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John Allen Royce Jr.

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John Allen Royce is an American author and horseman. His debut title, Eclipsed by Shadow, won national honors including the 2009 Eric Hoffer Book Award for Best Young Adult Fiction. Born in California and growing up in Texas, the author has lived ‘from sea to shining sea’ in his native America, and now resides in Boston, Massachusetts.

Horses and history have intertwined in Mr. Royce’s life since his youth, twin passions which led to his authoring of The Legend of the Great Horse, an award-winning time-travel trilogy about a modern rider taken back into history. In addition to the national Eric Hoffer Award, Royce’s writing honors include the Mom’s Choice Award (Gold) for best family-friendly Young Adult Fantasy and a Reader Views Literary

INTO THE DARK: “A wonderful story for families to share”

Into the Dark, Book #3 of the Legend of the Great Horse trilogy, won best Classic title in the Reader Views Literary Awards — the following is the award review:

“A wonderful story for families to share”


“Into the Dark” concludes the Legend of the Great Horse trilogy by John Royce. Time traveler Meagan finds herself waking up in Texas in 1861, where she meets Dan Beardon, owner of the Gre

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Published on May 12, 2016 08:07
Average rating: 4.0 · 91 ratings · 39 reviews · 3 distinct works
Eclipsed By Shadow (The Leg...

3.87 avg rating — 60 ratings — published 2008 — 7 editions
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The Golden Spark  (The Lege...

4.22 avg rating — 23 ratings — published 2011 — 4 editions
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Into the Dark

4.38 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
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