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Lily and the Unicorn King

Gallop into an exciting new world of warrior unicorns, feuding witches and brave friends!

A riding competition. A magical battle. Can she win first prize and rescue a herd of lost unicorns?

Lily wants nothing more than to qualify for the Pony Club championship, but her training is in jeopardy from the moment she hears a curious sound under the stars. It reveals an impossible sight: battle-ready unicorns appearing out of thin air.

When the unicorn king asks her to hide his herd from an evil sorceress, she can’t turn her back on the animals in need… Somehow she’ll make time alongside training her pony, school and native herb lessons with her Maori grandmother.

Lily calls on her friends to share the terrifying responsibility. If they fail, their mythical new friends will be forced to fight a deadly war…

Can Lily use her wits and the power of her Maori heritage to preserve the unicorns’ freedom?

Ride into the adventure today!

Paperback edition printed in New Zealand
228 pages
13 x 20.5cm (5 x 8 inches)

$20.00 inc. GST

In stock


Lily and the Unicorn King is the first book in an edge-of-your-saddle, middle grade fantasy series set in New Zealand by Kate Gordon.

The second book in the Unicorn King series, called Sasha and the Warrior Unicorn, is due out soon. Follow Kate on Facebook or Instagram to find out more.


“Lily and the Unicorn King is a magical middle grade adventure story that sucks you in from the very first page. Kate Gordon has created an enchanting world bursting with believable characters, mythical creatures and valiant unicorns. Lily and the Unicorn King is sure to be a hit with anyone who loves pony stories, magic and adventure.”

Kids Books NZ blog: “It is great to see a story set around creatures from European mythology can work so very well in a New Zealand setting, and with Maori mythology and lore. The plot moves along at a good pace, and laced with daring midnight rides. The characters are well written with backstories that are interesting and give them depth, making them more believable and relatable; think overbearing mothers and parents in approaching divorce. All in all, a great read that will be enjoyed, and more stories to look forward to.” Read the full review.

If you would prefer the eBook version of Lily and the Unicorn King, go here.

Meet Kiwi author Kate Gordon Kate B Gordon

Wanaka author Kate Gordon spent 90% of her childhood reading books about ponies and magical adventures. The other 10% she spent galloping around the garden on an imaginary horse – until she was able to ride a real pony of her own.

Now she’s penning fantastical adventure stories about brave friends, ponies and unicorns.

Find out more about Kate and how to contact her on her author profile.


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