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Score: 8.5/10  [1 review]
3 out of 5
ProdID: 9018 - Skandar and the Unicorn Thief
Written by A.F. Steadman

Skandar and the Unicorn Thief
April 2022

Skandar and the Unicorn Thief product reviews

Unicorns donâ ™t belong in fairy tales; they belong in nightmares.

So begins Skandar and the Unicorn Thief. Soar into a world where unicorns are real â" and theyâ ™re deadly. They can only be tamed by the rider who hatches them.

Thirteen-year-old Skandar Smith has only ever wanted to be a unicorn rider, and the time has finally come for him to take his Hatchery Exam, which will determine whether he is destined to hatch a unicorn egg. But when Skandar is stopped from taking the exam, and the mysterious and frightening Weaver steals the most powerful unicorn in the world, becoming a rider proves a lot more dangerous than he could ever have imagined. And what if Skandar was always destined to be the villain rather than the hero?

Get ready for unlikely heroes, elemental magic, fierce sky battles, ancient secrets, nail-biting races and, of course, bloodthirsty unicorns.

danger   deadly   mystery   racing   school   trainer   unicorns
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Review by: mizim (Miriam)
Dated: 24th of July, 2022

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This Review: 8.5/10
Age Appropriate:
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Personal Choice:
Score 9 out of 10

There was enough hype for this book, before it was even published, with the bookshop I work in being given FOUR readers copies to share among the staff. I like a good fantasy story and was interested to see where the author would take us in a world where unicorns aren't all sunshine, glitter and rainbows. Skandar has grown up in a world where unicorns used to be seen as previously described, until a secretive island revealed to them that unicorns are, in fact, carnivorous, blood-thirsty, rotting creatures who, once you know they are coming, it's too late... The people on the mainland get to watch a yearly race between the unicorns that have been bonded and it is this achievement that Skandar hopes to make.

Of course, things go awry and Skandar isn't allowed to take the test to become a trainer, yet soon enough ends up snuck onto the island where he must now bluff his way, as though he passed the exam like everyone else. There's plenty of action as Skandar tries to master his skills, figure out who the Weaver is and what their plan for the unicorns they're stealing are, and (as often happens) try to keep the fact that he is more like the Weaver than anyone would like. Whilst the plot itself has many similar tropes to other book - mysterious baddie, missing parent, most powerful of their generation and the last one was evil etc. - I liked the different take on the unicorns and how that all plays out.

Whilst the ending was no surprise, the book is well written and well paced. There should be a 2nd book being released next year and I'm sure this book will be a hit with any fan of fantasy.

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