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The Thirteenth Unicorn (The Ben Alderman Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

W. D. Newman
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Book Description

While spending the summer with their grandparents on a remote farm in South Carolina, Ben Alderman and his sister Casey uncover a hidden world of magic; a world their grandmother is secretly visiting. It is a world where elves and dwarves are locked in mortal combat against a witch who is trying to free the last surviving wizard from exile. The witch has been defeated once before but with the combined power of the wizard, no one will be able to stand against them. Much to Ben's dismay, he learns that he is the one foretold in the ancient elfin prophecies to bring about the downfall of the witch and save this exciting new world from destruction.

Product Details

  • File Size: 872 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Publisher: William Dale Porter (January 8, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LROPC2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,417 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick Read, Well Written February 19, 2011
By Derek
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This was a good, quick read. I started reading it to my kids before their bedtime and they kept wanting more. I finally finished reading the last six chapters to them this afternoon. The ending provided a nice twist.

The book's level makes a great step up from the Magic Tree house series by providing more indepth characters and stronger plot.

The dialog was quick and authenic. The narrative was very descriptive. I hope there's more to come from this author.

Very appropriate for Middle School aged kids.
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64 of 71 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An easy read with a few flaws March 8, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The Thirteenth Unicorn is definitely written with a tween/ early teen age group in mind, which I already knew going in and so wasn't disappointed with the overall book. It does remind me a lot of the Narnia series; portal to another world, two boys and two girls, having to beat an evil witch etc, but it has enough differences (the inclusion of other fantasy elements) to keep it distinct.
I am an avid fantasy reader/ writer and look to read books that can keep the audience engaged. The author's style is easy to read and he keeps the story flowing at a fast clip; necessary for a good fantasy. I enjoyed reading it.
My only issues with the story is how fast the pivotal scenes seem to happen, without any fleshing out; battles are over in a paragraph, vital 'weapons' are retrieved without incident. It seems that these are events that could definitely benefit from a little more description. This is the only reason I felt let down.
Overall, the descriptions in the book are well thought out and give a pretty good image of the surroundings; if the author could add these kinds of decriptions to the main turning points (which are what makes a good story) in the book, it would be even better. I could see this book re-written for a more mature audience, where the author could delve into more detail about the history of Camelot, and the other worlds and races.

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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read for 9 to 13 year old boys and girls April 10, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The Thirteenth Unicorn is the story of a sister & brother who are thrust into a fantasy world through a magic portal on Grandma's farm. Grandma goes along too. While the first few pages are a bit ordinary, the book quickly gets down to the business of life on a magic plannet. It is a bit whimsical, much like "The Hobbit", but has action, interesting characters and the story like quality that we all enjoyed when others read story books to us. I think there is a place for a "light treatment" of phantasy lands with fast action pace. The book achieves all of these. I am about half way through and looking forward to reading the rest to my 8 year old daughter. I strongly recommend this book for those who read to their children or for children a little older needing this kind of fast paced adventure.
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39 of 49 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written and deeply unoriginal book May 27, 2013
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I'm sure the author's heart is in the right place, but this is one of the worst-written books I've have ever encountered. The only reason I read it all the way through is that I wanted to give it a fair chance before reviewing it here.

So now I'm done and it's time to write the review. Where should I start?

First, I do not think an editor ever saw this before it was published. The book is full of grammatical errors and malapropisms. Commas are in the wrong places throughout, and plural possessives have the apostrophe before the s instead of after it (the "dwarves's" instead of "the dwarves'"). Some of the errors are funny, like "peal off" instead of "peel off," or my favorite, "anger that was almost palatable." Palatable??? You mean palpable??? That's a cliche, but at least it's the right word.

There are lots of cliches and examples of bad writing, like "huge giant" and "young infant." Worse than that, though, is the hackneyed plot and cast of characters, a cross between C.S. Lewis and Tolkien. So we have the witch from another world who caused the blight, the coarse grumpy dwarves and the tall elegant elves, and the two boys and two girls who have to save the world, and the enchanted forest and the river and the long lake... and the big man who turns into a bear ..and the villagers storming the dwarves' gates. Not to mention the sick mother, straight from "The Magician's Nephew."

The author does not have a knack for names. Some of the place names come straight from Tolkien. Characters' names are just unoriginal: the dwarves have baby names like Hob and Nob and the elves have preppy names like Marcus and Gabriel. The author couldn't think of better names for his wizard and villain than Merlin and Mordred.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good child/young adult story June 17, 2011
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This is a very good story for children and young adults, but adults who enjoy fantasy will also be pleased. There are some grammar issues, but not nearly as many as in most free ebooks. Well worth the time to read it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always entertaining April 3, 2013
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This book kept me on my toes. I would recommend it for kids and adults who were above their grade level as it took my daughter forever to finish it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun story January 24, 2013
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I really liked this story, it is fun and different than most books like it. Highly recommend this book for a fun read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! March 29, 2013
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I thought this was a great read. I want to dive into the next one. It kept my attention the whole way. I hope the next one can keep pace. Might be a tall order, we will see.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
It was beautifully written and the story and characters were very well developed. I see a mini series in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fun and entertaining
Published 5 days ago by Kadee Knapp
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
The Lord of the rings meets Naria is the best way to describe this book. There is lots of mystery involved with the dwarves, elvins, and mystical creatures. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
This is the best book in the universe. It is a must read.OMG you got to get the good one.
Published 8 days ago by Carli chesser
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read
Very entertaining and kept my interest to the end.
Published 11 days ago by Mybooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and fanciful
Clean fun. Diverse characters, good ones worked together though initially fearful of each other. Respectful of adults, helpful family atmosphere.
Published 11 days ago by sj
2.0 out of 5 stars the thirteenth unicorn
This book was amazing. It had a nice beginning but the solution to the problem was way to easy for me to be satisfied with. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I loved it
It reminded me of Fablehaven
It was so much fun and never wanted to stop reading about their adventure.
Published 16 days ago by suzette brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed with fun
I loved it it represented what I write for fun. I can see the magical evil and good creatures. This is the best book i've read
Published 17 days ago by Jasmine Cardwell
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 star Thirteenth Unicorn
I chose 5 stars because this is just an amazing book. Very person/unicorn in the world should read it. WD is such a great author every one should read his books!!!😀
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More About the Author

My name is William Dale Porter. "W. D. Newman" is my pen name.

"The Thirteenth Unicorn" is a FREE chapter book that tells a fantasy adventure story FOR CHILDREN, ages 8 to 14. The plot is simple, straight forward, and easy to follow. The dialog is age appropriate and there is no bad language, no sex, and no graphic violence (battle scenes and fights are glossed over).

"The Black Dragon" is a continuation of "The Thirteenth Unicorn". If you enjoyed "The Thirteenth Unicorn", I think you will really enjoy "The Black Dragon".

The third and final book in the series is "The Final Prophecy".

If you have read and enjoyed these books, send me an email and let me know. My email address is and I respond to every email.

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