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The Rose Legacy

(The Rose Legacy #1)

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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  856 ratings  ·  170 reviews
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 abi ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Jessica
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Why hello there, little book I've worked on for Lo, these many years!

If you are wondering, this is the story that started as "Horse Brigade." I actually used it as a reading piece several years ago, so some of you lucky people might have heard the first couple of chapters! It got bumped aside for the Castle Glower books, but now it's ready to take the stage. It has horses, and intrepid young girls, and even tiny pet owl. Basically: everything you need for a great time!

Final proofread, December
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Jenn
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I was young, I was absolutely horse-crazy and read every horse story I could get my hands on and asked for a horse for Christmas every year (never received one, but still...). If I had had this book then, it would have blown my mind, but since the author wasn't yet around, I suppose it's definitely worth the wait: a fantastic action-adventure in a Victorian-type, steam-punk-y world where horses are viewed as better off dead, since the rumor is that they were once carriers of a deadly plague ...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
My daughter would LOVE this one!
Ririn Aziz
I have to remind myself over and over that this is a children's book!

I love the first half. Very intriguing. But when they took the matters in their own hands, well...it did feel childish haha. I have to strain myself during this time.

But the ending was once again intriguing. And my curious mind need to know what will happen next.
Beth
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
The beginning of The Rose Legacy, when Anthea gets off a train and steps into a new world, where nothing makes sense, and everything she knows turns out to be wrong, and the ground is constantly shifting beneath her feet, is flat-out spectacular. It may be one of the best metaphors for growing up I've ever read. (It's not a metaphor for growing up at all, which is probably why it's so powerful.) It's great.

...And then the book falls apart. She has a super-special bond with a horse that helps he
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Chrissy
I have no idea what I just read. But I finished it, so there's that I guess...

The problems started early. There is no explanation of why Anthea doesn't remember living in not-Scotland (it has another fantasy name, but like in Game of Thrones, these countries are analogs to England and Scotland, so that's what I'm going to refer to them as). The first few chapters are about Anthea freaking out that she's being sent into exile away from the snooty society of not-England and into the wilds of... so
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Ms. Yingling
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
E ARC from Netgalley

Anthea is an orphan who has been sent from family member to family member her whole life. She's been with an aunt and uncle for several years, and it's not too bad, but when her aunt is expecting, the stress of havin Anthea around is too much, and she is once again sent away. This time, however, she is sent to live outside Kalabar's Wall, which was installed hundreds of years before because of a plague that killed horses. Anyone living beyond the Wall is certainly uncivilized
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Dena (Batch of Books)
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
Basically, this is all my childhood horse fantasies in a book. 💖💖💖

Excuse me while I sigh dreamy eyed at the stars and fantasize about horses.

Okay, I'm back, but I'm still fantasizing about horses.

Remember those horse books you read as a kid? Haven't you wondered where all the modern horse books are? Because I have. And there aren't any. Until now.

And let me tell you, this book was worth the wait. Basically, it's all my childhood horse fantasies rolled into a single, beautiful book.

I literally s
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Sara
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids, fantasy-sci-fi
If I had just seen this book on the shelf, I probably would have passed it over. Not because I don't like the cover but because I don't really lean toward the animal books and the cover shows a girl riding a horse. I think it's a great cover but not really my style. However, knowing that Jessica Day George wrote it, I decided to give it a try. Everything I have ready by her I have loved-the Tuesdays at the Castle series being one of my favorites. So, I picked it up and read it. I loved it. It wa ...more
Heather Hayden
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is wonderful. I've always enjoyed Jessica's stories, but this might be my favorite of hers. My only regret is that it didn't exist when I was a child--I think my younger self, who often daydreamed of horses and spent hours poring over books about various breeds and their origins and care, when she wasn't reading the Black Stallion series and a hundred other books about horses, that young girl would have latched onto this book as a childhood favorite and read it many times over.

As it is
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Leah
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was delightful. The horses were wonderful, definitely my favorite characters. I did like most of the humans, too. The story was sweet and, at times, humorous. The setting was lovely. I liked the farm by the sea the best.
Sara W
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very nice for kids and I enjoyed it and read it quickly. I really enjoy this author for my kids. Not quite a 4, but a good book for my kids.
M.J. Evans
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My fantasy series, "The Mist Trilogy," is often described as the horse-lover's fantasy. Well then, "The Rose Legacy" should be described as the horse-lovers fairy tale. I had so much fun reading this book. Not only was the story intriguing, but the author's knowledge of horses was right up my literary alley! All readers of "Behind the Mist," "Mists of Darkness," and "The Rising Mist" will love this book as well! M.J. Evans, Author
Aqua
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Anthea, growing up in the southern kingdom of Coronam, has heard stories of supposedly disease-ridden creatures called horses that once lived in the exiled lands to the north all her life, but assumes they all died out long ago. As an orphan she is shunted around to various relatives until finally there is no one left but her uncle in the exiled lands. There she discovers horses are still alive, that she has a special connection with them, and that the history of Coronam is not as rosy as she ha ...more
Rena
Sep 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
This fell way short of JDG expectations. The plot was not very original and the horse's love felt...creepy? Very sorry I did not enjoy this more.
Sha
DNF @45%
Rating: 2 stars

