The River's Gift - Mercedes Lackey

Gifted with the healing touch, fifteen-year-old Ariella spends her days caring for the animals great and small in the forests surrounding her father's castle. Her presence brings peace to the land, a serenity that entices the magical beings of the woods to make their presence known....

One summer afternoon, a wonderous horselike creature appears from the depths of the river to seek Ariella's help. As black as night and as wild as the wind, Merod is at first wary and distrustful of the small human, until her kind heart eases his pain - and a unique friendship blossoms.

But Ariella's happiness is shattered by the sudden death of her father. She is ripped away from her beloved home to be wedded to a cousin she has never seen. And Merod must use his greatest gift of magic to transform himself into her only hope for freedom - and for love.


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Release date: 1999
Genres: fantasy
Updated: September 07, 2010