Tween Unicorn Book Feature – Unicorns of Balinor: Valley of Fear (Book Three) by Mary Stanton
Princess Arianna, her Bonded unicorn Sunchaser and their companions (including two foxes) must travel through the deadly Valley of Fear to reach the evil Shifter’s stronghold, Castle Entia. There the princess must reclaim the Royal Scepter, the main source of the Shifter’s power and also a key to remembering her past.
“Stanton writes with a sure hand.”
- Orson Scott Card
“A wonderful book”…“It is also required reading…for all animal lovers.”
- Gene Wolfe (on THE HEAVENLY HORSE FROM THE OUTERMOST WEST)
“If you loved WATERSHIP DOWN … this is the fantasy book for you: lovingly detailed, heart-quickening.”
- Jane Yolen (on THE HEAVENLY HORSE FROM THE OUTERMOST WEST)
Mary Stanton began her writing career with one of the most-beloved beast fables of our time; THE HEAVENLY HORSE FROM THE OUTERMOST WEST. She loves writing for younger audiences and loves writing about magic but, after the YA fantasy series The Unicorns of Balinor appeared in 1999, she spent most of her career in the adult mystery field. She is the author of the popular Inn at Hemlock Falls series (as Claudia Bishop), and the paranormal mystery series BEAUFORT & COMPANY.
Mary spends half of the year on her farm in upstate New York, and the other half in a small house in Florida. Many of the Unicorns in Balinor are based on horses that Mary has owned and loved for years. http://www.marystanton.com
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A Couple of Reviews To Help You Choose
Samantha5.0 out of 5 stars Let The Quest Go On… Reviewed in the United States on February 12, 2004
Are you looking for a good book that is beautiful and peaceful? Do you need a book that must have adventure or even lead to death? That humans can talk to animals? Is this the book you want? Well if it is then here’s a book that will inspire you! The Unicorns of Balinor Valley of Fear by Mary Stanton. Arianna, Princess of Balinor, is trying to find her parents the King and Queen and her two Brothers the princes. The land they rule is a peaceful valley where Unicorns live. The Celestial Unicorns to be exact. Humans talk to the animals and even to the cows! Some of the unicorns work for the humans and they don’t need to be steered or anything. If you say where you need to go,
This book really inspired me because it has adventure in it. Fore example, there is a hero named Princess Arianna and her horse Chase, then there’s Lori. She doesn’t like to do every thing that Arianna wants Lori to do. They argue but then Lori
says something so rude that Arianna finally put her foot down and spoke up. See I have liked this book so much that I really had to read the rest. For example…
Lori: “I’m not going now. I am spending the night in a real bed. I’ll think about leaving in the morning.”
Ari: “You. Will. Do. As. I. Say. I’ve agreed to your terms, Lori. Now listen to mine….”
So sit back pick up the book and as they say Let the quest go on.
Ruth Anne rated it it was amazing
This is where the series really starts to pick up as Ari and Chase go on a quest to retrieve the magic Royal Scepter from the home of their enemy the Shifter.
Ari struggles with the reality of being the princess, partly because she is still missing most of her memory and partly because she realizes this is going to be dangerous. It’s nice to see a story for young girls that acknowledges that being a princess is a job, and difficult one at that.
Lori screws up big time in this book, but I think it’s a believable screw-up considering she’s literally a world away from home, getting caught up in quests to save a world that’s not hers. In my opinion this is where her character starts to improve as she starts admitting she’s made mistakes and learning from them
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