Young Kinsey, a lonely orphan servant girl in medieval times, finds an abandoned cloak. Unable to resist, she pulls it over her shoulders, snaps the clasp shut and is astounded when Crimson, a talking unicorn, appears in front of her!
What happens next is even more amazing, as Kinsey finds herself caught up in a whirlwind of adventure, from slaying river monsters to fighting off giant wolf-like mungas. But is Crimson right to believe all her adventures have prepared her for the final battle against the evil Lord, known as the Snake, who is threatening to take over the whole kingdom.
There is trouble in the kingdom, and Crimson the unicorn needs Kinsey to help fight it. Reluctant and unprepared, Kinsey isn’t ready to be a hero. But as evil closes in and threatens the people she cares about, Kinsey is faced with a choice: run from her destiny, or face it head on.
The Adventures of Crimson and the Guardian is an epic adventure filled with unicorns, dwarfs, elves, shadow-bloods and many more magical and fantastical creatures. Some of these I was familiar with, but others I had never heard of… I love this about the book. It pushes fantasy outside the box and delivers fresh content full of imagination.
The Battle of the Snake
Fantasy Children's Literature for 8-12 years
Crimson, the last of the secretive and elusive medieval unicorns, steps into young orphaned Kinsey’s path and life. Within minutes Kinsey finds herself battling a huge and dangerous snake-like river monster with nothing but a magical cloak and a dagger. Some how she survives, and with her sense of adventure awakened, she agrees to travel with Crimson on an incredible journey towards more danger and peril than she could ever imagine.
Kinsey must overcome a band of monsters called jagotchies before rescuing the kidnapped leader of the dwarfs and helping save the life of a young troll-like creature, a Shadow-Blood.
As she travels closer to the battlefield where the nation’s enemy is gathering his forces, she has to avoid wolf-like creatures called mungas intent on tearing her limb to limb, escape the clutches of the small but deadly bobaho and kill a giant dragon to rescue Crimson from a band of shape-shifters.
At every encounter Kinsey discovers more about the cloak's magic secrets, and surprises herself with her own abilities. But war is looming, and old enemies and warriors are gathering their forces. Has she learned enough to be able to defeat the deadliest enemy of all; the man called the Snake?
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