By Annie K.
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Against all odds, a filly attacked by a mountain lion at birth not only survives, but thrives. Her name is Lucky, and as she grows she earns friends, respect, knowledge, and possibly even a love interest. But, all that is threatened to be ripped apart by an impending battle between two horse herds. Is there a way to stop this unnecessary violence and win over both herds, or will all attempts be in vain? Will Lucky herself be pulled into the thick of it all?
This story is very unique because it is told from a horses point of view, and deals with human-like conflicts throughout the story! Unlike many author's showing communication between animals, this author decided to use quotes to show that a horse is talking. Although this does make it easier for us to relate to the horses as humans, it does almost make you think that the horses are talking in English aloud to one another, which I'm pretty sure is not the case. However, this unique choice helps us understand what is thought and what is speech, something that helped me read the story easily!
The story starts off with a very vivid description of the setting, something I always like. The author also places us directly into a scene with almost no background information. Throughout the story, the author uses vivid descriptions for just about everything, making it very easy to visualize the setting and characters. Plus, the word choice is very descriptive, making the writing even better! In some sections of the story though, the author adds in too many details, such as how Lucky doesn't know what a crescent moon is. Some of these details include horse facts which are, although interesting, unnecessary at certain points in the story, but could be added elsewhere.
The main conflict so far is intriguing, and the writing flows nicely. The word choice is advanced, yet the plot is simple and easy to follow. I look forward to seeing where this story will go and hope that we will find out what happens to Lucky soon!