"You have all the horses you could want! Why do you need another one?"
"These aren't my horses," Geona said. "They're fun to work with, but I just want a horse that is mine!"
But the answer was no. It was always no. So for a school assignment, Geona took a pen and wrote out what she imagined her adventure with her own horse would be like.
Geona knows she is one of the luckiest girls in all of Eltiria because she lives on the best horse farm. Every day she works with the horses, but it’s not enough. She wants a horse of her own. She finds the perfect filly, but it’s not possible. When her mom gives her a writing assignment, she takes a quill and writes a tale of flying horses, sword fights, and horse races where her main character Anwen takes on a quest to save the world.
From the very first, Flashes of Ember drew me in. The character development is good, the action is good and age-appropriate, and the pacing is perfect for this style of book and for the intended audience (girls aged 9-12). This book is both a fantasy book and a girl’s horse book. Though it’s written with girls in mind and with a female main character, there is enough action and intrigue to attract a male readership, too, in my opinion as a mother of boys. (The main character also has a brother who engages in his own adventures.)
The world it’s built in is deeper than most children’s books and has lots of its own culture to enjoy.
The horse-sense tips at the end of Flashes of Ember and Ember’s Choice were informative and fun to read, too. I’m looking forward to reading future installations!
I (even as an adult) really enjoyed Flashes of Ember. The main character, Geona, is a female, but I feel that this book would appeal to boys and girls because of the amount of action and adventure.
I liked it and I think it is the right size for the 9-12 age group.It does good as a series and I am looking forward to the next one. I think it is a little bit short but that is ok in a series.
I am always on the search for books that will challenge and captivate the young readers in my life. The Tales of Shalock Stables does just that! Whether you are a horse fan or not, this book is excellent for late elementary youth. Thank you, Vicki, for writing a book that has a solid plot, teaches morals and is a pleasure to read!!
I really enjoyed this fantasy story for young adults. Well written and very engaging. Some exciting scenes surrounding horses. I highly recommend this story.
Suspense builds as Ember grows both melancholy and restive in her stall, and Geona has trouble training her. What’s wrong? I liked this second book in the series even better than the first one, and there are such interesting facts about horses at the end of the book.
Great series for any age of horse lovers! Just want the next ones to come out since they’re so short! Lol!
I could tell right away that Vicki Lucas knows her horses! The “horse scenes” are beautifully detailed and very interesting. My daughter is definitely enjoying it! And I feel like she will have a better understanding of the horse world.
Flashes of Ember is the best book ever. It had a mix of old fashion and nowadays. That’s why it’s such a good book!
I know that this story was written for children, but as an adult I thoroughly enjoyed it.Geona was a very wise and compassionate 12 year-old. Her love for Ember and her desire to see that Ember was treated right help to make this a story that was unputdownable.
The Tales of Shalock Stables is about a girl who loves horses, and it is well suited for young readers. Follow Geona as she yearns to get involved with a certain filly who is abused by her trainer! A wonderful read for young horse lovers!
The plot is well crafted and moves along with action, suspense, and inner conflict. The descriptions of the place and time are written with skill and perception. Young girls will be able to identify to Geona, the main character, in her love for horses, and her struggles between saving the horse she loves and obeying her father.
The Tales of Shalock Stables series contains a section with horse safety tips and another section with questions and answers that relate to the story at the end. I feel that these sections are a very important part of the book because they inform young readers about the appropriate way to handle horses and troublesome situations. Geona doesn’t always think before acting, so I’m really grateful that the author thought to include an informative section at the back of the book.
Flashes of Ember is predominantly a horse story, but it does include elements of fantasy, action, and adventure. I appreciate that Genoa faces conflicts that children in the 9-12 age category will relate to including following rules, standing up for their belief, and deciding when and how to do the right thing. This is a book that I would gladly share with my 10 year old daughter!
The characters in Flashes of Ember are well done, complex for mid-school, and realistically presented. The world-building is good. The story is simple but tightly done with twists and tension.
I liked the fact that Flashes of Ember was an adventure. I LOVED the cover! And I am looking forward to reading the next in the series! –Kaylyn, Age 10