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The Legacy (The Shadow of the Unicorn #1)

4.55  ·  Rating Details ·  60 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
A loud, hissing sound filled the air. The unicorns looked up, their eyes filled with horror.
Azaria, a unicorn colt, is intrigued when the young, clairvoyant dinosaur, Darius, foresees a terrifying change to their world. When a giant fireball smashes into the earth, the unicorns struggle to survive the hurricanes and starvation that follow. But nothing compares to the dang
Kindle Edition, 114 pages
Published January 19th 2016 by Books We Love Ltd. (first published November 30th 2012)
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Penny Estelle
Feb 17, 2014 Penny Estelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
5.0 out of 5 stars A story I could hardly wait to give to my grandkids, April 1, 2013
By Penny Estelle (Arizona)

This review is from: The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy (The Shadow of the Unicorn Series) (Kindle Edition)
I just finished reading The Shadow of the Unicorn. What a story teller Suzanne de Montigny is. She combined unicorns with dinosaurs and spun a tail of magic that kept me turning the pages, not to mention throwing in an evil that came in the form of a human!

What an enjoyable sto
AK Brown
Apr 15, 2013 AK Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unicorns and dinosaurs—winning ingredients in children’s literature. Suzanne de Montigny has written a great adventure story in which a young unicorn’s world is changed almost overnight from one of relative peace to one of chaos. The unicorns must face something worse than a tyrannosaurus rex: human greed and treachery. Like the best of fantasies, Shadow of the Unicorn contains universal truths as, for example, children’s overwhelming need to play even in a stressful environment: “Yet despite ...more
K.C. Sprayberry
Apr 09, 2013 K.C. Sprayberry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Azaria, a unicorn, is born right before a time of great change. He and his father befriend Darius, a dinosaur who is also a Seer. Darius predicts the coming of planetary disaster, but not when or how. The time of change arrives in the form of a meteor, which brings climactic anomalies that nearly destroy the unicorns. The storms do destroy most of the dinosaurs, only Darius is left alive. There is also another change with the meteor, the ones who walk on two legs, humans relocate to an area ...more
Mar 15, 2013 KyBunnies rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review is from my 9 yr old niece.

My aunt gave me this book to read. She told me that I would love it. The book has unicorns and dinosaurs. The dinosaurs don’t live long. Well one live a long long time. Darius lives forever. Azaria and his friend Gaelen go with Azarias father to speak with the dinosaur leader. Azarias father is the leader of the unicorns. They learn some terrible things are going to happen. They are told they will encounter creatures that walk on two legs. I think he is tal
Katie Carroll
Mar 04, 2013 Katie Carroll rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
Suzanne de Montigny drew me right into "The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy" with her beautiful descriptions of a land shared by unicorns and dinosaurs. I could picture, smell, and hear the landscape as it stretched out in front of the characters. Azaria and the young unicorns are a wonderful mix of playful like children and wise like you'd expect unicorns to be. Darius is wise beyond his years and so caring. I wish he was my friend in real life. Two-legger Ishmael is a devious villian. All ...more
Madeleine McLaughlin
Enter the world of dinosaur seers and happy unicorns as they face the very unmagical greed of humans. This fun story grips the reader and paints a charming world so clearly you will remember it long after you've finished the book
Denise of Ingleside
I absolutely LOVED this book! My kids enjoyed it too. It's a definite book to have on your reading list and your children's list. You won't be disappointed reading anything by Suzanne <3
Dec 05, 2013 Renee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Shadow of the Unicorn is a magical and fantastical adventure where the worlds of unicorns, dinosaurs, and humans collide. The story, as told through the eyes of the young unicorn Azaria, provides an engaging (albeit fictional) portrayal of what transpired after the asteroid thought to have led to the extinction of the dinosaurs strikes Earth. We first meet Azaria as a young foal when he and his father, Polaris the stallion of the unicorn herd, go to visit a nearby herd of dinosaurs. They ...more
Feb 25, 2013 Orchid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review taken from my blog, The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy was perhaps one of the oddest books I have read in quite sometime. Odd because the two creatures that were found in the book were two that I would have never expected to see grace one book at the same time.

Suzanne de Montigny's The Legacy surprised me in so many ways. When I started reading it, there were a few things I was unprepared for, like, the presence of dinosaurs and a certain meteorite cras
Taegen Sullivan
May 16, 2013 Taegen Sullivan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to be introduced to Suzanne de Montigny through a friend of mine. I received the book and began reading with only knowing that it was written for a middle-grade audience. I must say, I very much enjoyed the book and have recommended it to my friends with children in this age group.

