Bickle's new novel is Nine of Stars.
Among the author's five favorite books with unforgettable animal sidekicks, as shared at Tor.com:
TALAT THE HORSE, AND THE FOLTSZA AND YERIG ARMIES in The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinleyRead about another entry on the list.
Every young dragon slayer needs a trusty steed, and Talat serves Aerin loyally. As her father’s injured war horse put out to pasture, he provides unconditional love for an overlooked young woman with no magic. Talat heroically brings the young dragon slayer home, every time.
As Aerin gathers her army to save her kingdom, she wins the trust of the giant wild cats, the foltsza, and the wolf-like yerig. Her all-furry army helps her defeat the enemy, as the creatures follow her where no other human would dare go.