FINALIST in the 2015 IAN Book of the Year Awards!
"Sometimes, I just let the 5 star rating speak for itself. I can add nothing more." - Wayne Walker, Home School Book Review
"A long-lasting story that is part of one of my favorite series." - Erik Weibel, This Kid Reviews Books Blog (Erik is 13)
Andy discovers more than he bargained for when his parents reveal his mom's past and he realizes she will die when he breaks the curse unless he intervenes. Twelve-year-old Andy returns to Oomaldee to find its citizens on edge after many have been turned into vulture-people. Against this background, Andy and his company embark upon the next quest, to retrieve the horn of a unicorn. But not long into it, a seductive voice calls to Andy, tempting him to surrender the next ingredient in exchange for a promise to preserve his mom. Will he be able to stop the transformation of Oomaldee's citizens? Will he jeopardize his ability to end the curse to save Mom?
"Andy Smithson will take on any problem that comes his way. The scenes and dialog in this book come alive on the page. I felt Andy's emotions and victories, and I was with him for his pain and recovery. This is an amazing adventure that I have been impatiently waiting to read since book two!" - Rena Marthaler, Rena Writes (Rena is 10)
If You Love:
Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull or
Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan
The Andy Smithson fantasy books set in the medieval times of King Arthur include:
Blast of the Dragon's Fury, Book One
Venom of the Serpent's Cunning, Book Two
Disgrace of the Unicorns' Honor, Book Three
Resurrection of the Phoenix's Grace, Book Four
Vision of the Griffin's Heart, Book Five
Wisdom of the Centaur's Reason, Book Six - Coming Winter 2016!
Yet unnamed book seven
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Mrs. Lee has written another great book in the Andy Smithson series. In the newest book, Andy Smithson: Disgrace of the Unicorn’s Honor, Andy really grows as a person. It made me like his character even more. In addition to the vivid description of the land of Oomaldee, the action and twists that Mrs. Lee packs into this story makes it a totally enjoyable read. The plot of the story captures the reader’s attention and Mrs. Lee’s writing style keeps you reading until the very last word. I especially like the unusual animal inhabitants of Oolmaldee (like dragons, unicorns and “herewolves”). They add a lot to this fantastic world. Mrs. Lee has written a long-lasting story that is part of one of my favorite series. *NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
This eBook was provided to me by the author. While I received the book at no cost to myself, I am under no obligation to provide a positive review. Here we have the third installment of Lee’s middle grade fiction series about Andy Smithson, a young man who is able to transport, although not at will, between his home in Texas and a magical land called Oomaldee. In this land, Andy has discovered his destiny, which is to break a curse over the land. He also has very strong ties to the King, which is explained more in this book. Along with Andy and the King are Mermin, a speech-impaired magician; Alden, Andy’s best friend in Oomaldee; Hannah, a beautiful young lady who has caught Andy’s eye and not just for her looks; and of course, a whole case of supporting characters. The primary protagonist is Abaddon, a bitter soul who prefers the form of a seven-headed dragon, although he is able to assume other forms. Abaddon has the ability to turn humanoid creatures into a cross between humans and vultures, and this merry band of fowl-brained henchmen do most of the evil lord’s dirty work. The story picks up with Andy back in his homeland with his mom and dad, where he learns more about Oomaldee and his mundane world ties to the magical world. While enjoying a family trip to Schlitterbahn Water Park, Andy’s dragon friend Daisy comes to retrieve him, from the middle of the crowded water park, causing quite a commotion. Once back in Oomaldee, Andy learns Abaddon, who is still injured from his battle with Andy in Book Two and unable to shapeshift, has been transforming a lot of Oomaldee citizens into the vulture creatures. Knowing he must eventually battle Abaddon again, Andy is preoccupied with another task: breaking the curse. Having read a potion recipe for curing wounds, Andy discovers unicorn horn is a powerful healing agent. Not coincidentally, there are three unicorns in the north part of the kingdom. So Andy, The King, Mermin, Alden, Hannah and a handful of The King’s men (but alas, no Humpty Dumpty, although there are a few runny / running egg gags in the series) set out to find the unicorns in the hopes the magical beasts will gift a horn to them for breaking the curse. Complicating manners is a mysterious orb appearing only to Andy, the orb in the guise of his mother. She encourages him to get a unicorn horn for her too, to save her life (explained earlier in the book, but it’s a spoiler, soooooo…). Now Andy must choose between saving the kingdom and saving his mother. A seven-headed monkey wrench in the works is Abaddon, who eventually captures the traveling party, but has allowed Andy, Alden and Hannah to travel and find the unicorns so that he might have a horn to heal himself. Throw in some helpful dwarves, pungent treasure-loving trolls, and other typical traps, both magical and non-magical, and there’s plenty to keep our heroes occupied. Will Andy get enough horns to free the hostages, break the curse and save his mother? If he has insufficient horns and has to choose, what will he choose? And is this a love triangle I see starting to form? I’m sure that will cause some drama as we move along too. