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Secret in the Stone

(The Unicorn Quest #2)

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  438 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Claire Martinson and her sister Sophie have decided to stay in Arden--the magical land they discovered by climbing up a chimney in their great-aunt's manor. If what they've learned is true, the sisters are the last descendants of the royal family, and only a true heir of Arden--with magic in her blood--can awaken the unicorns.

Since Sophie has does not have magic, the land'
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 19th 2019 by Bloomsbury Children's Books
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Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: most-loved
I'm so pleased that I came across this series, as it has quickly become a firm favourite of mine. It has many things I typically find irresistible - adventure, a magical world, unicorns - but it is Kamilla Benko's writing that really elevates it from something I'm guaranteed to enjoy to something I truly love.
She has woven a beautiful story filled with characters I adore in a world that feels like it could (should!) actually exist. If I was still school age, these would be books that I would b
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely beautiful sequel. Kamilla Benko manages to pack this book with action, magic, adventure, AND, simultaneously, all the feelings. Benko is an incredibly eloquent, thoughtful writer who understands what makes books for children truly amazing. I am in awe of her ability to understand the minds of kids and craft something so lovely, while also being so fun. I can't wait to read whatever she has next! ...more
Janelle A.
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
i accidentally read the 2nd one first. -_-
but I'll read the first one as soon as i have the chance.

Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Interest Level: 3-6

If you had to choose between going home or staying in a magical land to save the day, what would you do? Sophie and Claire, who are descendants of the royal family of Arden, have decided to stay and fight for the friends that they have made. Since Sophie doesn't have any magical powers, saving the land falls on Claire's shoulders. In book one, they released a unicorn and they are desperately trying to bring back more to save the land. They go up into the mountains to the Geeme
Kristen Beverly
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this series! It’s so much fun and I, even as an adult, don’t get annoyed by the characters - which is rare for me when reading books for this age range right now! The sisters have so much depth, the world is not too complex so I don’t feel like I need a degree to understand it, and the writing is just so vivid. Highly recommend for readers of all ages!
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review of this title.


In the Secret in the Stone, sisters Claire and Sophie travel to Stonehaven so that Claire can begin her training as a Gemmer. In doing so, the sisters hope to awaken precious stones called Moontears that will bring back unicorns and restore magic to the world of Arden, undoing the damage done by their ancestor Queen Estelle. Things... don't go well. In fact, things get even more complicated and dangerous the long
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ahhhhh my heart!!! That ending! 😱

Another fantastic journey to this gorgeous world, and I can’t wait for more.

The sister relationship was again lovely, and more nuanced this time round, which I really enjoyed. I also like that we get to see more of the magic system.

Plenty of twists and turns too, nothing toooooo stellar, but they were really good and kept the pace up.

Highly recommend this series.
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It was cool!
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Secret in the Stone (Unicorn Quest #2) by Kamilla Benko, 320 pages. Bloomsbury, 2019. $17.

Language: G Mature Content: G Violence: PG



After Claire learns she is a Gemmer princess, she and her sister Sophie travel to the Gemmer guild in the mountains. She hopes to harness her magical abilities to call forth the unicorn to restore Arden's waning magic. But some of the officials don't believe her and appear to have ulterior motives. A war bet
Ms. Yingling
Feb 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Public library copy

