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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
The Desert Pony: A Fun Read for Horse Lovers by Angharad Thompson Rees is the fifth book in the Magical Adventures and Pony Tales series. Hannan is a young shepherd who makes his living by herding his goats from place to place. He’s been living on his own ever since his parents disappeared into the desert, searching for a cure. Everything he knows is questioned when he meets a mysterious sorcerer who gives him the opportunity to exchange his herd of goats for a lovely desert pony. When he decides to forgo everything he has, he’s inspired to embark on an adventure across the desert to a magical lake where he must solve a riddle, and if he gets it wrong there could be deadly consequences.
Angharad Thompson Rees delivers another delightful pony tale with magic and adventure as another youngster embarks on a spellbinding journey. Rees weaves a story around Hannan’s life with his goats and then an adventure he sets off on although he doesn’t know what the outcome will be. The story is full of magic with a talking pony. There are several layers to the story with Hannan’s adventure, the mysterious sorcerer, and the magical lake all woven together to create an unforgettable journey about hope, magic, and family.
The connection between Hannan and the pony comes with a surprising twist and fun moments between them that give him an understanding of the true purpose of hope and adventure. Hannan discovers his own bravery and the purity of his heart when he must make a choice that so many have failed before. The Desert Pony is a sweet tale of adventure and magic with a magical lake, a talking pony, and a mysterious sorcerer that brings to life a journey about bravery and chances.