Unicorn Witch

Rated 4.11/5 based on 11 reviews
For everyone who has ever wished that unicorns existed .... they do on Refuge! More
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Published by Melanie Newton
Words: 89,800
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476230849
About Derek White

Born in 1936, Derek became a full-time professional dancer after university. Now semi-retired he splits his time between his home with his wife Maureen in a little village South East of London, England, near where his son Matt lives with his wife Lani, and in New York visiting his daughter Melanie with her American husband Greg, and their children Emily and Mathew.

Derek enjoys reading, writing, and is just learning about "Pages" on Facebook where he hopes to be able to chat with fans of his books.

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Reviews

Review by: BattleCat on March 26, 2014 :
Interesting concept, unfortunately, the book was poorly written, poorly edited, and frankly; poorly thought out. The ability of the author to describe, on paper, what he is seeing in his head desperately needs more work. It read like an overly complicated children's tale 1+1+2, usually with little thought to actually describing HOW it was accomplished. Most problems or situations are ridiculously solved in one sentence or less; 'Then the unicorn fixed everything, and they all became best friends'. Boring and stupid.

Mid way though, I thought the absolute worst parts were the cringe-worthy attempts at 2 sex scenes, and several passages about "the birds and the bees" type garbage tossed in for good measure. O.M.G. REAL talks with real parents could not have been more awkward or contrived! The dialogue between partners was so poorly written one wonders if the author has ever had actual sex with a real person.

But that was before the four-way sex with the unicorns and their owners: Holy ^%$# Batman, that was simply disgusting. And if familiars share their 'owners' sex acts; I wouldn't want to be that woman with the female german shepherd familiar when her husband with the male horse familiar became overly amorous. That's gonna get painful and scary really FAST. As I mentioned; poorly thought out, poorly written out, poorly edited.
(review of free book)

Review by: Kristy Hamilton on May 24, 2013 :
I picked up Unicorn Witch because the title really interested me. When I started reading the story...
Unicorn Witch can be a confusing book. At first it opens up with a young girl that is searching out a friend to see if she could help him with the loss of powers, then it jumped into earth as we know it. I was confused but the idea of it jumping from a magic world to earth to back to the magic world had me intrigued.
As I started reading more of the story, I was fascinated by the development of the characters. Each one was well developed and had the story to go with them. I personally enjoy it when the author takes the time to develop each of the main characters and gives sidelines on the minor characters.
The story goes further with the characters and takes turns that the reader will be surprised with. I am looking forward to the rest of the series!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Lauren Dootson on Jan. 13, 2013 :
This book was given to me by the author for an honest review.

Unicorn Witch is a very interesting story. It can be a bit confusing when you are first starting the book, because you jump back and forth between two different places that seem to be in two different times. Don't let this confuse you. The years are different because they started tracking dates at different times. They actually coexist at the same time. Refuge is a planet, equivalent to Earth, but is not nearly as populated and is inhabited by witches and various other awesome creatures. There is a group referred to as The Old Ones, that will rescue witches that are in danger of losing their lives on Earth. The Old Ones put them on the planet Refuge as a safe haven. Hence, the name Refuge! I am only telling you this because it will make things easier to understand at the start of the book. So, please, do not give up on this one. You will enjoy it, I promise!

Be aware that there are, what my friends and I like to call, British-isms. For example, you will here the mention of a weight measurement in Stones. 1 stone is about 14 pounds. Some of the spelling is different as well, but not so much so that you can't figure out what it is -- learnt = learned, etc. There are a few things that you feel may move too fast or that don't go deep enough into the story, but I had no issues moving on and continuing on a journey along side Tyana, Marcus, Karim, and Rebel. Did I mention that Karim and Rebel are unicorns? No? Oops! There are more where they come from.

I don't want to go too far into detail because this is genuinely a good story and I want you to read it! I just wanted to point out the things that may cause you to stop reading the book making you miss out on a good story! There is love, friendship, action, mystery, and much more. It is really a well rounded adventure. If you like it, buy the next two books at a very reasonable price ♥
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Laura Price on Aug. 29, 2012 : (no rating)
I have to say that The Unicorn Witch grew on me as I read it and was quite the enjoyable read at that...
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A far away world where mythical creatures and humans coexist but folks from Earth with the right stuff can pop up in their time of Earthly need to become residents of this fantastical world. Magic is a tool used to make life easier and all have the ability until suddenly with no warning some begin to lose the gift. A wonderful read that reminds me of the Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne & Todd McCaffrey and smacks slightly of The Chessmen of Mars series by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Highly recommend this book series and author as characters have depth and conviction to not only be right but to be just.

Great values of an individuals contributions and an overall communities worth hold this world together on the fourth planet of one of the last solar systems before leaving this galaxy - the world known as Refuge. Main characters portray a great sense of the importance of family. They rely on each other and value each person’s place that keeps everything going smoothly. Job completion is performed to the best of every person’s abilities. The main character, works hard to find an answer to the mystery of why people throughout the land are losing their magic with waves coming every so many years apart but spread evenly in the many villages of Refuge. When the hunt for the cause of magical loss becomes dangerous a new inhabitant from Earth helps lead the way to remedy the ongoing situation.
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Phenomenal read for this first book of the series. Highly recommend this book for all ages. I will be picking up a copy of the second book to find where the character and plot development are heading.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: natalie berry on Aug. 28, 2012 :
The Unicorn Witch is based on Refuge, the alternate world to Earth where magic exists and is a way of life to it's inhabitants. Anything needed is conjured with a thought and your animal familiar is your equal and best friend. Life is perfect...for those unaffected by a mystery illness robing people of their magic.

