The Blue Unicorn’s Journey to Osm by Sybrina Durant

50c0c-book2bcoverI received the book “The Blue Unicorn’s Journey to Osm” written by Sybrina Durant and illustrated by Dasguptarts as a review copy from BookR3vi3ws and would like to thank Debdatta for the book.  This children’s fantasy book is the story of a unicorn foretold to be the savior of the tribe of metal-horned unicorns.

The Blurb:

“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. Those he used, 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 twelve 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.

Readers will follow along two journey paths in this book. Blue is joined in his travels by his mentor Gaiso, the Stag and his friend, Girasol the Firebird as they try to find their way across a danger-filled MarBryn to Muzika Woods. The rest of Blue’s tribe is forced to follow another route due to Nix Nickle Horn’s unfortunate incident with a Manticore. Nix, the great unicorn defender must safely lead the way for Ghel, the Golden-Horned unicorn; Silubhra Silver Horn; Cornum the Brass-Horned unicorn; Steel Horned Style; Cuprum the Copper-Horned unicorn; Tin-Horned Tinam; Dr. Zinko; Iown the Iron- Horned unicorn and the others in an action packed adventure to their destination in Muzika Woods. Both journey paths converge there in the Nebulium Circle.

The story:

In the faraway land of Marbryn, in the tribe of metal-horned unicorns, a magical creature was born and as it was foretold that this unicorn would be their savior, the entire tribe was curious to know what its metal would be. But to the shock of everyone in the tribe, his horns were covered in plain blue hide instead of metal. Everyone knew no metal meant no magic. They also knew that life of a unicorn without magic would be difficult.

Twenty years later, he had become a strong, young stallion with no magical powers. He had become a loner. Ghel has been his stable mate ever since the death of his parents, and Ghel’s parents had taken him in. Ghel understands him the best

There was a lot of danger in the land of MarBryn, Magh, the evil sorcerer, was on the look for the unicorns and used their horns and hooves in his magic potions and spells. Only twelve unicorns were left of their tribe and they too were dangerously close to being completely wiped out. And Magh was being assisted by two-leggers, originally friends of unicorns but now working for him.

All of the unicorns in the land of MarBryn had horns of some type of metal and each one had their own magic. But when Blue was born, his horn was only a plain blue hide. With no one to fulfill the prophesy, no more unicorns would be born. Twenty years later, the Numen relayed to the oracle the path that Blue must take, to save the tribe and bring them back to their homeland of Unimaise. But first he must confront the evil sorcerer Magh.
How does he do it? Who helps him? Read on…..

My take:

This beautifully illustrated story for children and adults alike. The map at the beginning of the book made it easy for me to follow Blue in his journey. There is magic, there is adventure and there is mystery.

The twelve unicorns with twelve different metal horns having special abilities, silver horned, brass horned, aluminum horned, steel horned, copper horned, nickel horned, golden horned, lead horned, iron horned, zinc horned, tin horned magical medical unicorn and osmium horned, each have an important part in the story, even if a small one. Blue’s forest friends also have important roles. The author has portrayed the unicorns as humans, and also Blue’s forest friends.

The descriptions are beautiful and coupled with the illustrations, it was very easy to visualize the scenes.

At the end of the book, the author has introduced the tribe of the metal horned unicorns at the end of the book (which I felt, she could have done at the beginning); the anatomy of a unicorn has been illustrated and a list where the author has given the pronunciations of the names of characters and places in the story. The author has also mentioned about a coloring book which I plan to buy.

Loved the book, with a small regret, some parts made me sad.

Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy of the book from BookR3vi3ews in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

 

 

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