Into the Land of the Unicorns (Unicorn Chronicles, #1)
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Into the Land of the Unicorns (Unicorn Chronicles #1)

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One unicorn dwells on Earth.
Hundreds fight in Luster.
Their legends are recorded in
THE UNICORN CHRONICLES


Into the Land of the Unicorns
As each chime sounds, Cara climbs faster up the steep bell tower. Eleven! She must be on the roof when the next bell tolls. Twelve! With a deep breath, and only half believing she will survive, Cara jumps off the church roof and into Luster,...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published November 1st 1999 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published 1994)
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Mark
Ths is a really lovely story, creating the imaginary world of Luster peopled or should that be beinged by recognizably imaginary creatures such as Unicorns, Dragons, Dwarves and then assorted creations from the imagination of Bruce Coville. These include sinister large eyed nightmares called Delvers, large gorilla/men called Dimblethum and then a monkey-like creature called a Squijim. This latter animal is a bit annoying. He strikes me as the 'amusing ' character that the modern Walt Disney film...more
Ann
Apr 22, 2008 Ann rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: fans of fantasy, unicorns, and/or cute critters!
Recommended to Ann by: Qt - thanks!:)
I really enjoyed this book! I think I enjoyed it more the further into it I got because I began to realize the scope of the book. Also, because it’s a series, I wasn’t sure how much of the book would be self-contained vs. continuous.
I adored the way the “fantasy world” and how Coville described the various landscapes. Ditto for the creatures of the fantasy world! From both known fantastical creatures (like unicorns) to some new (at least, I’ve never heard of them before), delightful creatures!...more
Ilana Waters
Oh. My. God.

Sorry for the fan-girl squealing you hear in the background. That's just me trying to explain, in actual words, how much I love this book and why. I'll try my best . . . here goes:

First of all, this story reminded me of Narnia, The Never-Ending Story, the movie Labyrinth (the main character, Cara, brings to mind Labyrinth's "Sara," and not just because the name rhymes), and for some reason, The World of David the Gnome (television cartoon). Did I mention the book pairs perfectly with...more
Nikki
I'm not sure I could say anything bad about this book even if I wanted to. It's certainly not perfect, but saying anything negative about this book seems wrong to me. I can remember being eight years old and desperately waiting through class to get to the silent reading part of the day, where I would eagerly grab Into the Land of the Unicorns and disappear from my classroom entirely. I devoured it and loved it immensely. I reread it multiple times that year and loved it more each time. I can say...more
Lilly
Apr 11, 2009 Lilly rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: fantasy lovers (not just children)
I first read it when I was in elementary school. In 6th grade, I found it in the school library's recycling bin and promptly stole it (it was going to be thrown out anyway, and was still in good condition). I've read it at least 10 times. Loved it from the very first. I re-read it last year, expecting it to be boring and too young for my tastes (it followed a novel five times its size), but it still had me laughing 'til I cried. The characters are wonderful. I have to make my friend read it beca...more
Daniel
Bruce Coville is one of the best fantasy writers out there. Because he tends to write toward the younger market, many adults aren't familiar with him, which is a shame.

I first read this many years ago, when I was reading children's books at a tremendous rate. It's possible that this was one of the first Coville books I read. I immediately became enchanted by the book and by Coville's work, which I have sought out on a regular basis.

This book came off the shelf again the other day as I was lookin...more
Beth
Two stars for grown-ups, but four stars if you're 12 or younger.

I got this book from the library to read with my six-year-old because I was a huge unicorn fan when I was a kid. I would have adored this book at her age; at the ripe old age of 30-something, though, it was a tough slog.

Shy, misunderstood Cara has lived most of her life with her mysterious, somewhat distant grandmother, Ivy Morris. When she senses that they are in danger, Ivy whisks them away to a church for safety and gives Cara a...more
Katrina Patton
This was the book that got me into reading. It was so good and I loved it so much. I still remember what it felt like to get so involved with the characters, and to feel as if I could go along on the journey with them. It's fantastic for young readers (and adult readers too, although it's more directed to a younger audience). It will always be special to me :)
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Feb 16, 2008 Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!* rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Preteens who love fantasy
This was the book of my childhood! I was absolutely obsessed with it in third grade. Looking back at it, I realize that it was probably a pretty corny book, but I can't let go of my fondness for it. Preteen kids who enjoy fantasy should definitely read this one.
The Winter Rose
I got book 1 & 2 of the Unicorn Chronicles years ago but never sat down to read them. So I finally picked up the first one and had a go at it. And I must say, I like the story so far.