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Lee has really grown as a writer from her first book, and I’m pleased to see she has at least seven books planned for the series. The plot is developing at a reasonable pace, the characters are slowly fleshing out, and the book remains true to the middle grade age group it’s intended for, both in pacing, appropriate violence level, and vocabulary. I’m glad Lee allowed me to review this book, and I look forward to the future installments. Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!! ***Received the ebook in exchange for an honest review The cover is awesome, and I love it!!! I want the book just for the cover alone :) I love unicorns and pegasi and collect them!! Okay, this world just keeps getting better, and this book rocked :) Everything just worked for me, and I wished I could have read it straight through, but life had other plans. The only problem was that it ended, and I wasn’t ready for it to :( Now I have to wait, and as I’ve said before, I’m no good at waiting. I hope I don’t have to wait long. It was non-stop action and unicorns to boot; I was in heaven :) I love how L.R.W. builds in life lessons and the struggles real life struggles even in this fantasy world. Andy is an awesome hero, and all of his friends rock :) I can’t wait to see what L.R.W. cooks up next in the series. It amazes me the creativity and imagination that an author has inside them. I know my reviews are not like other people’s review because I won’t tell you things that happen because I think the journey is part of the awesomeness and can’t take that from you. Andy meets some new people on his journey and encounters all sorts of trouble along the way. I definitely plan to get this book for my classroom library because I think everyone can find enjoyment in this series. I need to make my son read it too (though audiobook would be better for him since reading isn’t his strong suit.) I highly recommend this book, but I definitely think you want to read the rest of the series first because you will be missing key background with them (but this is my opinion). Awesome :) time to find something new to read :)
What would you do if you had to make a choice between saving a kingdom and saving a loved one? Andy Smithson is a young lad, now just turning twelve and going into the sixth grade, who lives with his father, mother, and sister Madison, in Lakehills, TX. However, he is transported from time to time to the land of Oomaldee, a medieval, Arthurian sort of kingdom ruled by King Heraclon V who had murdered his older sister Imogenia to inherit the throne. Now a spirit, Imogenia is working with the evil Abaddon and his vulture-men warriors to get her revenge by putting a curse on the kingdom, and it is Andy’s job to find the ingredients which will break the curse. A wizard named Mermin, a brother to Merlin, and a dragon named Daisy assist. In the first two books in the series, Blast of the Dragon’s Fury and Venom of the Serpent’s Cunning, Andy, with the help of his new friends Alden and Hannah, locates the first two items, six scales of the elusive red dragon and a vial of serpent venom. In book number 3, Disgrace of the Unicorn’s Honor, Andy learns from his parents about his mother’s past. Just what was her relationship to King Heraclon? And what does that make Andy? Then he returns to Oomaldee to find its people on edge after many citizens have been turned into vulture-people. Through his dreams, he knows that Imogenia and Abaddon are behind it. How will Andy unravel this mystery and retrieve the next ingredient needed to break the curse? Hint—it involves the horn of a unicorn. And what will he do when he is told that breaking the curse could kill his mother? King Arthur and the knights of the round table meet The Lord of the Rings. On their quest, Andy and his friends come across dwarfs, trolls, giants, and other such Middle Earth type creatures. Yet, while the plot is definitely exciting, there is more than just an adventure story here. The Andy Smithson books are an allegorical, middle grade fantasy series that not only entertains but also teaches uncommon, life changing principles. Andy is maturing, especially in learning how to deal with his conscience, and thus provides a good illustration to young people of developing wisdom to make right choices. As with the other two volumes, I really enjoyed the story. Book four of the series, in which Andy continues with more adventures to retrieve secret ingredients needed to break the long-standing curse plaguing the land of Oomaldee will be coming in the summer of 2015.