Published by Jeanette Cottrell on March 9th, 2011
Number of Pages: 267
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Humor
Purchase: At Amazon
Kathryn Koldwell is a suburban housewife, mother of four. She and her family live in a small Oregon town where every family has a two-car garage, Internet access, and the occasional great-uncle who practices a bit of magic. Kathryn has a unicorn named Freckles, and a back yard filled with migrating dragons. She volunteers her time to retrain abandoned ex-familiars with bad magical habits.
Her idyllic life suffers a setback when her son sights a bugbear, a dangerous beast hailing from Galdesyat, a South American country. Then she finds feathers from a gryphon nestling—but no gryphon. Bugbears and gryphons rarely set foot out of Galdesyat. Is there a conspiracy in the offing?
Kathryn and Freckles set out to investigate this mystery, and stumble through a portal to Galdesyat, taking baby Joni with them. Defending her baby with her swinging diaper bag, Kathryn must fight gryphons, trick dwarves, and outthink an orc sorcerer to go home. And reach it she must! Somewhere in her home town, an evil sorcerer lurks with a horrific army, intent on world domination.
Can she possibly manage it? Even with a Unicorn on Speed Dial?
This book is super funny. And the twists keep coming. Just when you think Kathryn is finally going to get a break, even for five minutes, something else happens and she’s thrown right into the thick of another crisis. Unlike most heroines, Kathryn is primarily a mother. Which means not only should you be expecting the unexpected at every turn, the way she handles the situations that befall her are completely unlike anything you have seen done in fantasy before. Attacked by a griffon? Poison it with baby diaper rash creme, and then make your unicorn best friend heal it once you realize what you’ve done.
She could also have an entire episode of Hoarders dedicated to her because of the zoo that is her menagerie. Unicorns, dire wolves, a tiptoeing buffalo, dragons, llama, ferret, small animals and birds galore. I really enjoyed this book, there were a great many laugh out loud moments. It needs a better cover, and totally fits the old “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” line. If you’re looking for a fun and light read, you should definitely give this book a try.