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“The Silver Brumby took me cantering into the world’s wilder places.” – Geraldine McCaughreanA silver brumby is a rare and special creature, prized both by other horses and by men…A silver brumby is special, but he will be hunted by man and horse alike, and must be stronger than both.Thowra, the magnificent silver stallion, becomes king of the brumbies. But he must defend “The Silver Brumby took me cantering into the world’s wilder places.” – Geraldine McCaughreanA silver brumby is a rare and special creature, prized both by other horses and by men…A silver brumby is special, but he will be hunted by man and horse alike, and must be stronger than both.Thowra, the magnificent silver stallion, becomes king of the brumbies. But he must defend his herd from the mighty horse, The Brolga, in the most savage of struggles.That is not the only danger. Thowra needs all his speed and cunning to save his herd from capture by man. In a desperate chase through the mountains, it seems there is no longer anywhere for him to run to…


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“The Silver Brumby took me cantering into the world’s wilder places.” – Geraldine McCaughreanA silver brumby is a rare and special creature, prized both by other horses and by men…A silver brumby is special, but he will be hunted by man and horse alike, and must be stronger than both.Thowra, the magnificent silver stallion, becomes king of the brumbies. But he must defend “The Silver Brumby took me cantering into the world’s wilder places.” – Geraldine McCaughreanA silver brumby is a rare and special creature, prized both by other horses and by men…A silver brumby is special, but he will be hunted by man and horse alike, and must be stronger than both.Thowra, the magnificent silver stallion, becomes king of the brumbies. But he must defend his herd from the mighty horse, The Brolga, in the most savage of struggles.That is not the only danger. Thowra needs all his speed and cunning to save his herd from capture by man. In a desperate chase through the mountains, it seems there is no longer anywhere for him to run to…

30 review for The Silver Brumby

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    When I was a young girl, any book that featured a horse on the cover would be snapped up - regardless of content. This is how I discovered such gems as My Friend Flicka, Snow Cloud Stallion, and, the best of them, The Silver Brumby by Elyne Mitchell. It is hard to review a story that was so much a part of my childhood. I read and re-read this book. I plagiarised it shamelessly when I attempted my first stories. I dreamed that I would see Thowra whenever we went out into wild country. To my brothe When I was a young girl, any book that featured a horse on the cover would be snapped up - regardless of content. This is how I discovered such gems as My Friend Flicka, Snow Cloud Stallion, and, the best of them, The Silver Brumby by Elyne Mitchell. It is hard to review a story that was so much a part of my childhood. I read and re-read this book. I plagiarised it shamelessly when I attempted my first stories. I dreamed that I would see Thowra whenever we went out into wild country. To my brother's disgust, I even tried to read it aloud to him. For me, it is absolutely magical and difficult to look at objectively. I'm trying hard to think about and articulate why I loved it so. As a girl, it was a book that took me into another world, with strong graceful horses and Australian terms for flora and fauna. Thowra was shown to be a magnificent stallion, wise and beautiful, and it appealed to me tremendously. It really was absolute escapism. I was horribly dismayed to learn, as I got older, that brumbies are not the stunning horses I believed them to be - in fact, are known as being rather 'scrubby'. Similarly, I imagined Thowra with a coat of shining silver - I've since learnt that the term 'creamy' probably means a palomino horse rather than a white. With some of these childhood assumptions shattered, I thought I would try reading the book once more and see how I felt about it, with some of that rose-tinted attitude stripped away. What did I find? A book that still charmed me, even disregarding nostalgia and warm feeling. This tale of Thowra, the silver stallion, is written very well, with warmth and clear love for the subject matter. The life of these wild horses is shown to be tough, with threats from lack of food and Man constantly affecting them - and yet there is joy to be found. Thowra is never given 'magical' abilities. All of the ways in which he outsmarts the men and the other horses comes from bushlore, knowing the country better than they and using rocks to step on and hide his tracks. He is clever, but only insomuch as he is forced to be, thanks to his creamy coat which is desired by all men who see him. He is a somewhat mischievous character as a foal, but grows into a wise horse as he matures, and I liked this character development. I liked the fact that Mitchell didn't anthropomorphise the characters at all - although there are occasional lines of dialogue between the horses, they are not given human qualities. They are horses, and driven by all the issues that affect horses, such as searching for grass during the winter season and seeking a mate. The Silver Brumby is a very natural book, full of grace and passages that demonstrate Mitchell's great love for horses. It is a book I would not hesitate to give to a pony-mad girl now - the language and the story are timeless, and very beautiful. In terms of pony classics, Thowra easily stands alongside Black Beauty, and I would love to see more people reading and enjoying this remarkable story.

