STORYLINE: Two barns whose specialty is flying horses, exist in High Meadow when In the Winds of Danger opens. An opportunity opens up for a third barn in the Welsh highlands, which unleashes discord among those jockeying for control. Alliances shift and secrets come to light as the struggle for leadership of third barn ensues.
I LIKED: the determination of the main characters. Nia is a young, but skilled rider who is offered the leadership of a new barn. She is confident in her approach to leadership and determined not to be manipulated by any of the other barn leaders or the unknown forces who throw their financial support behind Third Barn.
Owain, a young groom, shares the stage with Nia. Apart from his interest in Nia, he has his own story. A new groom is hired, which brings back unpleasant truths that must be unearthed and put to rest before Owain can live comfortably in High Meadow.
I COULD HAVE LIVED WITHOUT: the attitude of a couple of the characters, who were decidedly unpleasant. But what good is a book without characters you love to hate?
OVERALL COMMENTS: The book is chock full of intrigue, which keeps the reader guessing. The players keep their cards close to their chest, which makes for an interesting read. The reintroduction to winged horses in book two was welcome, along with the precise description of the setting and characters. The ending suggests that there will be another book in the series.
COVER NOTE: There is more than a hint that the book has elements of fantasy, based on the winged horse.