The cast of characters runs the gamut from the playful Nathaniel and Zackary to the more mature Azaria to the intriguing, admirable, and gifted Darius. Polaris is the perfect strong leader that works
T.L. Peters
Apr 15, 2013 T.L. Peters rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"A loud, hissing sound filled the air. The unicorns looked up, their eyes filled with horror."

With this exciting and intriguing introduction, Suzanne de Montigny commences her marvelous fantasy, THE SHADOW OF THE UNICORN, THE LEGACY. Soon we meet Azaria, a unicorn colt, Darius, a young clairvoyant dinosaur, and the greedy and ruthless leader of the creatures who walk on two legs. Fantasy devotees of all ages should love this wonderful story told with a congenial and charming pen.

Readers should a
Jaylyn Styles
Jan 15, 2013 Jaylyn Styles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is one of those book that I really love to read. As a mother speaking I think this book is suitable for 7 to 12 years old. I love that Suzanne has created something different from the things I've already read about unicorns. Since my boy Jace is already 8 years old I think I'd let him read the book and decide from himself. As a mother I think the message of the story is simple but conveyed perfectly in the story, I would love to pass that to my child. It's something that I think my ...more
N.W. Harris
Jul 09, 2013 N.W. Harris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story pulled me in with a beautiful portrayal of a time and place where unicorns and dinosaurs live side by side. It moved me forward with unexpected twist and turns (a requirement in any good story). I found it hard to put the book down and was totally engaged in seeing the young characters (unicorns and dinosaurs) survive and grow because of the challenges they faced. I also like how the writer used greed in the story, and natural disaster at the beginning of the book seems to be based on ...more
S. Willett
Polaris, leader of a herd of unicorns, is summoned by Saul, chief of the dinosaurs. Polaris takes his son, Azaria, and his young friend, Gaelan, to the distant land of the dinosaurs. There they are introduced to a young long neck that can see the future. He tells them of coming changes and warns of the two-legged creature.

They don’t understand, but watch for the signs. The first sign comes quickly changing their world in an instant. At first they think the Sun fell from the sky, but Earth rec
Cheryl Carpinello
Unicorn in the title is what drew me to this story, as I'm sure it also attract young readers especially girls. They will love the main characters of Darius and Azaria (a dinosaur and a unicorn).

It is always good to see the world from a different perspective, and Suzanne shows the greed of humans through the dinosaurs and unicorns' eyes.

As mentioned by others, Darius teaching Azaria to become invisible is delightful, and kids may even try this themselves!

Boys 8-10 will like this because of the
Heather Greenis
Jul 02, 2013 Heather Greenis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! For years I've avoided a YA book. No particular reason, but then, the unicorn caught my attention. Then I saw the video and bought it. Glad I did. What a wonderfully written story. Unicorns growing up. Meeting dinosaurs and living in harmony. Then, the unthinkable happens. Always a villain, but this villain is nasty and my heart when out to the poor critters. I finished this book, but didn't want it to end. Congrats to Suzanne with her debut novel. Full marks for this one.
Brandy Corona
Jan 11, 2013 Brandy Corona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I’m not sure if I’ve read a story before where the main character isn’t a human, but it was a nice change. Unicorns and dinosaurs are an interesting mix, and Suzanne pulls it off well with this brilliant fantasy read.

It was a little hard to get into this book, but once I did I enjoyed it. It is a fast paced novel after the beginning and it was very descriptive, which I loved! There is a great message in this book, I won’t spoil it…you’re gonna have to read it to get the message!
Jan 31, 2013 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a delightfully unique book. Unicorns and dinosaurs facing changing conditions. Darius is a young dinosaur capable of seeing the future. Azaria is a young unicorn who becomes a friend and learns from Darius.
Yes, there are humans in this book. They are the villains of the story. Greedy beasts.

I think both boys and girls will love this story. Very quick paced and easy to read. A delightful story, and I look forward to more from this author.
Kay LaLone
Dec 21, 2012 Kay LaLone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This fantasy world of dinosaurs and unicorns comes to life on the pages. It is a book that is hard to put down because you care so much for the unicorns. My favorite part of the book is when Darius a dinosaur teaches Azaria a unicorn how to be a ghost. Great read for any child.
Beverly McClure
Aug 26, 2013 Beverly McClure rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Long, long ago lived the unicorns and dinosaurs. Then came the fireball hurtling toward earth, and their world would never be the same. Strange creatures that walked on two legs appeared, bringing with them danger and death. Soon the unicorns were in a struggle to survive. Award Winning Author Suzanne de Montigny tells their story in her MG/Tween Fantasy, THE SHADOW OF THE UNICORN.

