Alyssa Brugman's books have been shortlisted for numerous literature and children's choice awards in Australia and overseas, and have been translated into seven languages. A new novel, Solo, was released mid-2007. A fifth instalment in the Shelby pony series will be released in 2008. The Equen Queen is her first venture into fantasy writing. Alyssa lives in the Hunter Valley with her partner and son and their horses, and is a full-time writer. You can find more information at www.alyssabrugman.com.au.
Like its predecessor, this book is visually appealing. The text is easy to read and broken up by many detailed line drawings. Having written a number of books for young people several of which have attracted awards Brugman handles her first foray into fantasy with style and aplomb. The plot is well-structured and engages the reader from the first sentence. Although not of her own creation, the characters are all Brugmans as she leads readers at a cracking pace from one crisis to another. Fans of fantasy and adventure are sure to love this series. - Jenny Mounfield