His heart thudding, Ulysees marched to the edge of the strip. His eyes fixed on his shadow, he concentrated for all he was worth and took a few steps, noting the marks he left. Breathing hard, he took more and more steps until he finally reached the other end and heaved a sigh of relief. When he looked back, most of his prints were there, but a few had graced over the mud, invisible and soundless.
“Not good enough,” rumbled Icarus. “Do it again—become your shadow.”
Ulysees tried again, despising Icarus with every breath, but with his hate also came determination…and less hoof prints.
The stallion gave a curt nod. “One more time,” he ordered.
The colt turned once more, his gait growing more expert with each length.
Then, as he neared the edge of the strip, something caught his eye—a dark spot in the woods. His heart quickened. Taking care to hide his discovery from the stallion, he turned and glided past again, watching from the corner of his vision.
The stallion nodded again. “Okay, take a break.” He faced Alannah. “Your turn.”
Ulysees slipped in beside Téo as she moved away. “There’s a path leading into the woods over there,” he whispered.
Téo leaned closer. “Where?”
“Over there.” He tipped his head in the direction of the hole.
“You mean that dark patch?”
“Yes,” said Ulysees. “It looks like it hasn’t been used for a long time.”
“I wonder where it goes,” said Téo.
“I don’t know,” replied Ulysees, “but if we could only get away from Icarus, we might have a chance to explore it.”
“Yeah, but how? You know old Lion Breath.” Téo cast a heated glance at the stallion. “He keeps his eyes on us all the time.”
“I know, but let’s just keep watching, and the minute he’s not looking, we’ll slip away.”
Title: The Shadow of the Unicorn II: The Deception
Author: Suzanne de Montigny
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy / Tween Fantasy
Ulysees’ breath was ragged, and his heart filled with terror when they galloped toward the herd pursued by an enraged Icarus.
How did the Legacy of Azaria transform into the world fear it has, the unicorns barely existing hidden in the depths of the forest? Why is Icharus, the Great Stallion, so cruel and ruthless? And who is Jaresh, the invisible being who takes away their powers? Angry, the young colt Ulysees and his friend Téo rebel, following an abandoned trail where they’re discovered by humans. Now the entire herd must make an exodus. But Ulysees discovers there’s more danger then just humans when he meets a giant creature who warns them of impending doom…
Award winning author, Suzanne de Montigny, wrote her first novella when she was twelve. Years later, she discovered it in an old box in the basement, thus reigniting her love affair with writing. A teacher for twenty years, she enjoys creating fantasy and paranormal for tweens and teens. She lives in Burnaby, B.C., Canada with the four loves of her life – her husband, two boys, and Buddy the dog.
Five Fun Facts About Suzanne de Montigny
- I talk to my bichon frisé like he’s a normal human being. And yes, Buddy does answer back. (Funny how my mouth moves while he talks!)
- When my son took up skate boarding, I thought I’d be the cool mom and learn it too. Unfortunately, I ended up on my back and paying a visit to emergency.
- My two boys and I fiddle. (But they’re way better than me!)
- My favourite season is autumn so I can kick the leaves when no one’s looking.
- My husband says I snore so loud it wakes him up.
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The Shadow of the Unicorn II: The Deception. http://youtu.be/xZgQSBowrFE
The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy. http://youtu.be/St9OsyK974o
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