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Book Review First: Unicorn Thief Thoughts: I enjoyed reading The Unicorn Thief – Series: Unicorns of the Mist #2 by R.R. Russell, can’t deny it, I’m a fantasy book reader, plus I just fall for books with unicorns, has not changed since I was a little one. When I agreed to read and review this book, I knew I’d be slightly frustrated since I was jumping in with book # 2 of the series but I accepted that and plowed ahead. Then I had those thoughts: what was going on in the first book?!… I think that was what went through my head multiple times throughout the beginning of this book read because I felt like I was missing bits of the characters and understandings over why they were at the part of their lives that they were experiencing and additionally there was much angst at the beginning of the book since it started with recovery from a war. (So I can’t wait to pick up book #1 soon, it is available in paperback!)
Lovely book of recovery for those who need one! I did become lost in the idea of this fantasy world that could be accessed through a special door/tree with a special keyholder. Additionally, I was quickly drawn in by the character’s dedication to commitment and caring for the unicorns. I enjoyed the dark plots, character twists, and adventure throughout this book. I do highly recommend reading the first book in the series first but I was able to get past my need for clarity and enjoy the book immensely.
I’d partner this book for readers who enjoyed Bruce Coville’s The Unicorn Chronicles, very different feel from both books but I know fans of one will appreciate the other.
The Unicorn Thief
By R.R. Russell
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky: May 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4022-7992-8 ●Hardcover/$15.99
Ages 9-12 ● Grade 4-6
About the Book:
From the Publisher: 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.
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:
Brief author interview:
Do you have a key writing tip for kids? Or adults?
Live a full life. It will enrich your writing and get you through the tough times in your writing life.
Was it challenging to shift from one land to the other while writing these books?
I actually enjoyed exploring who each of my characters would become—or continue to be—when they found themselves in such different settings, playing different roles.
Could you complete this sentence? The best advice I’ve received for my profession was….
Never compare your real life to someone else’s public image.
Praise for Wonder Light:
“R. R. Russell’s Wonder Light dares to explore a world where unicorns are creatures of wonder and power, and girls can find both strength and courage to be themselves.” —Robin Hobb, international bestselling author of the Farseer and Tawny Man trilogies
“In this atmospheric debut, the unassuming and subtle fantasy elements take a backseat to Twig’s growing faith in herself and trust in others. The combination of horses, unicorns, and an offbeat girl is a winning one.” —Booklist
“Fast paced with intriguing insights into Twig’s struggles, this is a good story for young teens. Reluctant readers will be intrigued and become involved. Recommended.” —Library Media Connection
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