Young Evy has an unusual gift as is shown in Winter of the Crystal Dances. Living a secluded life with her mother, she is able to take advantage of her fascination with local mustangs. The animals are struggling to keep weight on and survive in the cold weather. Evy doesn’t know this solely through observation, she can hear the mustangs. Hear what they are thinking and communicating to each other. She can also feel their emotions – like they are her very own.
After a short conversation with her mother about what she experiences, Evy concludes it is easier to hide her gift. What isn’t so easy, is explaining how she knows where the mustangs are or what they’re experiencing at times. Like the time one of the young mustangs was attacked and Evy knew she needed to save it; needed to brave the cold winds and snow to bring it home.
With the rescue of a beautiful buckskin filly, Evy feels incredibly excited and proud about her new acquisition. In time she is able to treat the wounds the filly received in her attack. What Evy can’t treat is the filly’s fear and anger. Although Evy can feel everything the filly is experiencing, she cannot work out a way to show that she isn’t the enemy, but instead a friend.
Winter of the Crystal Dances shows how a young girl has to decide between her love for a horse – and the desire to keep it – and the need to release it back into the wild to its family. The first in the Whinnies on the Wind series, this book is an interesting read and sure to draw the imagination of pre-teens and early teens. It’s a great start to the series by Angela Dorsey.