The Rose Legacy by Jessica Day George

The Rose Legacy

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 ability to sense the horses' thoughts and feelings, an ancient gift called The...

Details The Rose Legacy

TitleThe Rose Legacy
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherBloomsbury USA Childrens
GenreFantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Animals, Horses, Adventure

Reviews The Rose Legacy

  • Jessica
    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 yo...
  • Jenn
    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 ...
  • Ms. Yingling
    E ARC from NetgalleyAnthea 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. Anyo...
  • Dena (Batch of Books)
    Basically, this is all my childhood horse fantasies in a book. 💖💖💖Review to come.
  • Joy Smith
    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 stalli...
  • ❇Critterbee
    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...
  • Angie
    Anthea is a proper lady who only wants to be a Rose Maiden. But she is also an orphan who has been shuffled among her relatives since her father died. When her current guardian decides it is time for her to go she suddenly learns that she has an uncle beyond the wall.  The wall was put in place to protect the people from the mysterious horse disease that killed thousands of people and led to the elimination of horses. What she finds at her uncle...
  • Stacie
    The Rose Legacy, by Jessica Day George, is a horse-inspired fantasy for middle-grade readers. The first in a new series by Jessica Day George, it appeal to those who love animals and magic, as well as readers who like steampunk books. The story's protagonist is Anthea, an orphan who has moved from home to home through her young life. When her Aunt sends her to live beyond The Wall to The Last Farm, she discovers she has family she never knew ther...
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    George, Jessica Day The Rose Legacy, 260 pages. Bloomsbury, 2018. $17. Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG. Anthea has been moved from relative to relative ever since she was orphaned, until she is invited by a distant uncle to come and live with him. Anthea is hesitant to live with this uncle because he lives on the other side of the Wall and Anthea has been raised to think only outlaws live on the other side. When Anthea gets ...
  • Debbie
    "The Rose Legacy" is a tween fantasy novel. I loved novels involving horses when I was a kid, and I enjoyed this one even as an adult. The characters acted realistically and were interesting. The world-building, though not extensive, did give it a unique feel. Anthea grew up with cars and trains, but life on the family farm revolves around horses and using the gift that allows people to communicate with horses.Anthea has been passed around from r...
  • Miranda
    Received an ARC via Netgalley.Anthea is a poor orphan girl who has grown up being passed from relative to relative. When she is forced to move one last time to family she has never heard of, she finds an uncle and cousin who welcome her with open arms and discovers a world of wonderful creatures. She also finds that she has a special gift and is able to communicate with the horses in a wonderful Way- they can speak with each other using their min...
  • Alicia
    1970-01-01 new book by Jessica Day George is always a treat, and this was an especially charming fantasy story, centered on a girl who's been shuffled from relative to relative all her life, and now she's being sent to live with an uncle who lives outside her kingdom, where she learns that much of what she knows is a lie. Also there are some amazing HORSES. Like there is a horse POV character who made me cry more th...
  • Bookconfessions
    This story is geared toward 8-12 year olds who love animals, have ever felt alone, or anyone who dreams of adventure. Jessica creates in Anthea someone every young girl can relate to with emotions that resonates.There’s just the right amount of young attraction written perfectly for this age range. It warms your heart and makes you smile, while you fondly remember your first crush. The plot is unique, moving the adventure along. With a couple o...
  • Elizabeth
    The Rose Legacy is a magical, beautiful story that young girls will devour. Every girl who has dreamed of horses will be enchanted with this tale of a girl who longs to belong. Passed from family to family, Anthea finally finds a home and friends with her estranged uncle and his forbidden horses. Learning more about herself, her family, and what she is capable of, Anthea discovers that with friends and hope, anything is possible.
  • Althea
    This story seems to be meant for a slightly younger age group than Jessica Day George's other stories. I rather liked the descriptions of horse society. Most of the humans were interesting, but some, like the king, seemed rather flat. A few of the plot points seemed a bit convoluted, but I still enjoyed this book. A definite recommendation for kids who like horses.
  • Celeste
    This middle reader is about a girl who has spent her childhood getting shipped from relative to relative, but when she ends up at her uncle's farm on the outside of her city's walls she finds her home among the horses hidden there. I loved the horses and adventure. Great read that's easy to recommend.
  • Charlotte
    IA gripping horse-filled fantasy, with political intrigue and a heroine having her world view shaken to its core to add non horse interest! f I had read this when I was a horse crazy 10/11 year old, I'd have given it five + stars! As a grownup, I still very much enjoyed reading it in a single sitting.
  • Joella
    I can see exactly what young readers will love this. Those that LOVE horses and fantasy. I think my favorite character was the queen. I hope that she will play (as I suspect she will) a more prominant role in future books...
  • Emily
    If you ever wanted a pony growing up, this is the book for you!!