Book Review: Wonder Light

Book Review: Wonder LightWonder Light by R. R. Russell
Series: Unicorns of the Mist #1
Published by Sourcebooks, Inc. on May 5th 2013
Pages: 256
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Deep in the heart of a mist-shrouded island, an impossible secret is about to be discovered.

Twig is used to feeling unwanted. Sent to live on a pony ranch for "troubled" girls on a misty, haunted island, Twig is about to discover the impossible — someone who needs her.

Jolted awake from a bad dream, Twig follows the desperate whinny of a terrified horse out to the stables. There in the straw is a bleating little scrap of moonbeam. A silver-white filly with cloven hooves and a tiny, spiraling horn.

A baby unicorn.

Now Twig knows what secret is hiding in the island's mist: the last free unicorn herd. And a mysterious boy named Ben who insists that this impossible creature is now Twig's to care for. That she needs Twig's love and protection. Because there's something out there in the deep, dense shadows that's hunting for them...

Wonder Light is the first book in a new series that has unicorns in it. Much more than that, Wonder Light is the story of Twig, who is going to an island because of something that happened at home. A whole circle of events has led to Twig feeling unlike herself and she keeps herself enclosed in her shell. She’s not sure she’ll even like it on this island, where she’ll learn to ride and take care of a pony and live with the Murleys, a couple that takes in troubled girls. All of that changes after she sees the Wild Boy on the day she arrives on the island and who one night she sees sneaking into the stable with two white horses, leaving one and taking off into the night.

What Twig finds out is that they are unicorns and after giving birth, the white horse takes off, never to be seen again. More than that is that the new unicorn is in danger and only Twig must know she is what she is. They bond and soon Twig finds out there is more to the Wild Boy and to the island than meets the eye. She must face her own fears and problems to help save her new friends and family from danger.

Wonder Light really pulled me in once the unicorn plot started. One of my favorite books growing up was Into the Land of Unicorns by Bruce Coville, and I felt reminiscent of that when reading Wonder Light. I love the Russell blended so much realism into her fantasy world. Twig has had a hard time in life for only being twelve and wants to get back to her old self. I remember going through a stage in high school where I felt the same way. The fantasy elements give Twig a purpose and reason to overcome her problems and to find her inner strength.

I’m really looking forward to seeing where Twig’s next adventure takes her and don’t have to wait long, because the sequel comes out in May. I highly recommend Wonder Light, even if you don’t love fantasy or unicorns because it tells such a great story of healing.

About the Author:

R.R. Russell lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest. She grew up traveling the world as an army brat and now travels the country as a coach with a nonprofit judo club. She loves to read and draw, and like Twig, once spent a lot of time sketching unicorns.

To find out more about her writing and publishing process, her other books, and other overly caffeinated craziness, visit

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