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Doranna Durgin is an award-winning author (the Compton Crook for Best First SF/F/H novel) whose quirky spirit has led to an extensive and eclectic publishing journey across genres, publishers, and publishing lines. Beyond that, she hangs around outside her Southwest mountain home with a Lipizzan gelding and highly accomplished competition dogs. She doesn't believe in mastering the beast within, but in channeling its power--for good or bad has yet to be decided! She says, “My books are SF/F, mystery, paranormal romance, & romantic suspense. My world is the Southwest, and my dogs are Beagles!”
Doranna’s most recent releases encompass the three books of the Reckoners trilogy--a powerful ghostbuster raised by a spirit, her brilliantly eccentric backup team, a cat who isn't a cat, and a fiercely driven bounty hunter from a different dimension who brings them together when worlds collide.
Along with a growing numer of originals, these Smashwords editions are author presentations of favorites once found on bookstore shelves.
on Aug. 24, 2014 :
Excellent premise and good story. A magicked horse from a sophisticated fantasy world winds up in modern America, transformed into a human. Love the characters, especially Jess and Carey, but also Jamie, and it's good to see dressage treated as a serious sport. 4.5 stars
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
on Jan. 25, 2013 :
What would a horse do if she suddenly found herself in a totally unfamiliar world, and suddenly possessed of human intelligence - not to mention, a human body? Many authors would fumble in telling such a story - either anthropomorphizing the thought processes of the horse, or underestimating the confusion inherent in the collision of "horse-think" with "human-think." Not Doranna Durgin. Her "horse in a woman's body" is a *horse* trying to understand what's happened... and also trying to understand why she can now think about abstract concepts like "understanding."
This was Durgin's first published book, yet it has all the elements that have made her one of my favorite authors: Vivid characters, sparkling prose, snappy pacing, and an engaging and multi-faceted plot. The "horse in a woman's body" part of the story is just that - only part of a story that includes adventures in alternate dimensions, crafty villains, stalwart friends, and acquaintances of uncertain loyalties. All this and a bit of romance, too.
I've read this book in the original version, and the slightly revised version. Both are excellent, the "revision" consisting of minor tweaks and smoothing of occasional awkward passages, rather than wholesale revising. I wholeheartedly recommend it (and the whole series, when available) to any reader who likes "action adventure" stories that don't skimp on characterization or a rich (but not overly expository) sense of "place" - and who enjoy a bit of fantasy enlivening the mundane world.
(reviewed the day of purchase)