The complete science fiction "Trackers" series by Diane J Cornwell.
Never admit to seeing ichur, the silvery residue of magic spells. Not if you want to stay under the radar of the Councillors of Convane.
Swift, a pure bred tracker horse who can smell the smallest trace of ichur, can also remove the magic energy from any human or talisman. Dallas, rider of Swift, knows how to create a spell without leaving residue, even if he is not a trained mage.
Neither Dallas or Swift admit to seeing and using the magic energy. If they did, Dallas would have his ability to see ichur removed, and Swift would be given to an approved mage by order of the council.
On their last boundary ride before winter, Dallas and Misty discover sick sheep. While Dallas and his tracker horse, Swift, use magic to heal the sick sheep, Misty and her tracker horse, Sweetie, help gather the rest of the flock.
At sunset, when Misty does not return, Dallas and Swift search for her and the missing flock. He finds two dead slavers and an injured shepherd. The rest are missing and their tracks are magically hidden.
Swift sniffs out a trace of magic residue, so Dallas follows, intent on rescuing Misty and the shepherd's family.
Misty Locke intends to protect Dallas from mages discovering his secret of using ichur while he attends the academy in Dead City to become a judicator.
But before they even reach the academy, she has to protect the tracker mares from a runaway wagon. Then protect Dallas and the mares from thieves intent on stealing both trackers. Which leads to her arrest by the rider of a very large black and yellow dragon called Tema, because he witnessed her attacking citizens of Convane.
Dallas Wood, his guard Misty Locke, and their tracker mares sail across the strait to Hinton Island on his first journeyman judge circuit. All he has to do is judge local crimes while looking for proof of a rumoured God of Orphans and missing children.
Dallas' dragon friend, Longflight, decides to visit Hinton Island with Dallas and Misty, even though Hinton Island does not like Convane mages or dragons.
Dallas Wood, his guard Misty Locke, and their tracker mares, defend their home from attackers, then subtly help defend Convane's borders with help from tracker horses and dragons.
But, will the council understand that sometimes defensive magic is not enough to protect Convane's borders and citizens?
Trackers concludes the adventure of Dallas and Misty's fight to alter the council's control of mages across Convane and neighbouring countries, with assistance from tracker horses, dragons, and magic spells.
Bonus Short Story
SMALL MAGIC SPELLS
Seven year old, Daria Wood, is excited to be learning magic at the Magic Academy in Convane's main city. She is also happy to meet with Mage Morecraft to show him what spells she can already do. But she is stopped from arriving at his office by three older boys who are also in her magic classes.
When one boy grabs her, she removes his personal magic shield and uses his ichur to magic an alligator into the corridor.
Daria Wood, the daughter of Dallas Wood and Misty Locke whose adventures were told in the Tracker Series, is now starting her own adventures. Follow Daria as she learns to control her magic spells in this fantasy short story.