Elen is a princess of the kingdom of Ymbria. Her greatest wish is to become a rider of worldrunners: the magical horses that are the only safe way to travel the roads through the worlds of Faerie. Now Elen has the chance to fulfill her dream at last, but the price is much too high.
To become a worldrider, Elen must journey to the House of the Star on Earth, the Arizona ranch where the worldrunners live and breed. There, she must try to forge a peace with her people’s worst enemy—a traitor from the world of Caledon—and end the war that has been tearing their worlds apart for centuries. If Elen doesn’t succeed, the Master of the House of the Star will close both Ymbria and Caledon off from the worldroads forever. Can the wisdom of a worldrunner named Blanca help Elen in her quest to save her world?
Caitlin Brennan’s first novel for young readers is an enchanting tale of a very special breed of horses, the tribe of horse girls, and faerie magic.
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Between the lake of fire and the river of ice, Elen faced the truth. She was lost. The road that had been so wide and straight when she began had dwindled into the faint line of a footpath. Now even that was gone. Her stolen map showed neither the world ahead nor the world behind. Whenever she tried to turn back, the baying of hounds sent her stumbling forward again.
As the road melted away to nothing in front of her, the hounds’ cries faded away. She stood on the barren hillside, exhausted and footsore and weak with hunger and thirst.
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Caitlin Brennan's first novel for young readers is an enchanting tale of a very special breed of horses, the tribe of horse girls, and faerie magic.
“Secrets, feuds, horses both magical and real, a cool ranch in the wild Arizona desert, plus one determined princess—House of the Star is going on my favorites shelf!”—Sherwood Smith, author of Crown Duel
“Magical horses who travel among worlds, a magical school where students dream of being chosen to ride them, an undercurrent of unpredictable faerie magic—this book is for anyone who’s ever dreamed of magic and horses and escaping to other realms. I didn’t want to put it down, and I longed to keep riding with the tribe of horse girls when I ran out of pages to turn.”—Janni Lee Simner, author of Bones of Faerie
CAITLIN BRENNAN is the author of a dozen acclaimed novels, including The Mountain’s Call, Song of Unmaking, and Shattered Dance. A graduate of Yale and Cambridge University, she holds degrees in ancient and medieval history, and breeds Lipizzan horses at Dancing Horse Farm, her home in Vail, Arizona.