The Thirteenth Unicorn

Rated 4.40/5 based on 10 reviews
Ben Alderman and his sister Casey discover a portal to a world of magic, a world discovered, shaped, and settled by wizards. It is a world where elves and dwarves are locked in mortal combat against a witch who is trying to free the last wizard from exile. The witch has been defeated once before but with the combined power of the wizard, no one will be able to stand against them. More
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R. McCullough reviewed on April 11, 2015

Outstanding read and I am almost 72 years old!!!
Am currently writing my sequel to my illustrated novel - Mana in the Modern world.
Reminds me of my D&D playing days - great memories!
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Justyn Simon reviewed on Aug. 20, 2014

This was one interesting book. After finding a secret entrance to a place called Camelot. There seems to be Pop culture references from things like Doctor Who, The Hobbit, and the wizard of Oz. A better name for this book should have been something to do with the Snakers, who are evil Snake Men , as there is more about them then a witch who need 13 unicorn horns to free an evil wizard. Both the witch and the Snakers have an illusion of being powerful, but are easily destroyed. Near the end there was this one point where it got confusing. I thought it was interesting how they had a multiverse thing going on.
I would recommend the book to people that like fantasy, alternate universes, and or mythical creatures
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Barbara Alsop reviewed on Feb. 4, 2014

I adore this book. It is the begining of a wonderful trilogy whose third book is due out within the near future. All of the human characters are well drawn and cool in their own way. Perhaps the most incredible character is Grandma, who has traveled to the magical world alone and developed relationships with individuals in the new world. There is much humor, some intrigue, some tough scenes. And all are well worth discovering in this delightful YA novel.
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Sarah Stockhaus reviewed on Aug. 9, 2012

Great story and very entertaining! I just started on the second book, The Black Dragon, and am already loving it.
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Sarah Spelbring reviewed on June 21, 2012

I knew going in this was geared toward adolescents and not adults, but that didn't stop me from enjoying it anyway. I was originally attracted by the title as I adore anything with unicorns in.

It's a fairly typical fantasy with wizards, witches, dwarves, elves, magic, and fairies. It makes for a lovely read, but don't expect anything groundbreaking.
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RichNKatiesMom reviewed on April 11, 2012

Loved this book. It was a very easy read but was able to pull you in and not let you put it down. I loved the characters and the new fun ideas presented. I look forward to the next book.
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Grandma MY reviewed on May 30, 2011

I absolutely loved this book! W. D. Newman has created a world where his characters are brought to life and you can't wait to see what is going to happen to them next. I am anxiously awaiting his next book, Black Dragon!
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Dune Elliot reviewed on March 8, 2011

The Thirteenth Unicorn is definitely written with a tween/ early teen age group in mind, which I already knew going in and so wasn't disappointed with the overall book. It does remind me a lot of the Narnia series; portal to another world, two boys and two girls, having to beat an evil witch etc, but it has enough differences (the inclusion of other fantasy elements) to keep it distinct.
I am an avid fantasy reader/ writer and look to read books that can keep the audience engaged. The author's style is easy to read and he keeps the story flowing at a fast clip; necessary for a good fantasy. I enjoyed reading it.
My only issues with the story is how fast the pivotal scenes seem to happen, without any fleshing out; battles are over in a paragraph, vital 'weapons' are retrieved without incident. It seems that these are events that could definitely benefit from a little more description. This is the only reason I felt let down.
Overall, the descriptions in the book are well thought out and give a pretty good image of the surroundings; if the author could add these kinds of decriptions to the main turning points (which are what makes a good story) in the book, it would be even better. I could see this book re-written for a more mature audience, where the author could delve into more detail about the history of Camelot, and the other worlds and races.
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Rion Miller reviewed on Feb. 16, 2011

It's a good story, and there are a lot of neat and funny moments sprinkled throughout. It started a bit slow for me, with sentences longer than I prefer and a few repeat words. The slowest part was near the beginning when we meet the main character and prior to the discovery of the hidden world. still, once you get past that it moves pretty well. Good for young readers as well.
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Linda Teppler reviewed on Feb. 8, 2011

This was a good read! Pleasant and exciting. Stories about saving unicorns are some of my favorites. Great descriptions. I actually thought that this would pass for a children's book very well. Please see the full review at:
I can't wait to read more from this author!
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