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

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  15,568 Ratings  ·  553 Reviews
One unicorn dwells on Earth.
Hundreds fight in Luster.
Their legends are recorded in

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,
Paperback, 176 pages
Published November 1st 1999 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published 1994)
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Ilana Waters
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Dec 06, 2007 rated it really liked it
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!
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
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
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Feb 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 ( 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
Jun 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Apr 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Katrina Patton
Dec 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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 :)
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vintage-gems
What a great book! From the beginning to the end. I wish I could go back in time and read this when I was younger. *Sigh*
Very much looking forward to the rest of these books!
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
Laura Hill
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Wolf (Alpha)
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like how Cara's grandmother sacrificed herself t o save Cara and how she didn't play around. I am glad that Cara got out of there and that she was safe. I find it funny how the Dimblethum found her and how he immediately began protecting her. I am glad that they found her instead of someone else. I hate how the Dimblethum is captured and I really like how Cara insists that they stay behind to save him. I like how Thomas finds them and how he and Cara become friends almost immediately. ...more
Lou Anders
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Written in 1994 and it still holds up beautifully. This is a delightful fantasy that I thoroughly enjoyed. I can't wait to dive into the remaining books in the series.
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, dragons, unicorns
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
Jan 14, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Originally Posted Here:

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
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first sentence still gets me every time! “Gramma, is that man following us?” How could you not continue reading? Bruce Coville is a master storyteller for children. The language is at a level where younger children can read and understand but isn’t so bland for older readers (or re-readers) to still get enjoyment out of it. I love how you don’t really know how old Cara is but you can see her mature from earlier in the book. She has quite a lot of family baggage and when it all starts to unfu ...more
Jan 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Jennifer Sauer
Jan 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
I only finished this book because it was chosen for a book club, otherwise I never would have made it past the first chapter; this is one of the worst books I have ever read...

The main character was so blindly trusting and the only reason was because the author knew that the characters she trusted were good. Inside the story there was no reason for her to trust any of them.

The grandmother, who Cara loves and trusts completely, was kind of crazy and not in the lovable way. In the dangerous way. C
The Winter Rose
Oct 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
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
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this book. I originally read it years ago and fell in love. Then for years I wanted (in vain a thought) for the next book. It took a LONG time to come out but I persisted. I am not patient for books to come out, usually if a book takes more than 2 years I just give up on the series. BUt not this. No. I had to have hope. ANd eventually Bruce Coville shared the rest. But enough about that-back to this story!!

This book is filled with wonder and magic. Dragons, The Squijim, Delvers, and of co
I read this book back in 3rd or 4th grade and I loved it. I loved it so much that when it took years for the author to write the third book, I wrote him a letter saying how much I wanted the story to continue. This book is also the prime reason why I don't want to read the book Rampant by Diana Peterfreund, since it is about unicorn hunters. There was even a time in 5th grade that I checked out the audiobook nearly every time I went to the library and would listen to it over and over (and then I ...more
Apr 13, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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
Apr 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Re-read 10 years after the first time, and just as fun, magical, and slightly scary as I remembered. Coville doesn't write down for his audience, and as an adult I was so happy to see the expansive vocabulary and slightly scary (drinking DRAGON'S BLOOD!! Horns piercing chests!!) elements.

I don't remember if I read the other books in this series as a kid, but I will definitely try and find them now.

My BFF and I were just talking about this - and I TOTALLY OWN IT!!!! YASSSS!
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I had read this many years ago when I was little, and when I found it lying in my closet I decided it was time to read it again. This is just such a fun little story involing magic, and unicorns, and a world unlike our own. It was so much fun to read, while you could tell it is written for a much younger audience, you are still able to read and enjoy it no matter your age.
All in all I really enjoyed this and hopefully I will be able to continue on in the series.
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