An enchanting, exciting fantasy about a real-world girl searching for her sister in a land full of magic and strange creatures, blending the timeless feel of A Wrinkle in Time with Frozen's powerful themes of identity, enchantment, and sisterhood.
Claire Martinson still worries about her older sister Sophie, who battled a mysterious illness last year. But things are back to normal as they move into Windermere Manor . . . until the sisters climb a strange ladder in a fireplace and enter the magical land of Arden.
There, they find a world in turmoil. The four guilds of magic no longer trust each other, the beloved unicorns have disappeared, and terrible wraiths roam freely. Scared, the girls return home. But when Sophie vanishes in the night, it will take all of Claire's courage to climb back up the ladder, find her sister, and uncover the unicorns' greatest secret.
A Kids' Indie Next Selection
A Mighty Girl Best Book of the Year
An ALA Top Ten First Novel for Youth
About the Author
Kamilla Benko spent most of her childhood climbing into wardrobes, trying to step through mirrors, and plotting to run away to an art museum. Now, she visits other worlds as a children's book editor. She currently lives in New York with her bookshelves, teapot, and hiking boots. In addition to the Unicorn Quest trilogy, she is the author of the original Frozen novel that bridges the events of Disney's massively successful animated movie and its upcoming sequel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What a beautiful book! An engaging adventure for kids of all ages that will keep them on the edge of their seats. I loved it and hope for a sequel!
Claire worries about her sister Sophie. Sophie might feel better after a mysterious illness, but Claire still doesn't think her sister is herself again. Moving into Windemere Manor, which is part of an inheritance, with their parents means a change of scenery. The house is filled with interesting objects and there's plenty of time for exploring, which is how they find the entrance to a place called Arden. There's a ladder in one of the fireplaces that ends in a well in this magical country. Their first journey there immediately brings problems and Claire doesn't dare to use the ladder again until Sophie disappears. She then discovers that her sister is well known in Arden and that she's currently missing and a wanted person. Arden is filled with magic and unicorns once were the most vital part of it, until a war broke out and they all disappeared. Unicorn related artifacts are valued because of their magic. There's also a legend about unicorns and this important part of Arden's history might be connected to Sophie's disappearance. Will Claire be able to find out what happened to her sister? To uncover more information about Sophie's whereabouts she needs to conquer her fears and accept help from others. Claire would do anything for her sister, but will she be able to find her in a world filled with magic she hardly knows anything about? The Unicorn Quest is a wonderful enchanting story. I loved every single detail of this book. Claire is a brave and smart main character. She's resilient and won't back down from a challenge. Sophie is struggling with something and Claire doesn't know how to help her sister, but she loves her and that is why she will always be there for her. She goes after her without hesitation and this makes her a true hero. I loved their connection and finding out if Claire would be reunited with Sophie kept me on the edge of my seat. Kamilla Benko writes about an amazing world. I immediately fell in love with Arden and its magical system. I liked the colorful descriptions of the surroundings and was impressed by the way Arden comes to life. Claire's adventure is filled with unexpected twists and turns, enemies she doesn't know anything about and a history of a country she's only recently set foot in for the first time. It was interesting to experience her journey with her and I enjoyed every single moment. The Unicorn Quest is a terrific spellbinding story and I highly recommend it.
The Unicorn Quest is a delightful middle grade fantasy about sisters, family, friends and adventures. Benko writes as if she were painting -- you are placed in a magical world filled with drama and suspense. I love this book and highly recommend it!