There is nothing particularly amazing or inoventive about the story, but it's a nice, simple tale. On the technical end, Coville's writing isn't anything special and veers a bit more on the amatuer-ish side. I get the sense that he often tries a bit too hard in his writing. Some of the passages and descriptions...more
Kristina
Allow me to reminisce on the topic of Skydancers for a moment. On a beautiful spring day, anywhere from 10 to 15 years ago, my sister and I were playing outside on the terrace. We were delighted because we had recently been given a Sky Dancer each as a present (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETCLxx...). After playing with them inside, where they could only fly so high before crashing into the ceiling or a wall, we took them outside. My sister and I couldn't get them to work quite right but we we...more
April
Originally Posted Here: http://www.goodbooksandgoodwine.com/2...

If you know me at all as a person/blogger you know that I am firmly rooted in the Team Unicorn camp. What kind of a fan would I be if I didn’t read what is out there about unicorns? So, of course when I had the chance to obtain Into The Land of Unicorns by Bruce Coville, I took it. I read this middle grade novel back in April 2010 for the Dewey 24 Hour Readathon, so forgive me if I am a bit sketchy with details and such.

Into The Lan...more
Mirjam
When Cara jumps of the church roof with the amulet her grandmother asked her to protect, she ends up in the land of the unicorns. Knowing that staying put is not smart when someone is after you, she heads for the water she can hear. Attacked by a strange creature who tries to steal her amulet Cara is determined to hang on to her one connection with her grandmother. Waking up without her amulet in a strange cave with weird hairy creature is very disorienting, but Dimblethum only wishes to save he...more
Echo
I found this at a book fair when I was in grade school, and there aren't words for just how much I adored this story. I thought it was the most beautiful book I'd ever read, and even though I'm pretty sure I was already fascinated with unicorns, Bruce Coville just magnified that.
I waited years for another book in the series. The last book wasn't finished until five years after I'd graduated college. That's quite a time gap, but I don't really care. When I got the fourth book in the mail and ope...more
Athena
Firstly I would like to mention that I am 20 years old, in my 3rd year of college, and still I read this one time and time again. It was and is one of my favorites. Personally, it's my favorite of the series because it's the shortest and the story is quite basic, with no spaces where it gets slow. Bruce Coville wrote this one when I was 3, and came out with the last one when I was 18, so his style develops and changes a LOT over the 4 books. The first two go together well and the last two go tog...more
Melanie
This novel sure begins with a bang! Readers meet Cara and her grandmother as they are being pursued into the bell tower of a church, and over the side of the building into.....

Cara wakes to find herself in a strange land surrounded by strange creatures. One of those strange creatures is a unicorn. She can even communicate with him! Then Cara remembers that her grandmother sent her with an amulet and told Cara to make sure it got into the hands of The Old One. Cara also must tell her that "the Wa...more
Laura Hill
I first read this book when I was about 10 years old. I am now 26 and I have never forgotten it. This book really was what started me on fantasy and fairy tales.....I had read all of The Narnia series before hand but for some reason this book resonates within me the most. Maybe its something that I connect with my childhood and how when your ten anything still seems possible and to you and Unicorns really are real. This book really captured that for me. That is something I miss the most about ch...more
Jen
This is a simple and in places, dark fantasy for young girls about a girl whose grandmother tells her to whisper a saying into a special amulet and jump off a building when they are being stalked/chased by a scary man. I'm not a parent, but I can see how that would be a little red flag for parents (Grandma even asks, "Do you think I'm crazy?" before urging her to take the leap of faith, which ultimately lands her in the land of unicorns). There's also some fairly heavy stuff about parental aband...more
Aeyla
Despite the possibly misleading title, I thought this book was very good. In case you were wondering, no, this book is not all about rainbows and fairies and fancy unicorns prancing around curly shoed elves. Although it does have to do with unicorns, this book is no 'baby book'. The story tells of a girl who falls into Luster and finds herself caught up in a war between the unicorns and an immortal woman named Beloved. To prevent giving out any spoilers, I'm just going to say that from the first...more
VS Drakkan
This is a childhood favourite of mine, exploring the grand adventures of the timid and thinking child Cara, and her companion the unicorn Lightfoot, who strive to take a sacred amulet through the land of Luster all the while evading fire breathing dragons, recruiting other members and trying to find her way back to the "real" world.

