When a vicious assault compels sixteen-year-old Mnemba to leave her village, she joins her cousin Tumelo as a tracker in his booming safari business. It doesn’t take her long to become one of the best safari guides in Nazwimbe. Her work allows her to escape into a new world of wondrous creatures, and to avoid thinking about what happened at home.
When Mr. Harving arrives with his daughter Kara to research unicorns, Tumelo assigns Mnemba to them as a guide. The attraction between Mnemba and Kara is almost instant, but Kara is engaged to be married when she returns home. Venturing into the savanna alone, they uncover a plot by a gang of poachers to enslave the unicorns, harnessing their supernatural strength to build a railway. They must save the creatures Kara loves while struggling not to succumb to forbidden love themselves.
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.38(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 17 Years|
About the Author
A world traveler since childhood, Julia has now visited over sixty countries. Her travels inspire the fictional worlds she writes about, and she populates those worlds with magic and monsters.
When she isn't working or writing, Julia enjoys exploring the magical city of Edinburgh, riding horses, reading too many books, and trying out new restaurants!
Readers can contact Julia via her website: www.julia-ember.com
Or connect with her through Twitter: @jules_chronicle
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Thank you to Julie Ember and Nori of the Sunday Street Team/ReadWriteLove28 for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book was wonderful. Julia Ember writes a beautiful story of tragedy, love, and finding who you are. If you’ve been reading my reviews for a while you will know that I have issues remembering the synopsis of novels by the time I actually start reading the novel. Same case here. I read the synopsis before signing up to review this book for the Sunday Street Team and by the time I got around to reading the novel for my review I completely forgot what the story was about. To be honest, It makes reading the book completely different because I don’t go into it with any preconceived notions about the story or characters. The characters were very enjoyable. I loved Mnemba, the main character. She lives and works at her cousin’s safari after leaving her home because of a terrible incident that happened to her. She is a witty, kind, and lovable character. Then there’s Kara. She is a tourist that Mnemba is tasked with guiding around the safari for her research on Unicorns. She is cute and spunky and I couldn’t help but fall in love with her. My favorite part about this novel by far was the fact that Ember created a world where mythological creatures live side by side with real creatures. Not only that, but the main character works for a safari where she takes tourist on guided tours to see these creatures. Sign me up! Her world building is perfect she creates a world without overly explaining it. This makes her world very believable. There are two different “lands”, Echalend and Nazwimbe. The setting takes place in Nazwimbe, which as far as I can tell is possibly modeled after Africa. The romance that blossoms between the main character and the tourist she is supposed to be leading around for a couple of weeks is so sweet. Readers can see the characters growing closer to each other. They truly care about each other.
Unicorn Tracks was a lovely book with honest descriptions and charming characters. Julia Ember has done a great job of making a story that is both frank and full of whimsy and even though it was undoubtedly fantasy, I believed every word of it. “Two safari guides and a pair of foreigners out to save the world. What could go wrong?” Well, a lot in this novel goes right. My personal favorite character was a side one named Tumelo but there’s also a great deal to love about the main couple. And, I mean, who doesn’t want to hear about cute lesbians in love tracking down unicorns and saving society? The novel was short and a bit fast paced, but I like it when books are quick and easy to read like that. The wording of this novel is true and funny. For example, a character worries about “getting in the way of a frenzied unicorn orgy” which is a great sentence to find in any young adult novel. Not to mention the girls actually have leg hair considering there wouldn’t be easy access to Nair or shaving materials on such an adventure. I could talk about how great the plot it and whatnot but it’s the little details like that which really sealed the deal for me. So rock on, Julia Ember, and keep the representation coming.
Unicorn Tracks takes place in the Africa-inspired Nazwimbe, where sixteen year old Mnemba works as a safari guide for her cousin, Tumelo, taking tourists on horseback to show them the wildlife up close. The animals, however, are not your standard fare, but include mythical creatures like chimeras, griffins, and of course: unicorns. (Does it get much better than unicorns? Not really.) Our adventure starts when two naturalists, Mr. Harving and his daughter, Kara, come to Nazwimbe to study the unicorns. When Mr. Harving is injured Mnemba and Kara go out on their own to find the elusive animals, only to discover a sinister plot involving not just the unicorns, but the whole of Nazwimbe. This was such a unique and refreshing read. I loved how the world felt like ours, but mythical creatures just happened to live there to. It gave it such a subtle touch while still being fantastical. Also, lesbian speculative fiction is still, sadly, fairly rare. I loved reading Mnemba and Kara's relationship, and they were both such strong characters. Mostly I wish Unicorn Tracks had been longer! I would have liked to have seen more of the world and more of Mnemba and Kara's relationship, and even more of the secondary characters (Bi Trembla!). But it was a happy-making, lovely book, and I'm so glad I found it.