“It’s got that Black Beauty feel…” Penny Thomas, Firefly Press
Little Viking Horse explores the special bond between horse and his boy as they learn to truly listen to each other.
Sold to a new home, Icelandic horse Fleygur longs to find a horse-talking human who will understand him. Instead he endures cruelty and is finally abandoned. Rescued by 11-year-old Roger, Fleygur begins to believe he has found to ‘the one’. But can they each overcome their past trauma? Can Roger hold on to his little Viking Horse, and will Fleygur trust Roger enough to follow him into a burning barn…?
For 8 years up, adults included.
Cover image: Nicola Guenigault. Cover and book design: Alison Withey. Ilustrations: Mic Rushen, Solva Icelandics.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 March 2022
5* My son couldn’t put this down. This is an inspiring book for horse lovers. Finding a horse book that is for older children, where a boy is the central character is rare and had my son gripped from start to finish. He isn’t a keen reader (dyslexic) so we were sad when it came to an end (like all great books) and hoping for a follow up!
Maria Oliver –
I absolutely loved this book! My daughter has it and now we keep buying it for her horse-loving friends.
Thank you Maria, I’m glad you enjoyed it. I hope they all do too!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 November 2021
5* Lovely book for all ages. As a child I read every horse book I could get my hands on, and as an adult I really loved this and found it hard to put down – reading it in a day. I love the approach of writing from the point of view of the horse as well as the boy. It really shows how a relationship between rider and horse has to be mutual. A lovely read and I can’t wait for the next book!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 October 2021
5* Perfect for horse lovers of all ages. This is a wonderful story about a boy and his horse overcoming their troubled pasts. It’s beautifully written, and whilst it’s ostensibly a book for children I thoroughly enjoyed it as a 50 plus adult! It’s quite different from usual horse books as the equine hero, Fleygur, is a very special breed, an Icelandic horse.
I think it will become a much-loved bedtime story book for many children. A genuine modern-day Black Beauty.
Fanny Nordh –
A heartfelt, comforting and inspiring novel for children and adults alike by an amazing woman and skilful writer who not only manages to capture the heart and spirit of Icelandic horses and the bond between horse and human but does so while offering well-developed characters and captivating storytelling composed from knowledge, technique, love and a passion for writing and horses.
A delightful and must-read for both children and horse/animal lovers. Enjoyed every second of it.
Thank you so much Fanny, for this lovely review.