''Epic Horse'' is a historical fiction series by author Victoria Holmes. There are three books in the series each following a new heroine and setting. The idea was first thought of when Holmes worked for Working Partners and came up of a historical fiction story. Each book has separate inspirations and influences on the time period and characters.
==Inspiration and origins==
The series began as Holmes thought of an idea for a novel in the historical fiction genre for her company HarperCollins which was rising in popularity. At the time Holmes "had just been on vacation in the English county of Dorset where my imagination had latched on to tales of smugglers and wreckers and beautiful hills overlooking long stretches of stony beach". Although she never intended to actually author the entire series, the company requested for her to write and publish a four book series. The idea for the first book ''Rider in the Dark'' easily came to Holmes along with the second book ''Horse from the Sea''. She says that "I clearly remember standing in the middle of the Connemara mountains and saying, “One day I will write a story set here”".
Holmes received separate inspirations for each novel as each one follows and tells a separate story. Holmes says that "I am inspired primarily by a sense of place – Dorset for Rider, Galway and Connemara for Horse, the country estate in Berkshire where I grew up for Heart, and now gorgeous Dartmoor in the county of Devon". ''Horse From the Sea'' is based in 16th century Ireland since Holmes felt it was a beautiful and interesting time period of the country. The horse's names in the series all came from different sources of inspiration. Oriel from the first book is a type of window, Lir from the second book is the Irish god of the sea, Firebird was one of the horses Holmes used to ride and in the fourth book the names are similar to Bracken and Myrtle, types of plants.〔
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