Guardians of the Wild Unicorns was a lot of fun; it has mythical beings, a great friendship, & enough dances with danger to keep you on the edge of your seat throughout. Books like this are why I love MG & I just adored Lindsay’s writing!
I was sent this book by Kelpies in return for an honest review.
Imagine if unicorns were real… now imagine that they’re not as sweet & fluffy as we’ve been led to believe… and now imagine that one is charging at you across a Scottish moorland. Well, that’s how Lewis first discovers that unicorns are real, & they are definitely not fluffy. Guardians of the Wild Unicorns follows best friends Lewis & Rhona on an adventure to save the last unicorns in the world, all whilst on a school trip that Lewis absolutely did not want to go on.
Guardians of the Wild Unicorns is only the second book I’ve ever read that prominently features unicorns (the first being HP, if you count them as being prominent – if you don’t, then this is my first); I loved that Lindsay Littleson has approached unicorns in a totally different way from most fantasies & I really enjoyed learning more about the mystical creatures throughout the book. I really liked the concept of the unicorns being in our world, just hidden away & “protected”, & how easy it was to start to believe they could actually exist… no smoke without fire, right?
A big part of this book is the friendship between protagonist Lewis & his best friend Rhona; we learn very early on that they’re very different from one another, & even though they’re friends at the start of the book, you get to see their friendship grow so much throughout the story. The care that each child has for each other feels very pure, & it’s that purity that makes me love middlegrade books. Both Lewis & Rhona were great characters & I adored the inclusion of Rhona’s background in the story – it’s something we don’t see much of, & I wish that wasn’t the case.
Guardians of the Wild Unicorns is set in Scotland – so that was an instant pro for me (Scottish heritage, hellooo) & I loved how well Lindsay described the settings of the story. I could almost feel the rain falling on me during the rainy scenes, & could easily imagine squelching through the mud with Lewis.
This story was a book that highlights why I love MG so much; it’s full of hope, adventure, & purity, & is just so full of HEART. It was so heartwarming to read & was one of those books that just makes you feel good inside. Y’all should totally grab yourself a copy:
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