Arc Review The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd


There are winged horses that live in the mirrors of Briar Hill hospital. In the mirrors that line its grand hallways, which once belonged to a princess. In those that reflect the elegant rooms, now filled with sick children. It is her secret.

One morning, when Emmaline climbs over the wall of the hospital’s abandoned gardens, she discovers something incredible: a white horse with broken wings has left the mirror-world and entered her own.

Tucked into the garden’s once-gleaming sundial, Emmaline finds a letter from the Horse Lord. He is hiding the wounded white horse, named Foxfire, from a dark and sinister force—a Black Horse who hunts by colorless moonlight. If Emmaline is to keep the Black Horse from finding her new friend, she must collect colorful objects with which to blind him. But where can Emmaline find color when her world is filled with gray?

Jan Review

I got my copy of this arc from Mis Print Arc Adoption.  This is a short but sweet middle grade novel that has so much heart.  The author takes a time in our history that is dark and sad and much like chronicles of narnia and the secret garden weaves a magical story that makes you not only want to know what fact and what not but allows you see that their a bit of sunshine even in the darkest of times.  I thought the whole concept of the horses was a part of a illusion brought on by the sickness but it was kept our young emmaline strong and kept her fighting this terrible sickness and gave her something when she had lost so much.  I also liked that the author did not have them ack like adults she kept the story light enough that you never jumped to oh that to deep for kids.  I think it was spark and interest in history for any kid who picks it up.  Really like the pictures as well.




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