to deny her upbringing and keep his secret. Then, when murderous wreckers begin taking the lives of local seamen, Helen, with the help of Oriel, risks her own life and Jamie's exposure to help capture the wreckers and prove that Oriel is indeed an animal to be trusted. This novel is reminiscent of Black Beauty and National Velvet, but adds a parallel story line about 18th-century England's politics, class structure, and judicial system. However, this tale is not weighed down under the overlapping themes but instead shines as a fast-paced tale appealing to readers with diverse interests.-Kimberly Monaghan, formerly at Vernon Area Public Library, IL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
An archetype of children's horse literature is the child (abused/ignored/misunderstood, preferably also an orphan) who rescues and tames the untamable horse (abused/misunderstood/ignored) and by doing so achieves glory. Such genuine treasures as Misty of Chincoteague, National Velvet, and King of the Wind use this plot-and, unfortunately, so do many lesser works, including this one. The subtitle, "An Epic Horse Story," is barely warning enough for the overstrained breathless incredulity that follows. Fifteen-year-old Lady Helena, awash in fine horses from her father's stables, casts one glance over an underfed stallion and immediately, impossibly, decides to risk everything to save him. The horse begins to trust her within minutes. Throw in some smugglers, a few villagers, and a trusty stable lad, and you've got yourself a tale that quite a few readers will like, but shouldn't. (Fiction. 10-15)
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060520274
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/24/2006
  • Pages: 320
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Victoria Holmes grew up on a farm in England, where she learned to ride at the age of two. When she wasn't riding ponies and hand-rearing calves, she enjoyed reading and writing stories of her own. She studied English at Oxford University, where the beautiful ancient buildings and sense of tradition inspired an interest in history. Victoria now works in London as a children's book editor and escapes to the English countryside whenever she can to ride horses and walk her dog, Missy.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Posted January 26, 2013

    What started as an interesting horse story for me, ended in an t

    What started as an interesting horse story for me, ended in an thrilling tale I wanted to read again.

    Helena is a girl who lives in Dorset, England in 1740. Her daily life usually consists of riding horses, and lately, everyone is preparing for the local Bridport horse race. There's a new addition to her family's stables... Oriel, a horse she can't stay away from, even though he is unbroken and dangerous. Her main goal is to prove to everyone that Oriel is not as wild as he seems... and she will take great risks to show this.

    Her father is the leader in their quaint village, and even though Roseby is a small place, it has plenty of crimes taking place. The two most repeated criminals throughout the book are the smugglers (villagers who collect ship cargo without paying taxes) and the wreckers (villagers who deliberately crash a ship, murder the sailors, and steal the cargo).

    Although the wreckers are notably worse, smugglers are punished on the same level. Lady Helena never gave much thought to these criminals until she discovers that the people she trusts the best are involved. She doesn't want to lose these friends to the death penalty, so what is there to do?

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)