  2. 5 out of 5

    ✨ jami ✨

    HONEST TO GOD THIS SERIES IS MY ENTIRE CHILDHOOD I loved these books so much, the writing was good and I was mesmerized by this story of Thowra, a beautiful silver stallion. I plagiarised this book so much when we had to write stories in class whoops. I went through my horse stage because of this book I WANT TO REREAD IT TBH

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brooke

    .The Silver Brumby was the first book i ever read that belonged to a series, i first read it when i was a horse crazy 9 year old, and was over the moon when i realized there were more books after this one and i didn't have to say goodbye to all the new friends i had made throghout the story...Elyne is an amazing writer, she draws you into this amazing wild and free world...on bush walks i would find myself studying animal tracks the way Thowra would...Great series to grow up with...i dont think .The Silver Brumby was the first book i ever read that belonged to a series, i first read it when i was a horse crazy 9 year old, and was over the moon when i realized there were more books after this one and i didn't have to say goodbye to all the new friends i had made throghout the story...Elyne is an amazing writer, she draws you into this amazing wild and free world...on bush walks i would find myself studying animal tracks the way Thowra would...Great series to grow up with...i dont think i will ever get tired of my silver brumby collection.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer (JC-S)

    ‘Once there was a dark, stormy night in spring …’ On this night, Thowra, the silver brumby is born. His mother Bel Bel, herself a cream colour, knows that Thowra (named for the wind) will be sought by man because of his colour and trains him well. ‘Never go near Man, nor his huts, nor his yards where he fences in cattle and his own tame horse.’ In this, the first book of the Silver Brumby Series, we follow the life of Thowra from birth to legend. He grows from colt to a magnificent stallion, using ‘Once there was a dark, stormy night in spring …’ On this night, Thowra, the silver brumby is born. His mother Bel Bel, herself a cream colour, knows that Thowra (named for the wind) will be sought by man because of his colour and trains him well. ‘Never go near Man, nor his huts, nor his yards where he fences in cattle and his own tame horse.’ In this, the first book of the Silver Brumby Series, we follow the life of Thowra from birth to legend. He grows from colt to a magnificent stallion, using the mountains to look after his herd and to escape from man. I first read this book over fifty years ago and was transported to a magical world. I still think of the Snowy Mountains as silver brumby country and imagine the offspring of Thowra roaming freely through their domain. It’s risky to reread a book I loved as a child. Sometimes the magic has evaporated, leaving behind a less imaginative cold hard reality. And brumbies are not universally loved in the Snowy Mountains. The magic had not evaporated for me with this novel: I could still imagine Thowra and his herd, I could still imagine Thowra eluding capture because of the lessons Bel Bel had taught him. I think that there are two reasons why I love this book. The first is that Ms Mitchell did such a wonderful job of describing the country and the creatures which inhabit it. The second is that the story ends in a way which enables me to imagine Thowra living on outside the pages of the novel. Jennifer Cameron-Smith

