Friday, October 1, 2010

House of the Star-Caitlin Brennan

House of the Star
Caitlin Brennan
Starscape (Tor), Nov 9 2010, $17.99
ISBN: 9780765320377

Princess Elen of Ymbria dreams of one day becoming a rider of the Worldrunners. These horses are the only safe means of traveling Faerie and traversing the multi worlds. To achieve her personal goal, she must go to earth to be trained.

Though she knows that if she leaves Ymbria she will anger her family, but to not attempt achieving her dream she will anger herself. Elen arrives at the House of the Star ranch in Arizona. Although her personal quest is horse-riding training, she also has a secret official mission. While at the ranch she must meet with her peoples’ enemy in hopes of forming an alliance. Her chances are slim, but with the guidance of the Worldrunners, she may succeed at both tasks.

This is a terrific coming of age fantasy as the heroine wants to choose how she lives her life, but being a princess her choices are limited by family decree. Still she rebels only to find herself caught in disputes not of her making. Young adult sub-genre fans will enjoy riding along side heroic Elen as her refrain is the Sinatra tune, My Way.

Harriet Klausner

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