This is one of those terrific horsy books that will appeal as much to those who don't know their snaffles from their martingales - or indeed, one end of a horse from the other - as to those who are hard-core horsefolk. Based on a true event, it is set in 1930's India: Dark Invader has the makings of a champion racehorse, but due to the demands of his ambitious owner, fails to realise his potential. He is bought as a bargain and shipped out to India in the company of his devoted stable lad Ted Mullins, and the pair of them thrive in their new environment - it is a fresh start for both of them, as Ted has his own private griefs. But just as everything is looking rosy, disaster - naturally - is about to strike the pair, although their misfortune proves to be a godsend for the Sisters of Poverty ... It is lovely to see Rumer Godden's books finally appearing in e-book form, and I'm looking forward to getting re-acquainted with the others. The Dark Horse is one of those books with wide-spread appeal, which teenagers will enjoy as much as adults. As with all of Rumer Godden's books, this is a delight; a feel-good book written with compassion, understanding and considerable charm; it hovers on the brink of mawkishness but never actually falls into it. Read it. You won't be disappointed.