“The flying horse world is beautiful and magical, with amazing creatures that influence the characters around them. Romance, family issues, greed, and even death intertwine with barn politics and the pressure of annual competition. It is their livelihood. And where there is a livelihood to protect there is always corruption waiting in the shadows, to bring it down. This entire series is a fabulous read for all ages.” ~~Susan Stec, author, The Grateful Undead series
Set many years before On a Wing and a Dare, this one tells the story of Neste and Hoel during their betrothal. As Neste prepares the beautiful winged horse Llawen for the Aerial Games, the rest of the team struggles with Hoel, the team leader, and Adam, the weakest rider. Neste’s sense of honor pushes her to encourage Adam. Then tragedy strikes and Neste’s world falls apart. Although she no longer feels like living, she must make choices for her future.
In Tremirson, a barn leader’s children are expected to follow their parents into the sky, becoming riders of the winged horses that are the medieval Welsh village’s legacy. Neither Emma nor Davyd, however, want to follow that tradition. Sixteen-year-old Emma risks losing her family by following her heart. She not only loves a rival’s colt, but a rival’s son as well. Davyd, also sixteen, is plagued with a secret—he is afraid of heights. He cannot join his family aloft in the Aerial Games that provide the entire village with its livelihood. Risking public humiliation and his parents’ disappointment, he struggles to find a way to reveal his secret and still contribute to the family’s legacy. Meanwhile, the winged horses begin to die.
Nineteen year old Nia is shocked when she is secretly offered the leadership of Third Barn. This new barn full of flying horses will need someone confident, experienced, and innovative, so why are both warring factions pursuing an untried girl? Suspicious that both sides want a puppet instead of a leader, Nia races to discover their secrets before making the biggest decision of her life.
Some of those secrets are unknowingly buried in the disconnected memories of a young groom named Owain. Terror and guilt haunt Owain’s dreams – and then a face from his nightmare arrives in High Meadow. Owain looks for answers in his past and uncovers a dangerous plot that could doom High Meadow’s future. How can he foil the plot and save his people as well as the winged horses?
Ralf knows he must take over his father’s bakery, but is it wrong to want some adventure before he does? New to High Meadow, he is befriended by the beautiful and dangerous Branwen, who has her own goal—to entice Ralf to help her steal a winged horse and return it to Tremeirchson.
Meanwhile, Ralf’s sister, Alyna, dives into barn life. Becoming a groom to a winged foal is a lot of responsibility to the horse, to the barn, and to her father, who idolizes the wrong barn leader. Politics, greed, and revenge swirl around the teenaged siblings as they struggle to be true to their family and their future.