1. Yeaaaah, no.

2. I don't think I have ever been a horse girl? I had a mild unicorn phase but most of what I wrote during the period focused a lot on the horns. But I do like stories about the Care and Feeding of Creatures and I liked Black Horses for the King, so I thought this was going to be enough to hold my interest.

3. Not so much, as it turns out. These are magic horses ft. non-explicit magic. Florian has an actual PoV and it's pretty obvious he's sentient. But apar
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Charly Troff (ReaderTurnedWriter)
This was a fairly quick, enjoyable read for me. I'm not really a horse person (nor was I as a little girl) but I do love Jessica Day George's books.

It was fast paced and I cared about all the characters. The tension was well paced and the actual writing flowed well.

The main reason I brought down my reading to four stars was that I wanted more from the book. There were parts of the world and plot that didn't feel fleshed out enough, with too many things left unexplained, or explained to quickly i
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Joy Smith
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
I enjoyed the premise and the characters (the horses, especially Florian, the humans, and the little owl, Arthur). Anthea has been passed from one home to another and then exiled beyond the Wall. It's a harsh life, she thinks, after arriving at Last Farm. She rebels and complains. And it's treason! Meanwhile Florian is trying to reach Anthea, but they are kept apart because no one, including Anthea, understands what he wants. Well, he is a stallion and impossible to control since Anthea arrived. ...more
Eleanor Eckert
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Rose Legacy book 1
by Jessica Day George

This is the kind of book that my sister and i love to read, just like Jessica we both had a crazy love for horses when we were younger.
Anthea had want to become a Rose maiden all her life but when her ant and uncle sent her into exile beyond the wall she discovers more then just her long lost uncle Andrew and cousin Jilly, she finds herself on the last farm as they called it surrounded by horses, something the people all thought had died out a long
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Elinor  Loredan
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
I wanted to love it, and I do like it, but it doesn't have the same magic that George's other books have. I didn't become attached to the characters and the world, maybe because the characterization and plot felt a little scattered. I'm not really sure who Anthea is, and her transition from an uppity, sheltered girl to a tough horse maiden felt rushed. I'll read the next installment, and probably the next, however.
Dianna
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a fabulous book! I got it for my daughter and she loved it so I figured I'd better give it a try too. We can't wait for the next one to come out.
Katy
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Upper elementary chapter book. I think a 5-star read for any age appropriate young lady who loves horses. Still enjoyable for an adult.
Hannah Degn
Apr 14, 2020 rated it liked it
G8 horse girl energy even if I’m too old to admit that I just read this.
Beth E
Sep 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, children-s
This is the perfect book for little girls who love horses and fairy tales.

I don't think it works as well for adult readers, but we are not the intended audience.
Liahona Whittle
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book for horse lovers, I loved it! Can't wait for next year for the second book to come out.
Joanna (BookandPages)
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
A little too far-fetched but enjoyable nonetheless.
Critterbee❇
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Rose Legacy appears (to me) to be the first in a series featuring Anthea, who has a way with horses, in a land where they have been forbidden and long thought extinct. Anthea, raised as an orphan and shipped from home to home, is sent off to family in the wild lands outside of a huge wall 'protecting the kingdom.' She discovers a land with mysterious horses and forgotten family, and has to re-think what really is true and real versus what she has been taught.

The book is a mixture of fantasy
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Kirstie
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super fun and exciting story. Can’t wait to read the rest of the books. This kind of younger audience book is just thing for my younger self to read in the summer. I love this author and I love talking horses ;)
Samantha
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Jessica Day George, I love you, but not this book, sadly. It DOES, however (whatever my opinion), accurately capture a girl and her love of horses. (I should know, my sister is one of those crazy, amazing people.) The story was actually great, but I never got to like Anthea. She seemed to be too prissy and annoying. She also changed her mind A LOT. The sad thing is, though, I can see myself doing the same thing if I were in her shoes. Everything changing, going to a new place where all the rules ...more
Berkley
I just re-read this book for probably the fourth time, and it was just cute as I remember!! I loved how cute Anthea's relationship with her horse is, it made me want to have a horse of my own :). I also thought the ending was totally perfect. I will definitely read again.
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