The Guardian Herd: Starfire

The Guardian Herd: Starfire

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The first book in a gripping new tween fantasy series about winged horses-perfect for fans of the Warriors, Survivors, and Guardians of Ga'Hoole series. This paperback edition contains bonus content-a short story about Star's beloved friend, Grasswing!

Once every hundred years, a black foal is born, prophesied to either unite or destroy the five herds of flying horses that live in Anok-fated to become the most powerful pegasus in all of the land.

Star is this black foal.

Even though Star has malformed wings that make him unable to fly, the leaders of each herd will take no risks and want to execute Star before his first birthday. With the help of his friends, Star must escape the clutches of the powerful leaders, and his epic journey of self-discovery turns into a battle between good and evil that will keep readers eagerly turning the pages.
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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 130 x 192 x 24mm | 200g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0062286072
  • 9780062286079
  • 116,069

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"Chock-full of adventure and twists, making it difficult to put down." -- School Library Journal "From page one, Jennifer Lynn Alvarez weaves an epic tale of a doomed black Pegasus foal named Star, whose race against time will lift the reader on the wings of destiny and danger, magic and hope. It's a world I did not want to leave, and neither will you." -- Peter Lerangis, New York Times bestselling author in the 39 Clues series and of the Seven Wonders series "Alvarez's world is lush with description and atmosphere, and her premise has much to offer. Fans of animal fantasies should find it enjoyable." -- Publishers Weekly "Will prove popular with both animal-lovers and fantasy fans. ...A good choice for reluctant readers. The clever resolution will get kids psyched for more tales from the Guardian Herd." -- ALA Booklist
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Back cover copy

Once every hundred years, a black pegasus foal is born, forever changing the five herds of flying horses that live in the land of Anok. For this foal will either unite or destroy the herds--and is fated to become the most powerful pegasus in all of Anok.

Star is this black foal.

With malformed wings that make him unable to fly, Star seems harmless. However, the leaders of each herd will take no risks, and will execute Star before the prophecy can take effect on his first birthday. With threats from all the herds, and nowhere to hide, Star must rely on his friends. But it's his own strength that will surprise him, no matter what the future may hold.
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About Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

Jennifer Lynn Alvarez received a degree in English literature from UC Berkeley. She blogs about her books and the publishing business ( and speaks regularly at schools about creative writing. She lives on a small ranch in Northern California with her husband, three children, and more than her fair share of pets, including horses. Jennifer draws on her lifelong love of animals for inspiration. When she's not writing, Jennifer can be spotted galloping her mare across the golden foothills of Sonoma County. The Guardian Herd: Starfire is the first book in this series. Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter @JenniferDiaries.
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Rating details

780 ratings
4.29 out of 5 stars
5 56% (434)
4 25% (194)
3 14% (113)
2 4% (29)
1 1% (10)
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