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kelsi

    More deserving review for this book to come.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    Perfect Musical Pairing: Touch The Sky by Julie Fowlis (from Disney/Pixar's Brave) ---------------------------- Don't let the flowery-looking Saddle Club-bait cover of this particular edition fool you. This is xenofiction cut from the same cloth as The Call of the Wild and White Fang, with the only noteworthy difference being (besides the fact that this book is about feral horses in Australia rather than dogs and wolves in Alaska) that the horses speak to one another in actual dialogue. Big badass Perfect Musical Pairing: Touch The Sky by Julie Fowlis (from Disney/Pixar's Brave) ---------------------------- Don't let the flowery-looking Saddle Club-bait cover of this particular edition fool you. This is xenofiction cut from the same cloth as The Call of the Wild and White Fang, with the only noteworthy difference being (besides the fact that this book is about feral horses in Australia rather than dogs and wolves in Alaska) that the horses speak to one another in actual dialogue. Big badass feral horses battle each other for kingship, find mates, raise foals, brave the harsh reality of life in the wild, protect their herds, and evade the ropes of the stockmen who seek to tame them in this atmospheric thrill-ride of a book. At the center of all this is a young stallion of an unusual color, a color that makes him a target for both rival stallions and thrill-seeking humans. In order to survive this crucible existence, he must become stronger, faster, and more cunning than either man or beast. "Horse books" are a dime a dozen, but horse books actually told from the perspective of a horse with a minimal/believable amount of anthropomorphism are not nearly as easy to find. Pick this up if you're a fan of horses (or of animals in general), and you're looking for something a little different from your average Pony Pals-type "horse book". ...I suppose if I was to nitpick, I would be miffed by the inaccurate portrayal of horse herd hierarchy. Real horse herds are matriarchal societies, not patriarchal! It's the mares who call the shots! But I suppose Elyne Mitchell gets a Free Pass on this one because this was written before the Google Age, and the plot would have been entirely different if this had been written entirely accurate to horse behavior.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Arie

    This whole series was such a vivid childhood favourite for me. I don't think I could bring myself to ever read the books again for that reason... This whole series was such a vivid childhood favourite for me. I don't think I could bring myself to ever read the books again for that reason...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Camilla Chester

    Reading this book in my 40s has been such a fabulous flashback to my years as a girl when I gobbled up horsey books on a weekly basis. The wild descriptions were just wonderful and I loved the free feeling of the horses and could really imagine the whole scenes playing out in my minds eye. It was somewhat spoilt for me as I am a writer myself and couldn't help but cast a writerly eye over the book which is perhaps not fair, but did mean I was screaming out 'where is the story?' at various interva Reading this book in my 40s has been such a fabulous flashback to my years as a girl when I gobbled up horsey books on a weekly basis. The wild descriptions were just wonderful and I loved the free feeling of the horses and could really imagine the whole scenes playing out in my minds eye. It was somewhat spoilt for me as I am a writer myself and couldn't help but cast a writerly eye over the book which is perhaps not fair, but did mean I was screaming out 'where is the story?' at various intervals along with, 'that is far far too easily resolved.' Then tension built but then just disappeared which left me feeling a bit frustrated. It is, however, a wonderful book of pure, wild escapism. I galloped along with him, every step of the magical way.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance

    Sadly, I was never one of those girls who fall in love with horses in elementary school. Apparently, my fourth grade teacher was; that year, she read aloud every Marguerite Henry horse book ever written, to my dismay. I wish Mrs. McKinnis had read aloud The Silver Brumby. I don't know if it would have had the same effect on me at ten as it did when I read it last month at fifty-six, but suddenly I'm in love with horses. At least Australian horses. Thowra eludes capture time and time again and ha Sadly, I was never one of those girls who fall in love with horses in elementary school. Apparently, my fourth grade teacher was; that year, she read aloud every Marguerite Henry horse book ever written, to my dismay. I wish Mrs. McKinnis had read aloud The Silver Brumby. I don't know if it would have had the same effect on me at ten as it did when I read it last month at fifty-six, but suddenly I'm in love with horses. At least Australian horses. Thowra eludes capture time and time again and has to fight bad horses and seeks out the wild parts of the land and leads a herd of other beautiful wild horses. Yes, a great story.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Hadassah Morgan

    This book was my absolute childhood! There is nothing that little Dass enjoyed more than to have special time with her Mum reading this book. I'm pretty sure I grew to love horses because of this book. The book is 100% better than the movie too. Nothing beats Thowra's magic <3 This book was my absolute childhood! There is nothing that little Dass enjoyed more than to have special time with her Mum reading this book. I'm pretty sure I grew to love horses because of this book. The book is 100% better than the movie too. Nothing beats Thowra's magic <3

