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Product Details

  • Paperback: 295 pages
  • Publisher: Red Deer Press; 1 edition (April 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0889953988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0889953987
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,238,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The tale is well-written, original, and the transformation of horse to human is very will done. . . Dun Lady's Jess will appeal to readers of heroic fantasy tales, lovers of horses, and with the inclusion of the modern setting in our own world, allows for a broader audience who may not always reach for the fantasy genre. Then there is also the romance angle, just to add a little bit of spice.
Highly Recommended."
-- CM Magazine

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"Horses, heroics, and magic - a great combination! I thoroughly enjoyed reading Dun Lady's Jess, a spirited and daring novel. I couldn't put it down."
-- Kristen Britain, author of Green Rider and First Rider's Call.

"Dun Lady's Jess is everything a great fantasy ought to be: exciting, moving, and utterly original. Doranna Durgin has spun a marvelous tale, set it in a world that feels as real as our own, and populated that world with characters who will stay with you long after you read the final page. An excellent book, which I highly recommend."
-- David B. Coe, author of Winds of the Forelands and The LonTobyn Chronicle.


More About the Author

Doranna responded to all early injunctions to "put down that book/notebook and go outside and play" by climbing trees to read & write.

Such quirkiness of spirit has created a wandering path through the publishing world, spanning genres and form to include nearly 40 novels and counting--mystery, SF/F, action-romance, and franchise, including the Compton Crook-winning Dun Lady's Jess--and a slew of essays and short stories. She also co-manages the Backlist eBooks collective of traditional authors presenting their backlist.

But after all that, mostly she still prefers to hang around outside with the animals. She doesn't believe so much in mastering the beast within, but in channeling its power. For good or bad has yet to be decided.


Customer Reviews

Then things start to get interesting.
Arthur W. Jordin
I found this to be a charming and very enjoyable book, and would particularly recommend it to anyone who loves both fantasy and horses.
Marshall Lord
Plenty of action, a bit of romance, magic, great characters, intriguing concept.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
I read this book awhile ago, and loved it. Being an animal lover, I appreciated the care with which the author described the horses, and how much personality they had; they were an actual part of the story, rather than just beasts of burden (this is true to one extent or another of all her writing). I also appreciated the fact that while she included a romance, sex wasn't particularly present. I get tired of some fantasy authors who seem to think that if they throw enough sex in, it compensates for lacks such as plot, character development, or action; also authors that just plain write it in all the time. Finally, she had a somewhat original and creative idea; others have written about animals becoming people or vice versa, but none that I've ever read had as much realism in that description, or as much consideration of what that would actually mean for the individual involved (especially if it is an animal becoming human). All in all, I loved this book and would highly recommend it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on November 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
Dun Lady's Jess (1994) is the first novel by Durgin and is unusually well written for a first work. It is also the first in a series about a horse who becomes a human. Her owner is Arlen of Anfeald, a senior wizard of Camolen, but her master is Carey, head rider of the Anfeald couriers.

Arlen has discovered a spell for crossing over to other dimensions and needs help developing a checkspell to prevent unscrupulous exploitation of other continua. He sends Carey to Sherra, a member of the Wizards Council, with a full report on the new spell. Warning Carey that other wizards know of the new spell, Arlen provides a stone carrying the spell and orders Carey to use it if danger appears.

Carey and Lady are ambushed and Carey is shot with an arrow, pulling Lady hard to the right. As they plunge over a cliff, Carey invokes the spellstone and they go elsewhere.

Lady, transformed to a human, lands in a meadow in Ohio with her tack lying atop and around her. She is found by Eric and Dayna, who take her home with them. Since Jess is new to the human business, she is a strange, possibly crazy, woman. At first she seems to be mute -- after all, horses don't talk -- but soon learns how to make the funny sounds that she has heard all her life. She calls Dayna and Eric by name, and tells them her own, and then goes on a orgy of word learning. When Eric brings in the tack, Jess says the saddlebags belong to Carey. When she identifies herself as a horse, also belonging to Carey whom she has lost and wants to find, they take her to Jaime at the Dancing Equine Dressage Center, where Jess meets Mark, Jaime's brother.

While Eric tries to find Carey by calling nearby hospitals, Jaime questions Jess and then puts her to work in the stables.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark E. Cooper on September 15, 2003
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I don't think I have ever read a story like this one before--a rare thing in these days of multi volume fantasy series. Dun Lady's Jess is a simple story about a courier's horse. Jess and her rider are on a mission when they are attacked and accidentally transported to our world. Due to the nature of the spell used against them, Jess is turned into a woman while her rider is seperated from her and disorientated.

Jess is found naked and alone by a couple out for the day. They rescue her, take her home, and finally realise they hve something very strange on their hands. Jess meanwhile is having trouble understanding that standing on her hind legs is now allowed (rearing is bad) and that she can talk just like her rider.

All in all, a simple but intensely interesting read. Well worth your moneyu and time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Lord TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 16, 2008
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This was Doranna Durgin's first published novel, and one of her best. She has subsequently published about ten novels, two of which are direct sequels to this one. The three books stand on their own, but can also be read as a trilogy, which is

Dun Lady's Jess
The Changespell
Changespell Legacy.

A park ranger and his partner find a confused young woman in the woods, naked except for a horse's saddle and harness, and unable to speak. At first they think she is hurt or deranged. This opinion is reinforced when, as they try to communicate with her, she picks up a few words of English and tells them that she is a horse. Little do they know that she has been sent to our world, and transformed into a woman, by a spell gone wrong, and from a magic world where she really is a horse called Dun Lady's Jess. Her struggle to make sense of her new environment is a fascinating story.

Doranna Durgin knows more than a little about horses, and it shows. I found this to be a charming and very enjoyable book, and would particularly recommend it to anyone who loves both fantasy and horses.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 24, 1999
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I don't normally seek out books about horses, but this novel was really exceptional. I love fantasy, and the truly mystical occurences in this books just served to draw me in more completely. Doranna Durgin also introduced a few fantasy concepts concerning magic that I have never read before, and I was really impressed. If you love fantasy, horses, and really good books, by all means read this!
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