HEROES AND UNICORNS AS YOUâ€™VE NEVER SEEN THEM BEFORE. The first book in the award-winning, international hit fantasy adventure series for children age 9+, and fans of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Eragon and Fireborn. Give the gift of adventure this Christmas!WATERSTONES CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE YEAR 2022WINNER OF THE INDIE BOOK AWARDS 2023! Â ‘Steadman has a vast imagination, her world-building is a joy, the battle scenes are thrilling and her characters charm.’Â â€“Â The TimesÂ Children’s Book of the Weekâ€˜Pacy, enthralling and epic, a gripping read.â€™ â€“Â Louie Stowell, author of Loki and OtherlandÂ â€˜A dazzling feat of imagination. I loved every breathlessÂ moment of it!â€™ â€“ Cat Doyle, author of The Storm Keeperâ€™s Island and co-author of Twin Crownsâ€˜The best book Iâ€™ve ever read.â€™Â â€“Â Patrick, age 10 Thirteen-year-old Skandar Smith has only ever wanted to be a unicorn rider. To be one of the lucky few selected to hatch a unicorn. To bond with it for life; to train together and race for glory; to be a hero.
Â But just as Skandarâ€™s dream is about to come true, things start to take a more dangerous turn than he could ever have imagined. A dark and twisted enemy has stolen the Islandâ€™s most powerful unicorn â€“ and as the threat grows ever closer, Skandar discovers a secret that could blow apart his world forever . . .
Â Get ready for unlikely HEROES, elemental MAGIC, sky battles, ancient secrets, nail-biting races and FEROCIOUS UNICORNS, in this EPIC ADVENTURE series that will have your heart soaring.
THE EPIC ADVENTURE CONTINUES . . . Skandar and the Phantom RiderÂ is out now!Â And be one of the first to read the highly-anticipated third story, coming in April 2024. Pre-order now!Praise forÂ Skandar and the Unicorn Thief:Â â€˜My book of the year. Not since Harry Potter have I felt this excited about a series. Readers are sure to be clamouring for the next book. Youâ€™ll never look at unicorns the same way again, nor will you want to!â€™Â â€“Â Dominique Valente, author of the Starfell series Â â€˜Never have unicorns been so ferocious, fearsome and thrilling! A fantastically gripping read!â€™Â â€“Â Laura Ellen Anderson, author of Amelia Fang and Rainbow Grey Â â€˜A magnificent book. I raced through it â€“ at turns enthralled, delighted, amazed. Itâ€™s everything I could have wanted and more. No doubt this book is going to fly.â€™Â â€“Â Hannah Gold, author of The Last Bear Â â€˜Skandar and the Unicorn Thief brims with wild adventure, fierce sky battles, elemental magic, ferocious unicorns and a terrifying enemy. Steadman’s cinematic writing draws you in from the very first page, creating a hugely compelling, unforgettable read. Endlessly thrilling, unputdownable and utterly unmissable.â€™Â â€“Â Aisling Fowler, author of Fireborn Â â€˜A. F. Steadman has created a stunning new world that feels both familiar and fresh, with a cast of characters that will stay with you long after youâ€™ve finished reading.â€™Â â€“Tá»lÃ¡ Okogwu, author of Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun’Perfect for those who have consumed the Harry Potter books and Philip Pullmanâ€™sÂ His Dark MaterialsÂ trilogy and are looking for their next fictional feast.’ â€“Â The Sunday Times