Boston, (PressExposure) April 14, 2009 -- The critically acclaimed first volume of a bold new trilogy about the history of horsemanship has won in the Fantasy category of the 2008 Reader Views Literary Awards. Veteran horseman John Royce has crafted a fast-paced and insightful literary journey through civilizationâs earliest history that is gaining the attention of YA+ readers and educators.
Readers are transported to long-ago cultures through vivid characters and events. One does not have to be a horse enthusiast to recognize that horsemanship has been a central force of civilization, and âEclipsed by Shadowâ tells the history through a fun and engaging story. As the Awardâs review states, âJohn Royce introduces us to one of those works you will remember forever.â
Since its publication in late 2008, Eclipsed by Shadow has received recommendations from Library Journal, Midwest Book Review and the Historical Novel Society as well as a growing list of excellent reviews from newspapers, Top Amazon reviewers and others.
âI believe a wholesome story can be a page-turning adventure,â says author John Royce, veteran horseman turned writer, âHorsemanship provides a colorful link to our human past, and that inspiration sparked an adventure which spans the arc of civilization.â
Readers and reviewers are finding this first book of âThe Legend of the Great Horseâ trilogy to be an authentic and engaging experience. In the words of a Top 50 Amazon Reviewer: âThis sweeping historical fantasy should have an impact on its reader that penetrates far beyond the boundaries of the usual YA (Young Adult) novel. It teaches lessons about history & horsemanship, and what it really means to be 'civilized.' â
Eclipsed by Shadow | The Legend of the Great Horse ~ Book I of III By John Royce, ISBN 978-0-9724121-3-1, 192 Pages, Softcover $15.95
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