Eclipsed by Shadow: The Legend of the Great Horse (Book 1)

Rated 4.00/5 based on 6 reviews
"Eclipsed by Shadow" is the award-winning 1st volume of "The Legend of the Great Horse" trilogy, a time-travel adventure about a young woman lost in history ... with only the knowledge of modern horsemanship to help her survive. Recommended by Library Journal; Winner of the Eric Hoffer Award for Young Adult Fiction, and the Mom's Choice Award (Gold) for best family-friendly Young Adult Fantasy.
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About John Allen Royce

John Royce is a writer and horseman who was born in California and grew up in Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas/Austin, where he started the school’s first Equestrian Club and organized a national intercollegiate show jumping competition.

Work in systems implementation brought Mr. Royce to Boston in the mid-90’s, where the colorful old city sparked a passion for history that inspired The Legend of the Great Horse trilogy. Today Mr. Royce works to finish the trilogy, and to connect with readers and fans of history and horses.

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Reviews of Eclipsed by Shadow: The Legend of the Great Horse (Book 1) by John Allen Royce

melissa pollard reviewed on April 24, 2016

I am not big on books that have historical connotations, but this was a fun read. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series!

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review via LibraryThing.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
Bobbie Klebe reviewed on March 27, 2012

A very enjoyable book. I believe that younger reads would truly love this book.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Heather Poindexter reviewed on March 10, 2012

Very Good Book! I like horses, but this book really goes into alot of depth. Personally this was not an easy read for me as I kept having to go back and re-read sections. However If you like Horses this book would be one I highly recommend reading.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
trish earl reviewed on Jan. 20, 2012

I loved this book about a girl and a horse. I can't wait for the others in the series to come out.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)
Christina Hickey reviewed on Jan. 5, 2012

I received this book from Librarything member giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this novel. There are a lot of strengths to this novel. It's engaging, especially for anyone who has ever been enthralled by horses (I definitely was!). It is very well researched- I was fascinated by the history of horses and how different cultures interacted and thought of them. I really enjoyed the elderly lady that took interest in the Legend of the great horse. And for the time travel, I thought that her time in Rome and her time in Asia, were exceptionally well done. I loved her interactions with Father Bartholemew and the kind gladiator in Rome. Finally, the book is well written.

There are some downsides to this book, but this should not be an issue with the following novels in the trilogy. The problem was mainly Meagan going to time periods where A) it was so far in the past that language had not been developed yet or B) she did not speak the language (like in the Genghis Khan section). The lack of connection with other characters made it fall flat during this time, which is an issue that doesn't really have an easy solution. The author minimized this issue by making those sections much shorter, which was a very good idea. Again, I think that as Meagan gets closer to her own time, this will no longer be an issue.

This novel is definitely a worthwhile read, and I'm looking forward to the next installment!
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)
Tona Cruz Dominguez reviewed on Jan. 3, 2012

This book has a lot of interesting facts about horses. Through out history there has been memorable horses. This book shows the lives of these Great Horses and the effect that they had in history. Meagan is lucky enough to have one of these Great Horses. With this Great Horse, she is transported through these times to see the lives of these amazing animals.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)

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