Three dark, apelike creatures sprang from the woods. A hideous face flashed before Ulysees. Terror seized him as he recognized the visage he’d seen through the leaves before the praying tree.
“Humans mounted on the enemy—horses! Fly!” he shouted.
The unicorns scattered in every direction, their screams filling the air. Young foals tore after their dams, eyes wide with terror.
Ulysees leapt and broke into a gallop. He ran without thought. A dark creature cut his path. His nostrils flared at the human’s odour. Rearing up, Ulysees battered his enemy’s chest with his hooves. The human threw his hands to his face to block the blows. Ulysees let out a loud whinny and bit the creature’s arm. Screaming in pain, the human dropped to the ground, his mount fleeing.
Ulysees flung about in time to witness another human leap onto Téo’s back. Emitting a fierce battle cry, Ulysees lunged, but before he could reach his friend, Téo thrust out his hind legs with such a force, the human was catapulted through the air, landing with a loud thud.
“Where’s the other one?” shouted Ulysees. “I saw three.”
“I don’t know,” yelled Téo.
A blood curdling scream filled the air.
The hairs of Ulysees’ back rose.
“Alannah?” he called.
Icarus’ savage neigh rose above the din—the command to follow. The terrified unicorns stampeded after him. Their hooves thundered as they ran through the still dark forest, manes flying, eyes wild with fright. They fled blindly, their breath ragged, and coats drenched with sweat. They galloped, crazed, until dawn crept in, and the thin rays of the sun licked the dew-covered grass. With the promise of day, Icarus slowed the herd to a halt. Their muscles trembled, and their breath steamed in the cool morning air as they puffed and snorted.
Trotting from one unicorn to the other, Icarus counted their numbers, his gait agitated as he scanned. Ulysees followed his gaze, his legs still trembling. Someone was missing.
“Alannah,” Lilia called. “She’s gone!”
Author: Suzanne de Montigny
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy / Tween Fantasy
Ulysees’ breath was ragged, and his heart filled with terror when they galloped toward the herd pursued by an enraged Icarus.
How did the Legacy of Azaria transform into the world fear it has, the unicorns barely existing hidden in the depths of the forest? Why is Icharus, the Great Stallion, so cruel and ruthless? And who is Jaresh, the invisible being who takes away their powers? Angry, the young colt Ulysees and his friend Téo rebel, following an abandoned trail where they’re discovered by humans. Now the entire herd must make an exodus. But Ulysees discovers there’s more danger then just humans when he meets a giant creature who warns them of impending doom…
Award winning author, Suzanne de Montigny, wrote her first novella when she was twelve. Years later, she discovered it in an old box in the basement, thus reigniting her love affair with writing. A teacher for twenty years, she enjoys creating fantasy and paranormal for tweens and teens. She lives in Burnaby, B.C., Canada with the four loves of her life – her husband, two boys, and Buddy the dog.
Five Fun Facts About Suzanne de Montigny
- I talk to my bichon frisé like he’s a normal human being. And yes, Buddy does answer back. (Funny how my mouth moves while he talks!)
- When my son took up skate boarding, I thought I’d be the cool mom and learn it too. Unfortunately, I ended up on my back and paying a visit to emergency.
- My two boys and I fiddle. (But they’re way better than me!)
- My favourite season is autumn so I can kick the leaves when no one’s looking.
- My husband says I snore so loud it wakes him up.
Book Trailer Links:
The Shadow of the Unicorn II: The Deception. http://youtu.be/xZgQSBowrFE
The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy. http://youtu.be/St9OsyK974o
The Shadow of the Unicorn II: The Deception
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