  11. 4 out of 5

    Susan Ferguson

    Just finished rereading this - again! I love this story. I first discovered it in my city library when I was just a kid and would recheck it from time to time to read it again. Finally found a copy as an adult at the Tattered Cover in Denver several years back. I really enjoy this story of an Australian brumby from his birth to his undisputed reign as king of the Cascade brumbies. Thowra is named for the wind, since he will have to be as swift as the wind to escape men, who will want him for his Just finished rereading this - again! I love this story. I first discovered it in my city library when I was just a kid and would recheck it from time to time to read it again. Finally found a copy as an adult at the Tattered Cover in Denver several years back. I really enjoy this story of an Australian brumby from his birth to his undisputed reign as king of the Cascade brumbies. Thowra is named for the wind, since he will have to be as swift as the wind to escape men, who will want him for his unusual color - a pale creamy with silver mane and tail. The exploits of Thowra and his best friend Storm, born the same night of the storm as he was, are wonderful reading. Thowra and Storm have both been trained by their mothers to read all the signs of the earth and sky, to travel trackless and to know well the country they are going through or find themselves in. Then Thowra steals Golden from the men who bring the cattle in the summer and everyone is looking for him - The Brolga to take Golden from him and the men to capture Golden and Thowra. This may be my comfort book. Whenever I'm restless or agitated, I seem to go to this book to relax.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Grigg

    The Silver Brumby is one of those books were you just want to keep reading it over and over again. In this book Thowra, a creamy palomino horse (described as "silver")is born in a wild, windy and stormy night, for that he is named "Thowra" meaning wind. His mother who is named Bell-Bell knows that great dangers that come ahead to him, so he must know the ways of the Brumby country. When Thowra is a foal, he is playful and,in a way, cheeky. Thowra plays and grows up with his half brother called St The Silver Brumby is one of those books were you just want to keep reading it over and over again. In this book Thowra, a creamy palomino horse (described as "silver")is born in a wild, windy and stormy night, for that he is named "Thowra" meaning wind. His mother who is named Bell-Bell knows that great dangers that come ahead to him, so he must know the ways of the Brumby country. When Thowra is a foal, he is playful and,in a way, cheeky. Thowra plays and grows up with his half brother called Storm until they are ready to leave and find a mate. Thowra also has a brother called Arrow. Arrow is a mean horse that wants to be the king of the brumby country, he fights Thowra and try's to steal his place of "The King of the Cascade Brumbys". It is great to see how Thowra grows from a playful foal, to a wise and mature stallion. THIS IS A MUST READ!!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    The thing I love most about any Elyne Mitchell book, is the way that no matter which of her books it is, I am so drawn into the story, I feel like I am part of it, that it is happening right infront of me. The sounds, smells, movement, emotion, just everything. Is so real when reading her books. The Silver Brumby was the first of Elyne Mitchell's books I have read, and since reading it, I began a collection of her Silver Brumby series, and it grows bigger continuously. I always enjoy reading Mitch The thing I love most about any Elyne Mitchell book, is the way that no matter which of her books it is, I am so drawn into the story, I feel like I am part of it, that it is happening right infront of me. The sounds, smells, movement, emotion, just everything. Is so real when reading her books. The Silver Brumby was the first of Elyne Mitchell's books I have read, and since reading it, I began a collection of her Silver Brumby series, and it grows bigger continuously. I always enjoy reading Mitchell's stories and she is one of my favourite authors.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Ok, I know I'm making myself unpopular here but it would have probably got more stars if I had been a few decades younger than I am but as it is, I really couldn't get into it. Too much 'nodding wisely', too much human behaviour superimposed on animal protagonists, too many statements about herd dynamics/behaviour that is plainly wrong. All of which I would have been blissfully unaware of at, say, eight but just couldn't push aside at a-few-decades-and-then-some older than eight. Shame, really. Ok, I know I'm making myself unpopular here but it would have probably got more stars if I had been a few decades younger than I am but as it is, I really couldn't get into it. Too much 'nodding wisely', too much human behaviour superimposed on animal protagonists, too many statements about herd dynamics/behaviour that is plainly wrong. All of which I would have been blissfully unaware of at, say, eight but just couldn't push aside at a-few-decades-and-then-some older than eight. Shame, really.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Natty

    Ahhh the Silver Brumby who stole my heart all those years ago... I got to reread this classic Australian novel for uni and its made me fall in love all over again... I have had the chance to drive through the Snowy Mountains and it feels like magic when you are there, just how the book by Mitchell describes it in so many ways...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Hazel

    tbt to when i was highkey a horse girl (#noshame)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Chloe Devenish

