Wonder Light

Unicorns of the Mist

This was a wonderful story that I just couldn’t put down. Even though it’s geared toward children, being an adult I thoroughly enjoyed it. We find twelve year old Twig being taken by her stepmom to a pony ranch for troubled girls. This ranch is located on Lonehorn Island in Washington and it’s rumored to be haunted. Not fitting in with her new mom and step-family, this seems like a better place to live than home. Or is it? While there, strange sensations seem to plague Twig, along with seeing and hearing things that are going on in the mist-covered, creepy forest setoff in the distance from the ranch. I loved the sense of mystery and eeriness the forest played in the storyline. My heart was pounding in my chest every time Twig heard or saw something move in the forest.

Then she jolts awake one night to see a boy leading a horse into the Murley’s stable. She can’t help but wonder who the boy is and why no one has mentioned him to her as of yet. When she and everyone else finally head into the stable to do their morning chores, there is a beautiful horse about to foal. They call her Mystery and begin feeding and caring for her. Soon after, she has the foal and it turns out to be a beautiful baby female unicorn they eventually call Wonder Light. Twig is the only one who knows that Wonder Light is a unicorn, one of the last unicorns of the free herd that roams on the island. I loved how Ms. Russell paired Wonder Light with Twig and made her feel that she was an integral part of the well-being of this beautiful baby unicorn. I saw Twig mature and develop confidence she hadn’t had at the beginning of the story. I recommend this story and I eagerly look forward to the next book in the series.

Twig is a troubled young girl that just doesn’t seem to fit in not only in her new step-family’s life, but also she just doesn’t know what her purpose should be in her young life. Her family decides to let her stay at a beautiful ranch on Lonehorn Island with other troubled girls in hopes she’ll straighten her life out before it’s too late. During her stay, she never would imagine her life changing when an unknown horse shows up in the Murley’s barn. The horse eventually gives birth to a precious baby unicorn that Twig names Wonder Light. This baby unicorn is one of the last of the free unicorns living on the island and who are fighting to keep their breed alive. Twig is chosen to help raise and train it. Why is Twig the chosen one to help save this unicorn herd? Does she succeed?

Book Blurb for Wonder Light

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...

"R. R. Russell's Wonder Light dares to explore a world where unicorns are creatures of wonder and power, and girls can find both strength and courage to be themselves." -Robin Hobb, International bestselling author

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2013 4.00