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A New Hero Takes Flight

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.

From A.F. Steadman:

The idea for Skandar and the Unicorn Thief came to me in images one day as I walked back from the train station in Oxford. I saw Skandar Smith first: a brown-haired boy who wasn’t popular or strong or confident, or anything else you’d expect a hero to be. But he was riding something – what was it? A dragon? An eagle? No. It was fierce, certainly. I half shut my eyes (I do this a lot when I’m writing) and saw him taking off in front of me. Skandar soared through the sky ahead of me. On a unicorn. It wasn’t like any unicorn I’d seen before. It was ferocious. It was magical. It was deadly.

This is a book about ferocious unicorns, but it’s also about friends who accept you for who you really are, and about the fierce bond that can exist between humans and animals. It’s a book about loving people – even when loving them can be hard.  The message of Skandar and the Unicorn Thief is a simple one – together we are always stronger. Oh, and it turns out unicorns are a little more bloodthirsty than we expected.

For your chance to receive an advance copy of Skandar and the Unicorn Thief, email Simon & Schuster. The first 10 people to respond will receive a copy.




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