    So sad to think that this could be based on what actually might have happened in Australia.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lotte Houghton

    This was a real childhood favourite of mine and it was so nice revisiting it. It is just basically wild horses running around for 200 pages and the same descriptions tend to repeat throughout; but if you like horses and stories about the wild it's great. This was a real childhood favourite of mine and it was so nice revisiting it. It is just basically wild horses running around for 200 pages and the same descriptions tend to repeat throughout; but if you like horses and stories about the wild it's great.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Faryard

    Best.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jessica (novelcravings)

    Read it and loved the movie as a kid

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lara Vehar

    Years ago when I was younger I remember watching the cartoon called Silver Brumby. So imagine my< surprise when Book depository started recommanding me this book. I didn't know that it existed but I decided to pick it up and give it a shot anyways and... It was allright. It wasn't bad it was just weird. Horses go from being wild to speaking like humans and almost behaving like humans. There are some intense scenes but Thowra always gets away and you know he is going to get away so there is no re Years ago when I was younger I remember watching the cartoon called Silver Brumby. So imagine my< surprise when Book depository started recommanding me this book. I didn't know that it existed but I decided to pick it up and give it a shot anyways and... It was allright. It wasn't bad it was just weird. Horses go from being wild to speaking like humans and almost behaving like humans. There are some intense scenes but Thowra always gets away and you know he is going to get away so there is no real tension- I wish that he got captured at least once so he wouldn't be so invincible- and yes I know that this is a kids book but still. Also the writting was really odd and awkward at certain places- not all the time but some parts just read weirdly. Can't put my finger on what exactly was odd though. But at least the characters were nice and loveable, that was a huge plus for me. I loved Arrow and I loved Thowra and Storm and Bel Bel - they are cool but I wish that other characters besides Thowra got fleshed out a little bit more instead of just being there in the background not really growing or doing anything aside from occassionally running away and hiding. I also loved the descriptions of the places, it almost made me feel like I was in the forest running alongside Thowra at times. Too bad that the book that had a huge potential and that could've been great got ruined by weird writing and bland characters though. I do wish that this one was translated to my language, I am honestly curious how much I'd like it if I read it as a child though.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Justine

    The Silver Brumby books were my absolute favourite when I was a horse-crazy girl in primary school. I started when I was seven and didn't quite have the same appreciation for reading as I do now. Perhaps the word I mean is dedication, or commitment- I used to skip paragraphs, sometimes whole pages, because I got bored (or more likely, didn't get it). My mum got me the first four books and I kept reading them for years onward (and plagiarising them when I wrote stories). At some point, I suppose The Silver Brumby books were my absolute favourite when I was a horse-crazy girl in primary school. I started when I was seven and didn't quite have the same appreciation for reading as I do now. Perhaps the word I mean is dedication, or commitment- I used to skip paragraphs, sometimes whole pages, because I got bored (or more likely, didn't get it). My mum got me the first four books and I kept reading them for years onward (and plagiarising them when I wrote stories). At some point, I suppose they got thrown away... I found The Silver Brumby Omnibus at work recently, and borrowed it out, and am now rereading the first four books. I would like to say I'm pleasantly surprised, but actually, I knew I'd still find them good. While these books are shelved in the junior section, don't for a second assume that they're juvenile. I handed the book to my partner and asked him to read a paragraph, and he was surprised by the language. Elyne Mitchell writes beautifully about the High Country and the brumbies who reside there, demonstrating her knowledge of the land. It's written in a way that even adults can appreciate and enjoy. Nostalgia aside, I still think these are great books :)

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ju Transcendancing

    I love this book so much, I love it from my childhood when I was first starting to read chapter books. I started reading it aloud to one of my partners a couple of years ago - it took us a while because I moved interstate but it was something we both really looked forward to. I really enjoyed the slow rereading, the sound of the words as I read and making the story come alive for someone else. This is a beautiful book, it's exultant about nature and freedom and wildness, but also family and frie I love this book so much, I love it from my childhood when I was first starting to read chapter books. I started reading it aloud to one of my partners a couple of years ago - it took us a while because I moved interstate but it was something we both really looked forward to. I really enjoyed the slow rereading, the sound of the words as I read and making the story come alive for someone else. This is a beautiful book, it's exultant about nature and freedom and wildness, but also family and friendship. It's serious, it's not overly intense but it has moments where reality is very present. I remember first reading this as a six or seven year old, as I reread it I'd pick up on different elements and I'd understand things differently so I also think it stands up to rereading. It's a bit of a tongue twister to read aloud, but it's worth it too if you wanted something longer to read to a child. I will always love this book so very much.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kirsti

