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Publisher's Note:

After a lifetime of being the younger sister--of letting Sophie fight her battles, of following her on countless Experiences and through a fireplace into a magical land--it's finally Claire Martinson's turn to lead. And she'll do anything to keep her big sister safe: resist the wraiths' cold shadows, experiment with new and dangerous magic, become a thief in disguise. When Claire discovers that "only a queen can defeat a queen," she knows she must steal and reforge the ancient Crown of Arden to stand a chance against the darkness that threatens the world and her family. Because Queen Estelle d'Astora, desperate to reclaim her power, will stop at nothing to gain the support of the four guilds--even if it means killing the last unicorn. Claire will need every friend she's made to help her as the fate of Arden hangs in the balance . . . But the secrets of the unicorns are deeper than anyone could have ever imagined. Does Claire have what it takes to ignite the long-buried magic of this…

Overall Book Review:

If you enjoyed Shannon Hale’s The Books of Bayern series, then you need to check out The Unicorn Quest: Fire in the Star. This is the finale of the trilogy and Kamilla Benko wrapped up the series beautifully. Having not started the series in book one, I worried it would be difficult to follow but even though the beginning of this novel clearly feels like a sequel, Benko quickly throws in some hints to the previous books to get you up to speed. The characters are wonderful and you’ll love the way their lives and stories intertwine. Main characters and sisters, Sophie and Claire, will warm your heart as you see them rely on and support each other. They also have some wonderful friends to help them on their journey. Of course, no story would be complete without terrible characters to thicken the plot and duplicitous ones to keep you guessing. In addition to amazing characters, the visuals Benko paints are magical as they leap from the pages and seem to transport you into the story. Full of suspense and wonder, The Unicorn Quest: Fire in the Star will be a treasure to set on your bookshelf beside other masterpieces such as The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Bloomsbury Children’s Books

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Many (35) brief incidents including character exaggerates that his mother is going to murder him; something could set someone on fire; simile looked sliced in two; joke that character can slice another’s nose off; verbal threat as a joke; something felt like a knife to the lungs; verbal threats; reference to thinking another is dead; characters threatened with weapons; characters prepare for war; characters will attack or kill others; references to death, murder and attempted murder; references to war; second-hand report of house fire; fantasy character attacking humans; characters nearly die; character kicked by fantasy animal; murder.

Sex/Nudity:  Few (3) brief incidents including teenagers holding hands; teenagers hug and kiss; reference to falling in love.

Mature Subject Matter:

Murder; war.

Alcohol / Drug Use:


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I love being able to help busy parents who just don’t have the time to pre-screen all their children’s books and know how much I appreciate it as my sons have gotten older. I feel very blessed that my amazing husband makes it possible for me to be a stay-at-home mother to four amazing boys. When not reading or enjoying time with my family, I like baking, especially trying new recipes, and the occasional sewing project.