The Golden Spark: The Legend of the Great Horse (Book 2)

The Golden Spark: The Legend of the Great Horse (Book 2)

by John Allen Royce

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ISBN-13: 9780972412148
Publisher: Micron Press
Publication date: 01/22/2011
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

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John Allen Royce

John Royce has created a fantastic heroine in Meagan Roberts. Her love and knowledge of horses is critical to her surviving her adventure through equine history that is intertwined with our own. We join her this time as she unwillingly rides with Hernan Cortes in his massacre of the Aztecs. Her excellent riding skill brings her to the attention of King Louis at Versailles as she continues to move forward through time...an addictive and witty story with a large dose of high adventure. Mr. Royce's love and understanding of horses shines through in his writing as does his knowledge of the horse's permanent place in history. His extensive research is apparent once again and I've learned several more horse facts, even though I've had them in my life from the beginning. The blend of myth and legend along with historical fact has come together beautifully into a fictional masterpiece.
I highly recommend The Legend of the Great Horse trilogy to any lovers of fantasy, adventure and a dang good story. --John Allen Royce (onebookshy.blogspot.com)

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The Golden Spark: The Legend of the Great Horse (Book 2) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
jll112 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is the first book I read by Royce and I have to say I was very entertained. Time Travel is my favorite genre, so I knew it would appeal to me on some level. However I would not have thought a book that helps you to understand the equestrian "how to's" would be interesting. But I enjoyed it very much. This would make a good "Choose Your Own Adventure" book so you could determine when she jumps through time. This book made me recall a scripture in Job that talks about the strength, power and fearlessness of the horse."It laughs at dread,and is not terrified. Nor does it turn back on account of a sword." Job 339:22
anatwork.k on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Well written and flows nicely. I found it a little difficult to quickly accustom myself to the world not having read the previous book but soon managed to lose myself in the world of the great horses. I liked the way historical details were presented. The authors research shows through. However I found the characters to be a little clunky and/or formulaic and one historical situation after the next made it difficult for me to relate to every scene. All in all it was well written and I'm glad I got the opportunity to read it even though it took me a little time to get to it.
billyburgess on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Picking up where book one left off, we find Meagan and her magical horse, Promise, barely escaping being executed for witchcraft in 1616 Western Europe. Promise takes her back in time, this time landing on a ship, but not just any ship. They land on the Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortés¿s ship in the year 1519 where Meagan becomes in charge of taking care of the captain¿s horse. Then, Promise takes her to the court of Louis XIV of France, the Sun King, where she poses as a stable-hand. Last, the Great Horse takes Meagan to Regency, England in 1816.The Legend of the Great Horse series is unlike any other horse series written for young adults. Just like book one, the author has gone to great lengths to add historical accuracies to this fantasy tale. Young readers will find the time traveling horse to be interesting, but there is so much more to young Meagan¿s quest. You will learn about the hardships that horses went through in each period that Meagan visits. In addition, you will learn fun fact about historical figures like Louis XIV and Hernan Cortes. There are some scenes of violence in The Golden Spark especially during the Spaniards¿ battle with the Aztecs, that some horse lovers may not care for, but as I said, the author is going for historical accuracies. I would have to say my favorite part of the book was the amazing descriptions of the foxhunt during Meagan¿s visit to England. Both fantasy and history readers will enjoy reading about The Great Horse. I recommend it to everyone.
Alliesopinions More than 1 year ago
