Do You Believe in Legend? is the second book in the Stars of Heros series by Ani Manjikian. I think that this second book in the series is better than first book, Spirit of the Lone Horse. I still like the first book in the series. This tale is a combination of science fiction and fantasy featuring horses, equine shape-shifters, seasoned with a nice dose of time travel in a military setting.
The series plot is well developed and the saga of the Mason family and associates continues to unfold. Since the 19th century the family of Jo Mason has pursued a dream of a future in which people travel among the stars. Because of unexplained memories she carries, Jo Mason has questions about her past and her future. But, no one who can answer her questions is telling her.
Strong family ties are important in the story. Personal connections between siblings are prominent in the series. In Legend two brothers are left in different centuries and their contacts are few, far between, and not necessarily in the same chronological timeline for each brother. Once thrust into the same century, because of an unforeseen accident, their relationship is strained. Time travel paradox is convoluted and difficult overcome. Can and should events in the past be fixed? In this book decisions have to be made that take into account that what happens in an earlier century impacts future centuries.
The characters are well developed and I easily identified with the Jo, the main character. I was also quite empathetic to Randy, a man out of time. The story alternates between current time and the future, but, I did not find the shifts confusing because future events related to the past events in a way that allowed me to retain my suspension of disbelief. Relationships between characters are realistic and not shallow. The book is appropriate for teens and adults who like a mixture of science fiction and fantasy. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. The end is somewhat of a cliff hanger and I want to know what happens.