Tyana's friend Darren was the first affected when they were children but was by no means the last. Tyana progressed with her magical career while Darren stayed behind to continue life as a normal human. Years later she's been made head of the task to find Who? How? and Why? by Merlin. Which her trusted familiar, the Unicorn Karim helping the two embark on a quest across refuge to find the answers.

Meanwhile in Camelot, the latest refugees from Earth arrive just outside Tyana's family ranch and are welcomed and introduced to this new magical world that they thought only existed in stories.

The story has an easy natural flow that continuously piques throughout to keep it fresh. The dialogue is natural between the characters with good abbreviation. It's not over written and I would have liked to have read more!
Honestly can't pick out a favourite character as their all likeable and well developed with the story being told from different view points.

A truly magical tale.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: natalie berry on Aug. 28, 2012 :
The Unicorn Witch is based on Refuge, the alternate world to Earth where magic exists and is a way of life to it's inhabitants. Anything needed is conjured with a thought and your animal familiar is your equal and best friend. Life is perfect...for those unaffected by a mystery illness robing people of their magic.

Tyana's friend Darren was the first affected when they were children but was by no means the last. Tyana progressed with her magical career while Darren stayed behind to continue life as a normal human. Years later she's been made head of the task to find Who? How? and Why? by Merlin. Which her trusted familiar, the Unicorn Karim helping the two embark on a quest across refuge to find the answers.

Meanwhile in Camelot, the latest refugees from Earth arrive just outside Tyana's family ranch and are welcomed and introduced to this new magical world that they thought only existed in stories.

The story has an easy natural flow that continuously piques throughout to keep it fresh. The dialogue is natural between the characters with good abbreviation. It's not over written and I would have liked to have read more!
Honestly can't pick out a favourite character as their all likeable and well developed with the story being told from different view points.

A truly magical tale.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Davida Camillo on Aug. 27, 2012 :
Great Read For Teens and Adults

It starts out with a young but powerful woman trying to save her home. It turns into a great story of love, friendship, determination, respect, magic, and mystery. It is set on another planet with magic and unicorns. All the action (romance/ violence) is there but mild enough for teens to read and intriguing enough for adults to be interested.

The main characters are Tyana Counter, the young powerful witch and her familiar Karim (unicorn). Detective Sergeant Marcus Samuels, a new arrival from Earth and him familiar Rebel (unicorn). They have many friends along the way that help them in their journey. The discover other species that live in their world that they have no idea existed.

The plot was exciting and I did not see the true villain or savior until it got to them so you wanted to keep reading to find out “who, why, how”. There are some interesting issues raised in the book that are taken from our own struggles with humanity and equality with race and gender. There are a few grammar errors but not enough that I stopped reading.

The book was a nice read I hope there is more stories from this world. The book ended nicely and there is room for more books but it does not demand more to finish this story. It was a quick read for me and I enjoyed it. I will definitely be looking are more from this author as this was my first by Derek White.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Davida Camillo on Aug. 27, 2012 :
Great Read For Teens and Adults

It starts out with a young but powerful woman trying to save her home. It turns into a great story of love, friendship, determination, respect, magic, and mystery. It is set on another planet with magic and unicorns. All the action (romance/ violence) is there but mild enough for teens to read and intriguing enough for adults to be interested.

The main characters are Tyana Counter, the young powerful witch and her familiar Karim (unicorn). Detective Sergeant Marcus Samuels, a new arrival from Earth and him familiar Rebel (unicorn). They have many friends along the way that help them in their journey. The discover other species that live in their world that they have no idea existed.

The plot was exciting and I did not see the true villain or savior until it got to them so you wanted to keep reading to find out “who, why, how”. There are some interesting issues raised in the book that are taken from our own struggles with humanity and equality with race and gender. There are a few grammar errors but not enough that I stopped reading.

The book was a nice read I hope there is more stories from this world. The book ended nicely and there is room for more books but it does not demand more to finish this story. It was a quick read for me and I enjoyed it. I will definitely be looking are more from this author as this was my first by Derek White.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tena Nestler on Aug. 26, 2012 :
This was an interesting book. The combination of magic/unicorns and of
other worlds made for a compelling read. While I did notice a few
editing mistakes, it did not distract me from reading and finishing the
book. I would recommend it to others.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tena Nestler on Aug. 26, 2012 :
This was an interesting book. The combination of magic/unicorns and of
other worlds made for a compelling read. While I did notice a few
editing mistakes, it did not distract me from reading and finishing the
book. I would recommend it to others.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tena Nestler on Aug. 26, 2012 : (no rating)
This was an interesting book. The combination of magic/unicorns and of
other worlds made for a compelling read. While I did notice a few
editing mistakes, it did not distract me from reading and finishing the
book. I would recommend it to others.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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