By: A.F. Steadman
Genre: YFH - Fantasy & magical realism
Published by: Simon & Schuster
Published: 28 Apr 2022
ISBN: 9781398512429


The first book in the hotly anticipated new fantasy adventure series from A. F. Steadman. If you like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Eragon or His Dark Materials, you’ll love this . . .

Unicorns don’t belong in fairy tales; they belong in nightmares.

So begins Skandar and the Unicorn Thief. Soar into a world where unicorns are real – and they’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.

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Skandar Smith is thirteen, and eagerly awaiting his chance to take his hatchery exam to see if he can be a unicorn rider. He has been dreaming of this day forever.

When his teacher stops him from taking the exam, Skandar thinks his dream is over. But then the mysterious Agatha turns up and takes him directly to the hatchery, and he sneaks in with the other students. Hatching his own unicorn, Skandar enters the amazing world of the unicorn riders.

This is a wonderful fantasy story that is full of adventure, mystery, amazing exploits and unicorns as you've never seen them before! It’s also a story of belief, friendship and learning to trust what you feel in your heart, so that you can truly be one with your unicorn.

I found this book really hard to put down, and loved the four main characters, as well as their individual unicorns. This is sure to become a favourite with all readers who love fantasy, aged 12 and above.

Reviewed by Michelle