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Horse Fantasy (SOLVED)

PeccaviPeccavi Registered User regular
edited April 2011 in Help / Advice Forum
Alright, so I've seen some amazing success with this sort of thread in H/A before (and also some failures) and since I've been wondering about this for awhile now, I figured it was time to throw myself at your mercy.

In 6th grade, we had silent reading every morning, with a bookshelf full of age-appropriate novels. I read several of these that year, but only 2 of them really stick out. One, The Thief, I have no problem remembering the title to. The other, the reason I made this thread, unfortunately escapes me. After all, this was many years ago. Unfortunately, because of all those years and all the fantasy novels I've read since then, I'm not 100% sure about any of it other than the most general plot details. There are other things that seem to ring a bell, but I could be completely mistaken, or just borrowing ideas from other books I read and thinking they originated from this novel.

Things I am sure about
  1. This was a fantasy novel, taking place on some fictional world with the typical world-building.
  2. Horses played a prominent role in the story.
  3. The book follows a female protagonist, who recently came to a frontier region (I think it was something like she was the daughter of a recently appointed governor or something like that, but don't quote me on that.)
  4. The protagonist was abducted in the middle of the night by the leader of this group that have a mystical connection with horses (the local population).
  5. The protagonist discovers she also has this mystical connection (which is the reason she was abducted) and she joins the group and plays an important role in a war against the society she used to belong to (so, kind of Dune-esque).

Things I'm not sure about, but think might be the case
  1. I feel like the author was female
  2. I think part of the mystical connection with horses involved not using bridles while riding them, instead controlling them through thought (this played a role in the abduction, where fleeing from the city was slowed by the fact that she hadn't learned how to ride without a bridle yet)
  3. There was probably some mystical sword or weapon involved (this is a fantasy novel, after all)
  4. There were other novels set in this world, which I don't recall reading.

So, if any of you have read this novel before, or have stronger google-fu than I do, I would much appreciate the help.

Update:
So, I figured this out on my own. During my searches, the name Robin Hobb popped up, and while none of her novels fit what I was looking for, the name Robin really stuck with me. I wasn't sure about it, so I didn't put it in my OP, but just did a search for "Young Adult Fantasy Robin" and bam, first result. It's The Blue Sword, by Robin McKinley.

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