After going from their great aunt's house into the magical world of Arden in The Unicorn Quest, Claire and Sophie find themselves still embroiled in the problems of the kingdom and the guilds. They end up on Starscrape Mountain, which looks fairly abandoned, and start at a Gemmer school. The students are rather mean, and Sophie gets banished to the kitchen when they find out she doesn't have any magical abilities. One scholar, Terra, is nice and helps both girls out a lot, but
Belles Middle Grade Library
Mar 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wowza! I loved this one just as much, if not more than the 1st! Can’t say much about what’s happening in this, since it’s the 2nd book. But there’s so much adventure, magic, friendship, sisterhood, & hope. We saw new parts of the world this time, & they were just as amazing & fascinating as ever. The writing is so good! I feel like this world is really out there for me to find one day. I would have been obsessed w/this as a kid, & I could see myself playing “pretend” using this world & character ...more
Amy (Golden Books Girl)
In this sequel to the Unicorn Quest, which I read and really enjoyed in March, we see Claire and her sister Sophie navigating life in Arden- where they have stayed to try and save the land- and the secrets they uncovered about who they really are in book one. I continued to really like Claire, and I thought her development was great. I also enjoyed seeing more of Sophie, who was not present for most of book one, and I found her and Claire`s complicated relationship really interesting. I was also ...more
Valerie McEnroe
Sisters Claire and Sophie are still hanging out in Arden in book 2 of the Unicorn Quest. At the end of book 1, they freed a unicorn from stone and came away with a magical moon-tear necklace they hope will restore the unicorns. Claire learns she is a gemmer guild princess, descended from a royal lineage. Together she and Sophie travel from the Sorrowful Plains to the Citadel, home of the gemmer guild. She hopes to practice her gemmer skills and call forth the unicorn to restore Arden's waning ma ...more
Rebecca Isa
Claire and Sophie have traveled to the Gemmer city so Claire can learn her magic. Claire's struggling with her classes and Sophie is struggling with that the fact that she's lacking magic until suddenly they are deemed imposters by the Gemmers. Now on their own, Claire and Sophie have to find the unicorn and unravel the mysteries surrounding Arden. But no one is who they seem and it's hard to know who or what to trust. When good intentions turn into a powerful danger for Arden, Claire and Sophie ...more
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fantasy
Claire and Sophie's magical adventures continue in the land of Arden with some old and new friends as well as old and new foes. The beginning started out slow for me, but it eventually picked up and never slowed down - the ending is even a cliffhanger (one reason for 2020 to come quickly). Similar to the first book, there are some surprise twists of which I didn't see coming except for one that I started forumlating early on but then got distracted with other plot events to think further on it. ...more
Lucy Takeda
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have become very fond of Claire, Nett , and Sena, who all are dedicated to helping the people they care about. There are a few jumps in the plot that bugged me, but not enough to stop me reading.
Claire and her sister Sophie have traveled to a magical land, rather like Narnia. It appears that they have a genetic link to it, which means lots of factions are interested in them. However, it also means they are dealing with rules and mythology they have little knowledge or understanding of.
Teresa Bateman
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
In this second book in "the Unicorn Quest" series sisters Claire and Sophie continue their quests in the magical land of Arden. Claire's magic is with stone, but Sophie appears to have no magic at all. Can that be true? When Claire attempts to learn more about her own abilities the two are put in danger and must make a daring escape. Unfortunately this leads them into further danger. Can they unlock the key to returning unicorns to the land? This book has some surprises at the end that sets read ...more
Katie Killingsworth
Aug 23, 2020 rated it liked it
The story of Sophia and Claire in Arden continues. There are a number of plot twists and surprises in this book. I liked it okay, but it just didn’t capture and hold my attention like the first book did. It’s possible that I didn’t get as into it as the first one because life was just a bit more distracting while I was trying to read this book. 🤷🏻‍♀️

The ending definitely points to the sequel (which has already been released, but our library does not currently have it). I may read it someday, but
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was pretty cool there were just a few minor things that I did not enjoy, but that's just me. This book had an ending that made you wonder what on earth happened to Claire, where she went, and also what was going to happen to Sophie? I do suggest though that you read this series in order, otherwise this will most likely be very confusing. ...more
Amy Martin
Wow! Such a strong sequel with an amazing ending that makes me excited for book #3.

The continued adventures of the Martinson sisters is full of twists and surprises, emotional growth and sisterly love. And magic, of course!
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read the book and when I finished it I was like, oh no, there’s no third book! I’m so happy and excited for the third book to come out. I recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure books and fantasy books.
Sara Inam
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really love this book because as soon as I picked it up I couldn’t stop reading. It’s about two girls called Sophie and Claire they go on adventures to find the last unicorn and get a few surprises on the way.I also loved this book because Sophie and Claire find out secrets about them selves.
Vanessa Price
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Read out loud to my daughter. Great adventure for ages 5-9. My daughter said that what she likes most is how descriptive it is so she can imagine how everything looks and is happening. We can't wait for the 3rd book. ...more
Glasstown Entertainment
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely wonderful second novel! Perfect for fans of the Narnia series!
Bennie Waters
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kamilla you done it again.
Annette Jordan
May 01, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Jun 07, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I found some parts confusing and I don’t like how the ending just alludes to another sequel.
Laurene Allibert
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: english, young-adult
" Thé end of one things always means the birth of something new" ...more
Leah And
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an AMAZING book
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Kamilla Benko spent most of her childhood climbing into wardrobes, trying to step through mirrors, and plotting to run away to an art museum. Now, she visits other worlds as a children’s book editor. Originally from Indiana, she currently lives in New York with her bookshelves, teapot, and hiking boots.

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