January 23, 2014

Horses of the Dawn by Kathryn Lasky

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jkt_9780545397162.inddA Special Message from Author Kathryn Lasky

Dear STACKS Readers,

Over the years, I have written about the brave owls of Ga’Hoole, the noble wolves of the Beyond, and now . . . horses! Why horses? Well, when I was growing up, I loved horse stories, but I longed for a story told from a horse’s perspective. I wanted to know: What does it feel like to gallop? What does it sound like to pound across a plain with your herd?

There were no humans in Guardians of Ga’Hoole or Wolves of the Beyond. That allowed me to focus on the animals and build worlds that explored the species’ complex societies, free from any human influence.

However, the history of horses is inextricably linked to human history, which presented a unique challenge. Unlike owls or wolves, horses have been “domesticated” for centuries. Oh yes, there are “wild” mustangs in the western U.S., but they are the descendants of the first horses that came to America, and they only became wild after they escaped from captivity. These horses had to learn how to forage or gallop without shoes. Thinking about this, I became fascinated by the idea of a herd that broke away from its human masters. How would the horses survive? How long would it take for their “wild” instincts to emerge? Before I knew it, I had begun the Horses of the Dawn series.

The first book, Escape, is the story of the first horses that came to North America with the Conquistadores. Specifically, it’s the story of one filly named Estrella, who, along with six other horses, is tossed overboard from a ship bound for the New World.

The horses swim to shore, and for the first time, they have to make decisions for themselves. There are no humans, no whips, no spurs to tell them what to do. Estrella becomes the unlikely leader of the herd, though that is only the beginning of her adventure. Essentially, Escape is a story of self-discovery and homecoming, as one young horse finds the strength to lead the herd to freedom, to claim their destiny as the Horses of the Dawn.

Read Chapter 1. I hope you enjoy it!

Kathryn Lasky

  1. Anonymous

    did Hold On die? I hope he is still ok because he is like my favorite character. by the way i love your books!

  2. Julie

    I’ve read all of the Wolves of the Beyond and I can’t wait for book 3 of Horses of the Dawn to come out! You’re one of my favorite authors Kathryn Lasky!

  3. Annabeth

    Oh my goodness! I simply adore the Guardians of Ga’Hoole books! The conflicts are rich and the outcomes are just spectacular. I fell in love with owls after reading the books. I have a stuffed animal barn owl named Soren, named after the main character. Sadly, I have not read the Wolves of the Beyond yet, or Horses of the Dawn, but I will read the books as soon as I can. You totally rock, Kathryn Lasky! Ciao!

  4. Angie

    Really, its anything but boring I really think you whould cause it’s one of the best books ever

  5. Brianna

    I LOVE your books! I have read all of the Guardians of Ga’Hoole and all Wolves of the Beyond and I loved every word!! I read through The Escape so fast! It was so amazing!! I was soooo excited when I first saw that book at my school book fair. I thought ‘Kathryn Lasky has done it again! Made amazing books that have incredible animals!’ Horses, wolves, and owls are my favorite animals! I hunted on the internet after I read The Escape, looking for the second. Pleasepleaseplease write and publish the second and third and fourth… quick! I love your books and I can’t wait for your next great adventure! I love how you describe how it feels to gallop. I have always loved horses and wondered how it felt and you gave me a clue to how it feels! Thank you so much! You have a wonderful talent of writing that the world needs to see.

  6. Lauren

    this book is super interesting!!! my favorite character is Hold On. I also think the trouble makers, such as azul are really interesting. but pego, he’s just plain selfish! :)

  7. Lauren

    I LOVE that book!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so anxious 2 know if there will be a 2nd book.

  8. Lauren

    I really want to know that 2, but i think its not out yet. the 1st one came out only in Jan.

  9. Kenei

    i cant find horses of the beyond book two. what is it called? is it out yet? where can i find it?
    by the way, i read the whole wolves of the beyond series and i LOVED it. i haven’t read guardians of ga’hoole but im planing to. anyway, please answer these questions!

  10. heather

    i have that book at me school book fair i was goin to get it for my freind but i thought no but i still did not i hear its a good book tho

  11. dogwolf575

    I think this might be interesting.I’ve read all the Guardians of Ga’Hoole (exempt the newest one, I did’nt get a chance to read it yet), Wolves of the Beyond (except Star Wolf), and Broken Song. My teachers and friends have always said I had a writing talent, and I might want to become an author like Kathyrn Lasky.

  12. amberhamster35

    Sorry, but that book sounds really BORING. I am never going to read this. Even for a million dollars.

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