Azaria, unicorn colt, and his father, Polaris, receive a message from Saul the Great Chief asking them to go where t
Dennis Burchett
Dec 22, 2012 Dennis Burchett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suzanne has created a modern fable suitable for children aged between 8 and 12. Speaking as an ex-teacher, I can't see too many boys interested in a fantasy world of unicorns, but that's not to say they wouldn't be. Woven into the story of the unicorns and their nemesis, the human protagonist, is a message about preservation and conservation of wildlife, greed, inappropriate behaviour and its consequences, and loyalty. The characters are endearing and engaging, and there are some very clever ...more
Mary Waibel
Apr 08, 2014 Mary Waibel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy was a fun, MG tale about a land with unicorns and dinosaurs. This cleverly crafted story brought to mind The Enormous Egg, by Oliver Butterworth, and the Land Before Time movies.

I loved the interaction between the young unicorns, Azaria and Gaelan, and their dinosaur friend, Darius. The friendships shown were so realistic and fun to see playing out on the page.

Through her characters Ms. de Montigny teaches us many lessons. One that stuck with me was how when mi
Stuart West
Sep 13, 2013 Stuart West rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ms. de Montigny's The Shadow Of The Unicorn is a great book, particularly for middle grade aged readers. It unwinds a tale about Azaria, a young unicorn, and how he matures and rises to the occasion to save his endangered species from a new threat in the form of a particularly heinous human. Most unusual is the wise sage character, Darius, who is a dinosaur, the last of his kind. Kudos to Ms. de Montigny for writing an original variation on the fantasy epic--unicorns intermingling with ...more
Antje Hergt
Aug 11, 2013 Antje Hergt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Shadow of the Unicorn is a must-read for all unicorn lovers, but even more so for the ones, like my self, who hadn’t read anything about them yet. It is a thrilling and encouraging story about a young unicorn that has to save his herd after a meteor nearly destroyed their environment and killed the dinosaurs. Suzanne de Montigny created a compelling universe with believable characters and a great adventure story to challenge them with. While the story finishes in this book, I can’t wait to ...more
Mike Hays
Jul 04, 2013 Mike Hays rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic story built in the world of unicorns, where friendship, choices, and loyalties help the herd survive a catastrophic natural event and the appearance of a greedy and ruthless human. Suzanne de Montigny creates a magnificent world in dramatic transition around the loss of dinosaurs, the rise of man, and the changes forced upon the unicorn herd in order to survive.
Jun 19, 2014 Erica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a long time since I read a YA book, but I'm glad I picked this one up. It's cute and sad and has a great moral. Unicorns and dragons. A perfect read. Well done. A recommend!
Rosemary Morris
Apr 07, 2015 Rosemary Morris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Suzanne de Montigny has created a magical tale of unicorns and dinosaurs, who live in two valleys, and human beings, who settle near the unicorns.

The opening paragraphs drew me into the novel when Suzanne introduces father and son, Polaris, The Great Stallion, and Azaria. I admired the unicorns, Polaris and Azaria, wanted to know more about them and enter their spell-binding world,

The Legacy begins when a dinosaur spooked the mares and Saul, a dinosaur, sent an urgent message for the three herds
Frank Talaber
Mar 06, 2016 Frank Talaber rated it it was amazing
A great Book To Read To Your Child At Bedtime
At first I thought, okay dispel belief and get that dinosaurs, humans and unicorns all lived together. Well being a realist I remembered the ancient site in Texas where they found dinosaur tracks and human footprints beside each other. Anything is possible and until we go back in time, who knows. But I loved the book. Evil versus good, Ishmael, truly a badass. Oh, and no swearing or profanity. The thought that you have to kill the unicorns in order to
Robbi Perna
Nov 19, 2014 Robbi Perna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Suzanne de Montigny's well-crafted, clever tale for mid grade readers, young unicorns talk about the same things that young children do while their parents sound like parents the world over. While reading The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy, the reader forgets for long periods that the characters are unicorns and not humans. The author weaves universal human themes of responsibility, love, loss, respect, acceptance, and just punishment for crimes committed. The book is a valuable resource ...more
Jemima Pett
A good read for middle graders. First in a promising series.

This is a charming story starting in prehistoric times, when dinosaurs and unicorns roamed the earth. But the fireball, or asteroid, creates catastrophic changes, and the dinosaurs die out, leaving the unicorns struggling to survive – and then the two-legged animals arrive.

There is a considerable amount of humans-ruining-paradise in this book, although it turns out to be mainly one human as the ringleader. The tale is well told, but as
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Suzanne grew up in Chilliwack, B.C. A musical child, she studied music composition at the U of Victoria and UC San Diego. After a brief career as a composer and pianist, she drifted into music education where she learned she could weave a good story that kept kids pretty entertained. The Shadow of the Unicorn is a three-part series about endangered species and the recklessness of humans.
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