“The Golden Spark” is the second book in “The Legend of the Great Horse Trilogy”. Before we get into the meat of my review, I’ll give a bit of a teaser….it was terrific. The beginning of the book finds us swaying precariously in the underbelly of a massive ship filled with horses. That scene was written so well that I actually had a dream about it. It was fascinating to learn so much about the Cortés invasion on the Aztecs. I can only imagine what those poor Aztecs must of thought when they saw horses for the first time. I think John Royce adequately describes a believable encounter between the two. The part of this book I most like is Meagan’s adventures with the Palace of Versailles. The French had an incredible amount of odd etiquette rules that today would be looked upon with disgust. I greatly enjoyed watching that come to life through John Royce’s imaginative writing. Something to note that I don’t see near enough in historical fiction is the smells of places. John Royce has done a great job in filling this void. Each new scene is fully explained, including smells. The reason this is important to me is that smell is an easy way to bring a reader further into the story. If you tell me all about the elaborate dresses and wigs of the characters, I’m inclined to believe all was clean and neat. But if you add to the scene the stench of unwashed bodies and poor sewage practices….well that completely changes the outlook of the scene. The last encounter Meagan has in this book was well timed. I was happy to see her around kind people for once. The pace of this story is fast and the suffering Meagan has seen and endured was starting to strain. Giving her this lull was a way for Meagan to recharge and the reader to learn another side of her than just survival mode. To see my full review of this title and many more, check out my blog AlliesOpinions on Wordpress!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes. (I got to go to bed)
Scoshie More than 1 year ago
Not having read the first book, I was leary about reading the second and not being able to "get in" to the story. Honestly I would love to read the first only because it is the beginning. Even though this was not a stand alone novel I had no problem enjoying and following the story of 16 year old Meagan's adventures through time and historic events. If you like horses in any way then read this series. I not only enjoyed the story but liked the horse facts throught out. I can not wait to read the third part to the series. It was a nice way to spend an afternoon in the sun.
BillyB More than 1 year ago
Picking up where book one left off, we find Meagan and her magical horse, Promise, barely escaping being executed for witchcraft in 1616 Western Europe. Promise takes her back in time, this time landing on a ship, but not just any ship. They land on the Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortés’s ship in the year 1519 where Meagan becomes in charge of taking care of the captain’s horse. Then, Promise takes her to the court of Louis XIV of France, the Sun King, where she poses as a stable-hand. Last, the Great Horse takes Meagan to Regency, England in 1816. The Legend of the Great Horse series is unlike any other horse series written for young adults. Just like book one, the author has gone to great lengths to add historical accuracies to this fantasy tale. Young readers will find the time traveling horse to be interesting, but there is so much more to young Meagan’s quest. You will learn about the hardships that horses went through in each period that Meagan visits. In addition, you will learn fun fact about historical figures like Louis XIV and Hernan Cortes. There are some scenes of violence in The Golden Spark especially during the Spaniards’ battle with the Aztecs, that some horse lovers may not care for, but as I said, the author is going for historical accuracies. I would have to say my favorite part of the book was the amazing descriptions of the foxhunt during Meagan’s visit to England. Both fantasy and history readers will enjoy reading about The Great Horse. I recommend it to everyone.
Horse_LoverWJ More than 1 year ago
AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME! I found this novel to be simple, beautiful and striking. Although it was simply told I could not put the book down, there was reflection on striking events from the past. The author John Royce is a very skilled writer in getting completely inside someone's life, thoughts, and opening you imagaination. I highly recommend it.
Renee90 More than 1 year ago
I was excited when I found out that I had won a copy of The Golden Spark to review. Many thanks to Library Thing and the Early Reviewers group for the opportunity to review this book! The Golden Spark, book 2 in The Legend of the Great Horse series opens with the last chapter of book 1 in the series, Eclipsed by Shadow. It follows the adventures of a young horse-loving teenager, Meagan who is lost in history trying to find her way home to the 21st century. Meagan's first magical journey finds her waking up in a horse stall with a magnificent horse as a fierce storm is tossing the great ship to and fro. She soon finds out she is in Mexico around 1519 and she has only her love of horses and her 21 st century horse knowledge to help her as she struggles to find the way home. History comes to life as her journey takes her from Mexico 1519 to Medieval Europe, Rome, the Black Sea and to 20,000 B.C. North America. With each stop Meagan searches for the Great Horse whom she believes is responsible for her time travels and is the only one who can help her get home. My kids and I LOVED this book! It brings history to life and we sat on the edge of our seats while we read this book. I do, however recommend reading these books in order as it was a bit difficult to follow along with the second book without having read the first one. I'm looking forward to reading book 1, Eclipsed by Shadow!