Hunt for the Horsemen by Gita V. Reddy
Genre: Middle Grade, Suspense/Mystery, Action/Adventure, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (101 pages)
Age Recommendation: 10+
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Review by: Astilbe
An Indian Palace full of secret chambers and hidey-holes.
A Treasure Hunt game more than a century old.
And a family gathering of one hundred and fifty people!
Twelve- year- old Sandy, who has always lived in the U.S., is visiting Amrita Mahal, the family palace. She joins the other children of the erstwhile royal family in the Hunt for the Horseman, a game like none other because it involves looking for an ivory toy- the Horseman- in secret compartments and hidey-holes.
Dangerous criminals are out to grab the palace. This could be the last chance the children may have to find the elusive horseman. Meantime, as the court hearing nears, the thugs start dangerous games.
When it looks like everything is lost, the Horseman saves the palace……
Read for a rollercoaster ride of fun, thrill, adventure, mystery, and more.
There’s never been a family reunion more adventurous than this one.
My favourite part of this book were the descriptions of all of the delicious things that Sandy and her family members ate during their visit. Every dish sounded incredible, and I liked the fact that the narrator spent so much time talking about what kinds of food were in them. This made it easy to imagine what it would be like to have a vacation in that castle because of how much time the characters spent thinking about their next meal or looking forward to a favorite treat.
The big thing holding this story back from receiving a higher rating was how many characters it had. So many of them were introduced that I had a tough time remembering who everyone was, especially when it came to people who only showed up for a few of the scenes. It would have been nice to have a smaller number of Sandy’s relatives to focus on so that I could get to know them and her better than I did.
The search for the Horseman was so exciting. There seemed like there could only be a certain number of places to hide something like that in a palace, so I was curious to find out why no one has found this toy yet. I had a few different theories about where it might have been stashed away. It was fun to compare them to what the main character found as she and her cousins moved from room to room.
Hunt for the Horseman should be read by anyone who is in the mood for a playful mystery.