    The Silver Brumby books featured in my early reading days quite a bit. I love horse stories, despite my complete lack of horse knowledge. I've read the books, but I've never been on a horse. Thowra of course, is not for riding, but for the thrill of freedom. This is the first book, and one I haven't read for many years. I owned a book called The Silver Brumby, but have since realized it was a novel of the movie. It wasn't bad, but this book is truly beautiful. There is poetry in this writing, El The Silver Brumby books featured in my early reading days quite a bit. I love horse stories, despite my complete lack of horse knowledge. I've read the books, but I've never been on a horse. Thowra of course, is not for riding, but for the thrill of freedom. This is the first book, and one I haven't read for many years. I owned a book called The Silver Brumby, but have since realized it was a novel of the movie. It wasn't bad, but this book is truly beautiful. There is poetry in this writing, Elyne Mitchell had a true gift. She described things so well, from the horses to the land and history. I've read a number of Australian books lately, giving me a renowned respect for our sunburnt land. I'll be dreaming of creamy brumbies tonight, The Silver Brumby is a five star read!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Wendyjune

    I read this countless times when I was a kid (in fact the entire series), and have just finished reading it to my son. Was really not as well written as I remembered, and so many typos too!, in my early edition! Still my son hopefully caught the Thowra bug.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sheryl Tribble

    I first read this when I was in grade school, but I never owned it – I got it from the library, and although I remembered it for years and wanted it, I couldn’t remember the title! I was in my forties or fifties before a friend from Australia recognized it from my description and gave me a title to go on. I bought it, verified it was the book I remembered, and gave it to my eldest daughter, who also loved it – and promptly lost it. I kept stalling on buying a new copy, thinking the other one wou I first read this when I was in grade school, but I never owned it – I got it from the library, and although I remembered it for years and wanted it, I couldn’t remember the title! I was in my forties or fifties before a friend from Australia recognized it from my description and gave me a title to go on. I bought it, verified it was the book I remembered, and gave it to my eldest daughter, who also loved it – and promptly lost it. I kept stalling on buying a new copy, thinking the other one would surely show up, until I finally found it on archive dot org. So I ended up rereading it almost exactly fifty years later. It is, as I remember, well written, evocative, enchanting, and compelling. On the other hand, I can’t help but roll my eyes over passages like, “once she, Bel Bel, had been the one cream mare in the mountains; she had been the one that was beautiful and sought after by stallions for their herds, and by men because of her colour….” Obviously, the horses in this book have been anthropomorphized, and for the most part I accept that, but for some reason the idea that horses define beauty and attractiveness the same way humans do seems idiotic. Perhaps because horses literally see differently; perhaps because their sense of smell is so much stronger; perhaps for some reason I haven’t figured out yet, I just can’t take seriously that horses reflect the human love for striking and unusual colors. Even as a child I knew the friendship between Thowra and Storm – where Storm would protect Thowra’s mares without any temptation to take them for himself – was ridiculous, and the novel itself recognizes this is extremely unusual. But as an adult I have to wonder about all the time Thowra spends on his own. Seems to me I’ve read that stallions with a harem spend all their time guarding the harem. I also have my doubts about the idea that stallions kill each other. Most animals that fight over mates that way, it’s three fourths bravado, one fourth savagery, and it’s rarely to the death. Horses may die after of infection, or because it’s rough to be a horse on his own, but I don’t think stallions generally kill each other. But when I can boot my real world “horses don’t work like that” grumblings aside, this book is just as brilliant and compelling as it was when I was younger. The last star is admittedly pure nostalgia, but I’m still giving it five stars.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tien

