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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
The Blue Unicorn's Journey to Osm is a young adult fantasy novel written by Sybrina Durant and illustrated by Dasguptarts. The Tribe of the Metal Unicorns had hoped and prayed that the oracle’s prophecy that the last-born unicorn would save the tribe from the evil sorcerer, Magh, would come to pass. Now, seeing that Miral had delivered her foal, the tribe was aghast to discover that he had no metal horn, simply a blue hide horn without a glint of metal. Miral’s own indium horn allowed her to see the good or evil in others, and she could see the goodness in her new offspring, but she feared for his well being in a world where those without magic had few chances of survival. Little Blue was not only born without magic or a metal horn, he was undersized and puny, and not at all what the oracle had expected as the one the Moon-Star Spirit had spoken of who would be the tribe’s salvation. As Blue grew up, the herd dwindled down until there were very few members of the tribe surviving. Blue had become a strong and healthy stallion, but he stayed apart from the others, feeling alienated and different. But he was not to remain a lone unicorn, for the dangers posed by Magh grew greater with each passing day, and it was time for the metal-horned unicorns to return to their home planet.
Sybrina Durant’s illustrated young adult fantasy novel, The Blue Unicorn's Journey to Osm, is an unusual and enchanting story about a young unicorn’s quest to save his tribe and his coming of age. Durant’s story is slyly whimsical as she builds up the world of Marbryn, a world where there are many wonders, but also threats to the existence of Blue’s tribe. Dasguptarts’ illustrations are masterful and glowing, filled with detail, brilliant colors and excitement. From the first illustration depicting the birth of Little Blue through the succeeding various locales, challenges and adventures he braves in his quest to fulfill his destiny, the illustrations chart each event faithfully and bring each unicorn and ally to life. Durant’s story is filled with action and adventure as well as an earth-shattering battle between the forces of good and evil. She also includes a guide to pronunciation, an Introduction to each member of the Tribe of Metal Horned Unicorns, and an anatomical guide to unicorns. The Blue Unicorn's Journey to Osm is a grand coming of age tale that’s highly recommended.