Teen, YA or Older Reader Unicorn Book Feature- The Blue Unicorn’s Journey to Osm by Sybrina Durant
The metal horned unicorns are doomed! That’s what Lauda Lead Horn wailed when she first saw the tribe’s new savior. OK, so his horn was not metal…and he did not have a magic power…and he was really a puny little runt. But doomed? Were things really that bad?
Well, things were pretty bad in the land of MarBryn. Magh, an evil sorcerer utilized unicorn horns and hooves to create his magical potions and spells. He used those to increase his power and to conquer everyone in his path. All of the unicorns from the Tribe of the Metal Horn were now gone…except for 12 survivors.
Before the blue unicorn was born, Numen told Alumna, the aluminum-horned oracle, that he had a plan to bring the tribe back home to Unimaise. His prophecy was, “Only the blue unicorn can join with the Moon-Star. Until then, no new unicorns will be born.” Blue was the last unicorn born. Twenty years later, his horn was still covered with a plain blue colored hide. There was not a glint of metal to be seen on it or his hooves. And he still didn’t have any magic. But he was no longer scrawny and he had his wits. Though no one else in the tribe thought he had a chance, Blue felt ready to make Magh pay for his evil deeds. And he went off to do it alone. That was Blue’s first mistake. If the entire tribe was not standing horn-tip to horn-tip at the proper time and the exact place to help usher the Moon-Star Spirit into Blue’s horn, he would die. Then, the rest of the tribe would really be doomed.
Listen to find out if the Blue Unicorn meets his destiny to save his tribe.
Get it at Amazon.
A Couple Of Reviews To Help You Choose
Ann5.0 out of 5 stars Unicorns! Reviewed in the United States on July 25, 2017Verified Purchase Unicorns!
What an amazing read! “The Blue Unicorn” was colorful, adventurous, riveting and just plain amazing. I love love love the illustrations. I mean, a picture book for adults! It’s refreshing, engaging.
Durant’s writing is beyond imaginative, enrapturing and inspiring. I would pay hard cash to spend five minutes in her head. The characters are thoroughly fleshed out, the pacing is without flaws, and the action scenes are precise and well-written.
Also, be prepared for violence and death. This is not about unicorns farting skittles or drawing rainbow hearts. The situations are real, the peril, the losses, the journey…
If you are looking for a refreshing, unique read with lots of action, feels, and a real plot, then grab this one! You won’t regret it.
Jessica Secrest rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Young Adults The Blue Unicorn’s Journey to Osm
by Sybrina Durant
Review by Jessica Secrest
Can you imagine everyone expecting you to be their savior before you are even born. When you are born everyone is upset that you don’t measure up to their expectations. Blue is a unicorn with a leather horn. Everyone knows that unicorns need metal horns to have magic. Geesh. What a disappointment. No one considered that the evil wizard can’t find Blue because he has no metal.
One of the things that I like about this story is Blue uses what he has, his intelligence and his body. When the evil wizard murders his mother, he goes to the Guarded Forest, not far from his home. He saves the life of a stag. The stag teaches him to fight. He plays tag with the fairies, sharpening his eyesight, strengthening his heart and lungs and muscles for running and dodging.
One day the unicorn who said he would save them, came to Blue and told him it was time. He got excited. He collected what he would need for the long trip to Muzika Woods, starting with food and magic tablets that could purify water, both were made from the magic of unicorns. This was another thing I like about the story and Blue’s wisdom. At one point in the story Blue and his companions save a bug (who later saves Blue and the other unicorns). The bug has nasty wounds. It goes into the mud to heal. He tells Blue and his companions that there are healing minerals in the mud. Blue is happy that he didn’t use one of the tablets that may have damaged the land. He gets a container of water and purifies it for drinking. This is only one example of the science used in the story. There are a lot of common sense lessons.
When Blue left the tribe of unicorns, he did not know that he would need them at Muzika Woods. They make their own way there taking a different path. Their journey is just as exciting and funny. I want to tell you about the car wash, but don’t want to spoil the fun for you. They fall into trouble when they must pass through the evil wizard’s city, but they also discover allies.
One thing I wish is that the list of pronunciations was at the beginning of the book and I wish there had been more of them. I didn’t discover the pronunciations until I was almost finished with the story. I would have enjoyed the story more if I could have pronounced some of the unicorns names and the strange beings they meet along the way sooner.
When Blue and his companions arrive in Muzika Woods I was thrilled when one of the creatures floated toward them playing a Psaltery. I play a Psaltery and understand how different wood will bring out a different sound. A Psaltery made of butternut wood has a distinctive twang. One made of cherry wood has a soft and lilting tone. It is a beautiful instrument and fun to play.
There are several instruments played in Muzika Woods. I had to look up the Rebec because I had never heard of it. This is the description from Wikipedia. The rebec is a bowed stringed instrument of the Medieval era and the early Renaissance era. In its most common form, it has a narrow boat-shaped body and 1-5 strings.
There is a fairy tale story that happens in Muzika Woods where Blue finally makes it to Osm.
Of course there is a battle with the evil wizard where the allies the unicorns have made along the way join in the battle. The evil wizard not only killed the unicorns, but he was nasty to everyone. He wanted complete control over everyone.
The story does not end with the battle, but with, well, it struck me as a unicorn heaven. That was different and unexpected.
This story is a fun read. I definitely would recommend it to young adults.
At the very end is a song that Blue’s mate, Ghel (hard g like gift and rhymes with bell), sings. There is a link that you can click on to hear the song. That is just too much fun.
Find more great unicorn books for teens, ya and older readers at Sybrina’s Unicorn BookStore.
Enjoy this fun unicorn song introducing lots of unicorn books for teens and older readers.
Sybrina is an Amazon Influencer. Check out her Amazon Store Front for lots of cool recommendations.