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If Wishes Were Horses

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  744 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
Young Tizra and her twin brother Tracell find their world abruptly changed when their father is unexpectedly called to fight in a war which promises to last much longer than the usual three-day skirmish. Their mother -- the village healer -- enlists her children to assist her in caring for the many refugees left wounded and homeless by the conflict. Inspired by her mother, ...more
Paperback, 94 pages
Published February 28th 2006 by Wildside Press (first published January 1st 1998)
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Dec 03, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
(originally reviewed on starmetal oak book blog)

When I received this book I was quite surprised, it's a small, cute square hardcover with such pretty artwork. It's quite short, at 96 pages, and even then the pages are quite small.

If Wishes Were Horses is a glimpse into a fantasy world and is driven by the characters. It centers on Tizra, a twin whose father goes off to war to support their prince. This is shortly before her and her brother’s 16th birthday, and when she is supposed to receive a
Dec 18, 2014 Maki rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read by Anne McCaffrey.

Well...not really a book. It's more of a short story.

If Wishes Were Horses is about a twin brother and sister nearing adulthood. It's about war, and how people pull together to make the most of things. It's about the strength of women, and the power of humans to adapt and survive despite the challenges that life throws at us. But mostly, it's about growing up.

The story itself isn't very character based. You have your main cast, yes, but the stor
Aug 14, 2010 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This short fantasy novel explores the power of hope and love, and that dreams really can come true.

Lady Talarrie Eircelly has a well-known gift for healing in their small country village. Whether the malady is physical or emotional, she is The Person To See. Her husband, Lord Emkay Eircelly, is known as a fair ruler of the village. They have several children, including teenage twins, Tirza and Tracell. Life is pretty good in the village, until a messenger arrives from the king with news of war.

Sarah Mckenna
Mar 03, 2014 Sarah Mckenna rated it liked it
Very short, all about bearing up in the face of hardship. As a coming-of-age tale it leaves something to be desired, it's a little too gentle on that front. There's no real loss for the protagonists so it's really hard to see any growth in them - the general privation brought on by a distant war is more implied than even explicitly stated. I read the e-book but supposedly the print version is very pretty. A story for little kids.
Jan 14, 2015 Kyle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first non-Pern Anne McCaffery book I have read, and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. The prose flows better than any of her Pern books, and is so much easier to read. It only took me about 2 hours to read, which was mainly because I had to stop to eat in the middle of the book. I would gladly recommend this to just about anyone.
Aug 21, 2012 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a short and fast read. Tirza tells the story of what happened when a two year war broke out in the kingdom. She highlights how smart her mother is and the strength she has. Also she talks about how her twin brother and her will be turning sixteen and all Tracell (her brother) wants for the day he becomes a man is a horse. Yet with the war horses are hard to come by. Tirza fears that this is something even her mother will not be able to accomplish. This story shows the bound of love and ...more
Jun 20, 2015 Judy rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
What's here is good, but it feels like an idea that was never fully developed.
Catherine Yezak
Jul 09, 2009 Catherine Yezak rated it really liked it
It was a different type of story than what I am used to. I wasn't crazy about it ending so abruptly. I felt like more of the story needed to be explaine, too many questions. I also didn't like the addition of another story being published by the same publisher added to this story.

The story was inventive and interesting. I would have liked to see what happened to the twins and what is so special about their abilities and the meaning of the crystals.
Apr 12, 2012 Bookstorequeer rated it liked it
A very short read, quick and entertaining. I kept expecting the story to open up into a story of more magic, more adventure than just one home, behind war lines, but it didn't. That was a little disappointing but at the same time, it holds the potential for a larger story, so that's interesting.

