At times, War Horse was a bit difficult to read. I wanted to reach into the story, grab a few of the characters, and whack them on the head for being cruel or ignorant. However, all in all it is an excellent story.
The book takes a hard look at dealing with adversity, how friendships help with overcoming struggles, the tenacity required to fight for someone you love (even if your efforts seem wasted), and it explores the power of the human-animal bond.
This is definitely a book worth reading.