There is another world beyond our own: Balinor, the world of magic. The Celestial Unicorns look down on Balinor and strive to protect it from the ever-growing threat of Entia, the Shifter... a dark and corrupt evil that is threatening to overrun Balinor and throw the world into chaos. In the world of Balinor, the animals and humans alike can speak, and it is a crime to kill a single one. This bond forged between the races stems from the bond of the Royal House of Balinor to the unicorn who is King of the Beasts - in this case, the bond between Princess Arianna and the Sunchaser.
But danger strikes. The Shifter attacks, kidnaps the King, Queen, and the Princes, and nearly catches the Princess as well. The Celestial Unicorns send Arianna and the Sunchaser beyond the Gap (the bridge between the world of Balinor and the world of Earth) in an attempt to save them... but the cost is terrible. The journey takes an immense toll on them both. Both of Arianna's legs are broken and her memory is fragmented, at best. Worse yet, the great Sunchaser has lost his horn, and with it, the ability to speak. Now he is barely more than a common horse, and the bond between the Princess and the Sunchaser is breaking down - and the animals in Balinor are losing the ability to speak.
The first book in the Unicorns of Balinor series, The Road to Balinor, begins the long and dangerous trek into the world of Balinor in an attempt to restore the Sunchaser to his former glory, rescue the royal family, and keep the world as they know it from falling into the Shifter's destructive hands.
Even with its simple and straightforward writing (which is well-done for young adult audiences) I still enjoy reading this series. And in case you were wondering, the unicorns are not all pink with sparkly hooves and bright smiles. The Celestial unicorns are a myriad of colors, and the unicorns in the employ of the Shifter are black with red, demonic eyes. This is not a happy-go-lucky story, but rather a well-written adventure story with a bit of magic thrown in.
So far, there are only eight books in this series, but hopefully more will come soon!
Trivia Question: What animal can Moloth change into?