Young vampire Amelia Fang and her friends Florence, Tangine and Grimaldi are on a quest to save Queen Fairyweather from the Kingdom of the Light! But will they make it to Glitteropolis safely and find out who is behind its multiple mysterious disappearances to save the day?
Amelia Fang and the Unicorn Lords is the second instalment of Laura Ellen Anderson’s Amelia Fang series. To me, it was immediately obvious that she had huge fun creating it! The dialogue leaps off the page and the illustrations are the perfect mix of adorable (Amelia’s pet pumpkin Squashy) and unnerving (Fabio the unicorn, who takes a surprise interest in Florence). What exactly is he up to?
When the friends realise that the Kingdom of the Light is not as terrifying as it first appears, they set about uniting the two worlds. They learn to put their differences aside and work together against the ultimate – and perhaps unexpected – evil. But this is not a preachy book. The message is woven between a chance encounter with a leprechaun, a treacherous ride on the rainbow rail and a performance of singing cat trio. All essential elements of a hilariously wacky adventure story!
My personal highlights included Florence’s ear-splitting method of communication – being a yeti and definitely not a beast she doesn’t have much choice! Sqaushy’s plucky attempt to assist in Queen Fairyweather’s rescue mission also made me smile. Overall, this book is a perfect escape to Halloween season in the height of summer, brought to life by Laura’s wonderfully gothic illustrations, great for ages seven to nine.