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?
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House of the Star
She would die here. Her soul would wander the borderlands of Faerie forever, lost and forgotten. She would never see her mother or her people or her world again.
After a moment or an hour or an age, hooves clattered on stone. Elen lowered her hands from her eyes, blinking. The light of this place was dazzling bright and yet had no source: no sun or moon or star.
The shape that loomed over her was as white as the sky. It lowered its long head and warmed her with its sweet-scented breath. She was safe now, it said without words: a feeling so deep it
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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.
“Brennan creates a magical world based around a realistic ranch setting.... Fans of fantasy and horses will find an intriguing premise and a galloping plot.” —School Library Journal
“The story moves along quickly thanks to high doses of action…. A fast-paced book for horse lovers.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A fine pick for any fantasy reader or horse fan… Fantasy readers will be thrilled.” —The Midwest Book Review
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.