Guardians of the Wild Unicorns

Publisher: Kelpies (Floris Books)

Review

The first time Lewis spots the dark smudge of an unfamiliar creature tracing a path across the moor he thinks he might be dreaming – or perhaps has even died of fear. After all, he is dangling from a precariously swinging rope half way down a sheer cliff face. His friend Rhona thinks it’s more likely that he imagined it, especially as he wasn’t wearing his glasses.

When the pair discover that Lewis’s vision was real, and that they have stumbled upon the world’s last remaining wild unicorns, they are forced to turn detective in order to save the magical animals from ruthless exploitation.

Lewis and Rhona’s heroic story is suffused with genuinely funny moments, as well as a real sense of jeopardy and some painful revelations about their personal circumstances. Set in the stunning wilderness of the Scottish Highlands, and with an underlying environmental message, this adventure thriller for middle grade readers mixes mythology and suspense in a contemporary page-turner.

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