Book Review The Shadow of the Unicorn II: The Deception

deceptionTitle: The Shadow of the Unicorn II: The Deception

Author: Suzanne de Montigny

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy / Tween Fantasy

Ulysees’ breath was ragged, and his heart filled with terror when they galloped toward the herd pursued by an enraged Icarus.

How did the Legacy of Azaria transform into the world fear it has, the unicorns barely existing hidden in the depths of the forest? Why is Icharus, the Great Stallion, so cruel and ruthless? And who is Jaresh, the invisible being who takes away their powers? Angry, the young colt Ulysees and his friend Téo rebel, following an abandoned trail where they’re discovered by humans. Now the entire herd must make an exodus. But Ulysees discovers there’s more danger then just humans when he meets a giant creature who warns them of impending doom…

It’s not every day I get to read a book about unicorns. MG Fantasy has surprised me as of late, and entirely in a good way, with unicorns, dragons, you name. Whoever said originalilty is dead, you were wrong, and “The Deception”, the second book in the “Shadow of the Unicorn” series, definitely proves that.

The book follows Ulysees as he grows up in the herd of unicorns, and focuses on the challenges the unicorns face, from humans and from something else…The herd receives a warning from a giant creature, about impending doom, and Ulysees and his family must make an exodus if they want to survive. But sometimes kindness is found in the rarest of places.

Well-written and entertaining, and ideal for middle graders, with a good message and an original story.


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