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September 6, 2013

SABASKA'S TALE by J.A. Campbell


Tales of the Travelers Series
Volume 1
by A.J. Campbell

Sabaska's Tale
Untold Press (July 4, 2013)

(from Amazon)
To Anna, horses were more than a fascination, they were everything. Luckily, she had the opportunity to spend every summer on her grandmother's horse ranch in Colorado. Life was perfect, until she received the devastating news that her grandmother had been tragically killed. Anna knew she was the only member of her family who could take over the ranch and hopefully find new homes for her grandmother's beloved Arabians.

Anna wasn't alone for long. Her grandmother had hired a local teenage boy to help tend the horses for the summer. Anna didn't stand a chance against Cody's quiet charm and the two rapidly become friends. However, even with the responsibilities of the ranch, Anna quickly discovers the secrets her grandmother had been hiding and a legacy that sends her on an adventure she never thought possible. An adventure in the saddle of a horse that wasn't a horse at all. Sabaska, her grandmother's favorite Arabian, was a Traveler; a magical being that could travel between worlds. With Anna at the reins, they find themselves trapped in a fight against evil with the highest of stakes... Their very survival.

The author, J.A.Campbell has  written a beautiful fantasy adventure story  about a special horse, Sabaska. The author has written with such detail of the travels and the special Sabaska.  Sabaska has a special way to communicate.  You'll find yourself cheering on Anna as she goes against the evilness that is trying to hurt  Sabaska. The book is definitely a page turner.  The author keeps your attention and you  can't let go.  
Anna spent most of  her summers with her grandma.  This part reminded me of the summers I spent with my grandma.  So special.  Anna misses her grandmother after a tragic death took her. She is glad she had the chance to spend those summers learning all about horses.After the funeral, Anna stays at the Colorado ranch as her parents go home.  Anna has decided to try to find homes for the 20 horses.  I felt this girl  had spunk.  She  encounters a man that is bound and determined to take grandma's bay Arabian mare.  That horse was loved very much by Grandma. Anna and her new friends are going on a journey to help save Sabaska from this evil man  If you love adventure, horses and fantasy then this will be a good book for you to read.

I would give this book 4 Stars.

I was  given a complimentary ebook  of SABASKA'S TALE from the author, J.A.Campbell for this unbiased review.

Julie was born in Iowa in a pumpkin patch next to the Duck Creek mall. Her parents were out Christmas shopping one day and stopped by. Somehow she managed to fool them into taking her home. They put her under the Christmas tree where she turned into a baby. Baffled, her parents have never since bought a pumpkin for Christmas, though she does have one other sibling, a younger sister who was born in the spring 6.5 years later. She moved to Ohio with her family when she was young where she met one of her BFF's and spent the better part of 14 years. She grew up around boats and spent as much time with horses as she could. She doesn't remember learning to ride and has since concluded that she probably learned to ride before she was born. Her first masterpiece was a picture book about Willy the Bookworm. Amazingly enough, this masterpiece survives today, and she even thinks she knows where it is. This was followed by many Nancy Drew style mysteries in elementary school, followed by a longer science fiction piece in high school. She never intended to be a writer, she was going to be a paleontologist. Her 6th grade reading teacher was the first person that planted the seed in Julie's head that she was going to be a writer some day. Thanks Mrs. Fox... it's not all your fault, but you sure helped the process along. Julie didn't believe her at the time, but she believes her now. In college Julie studied Geological Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines until she found out she could get a degree in horses. Firmly set on that plan, she moved to Fort Collins and got her BS in Equine Science. After she graduated, she naturally got a job working in the computer/internet industry. She's had many jobs over the last few years but a few things have remained consistent in her life: her love for horses and her passion for writing.

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