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A few weeks ago, I posted a photo of the books to my instagram (letswookieswin). A stranger, someone I've never met, commented on the post with excitement and asked if this was a series with a unicorn and a "Bigfoot-like character." I replied that, yes, the Dimblethumb did remind me of Bigfoot in the way he's described. She replied again, telling me that she read Into the Land of Unicorns in her youth but couldn't remember the name of the book. She told me she had lost the book on a family vacation and had been trying to remember the title of her lost book for over 20 years! She sent me a message about a week ago, telling me she'd bought all 4 books in the series, that she re-read the first one, and it was definitely the book she'd lost. She was so excited to know the story continued past book 1 and thanked me over and over again for reuniting her with her "book that got away." I was overjoyed to be able to share in her excitement with her and just wanted to come on here and thank you for writing such a wonderful series that has touched the lives and hearts of so many readers.
Cara and Lightfoot are an irreplacable part of my childhood and each time I reread the series, I feel the same way as when I reread the Chronicles of Narnia - like I'm revisiting old friends. I'll never be too old for fairy tales and I have you and C.S. Lewis to thank for that.
I love all of your books (the ones iv'e read anyway) and I was wondering where you get your inspiration from. Do you have a carefully thought-out plan when you write something, or is your writing spontaneous (do you make it up as you go along)?
I was recently talking to a friend of mine, and she mentioned something about unicorns with wings. I told her that unicorns don't have wings, that most humans don't know too much about unicorns. We started discussing unicorns as they were portrayed by the Grimm Brothers- as nasty, dangerous beasts, and then I said that they're not really like that, that the Grimm Brothers also had the wrong impression of unicorns- and I started telling her why. Before long, I was telling her Grandmother Beloved's story- which led to stories about other worlds. (Eventually I told her what the book was called and to read it, but the point is that when we had the conversation about unicorns, it was very matter of fact- not 'here's some fiction', but 'here are the facts about unicorns'.) I was shocked to hear that she had never heard of your books; I practically grew up on them. (I've even got a stuffed unicorn that I've had since forever named Lightfoot.)
Dragons and Unicorns will always have a special place in my heart, and I love the idea of other worlds that they can inhabit.
A few years ago, I started listening to some of my old favourite books as Audio-books so that I could relive the stories and do other things at the same time- and I discovered Full Cast Audio. I got so I recognised the voices of characters- I got excited when listening to Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher because I recognised Hyacinth Priest's voice, from Lark in The Circle of Magic quartet by Tamora Pierce. My favourite line of Sandry's Book- and perhaps of all three quartets in that world- is "The knives, Briar!" because of the way you said it while voicing Niko- who has become one of my favourite characters.
My story echoes other posts here: as a child in the early 90s I read Into the Land of the Unicorns and fell in love, but was heartbroken to find no sequels forthcoming. I'm now in my 30s and on a whim decided to check if an ebook was available- and was thrilled to find not only had you had written sequels, but that the first two books are available in ebook form. I understand from your comments here that you will be self-publishing the reprints of the rest of the series split up differently, I hope that they will all be released via ebook (and soon, please?). Thank you for creating such an enchanting universe that still has a place in my heart after all these years.
I discovered “The Unicorn Chronicles” when I picked it as one of the three books I was allowed to get every month from the book order forms from school. “Into the Land of the Unicorns” is (I am both proud and ashamed to say this) the most well worn book I have ever owned. I have read it until the spine is out of shape and the once black cover is striped white from bending it, laying it flat when I had to step away and falling asleep after finishing it for the umpteenth time. The copyright and title pages are no longer attached and I have to paperclip them to the cover in order not to lose them. I have read and reread this book for over twenty years! I know even as an adult I can return again and again and always feel the magic and discover something new.
Unfortunately, I was never able to find the rest of the series as a child/teen/young adult and I have been left wondering all these years. Until now. To keep away from spoilers I have only skimmed some of the comments entry’s in your guestbook and blog to discover that the rest of the series will soon be rereleased(?). I know the first two are ebooks, but I think I might wait and buy all Seven(?) at once. I’m very excited to see what will happen next!
I guess what I really wanted to express is that, even though I did not know it at the time, you were/are a great influence in my life. Because you created such a fantastical world that someone as young as nine could grasp and enjoy, I was given The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings to read after your book. I went on to devour Potter and earn a BA in English Literature with the hopes of becoming an author myself someday.
I am so glad you create this wonderful art for children to discover and help them grow! I want to THANK YOU! With all of my heart for being part of my childhood and being a spark that started a fiery passion within the soul of one lonely nine year old!
You are the best!
I just wanted to say hi and ask you what was your favourite book when you were a teenager"
I am a dyslexia teacher in Dallas, Texas and have been reading the Magic Shop Series with one of my third grade students, Lucas. We are really enjoying them. He would like to know what your best selling book has been. Thank you!
My journey through the land of Luster began over 20 years ago, and though I am now 33 years old the series still holds a very special place in my heart. I am so happy to hear that the rest of The Unicorn Chronicles will be available this year! I have yet to read The Last Hunt (I'm a completist and was waiting for the paperback version which never came out). I am excited to finally read the conclusion of the saga when you re-release it this year!
Thank you for writing this series, and for persevering to complete it despite the long breaks in between. Please allow me to share with you my journey with this series, it has really meant so much to me 🙂
I vividly remember buying the first volume when I was 9 or 10 yrs old at my school book fair, absolutely thrilled that a novel about unicorns was available. Until that point I'd never heard of any unicorn stories aside from the 1982 animated film version of Peter S. Beagle's "The Last Unicorn." I was hungry for more stories about unicorns and was over the moon when your book came along.
For years after that I kept checking bookstores for the next volume (with no success of course). Though I eventually despaired of any more volumes being written or published, every once in a while I would still check my bookstore 'just in case.' And I re-read the first volume many times because it was just that good! Then, sometime in my teens I went to my bookstore to buy something else, and on a whim checked on The Unicorn Chronicles again. I was completely astounded to find that the second volume was not only in existence but had been available for some time, even in paperback, so I snapped it up right away.
Thankfully the age of the internet was in full swing by then and I was able to see the updates on your website about the progress of the next volumes. Sometime in my 20s, I eagerly picked up the third volume in paperback, still with some lingering astonishment that this story I started in my childhood was actually continuing.
When the final volume, The Last Hunt, came out, I patiently waited for the paperback edition to complete my collection. But of course you know what happened there. For a long time I would check for updates on a re-release, and eventually saw some of your comments in this guestbook which indicated that you were trying to get the rights back, which gave me hope. And now, at long last - I'm very excited for the re-releases this year!
I'm saying all this ultimately to tell you that The Unicorn Chronicles captured my imagination in a very special way and inspired a perhaps abnormally dogged pursuit to complete the journey. I so look forward to reading the final volume this year (after re-reading the others of course), by the end of which I would have read one volume during each decade of my life 🙂
Thank you Bruce, for crafting the world of Luster with its rich characters and stories. The only thing I'll be wondering after I finish the series, is whether movies will ever be made from the books 😉