What is Fantasy Creature Friday? It’s a discussion where I will talk about a particular creature every week. And what book or book series I think of when that creature is mentioned. At the end of the post, you will also get to link up your own fantasy creature book reviews and discussions for others to wander through.
Thanks to Anya at On Star Ships And Dragon Wings for letting me borrow her ‘link your blog’ idea. She does a giveaway every Friday where you can win ARC’s and link up your reviews/discussions/giveaways. You should totally check it out after you’re done here!
So, what is this week’s creature?
What springs to mind is of course The Last Unicorn. But even though I love that movie and the book, I think I shall talk about a series of books with unicorns in it. One that’s a little more obscure…
When I was a teen, I found book #2 and #4 in a used book store. They looked really interesting so I picked them up thinking it would be easy to find the rest. There were only 6 in the series after all. And proceeded to spend the next five years trying to find the other 4. What made it so difficult? Well you see, nearly every book was written by a different author and the authors weren’t listed in the list inside the covers with the names of the books in the series!
Internet has made finding them easier now of course, but back then… Well.
The name of this series is “The Secret of the Unicorn Queen”.
#1 Swept Away by Josepha Sherman.
#2 Sun Blind by Gwen Hansen.
#3 The Final Test by Dory Perlman.
#4 Into The Dream by Suzanne Weyn.
#5 The Dark Gods by Josepha Sherman.
#6 Moonspell by Gwen Hansen.
The premise for the series is that a young girl from our world falls through a dimensional portal her scientist friend was working on. It was an accident, but she lands in a world where magic is real. A band of warrior women who ride unicorns takes her in, and she helps them care for and protect the unicorns. They teach her to ride, fight, and many other skills. She uses the things she had in her school backpack to scare the bad guys and natives into leaving the unicorns alone. All of her stuff is considered magic because it isn’t known in this world, they don’t even know what pockets are!
The unicorns come in all colors real horses do, and are a variety of sizes and builds. They cannot talk in words, but are smarter than our worlds horses. They are extremely swift, have healing powers, and while they are allowed to roam freely where they will, the city or town they live in prospers as though touched by the hand of the Gods. When they are corralled and forced to live crowded together at the pleasure of people, the area is beset by famine and bad luck.
It’s a YA series, and the books are quick reads for adults. But even at my age I love re-reading them. And it looks like at least the first 2 books have been republished as a 1 book set, the other 4 are still out of print but can be found fairly cheap (saw them for a penny at Amazon!). If you haven’t read these books yet and like adventure and magic and unicorns! you should check them out.
What are your favorite books with unicorns in them? Have you read this series?