They were the Finest Creations - mystically forged creatures of perfection sent by the creators to aid the Fallen (mankind) during their mortal existence. Though they resemble ordinary horses, they are highly intelligent, capable of communicating telepathically, and completely moral. They are assigned to bond with individuals of great potential and then protect them from harm while guiding them along a path of virtue. Kalantha, the human ward of Gallant Stallion, has rescued her brother from the influence of the evil bishop. Now, separated from their equine guardian, they must undo the machinations of war that threaten the entire country as an avian menace prepares to launch a decisive attack on both the mortals and the Finest Creations.
A former journalist and news bureau chief, Jean Rabe has written seventeen fantasy novels and more than three dozen fantasy, science-fiction, mystery, and military short stories. Among her works are the Finest trilogy from Tor and numerous Dragonlance and Forgotten Realms books for TSR/WotC. She has edited several anthologies and has collaborated with Andre Norton on "Return to Quag Keep" and "A Taste of Magic." She lives in Kenosha, Wisconsin, with her husband, two dogs, and a miniature macaw.