The 3rd and final book of "The Legend of the Great Horse" trilogy, an award-winning time-travel adventure about modern horse-lover lost in history (Ages 14 to Adult).
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Into the Dark: The Legend of the Great Horse Trilogy (Book 3) based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This YA historical fiction time travel book continues the story of Meagan, a horse-loving teen who finds herself transported through time by her horse, Promise. Her previous adventures included riding with Mongols, Cortez, and French royalty, among others. In this final book of the trilogy, she finds herself on western cattle drive in 1861, at a New York horse race during Prohibition, a Polish cavalry charge during World War II, the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, and then the year 2078 -- a future where horses are nearly extinct.This book was definitely my favorite of the series. The storylines seemed to flow together more easily, and Meagan seemed to mature and learn from and make connections from her experiences. She became more in control of her own destiny, rather than the previous novels, where it seemed as if she were just going along with everything else, biding her time until she got back home. The author also included a romantic interest, which helped develop Meagan's character -- showing a new side of her, expanding her emotional range, and tying her to the past.Although the main character is Meagan, the story definitely revolves around the horses. Even with my incredibly minimal knowledge of horses, the book was fairly easy to read, particularly with the handy glossary in the back. Even though I wouldn't consider myself a horse-lover, the author really makes the reader connect with the horses, making each of them essential characters in Meagan's life.The critiques I have of this book are very few. I do wish that more time were able to be spent in the time periods following the Civil War. The first half of the book all takes place in the same era, and while I loved that part of the story, I couldn't help but feel that the following jumps through time were a bit too rushed -- I wanted to know more! Also, although I loved how the story ended, the time travel fan in me had some reservations about the epilogue... [though I have been assured by the author that the inconsistencies in the ARC will be corrected in the final copy!]Overall, I really ate up this adventure story, and didn't want to put it down. I thought that this really was a great series, even despite the fact that I don't tend to like reading about horses. I'd highly recommend it to horse fans, history buffs, and those looking to learn something new! Also, my thanks to the publisher for the advanced review copy!
Into the Dark is the last book in the Legend of the Great Horse trilogy. As our journey with Meagan comes to a very unanticipated end, the story continues to capture the imagination and emotions as well, if not better than the first two books. The story is swarming with revelations, history, action and (finally) a bit of romance. We even get a glimpse into a very unappealing and suppressed possible future. Meagan and Dan didn’t have the most auspicious start. Their “relationship” was very rewarding for me as a reader. The journey of their story is my favorite part of the entire trilogy. It came across as very authentic and genuine. Out of all the characters in The Legend of the Great Horse trilogy, Dan is the one I feel like I know the most. Other than the main character (Meagan), of course. The history portrayed in this and all the books in this trilogy are as close as your going to get to being there. John Royce took a few liberties but, all in all I feel like I’ve just returned from a short sojourn to the wild west. I continue to be dazzled by his capacity to weave fact with fiction. The characters remain strikingly realistic and there is a very unpredictable (at least for me) twist at the end of the story. John Royce’s writing is fluid and captivating. The entire trilogy comes full circle for a grand finale that ties up every single loose end. Additionally, I would like to add that the story had a happyish ending. Usually, this kind of “ish” ending would have me a bit irritable. However, for this story the ending was satisfying and appropriate. To see the full review of this title and many others, check out my blog AlliesOpinions on Wordpress!