[Herald] The Secret of the Unicorn Queen [Herald]





- Meet Sheila McCarthy, an ordinary teenager who likes cheeseburgers and Bon Jovi. But it is her love of science that brings her to the laboratory of eccentric inventor Dr. Reit - and to his latest machine: a transporter into parallel worlds! Sheila accidentally goes through its portal and finds herself in the kingdom of Arren. Somehow Sheila must find her way back home.... (blurb on books 1, 2, 3)

- When Sheila McCarthy first landed in the magical kingdom of Arren, all she could think about was how to get back home. But surrounded by her new friends, the beautiful unicorns and their courageous Unicorn Queen, she soon realized that hanging out in an enchanted land and doing battle with an evil wizard beat going to high school any day.... (blurb on books 4, 5, 6)



Title - Swept Away #1
Written By - Josepha Sherman
Cover By - Rowena Morrill
Published By - Fawcett Columbine - 1988
Category - Children
Printing Status - Out of print and hard to find



Description
When the blue swirling clouds around the portal disappear, Sheila McCarthy finds herself alone - and in the alien desert of Arren. Before she can tell herself this is all a dream, a band of young women warriors riding unicorns suddenly appears and captures her! They are convinced Sheila is an evil sorceress - but their beautiful, silver-haired Unicorn Queen believes Sheila's magic is good, and saves her life.

Soon Sheila is training to be a warrior too - but there is little time. For the band must ride fast to Campora, the dazzling capital city made of marble, before its evil King Dynasian and his nefarious wizard Mardock can carry out their awful plans.

Never has home seemed so very, very far away....



Title - Sun Blind #2
Written By - Gwen Hansen
Cover By - Rowena Morrill
Published By - Fawcett Columbine - 1988
Category - Children
Printing Status - Out of print and hard to find



Description
There's a rumor that a group of unicorns is trapped in the evil King Dynasian's fortress - and Illyria, the courageous Unicorn Queen, is determined to find its secret entrance and free them. But dangerous magic lurks everywhere in the mysterious other world of Arren, and for Sheila and the other young women warriors, it could mean capture - or death!

Meanwhile, Sheila's inventor friend Dr. Reit has, at last, made contact. And Sheila, desperate to get home, is torn between helping her new friends in this strange, enchanted land and taking what could be her very last chance to get back home...



Title - The Final Test #3
Written By - Dory Perlman
Cover By - Rowena Morrill
Published By - Fawcett Columbine - 1988
Category - Children
Printing Status - Out of print and hard to find



Description
When Mardock, the evi wizard, put a spell on handsome Prince Laric and his courageous warriors, he also invented a magical antidote that could only work during a lunar eclipse. Now, at last, that time is at hand in the enchanted kingdom of Arren. But someone must sneak into the wizard's underground laboratory and seize the magic formula....

That someone is Sheila, but she is being held prisoner in a rat-infested cell! To make matters worse, she has overheard a sinister plan that will destroy forever not only the beautiful unicorns - but the entire Arren world as well! Only Dr. Reit can save her, the unicorns, and Prince Laric... But will he materialize through the portal soon enough? And will he finally be able to bring Sheila back home?



Title - Into the Dream #4
Written By - Suzanne Weyn
Cover By - Rowena Morrill
Published By - Fawcett Columbine - 1989
Category - Children
Printing Status - Out of print and hard to find



Description
Sheila has been home for a month - and not a day passes that she doesn't wonder what's going on in the magical world of Arren. When Dr. Reit shows her the improvements made in his transporter, Sheila sees her chance. She sneaks into his laboratory and plunges through the portal - back to Arren and into her most dangerous adventure ever!

Her old enemy, the evil wizard Mardock, has found a way to make the unicorns disappear - and Sheila and her warrior friends must journey to an exotic land of pyramids and evil spells to save them. But Dr. Reit has followed her through the portal - and is captured by the dreaded sorcerer himself!



Title - The Dark Gods #5
Written By - Josepha Sherman
Cover By - Rowena Morrill
Published By - Fawcett Columbine - 1989
Category - Children
Printing Status - Out of print and hard to find



Description
When joining a royal procession through Prince Laric's land, Sheila and her warrior friends discover evil afoot near the border - in the form of a handsome but sinister king who will stop at nothing to gain control of the kingdom...and the precious unicorns.

Calling upon the world's ancient forces, King Kumuru enchants the warriors - and forces Queen Illyria through a fog-shrouded portal! Only Sheila is immune to his dark powers, but even she cannot break his evil spell. Somehow she must destroy the ruby amulet that is the source of his power - but how!



Title - Moonspell #6
Written By - Gwen Hansen
Cover By - Rowena Morrill
Published By - Fawcett Columbine - 1989
Category - Children/Young Adult
Printing Status - Out of print and hard to find



Description
Every seven years, the unicorns of Arren must journey to the distant mountain land of Ryudain to replenish their power - and Sheila and her warrior friends are duty-bound to escort them there safely before the next full moon.

But many dangers await them on this trip - including the mysterious terrain, violent rainstorms, a savage tribe who want to sacrifice the unicorns to their angry gods...and the evil sorceror Mardock. Ready to strike out at Sheila for thwarting his plans for unlimited power, he is determined to use his magic to destroy her - and any chance she has of getting home....



Review
Its been a few years since I've read these books. But judging by the number of inquiries I receive about them, they're just as good now as they ever were. Unfortunately, even when they were in print they were hard to find. And it's near impossible now. Your best bet is Ebay or used bookstores, but don't bother with online used bookstores. The few times I've checked you'd have to be willing to part with a large sum of money to nab one of these. After all, they are just children's paperbacks!

But don't let that lead you to believe they're not worth looking for. Its got adventure in strange worlds, evil sorcerors, warrior queens and of course, unicorns. Its also interesting that the series was written by four different authors....almost makes one wonder if there were supposed to be two more books. Although the last book ends with closure....it's as if they forgot to actually lock the door behind them.

And yes, I "borrowed" my persona name, SunBlind, from the book. I liked the way it sounded, and it matched this shape-shifting vampiric dragon perfectly. ^-^



Posted: January 2002



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