Spellhorn, Paperback Book
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A blind girl and a unicorn in a world where magic and reality merge together.

Can Laura save the Wild Ones and take them to the safety of the Bright Wilderness? Laura is blind, but though she cannot see, she is an acutely perceptive child.

As soon as she climbs onto the unicorn's back she is hurled into a wild and magical world.

Though a contemporary child, living in a contemporary setting, Spellhorn and the Wild Ones see Laura as their leader and they know that only through Laura can they reach the safety of the Bright Wilderness.

But can the unicorns lead Laura back home to her own world? Powerful and moving, a delicious blend of fantasy and reality.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9780007331994

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A time or mind travel fantasy featuring a blind girl, Laura, who becomes sighted when she meets the unicorn, Spellhorn and journeys to the Bright Wilderness with the Wild Ones. I love the unicorn mythology and Doherty's creation of the Wild Ones, part human, part animal, and their "picture-word" (based on Anglo-Saxon "kenning") language. For example, Sloe describes the exhausted Laura as "wearylegs and eye-droop." Of unicorns, she says: "They seem to belong to a better time, a simpler time, that we all have a yearning to go back to." I feel this way sometimes, and that is why I love good fantasy so much. Backmatter by the author reveals that the story was originally written for radio with children from a school for the blind. She also includes beliefs about unicorns and a brief interview.

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