Anthea knows the truth about horses. They're not carriers of deadly disease like everyone in their kingdom thinks; they're majestic creatures who share their thoughts and feelings with her through The Way. Anthea has convinced the king of this, but at a cost--he demands that horses and riders with The Way do his bidding.
Why I Wrote It
When I came up with the idea for the Rose Legacy many years ago, I mostly wanted to write a story about a girl and her horse. Magical, wonderful, full of midnight rides and zero wheelbarrows of manure. But honestly, that wasn’t what I loved about horses. I loved that they were so . . . real. They’re bigger than you think up close. They’re more solid and more, well, horsey! So I wanted to make sure this book was authentic, with the day-to-day care of horses, without it reading like a manual. I also knew, once I became a grown up author and started to work on this plotline in earnest, that it would be a trilogy. I knew how I wanted it to start, and I knew how I wanted it to end.
But what about the middle? What adventure should Anthea have, as she cared for her horses in the second book? Fortunately, I had a plot from the first one going spare. So much happened in The Rose Legacy just with introducing the horses, that I had ended up cutting out the main plot, in order to make it more of an origin story. And lo and behold, when it was time to write book two, I could fit that plot neatly into this bridging book! Of course, being someone who hates outlining and enjoys seeing where the writing muse takes me, there were plenty of additional surprises, including an ending that had me just shrugging when my editor asked, Where did THAT come from?
Once again we have the mares, named after some most excellent My Little Ponies: Bluebell, Holly, Blossom! I still haven’t used Minty, though! Also, as the people names go: the queen, her daughters, and their attendants are all named after young ladies of my personal acquaintance!