Dun Lady's Jess: all woman, all heart...all horse.
“Horses, heroics, and magic–a great combination! I thoroughly enjoyed reading Dun Lady’s Jess, a spirited and daring novel. I couldn’t put it down.” –Kristen Britain, author of the Green Rider series
When hikers Dayna and Eric find a naked and terrified young woman, they’re sure she’s the victim of foul play. But the truth is much more shocking: she isn’t human at all. She’s Dun Lady’s Jess, a horse transformed into this new shape by the spell that brought her and her rider, to whom she is utterly devoted, into this world.
Possessed now of human intelligence but still a horse deep inside, Jess desperately searches this world for her master and rider, using her fiery equine spirit to take on human idiosyncrasies–and human threats.
Other books in this series: Barrenlands, Changespell, Changespell Legacy
“....Dun Lady’s Jess is unique. Durgin has created a character who is utterly believable as both horse and horse-in-human-body. The setup is brilliant: the magic that causes the transformation is not in the horse, but external, and the creature that is Dun Lady’s Jess must adapt, must find an identity that works in both paradigms. Humans who encounter her, in either body, must also adapt to the reality that created her and that she represents. She cannot be, any longer, just another mare...she cannot be, ever, just another woman....” –Excerpt from Elizabeth Moon’s Forward for Dun Lady’s Jess
“A thrill ride with a fantasy twist, neatly done by a knowledgeable author – short, sweet, and paced at a gallop, Dun Lady’s Jess can’t help but to win you over.” –Janny Wurts
“Dun Lady’s Jess is a wonderful read for those who are horse fans and those who are just plain fantasy fans or fans of great writing.” –Josepha Sherman, bestselling author/editor
“Dun Lady’s Jess is everything a great fantasy ought to be: Exciting, moving, and utterly original. Doranna Durgin has spun a marvelous tale, set it in a world that feels as real as our own, and populated that world with characters who will stay with you long after you read the final page. An excellent book, which I highly recommend.” –David Coe, author of Winds of the Forelands & the LonTobyn Chronicle
“Jess is a tale of wonderfully diverse and riveting characters embroiled in extraordinary events, told with a deftness and care few authors can achieve. Once you begin, you won’t be able to put it down until you know what happens — and then you’ll wish it never stopped. I highly recommend it.” –Diana Pharoah Francis, author of Path of Blood
“Dun Lady’s Jess is an adventure story with heart. It’s a unique idea, imaginatively explored. The characters are charming, and humanly flawed. The accurate equestrian touches are a pleasure to encounter, and Jess’ reactions, particularly while she’s still getting her feed under her, are surprisingly yet completely believable. Doranna Durgin offers the reader an unusual viewpoint of impressive versimilitude.” –Vonda McIntyre, Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author of The Moon and the Sun
“Durgin never fails to entertain with solid characters, good action, well-conceived plots, compelling narrative — and her expert background in horses always provides a real — and realistic! — treat for readers. Jess is one of the most complex and likeable characters in fantasy fiction.” –Jennifer Roberson, author of the Karavans and Sword Dancer series
Doranna's quirkiness of spirit has led to an eclectic publishing journey since that her first award-winning novel, spanning genres over 35 novels to include mystery, SF/F, action-romance, paranormal, franchise, and a slew of essays and short stories.
Beyond that, mostly she still prefers to hang around outside her New Mexico mountain home with the animals, riding dressage on her Lipizzan and training for performance sports with the dogs. She doesn't believe so much in mastering the beast within, but in channeling its power. For good or bad has yet to be decided...
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Reviews for Dun Lady's Jess
The discovery of a dangerous new spell allowing travel between worlds requires the development of a checkspell to prevent it's misuse. Courier Carey and his horse, Dun Lady's Jess are selected to make the dangerous transport run that will get the spell into the hands of someone talented enough to work out the necessary checkspell. Attacked on their journey, Carey triggers a last-ditch bit of protective magic to keep the spell out of enemy hands, catapulting himself and his pursuer into a strange new world.When Dayna and Eric discover a naked, bruised and frightened woman entangled in horse-sweat soaked saddle blanket and accompanying tack, they assume they've found an abuse victim. But as the woman who calls herself Lady learns to speak, her behavior points to something even stranger. Lost in a strange world, with hands instead of hooves and no whiskers, Dun Lady's Jess must not only adapt to her new surroundings, but find Carey and return to their world before disaster strikes.While there are a few rough spots, I have rarely read a horse-related fantasy with more realistic horses. Durgin is a talented writer. Her characters are compelling, and the story moved quickly enough to distract from a few plot holes. I look forward to seeing what happens in the sequel, Changespell.read more
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