Into the Land of the Unicorns by Bruce Coville

The cover of the bookCara Diana and her grandmother Ivy Morris are being followed…

  When Cara Diana’s grandmother gives her her amulet Cara knows something is seriously wrong. As she hurries up the stairs of the church she clutches the amulet as it begins to glow with green light. She must get to the top of the church before the twelfth toll. When she reaches the top she hears the twelfth toll. ‘Luster bring me home,’ she whispers and jumps off the church. When she lands in Luster she is studying the amulet when she is attacked by a Delver; when Cara wrenches back forcefully the Delver’s fingers come out of the chain, but because of the sudden freedom of the chain Cara stumbles backwards and hits a sharp rock, the Delver then began pushing her head underwater until she was finally unconcious. When she regained conciousness she was in a cave, she looked around until she saw who was in the cave with her, a huge man-bear called the Dimblethum. He offered her a drink and she soon fell asleep. When she woke up the Dimblethum was gone and when she saw who was at the cave entrance she wanted to cry out in wonder. Because in the entrance to the cave was a unicorn. She wanted to tell him he was beautiful but she didn’t want to speak. After creating a way to speak to her the unicorn told her his name was Lightfoot. Then after healing the wound that the rock had made in her side the unicorn told her to go to sleep. When she woke up next morning it was to someone chittering rapidly then Lightfoot whinnying. She opened her eyes and saw a little creature resembling a monkey about a foot high, it had dark grey hair on his back and head, and light grey fur on his face and hands and chest. Lightfoot then told her that he was the Squijum. When the Dimblethum came in he told them that he had something that belonged to Cara, and Cara found out that her grandmother’s amulet was one of the five that the Unicorn queen, Arabella Skydancer had ordered to be made as rewards to those who had done a great service to the queen. Then they set off on the journey to Summerhaven, the home of the queen.

Visit the Unicorn Chronicles website  and click here for the author’s website.

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