Jessica Day George’s Top 10 Fictional Horses + #Giveaway!

POSTED ON April 30, 2018 BY Austine IN Blog Tour, Giveaway, Guest Post

Happy Monday, Knights! Today’s “mane” event (yes, prepare for the horse jokes) is the list of awesome fictional equines brought to you by Jessica Day George (author of the upcoming The Rose Legacy)!

After checking out the list, don’t forget to read up on The Rose Legacy and enter the giveaway! You can also see where the blog tour is stopping next!

About Jessica Day George

Jessica Day George earned a BA in Humanities/Comparative Literature from Brigham Young University, where she enjoyed classes in Pottery and Old Norse, and dutifully forced herself to take Algebra and Biology. Originally from Idaho, she now resides in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and three young children.


Top Ten Fictional Horses!

by Jessica Day George

  1. Talat in The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley – Is any horse in the world better than Talat? No! A retired warhorse, recuperating from a career-ending injury, he is “found” by a lonely princess who is herself recovering from a serious illness. Talat faces dragons, wizards, and armies of demons, and remains undaunted. He becomes the cornerstone of a new type of horse culture, and the sire of a long line of equally talented horses!
  2. Charlie in Five O’Clock Charlie by Marguerite Henry – Poor Charlie! (I guess I have a soft spot for retired horses!) Retired to a nice pasture, he misses going to the pub at the end of a long day and getting fed tarts by the cook, so he decides to take matters into his own . . . hooves.
  3. The Black in The Black Stallion series by Walter Farley – The world’s fastest, handsomest, most intelligent and patient horse, and the reason why I wanted to be a jockey for many, many years.
  4. Freyfaxi the Wonder Pony in Hrafnkel’s Saga – The model for Gandalf’s horse Shadowfax!
  5. Shadowfax in The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien – The king of the horses, sheer perfection!
  6. Greatheart in Beauty by Robin McKinley – Oh, Greatheart! So brave and loyal, like a horse and teddy bear all rolled into one! Even when faced with a fearsome beast he stays his stalwart and affectionate self!
  7. Scheherazade in Mister Revere and I by Robert Lawson – The real truth of the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere is revealed . . . by his sassy horse!
  8. Sham in King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry – The beautiful red Arabian sent as a gift to the King of England suffers alongside his mute caretaker Agba as they search for a loving home in cold, rainy England.
  9. Jan in The Firebringer Trilogy by Meredith Ann Pierce – A unicorn prince, destined to fulfill a dangerous prophecy!
  10. Bree in The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis – One of my favorite books in the Chronicles of Narnia, thanks to the witty and long-suffering Bree!

The Tour


About the Book


The Rose Legacy by Jessica Day George
Published on May 1, 2018 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pages: 272
Genres: FantasyMiddle Grade
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Orphaned Anthea Cross-Thornley has been shuttled between family members her whole life. When she receives a letter from a long-lost uncle, she dares to dream that she will finally find a home. Upon her arrival she is shocked to learn that her uncle secretly breeds horses–animals that have been forbidden in their kingdom for centuries. More alarming is Anthea’s strange ability to sense the horses’ thoughts and feelings, an ancient gift called The Way. Confused and terrified, Anthea is desperate to leave, but when dangers arise that put her family and her kingdom at risk, she has no choice but to embrace The Way and the exciting future adventures it will bring her.



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4 responses to “Jessica Day George’s Top 10 Fictional Horses + #Giveaway!

  1. Danielle Hammelef

    This book sounds unique and as a horse lover, also very intriguing and fun.

  2. Summer

    This sounds like such a good story, and I don’t know most of the books on this list and I’m always happy to find new ones. As for my own favorite horse in a book, I read Black Beauty last year and loved it.