    I didn't grow up in Australia so I'm playing catch up with some classics and this is one that's been in my radar for at least a decade, oops. I'm not quite sure if I'd reach for this one as a child. Mostly because I'm groomed by the family in mystery reads more than anything else. Animal adventures never really featured. So, I was both a bit excited and anxious for this slightly different read. It is a tale of Thowra, a wild brumby with mane & coat so white, he gleams in the moonlight. Hence, The I didn't grow up in Australia so I'm playing catch up with some classics and this is one that's been in my radar for at least a decade, oops. I'm not quite sure if I'd reach for this one as a child. Mostly because I'm groomed by the family in mystery reads more than anything else. Animal adventures never really featured. So, I was both a bit excited and anxious for this slightly different read. It is a tale of Thowra, a wild brumby with mane & coat so white, he gleams in the moonlight. Hence, The Silver Brumby. The novel opens with his mother, Bel Bel, about to give birth to her foal, Thowra. She is a beautiful white mare and full of wisdom & bush cunning which she imparted to her foal. Unlike the usual mare & foal who will forget each other within a year or two, these 2 share a special bond. As there aren't many of their colouring and men covet them so much, they both need to be wiser and more cunning than others of their kind. For me, it was slightly weird because I just have to keep reminding myself that they aren't human! What really made the novel for me was the suspense. It was unbelievably a lot of suspense: stallions fights, chasing and hiding from men, and brave escapes. Thoroughly enjoyable read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    I read this as the reread a childhood favourite part of my book bingo for the year. The five stars are not really an accurate rating for this book, certainly, there are story elements and the writing quality are sometimes much lower than this rating but the five stars are for how much I loved this book twenty years ago and how much I still love it now. A couple of pages in and I was transported right back to horse mad child and teen that I used to be! For me this book is magical, somewhere in th I read this as the reread a childhood favourite part of my book bingo for the year. The five stars are not really an accurate rating for this book, certainly, there are story elements and the writing quality are sometimes much lower than this rating but the five stars are for how much I loved this book twenty years ago and how much I still love it now. A couple of pages in and I was transported right back to horse mad child and teen that I used to be! For me this book is magical, somewhere in the back of my mind I'm determined that horses communicate just like they do in this book. I loved the realness of the hierarchy of the wild stallions and the 'Fight to the death' chapter still made me shudder. I honestly could go on and on about this book but I'll go back to daydreaming about Storm, Arrow, Golden, Bel-Bel and of course the king of the mountain horses Thowra!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jill Smith

    This is an enchanting book all written from the point of view of the horses. First Bel Bel who gives birth to her foal she names Thowra (the wind) because he was born in the storm. He also had her silver coat and would be hunted by man and horse alike. The whole book is a kaleidoscope of description indulging the reader to feel the Australian high country in its changing seasons. To move as though you are part of the mighty herd. There is a novella at the end of this story called 'Wild Echos Rin This is an enchanting book all written from the point of view of the horses. First Bel Bel who gives birth to her foal she names Thowra (the wind) because he was born in the storm. He also had her silver coat and would be hunted by man and horse alike. The whole book is a kaleidoscope of description indulging the reader to feel the Australian high country in its changing seasons. To move as though you are part of the mighty herd. There is a novella at the end of this story called 'Wild Echos Ringing' which is the last story Elyne Mitchell wrote. I'll not read this as this book is a Christmas gift for my Granddaughter and I read the first story 'The Silver Brumby' to see if it was something she would enjoy. I think it is and as an author reading a work that is from an animals point of view is as thrilling as the amazing life of Thowra.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jai Williams

    Bit of an older style writing, but I really did enjoy these books. I read them all as a teenager because yeah, I was obsessed with horses like any decent country boy is, but I rode them AND read about them, don't tell that to my other country mates though, they'll look at me funny. Nice atmospheric books with cool exploration of the country-side, and no human main characters aside from the ever-present stockman. It's slow though, but I'm into those kind of books when I'm in the mood, but I'm giv Bit of an older style writing, but I really did enjoy these books. I read them all as a teenager because yeah, I was obsessed with horses like any decent country boy is, but I rode them AND read about them, don't tell that to my other country mates though, they'll look at me funny. Nice atmospheric books with cool exploration of the country-side, and no human main characters aside from the ever-present stockman. It's slow though, but I'm into those kind of books when I'm in the mood, but I'm giving it 3 stars because that's what I feel like it will be for other people, for me they were a 4-5 stars.

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