It's always nice to read an Anne McCaffrey that I never knew existed and this was a sweet one. Definitely YA, but it does round out a collection.
Rena Sherwood
Disappointing. The cover shows something that does not seem to happen in the book. The title really should be "How We Survived the War at the Home Front." There is very little to do with horses here. Too many characters to keep track of for so short a story. McCaffrey spends ages detailing what the clothes looked like and next to nothing about what the horses and the twin's pony looked like. Come on! This is just phoning it in!
Jackie Krasuski
Jul 24, 2011 Jackie Krasuski rated it liked it
Definitely not one of McCaffrey's greatest achievements. I felt a little lost, like she never took me into the story. There was not a lot of time for development of the story, either. I think this would be better if it was longer, maybe with more background about what is going on. It was a nice quick read though, and good for anyone who does not want to get obsessed with series books.
Nov 10, 2008 Cindy rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, youth
There's a lot of story in this short book. It tells of a family and community's struggle to prepare and perservere through some very tough times.

I think there's some good messages in this book especially if you consider the crystals as symbolic of the gift of the Holy Ghost.

It does elude to power coming from crystals.
It was shelved in the young adult section.
Dec 13, 2013 Moose rated it liked it
A very interesting story with strong and practical characters. There is very little drama in the traditional sense. McCaffrey doesn't take us to the midst of the battle or to the strategist's table, instead, we are with those left behind at home. The characters exhibit the best qualities of family and internal strength in the midst of confusion and fear.
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This was a fast read. Ms. McCaffrey is one of the few writers who writes from the perspective of the beta character. Or I guess the main character is not the "best" and heroine. Instead, Tirza is the slightly overlooked one. She's out shined by her mother. My preference is for her sci-fi/fantasy books. This was nice, but not really my favourite.
Nov 18, 2009 MissSusie rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This was a cute little book only about 80 pages so was a very quick read but a good story.I love Anne McCaffrey's Pern books,this one was quite different.I do however wish it would have been longer because it was a good story.All in all if you want a quick read this is a good story.
Dec 28, 2009 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A cute, short little story. There was some magic in it, but it didn't really work. I don't know, it really felt as if if the magic/mystic elements were added in later and not fully developed. At least, not as much as in the rest of her works.
Kelley Ross
I was excited to come across this book in our local used books store because I've never seen it before anywhere else. :)

A fun, short read. Although I have to say that Anne mccaffrey's series books are always better than the singles.
Sep 09, 2011 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I only read the first 3 pages. I could not get interested. I read and reread the same paragraph over and over, before I finally just decided to put it down. I don't see myself ever giving this book another chance.
Dec 06, 2008 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book from when I was younger. My brother read all of McCaffrey's dragon books, so my parents thought I might like her writing too. Re-reading it was inspired by the Medieval Times theme for Cub Camp
Aug 07, 2015 Janie rated it liked it
This book is not about horses it is about a mother and daughter who help save the women and children of their village when the men go off to war. It has a touch of magic woven into the plot.
Amy Livingston
Didn't finish, read about a quarter and just couldn't get vested in this very short story. I respect her work, so I'm giving it three stars for that reason.
Jan 10, 2010 Sharon rated it really liked it
I little gem about providing horse to King Arthur. Probably not appropriate for an adult, but that's when it came out, so that's when I read it.
Feb 28, 2015 Theresa rated it really liked it
Shelves: review
If Wishes Were Horses
McCaffrey, Anne
a short story of a young girl and her wish for friendship and companions
Dec 17, 2011 Lindsay rated it really liked it
Decent little short story. Good primer for getting back into reading again. :)
Feb 05, 2010 Marva rated it really liked it
This was a short book, but one that made me feel very good after reading it.
Jul 06, 2010 Tweller83 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-read
An interesting fairy tale but not all that deep. Ok read.
Nov 02, 2010 Kailyn added it
IT wasn't even about horses, still good though.
Mar 06, 2009 Monica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Loved this novella. Beautiful.
A charming little novella
Mar 16, 2012 Emily rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy
short fun little story
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Anne McCaffrey was born on April 1st, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at 1:30 p.m., in the hour of the Sheep, year of the Fire Tiger, sun sign Aries with Taurus rising and Leo mid-heaven (which seems to suggest an early interest in the stars).

Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two
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