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When a new job takes Nicky and her mom to the Scottish border lands, Nicky is concerned. She's not worried about the job -- taking care of horses -- but about where it is -- ancient Bloodybow Castle, dark, forbidding and full of sercrets.

At night, when darkness falls, Bloodybow is attacked by ghosts, ancient raiders that ride out of history to exact revenge against the cas
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published August 13th 2004 by Cricket Books (first published October 1st 2001)
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Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Revisiting a childhood favourite!

I still remember coming across this book in my primary school library, and how thrilled I was to read a pony story that was also a ghost story.

Rereading it was such a fun experience. Being reminded of everything that happened, and just why it was that I loved it so much.
The mysterious ghost horse Rowan, the living horses, including the beautiful stallion Stealaway, the violent and brutal history of Bloodybow Castle -- all just as wonderful as when I first read
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Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
A girl arrives with her mother to a Scots historic house, where a rich American is retiring to breed horses. They are going to be employed to care for the horses. The atmospheric tale starts in winter with snow, and moves along as we hear about past battles and blood feuds, the border reivers, and a valuable horse. An elderly mare called Rowan is in the stable, along with the Fell ponies and a new Morgan stallion.

Rather swiftly the weather turns to summer and nobody has been to school, which I
Aug 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Danielle picked this book out for me to read at the library. She loves horses but the fiery page cover indicated that it would be "too scary" for her. I read the leaflet and it actually sounded pretty interesting. A mother and daughter move to an ancient Scottish manor to care for the new owner's horses. The new owner is an american millionaire that has recently found ancestral ties to the manor and wants to revive the horse breeding legacy. This is too much for the resident ghosts of an ancient ...more
Jun 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Loved this book when I was younger! I want to reread this at some point!
Aug 22, 2009 rated it liked it
Not bad. An atmospheric horse story- very brief. More a novelette. I thought it was well written and descriptive. Showed a definite knowledge & love of horses & what it's like to ride. The ghostly elements were OK. Not sure kids would really appreciate this one. ...more
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