Skandar and the Unicorn Thief

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Pub Date 28 Apr 2022 | Archive Date 01 Apr 2022
Simon & Schuster (Australia), Simon & Schuster Children's UK

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The first book in the hotly anticipated new fantasy adventure series for readers age 9+, from A. F. Steadman. If you like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Eragon or His Dark Materials, you’ll love this . . .

Unicorns don’t belong in fairy tales; they belong in nightmares.

So begins Skandar and the Unicorn Thief. Soar into a world where unicorns are real – and they’re deadly. They can only be tamed by the rider who hatches them.

Thirteen-year-old Skandar Smith has only ever wanted to be a unicorn rider, and the time has finally come for him to take his Hatchery Exam, which will determine whether he is destined to hatch a unicorn egg. But when Skandar is stopped from taking the exam, and the mysterious and frightening Weaver steals the most powerful unicorn in the world, becoming a rider proves a lot more dangerous than he could ever have imagined. And what if Skandar was always destined to be the villain rather than the hero?

Get ready for unlikely heroes, elemental magic, fierce sky battles, ancient secrets, nail-biting races and, of course, bloodthirsty unicorns. This will be the biggest new series of 2022.
The first book in the hotly anticipated new fantasy adventure series for readers age 9+, from A. F. Steadman. If you like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Eragon or His Dark Materials, you’ll love this...

Advance Praise

‘I loved it even more than Percy Jackson!’ - Cody, age 11

‘Love it - especially the blood thirsty unicorns!’ - Charli, age 8

‘The best book I’ve ever read’ - Patrick, age 10

You may think unicorns are pink, fluffy, flying horses… Well not any more!! When you read this book prepare to see unicorns as you never have before! The unicorns in this book ferocious beasts that only can be tamed by their rightful rider. Skandar Smith has always wanted to be a unicorn rider but when it finally happened it leads him and his new friends into discovering confusing secrets that could possibly even be deadly. This book is for ages about 9 - 12 and is perfect for lovers of the Nevermoor and Harry Potter series. I liked this book because it flips the common definition of unicorns on its head and this makes is an interesting read because there is always more to discover about these unicorns. Five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. - Daniel, 10 years old

"Skandar and the Unicorn Thief is a spectacular debut. Steadman has perfectly crafted a world that is so immersive you’ll believe that unicorns truly are real and yours is waiting for you in the Hatchery. Her depiction of the bonds between rider and unicorn sit somewhere between Pokémon and Pullman’s dæmons; a connection that beautifully showcases the power of friendship, defined by a purposeful clarity of character from start to finish." Waterstones

‘I loved it even more than Percy Jackson!’ - Cody, age 11

‘Love it - especially the blood thirsty unicorns!’ - Charli, age 8

‘The best book I’ve ever read’ - Patrick, age 10

You may think unicorns...


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