The Unicorn Thief
By R.R. Russell
Youth/Middle Grade Fantasy
About the Book:
Twig and Ben are unicorn riders – guardians whose job is to keep the last free unicorn herd safe. But a new danger is threatening the beautiful, mysterious creatures of Lonehorn Island. A thief from Terracornus, land of the Unicorns has snuck onto the misty island and stolen Ben’s loyal unicorn, Indy. There’s only one path for Ben and Twig – straight into the secret, shadowy heart of the island and through the passage to Terracornus.
But their rescue mission is unexpectedly complicated by a secret Ben has been hiding: A secret about the Queen of Terracornus, who has enslaved all the unicorns of Ben’s homeland. A secret that could save them all – or start a war.
In this action-oriented sequel to Wonder Light, R.R. Russell’s lyrical storytelling draws readers deeper into a beautiful and mysterious world where unicorns roam wild. Russell’s rich and innovative use of unicorn mythology is sure to captivate fantasy lovers of all ages.
My thoughts and opinions:
This is the sequel to Wonder Light. See my review of the first book here. This book takes place a short time after the first book but instead of following Twig's perspective, we also get to follow the former "Wild" boy, Ben. This book really does focus a lot more on him. His family, his history, etc.
We also get to learn more about what being a Unicorn herder really means. In the first book, we just get a basic glimpse under some very dire circumstances but now get to understand their original purpose. Some of the questions I had from the first book also get answered here. So overall the pace and plot are set a bit better so far, making this even more enjoyable than the first in a lot of ways.
Sadly, I am not quit finished reading. A family emergency kept me from finishing the book in time. I am almost done though and will have a full, official review up very soon. In the meanwhile, if you like unicorn stories or have a daughter, niece or such between the ages of 9 and 14, I recommend giving this series a go!
About the Author:R.R. Russell lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest. She grew up traveling the world as an army brat and now travels the country as a coach with a nonprofit judo club. She loves to read and draw, and like Twig, once spent a lot of time sketching unicorns. She is also the author of Wonder Light. Visit her website: RRRussellauthor.com
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