“A Horse Called Hero,” is Sam Angus’s second novel after her highly praised book, “Soldier Dog.” The novel is set during one of the most emoti
“A Horse Called Hero,” is Sam Angus’s second novel after her highly praised book, “Soldier Dog.” The novel is set during one of the most emotional times in British history, the Second World War. It focuses mainly on the deep love of a boy named Wolfie and his horse, Hero.
Wolfie and his sister, Dodo, both grew up in London, but, when World War II began, they were forced to leave behind everything they ever knew and move to the country. All the men, including their father, were unwillingly turned into soldiers while women and children moved to safer places.
Wolfie had always dreamed of having a horse of his own, and during his stay in the country, he miraculously finds and rescues a small grey colt whose mother had died giving birth. Wolfie begins to raise the colt and names him Hero.
Hero and Wolfie become inseparable, but when a few ponies suddenly go missing each day, Wolfie gets anxious and begins to watch them closely, trying to catch the thief . Then one day, after a big storm, Hero disappears along with the rest of the ponies. Wolfie’s life turns upside down when he searches for Hero each day in vain. He becomes empty, overwhelmed by increasing sadness, and feeling nothing as the years drag by, seeming endless to him. Will Wolfie ever find Hero and feel happy again?
“A Horse Called Hero” is an epic story of a boy and his horse’s deep passion for each other. Readers of all ages, especially horse lovers, will fall in love with this sad tale. The story always keeps you interested and guessing at what would happen next. As I read it, the pages seemed to fly by and I felt like I was watching a movie because of Sam Angus’s great use of imagery. When I read about how Wolfie searched in agony, tears sprang to my eyes. I could feel the overwhelming pain that Wolfie was feeling when he lost Hero.
I loved “A Horse Called Hero” and I think that it can soften the hardest of hearts.