I will never forget the moments of Cara in the Clock Tower, and truly feel that this was Coville's greatest works.

IT's no mystery that almost a decade later he revi...more
Chelsea
"The sound of his hooves against the stony floor of the cave was like distant silver bells."

Though not quite as magical as when I read it as a child, it was nevertheless a sweet and simple story. The action begins immediately and continues at a fast pace, making it a very quick read. The main character, Cara, has an adventurous personality, making it easy for young readers to relate to her. And her trustworthy friend, Lightfoot, is the unicorn equivalent to a typical, slightly sarcastic, teenage...more
Shanna
This is an enchanting story about a young girl who is forced to go on a quest to protect an amulet from Unicorns Hunters. Transported to the Land of the Unicorns, she meets many strange and interesting creatures, who quickly become her friends and aid her on her journey. This was a quick read, and the first of four. I felt that the characters were likable, the adventure exciting, and the pacing just right. I look forward to reading the second book in this series.
sayDIE
i read this book when i was in like, fifth grade. and i remember being totally in love with it, because it's the perfect mix of adventure, family, and a girl learning more about her own boundaries and the secrets of her family. i've never been able to find it since, which breaks my heart, but i love it all the same.
Lincoln
We will also start reading... The Unicornucopia: The Complete and Unabridged History & Evolution of The Unicorn and Other Lesser Mythical Creatures
Shannon
I love unicorns, but this was hard for me to get into. But I think ultimately I read it and enjoyed it okay. Dunno, 'twas long ago when I read it.
Emily
I decided to finish this. It is quite interesting.
Lauren
I got this book at a book fair when I was in Elementary school. I've always loved to read, and would really look forward to those special events during school, because we got to take time from class to go buy books! For me, it couldn't get much better than that.

This book was one of my first introductions into the Fantasy genre, although at the time I don't really think I realized that. I was just more excited by the cover: A picture of a pure white unicorn standing in front of a dark cave with a...more
Jacklyn Matefi
Dear Charan,



Into the land of the unicorns (fantasy) by Bruce Coville is about a girl named Cara that lives with her grandmother in a small town until a strange man comes to find them. Cara's grandmother; Ivy Morris knows he is up to no good. That man chases both of them into St. Christopher's church while her and Ivy run to a staircase in the back. While Cara is running, her grandmother tells her to take the amulet that has been held around her neck as long as Cara can remember. Ivy tells her to...more
Kaila
This review can also be read on my blog, Stumptown Books.

I first read this book the year it was released, 1995, when I was in the fifth grade. I have remembered it all these years when other books from my childhood have faded into dim memories, and I remember how disappointed I was when I couldn't find any sequels. This year I finally searched for it again and was quite pleased to discover that Bruce Coville had finished the series. I even recognized the cover art! I'm glad I waited as long as...more
Jessamine
I recall reading this as a young girl, back in about sixth grade when I was preoccupied with horses and unicorns. To this day, I still love horses and unicorns, along with dragons and lady knights and mages.

There are many books that can be enjoyed no matter what age you read them, time and time again. However, though I reread Into the Land of the Unicorns with much nostalgia and fondness, I didn't like it quite as much at age 18 than I did at age 12. I wouldn't recommend reading it at an older...more
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“There's lots of kinds of chains. You can't see most of them, the one's that bind folks together. But people build them, link by link. Sometimes the links are weak, snap like this one did. That's another funny thing, now that I think of it. Sometimes when you mend a chain, the place where you fix it is strongest of all.” 57 likes
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