Thursday, March 22, 2018

The Unicorn Quest by Kamilla Benko - ADVISABLE

Benko, Kamilla. The Unicorn Quest, 318 pages. Bloomsbury, 2018. $16.99.

Language: G Mature Content: G Violence: PG

When Claire and Sophie’s family moves into their deceased Great Aunt’s house, they notice a mysterious ladder inside the fireplace. Given her sister’s sense of adventure, Claire knows where to look when she can’t find Sophie. She climbs the ladder and finds herself in a magical kingdom. Right away she meets Sena and Nett who agree to help Claire find her sister and hopefully a missing unicorn harp that could hold answers to the legend of the unicorns and bring peace back to the fractious guilds. First they must sneak into the city of the Forgers without getting caught and then journey through enchanted lands to reach the Plains of Sorrow where the unicorns once roamed and Claire hopes to find her sister.

This is a classic fantasy story complete with magic, a hidden kingdom, warring factions, dangerous creatures and enchanted lands. In short, there are many pieces to this story that keep it rolling. Young fantasy readers will find much to enjoy in this book. I especially like the strong friendship between the sisters, and Claire’s unyielding determination to find her sister even at the risk of her own peril. The ending suggests that there will be a sequel, so readers who get captivated will have that to look forward to.

EL, MS – ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Valerie McEnroe, Media Specialist

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