The Road to Balinor



❮Ebook❯ ➭ The Road to Balinor ➮ Author Mary Stanton – E17streets4all.co.uk Introducing a new fantasy series about a girl, her unicorn, and her quest to restore peace in Balinor After a terrible riding accident, Ari cannot remember anything of her past and is sent to live on Introducing a new fantasy series about a girl, her unicorn, and her quest to restore peace in Balinor After a terrible riding accident, Ari cannot remember anything of her past and is sent to live on a farm with foster parents What Ari doesn t know is that she is not from our world, but from Balinor, a land of sorcerers and unicorns Her parents, the The Road PDF or King and Queen, sent her to Earth to protect her from a raging war before they were banished from their homeland Now Ari Princess Arianna has found the road back to Balinor As she struggles to remember her heritage, she must face the challenge of restoring peace to Balinor.The Road to Balinor

Mary Stanton was born in Florida and grew up in Japan and Hawaii, after which she returned to the United States and received a BA in Philosophy and Literature from the University of MinnesotaStanton s career as a fiction writer began with the publication of her first novel, The Heavenly Horse from the Outermost West, in A beast fable similar in tone and theme to The Road PDF or Watership Down, it was published in the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan The sequel to that novel, Piper at the Gates, appeared in She sold her first mystery to The Berkley Publishing Group in In all, Stanton has written nineteen mystery novels, two adult fantasy novels, eleven novels for middle grade readers including the successful series, The Unicorns of Balinor , and three scripts for a television cartoon series, Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders, as well as edited three short story anthologies Her nonfiction articles on horse care and veterinary medicine have appeared in national and regional magazinesStanton s newest series, The Beaufort Company Mysteries, was launched in December with the publication of Defending Angels Set in Savannah, Georgia, the paranormal mysteries chronicle the adventures of Bree Winston Beaufort, a young lawyer who inherits her uncle s law firm and its deceased clientele, whom she represents in appeals before the Celestial CourtThe second book in the series, Angel s Advocate, was published in June , followed by Avenging Angels in February Mary also publishes the Hemlock Falls and Dr McKenzie mysteries under the name Claudia Bishop See the Claudia Bishop web site forinformationStanton s interests outside writing have remained consistent over the years She is a horsewoman, a goat aficionado, an enthusiastic if inept gardener, and a fan of gourmet food, but not an expert She has developed a writing program for teens and middle grade readers that has had considerable success in schoolsStanton has been a dedicated reader all her life, with particular emphasis on biography, history, veterinary science, medicine, psychology and current affairs She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America.

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  • 138 pages
  • The Road to Balinor
  • Mary Stanton
  • English
  • 07 October 2017
  • 0439062802

10 thoughts on “The Road to Balinor

  1. says:

    This popped up on my recommended shelf These books were my JAM back in elementary middle school I bought them from the scholastic book fair I loved them Girls, unicorns, magic, ultimate evil y evil God I remember being devastated when the author didn t continue after book 7 or 8 God Well If you fucking love unicorns and don t care too much about plot resolution, read these books Because these books are about PRINCESSES and UNICORNS and MAGICAL GEMS and UNICORN GEMS and stuff like tha This popped up on my recommended shelf These books were my JAM back in elementary middle school I bought them from the scholastic book fair I loved them Girls, unicorns, magic, ultimate evil y evil God I remember being devastated when the author didn t continue after book 7 or 8 God Well If you fucking love unicorns and don t care too much about plot resolution, read these books Because these books are about PRINCESSES and UNICORNS and MAGICAL GEMS and UNICORN GEMS and stuff like that

  2. says:

    I originally read this series sometime between 1998 and 2003 my elementary school years and as an elementary schooler, I thought these books were great right up until the extremely disappointing non ending of the series I started to reread the series about six months or maybe a year ago, and I returned them to the library without bothering to finish reading the series If I recall correctly, there was a line in the third book that was just so stupid that I couldn t read anyBetter to I originally read this series sometime between 1998 and 2003 my elementary school years and as an elementary schooler, I thought these books were great right up until the extremely disappointing non ending of the series I started to reread the series about six months or maybe a year ago, and I returned them to the library without bothering to finish reading the series If I recall correctly, there was a line in the third book that was just so stupid that I couldn t read anyBetter to let childhood memories stay confined to childhood, I supposed But still, I didn t want these sitting around on my shelf without ratings, so I m finally ready to muddle through them, ruining the nostalgia as I go.So, first book s first I ll ignore all the issues with explaining things to characters for the benefit of the reader, even though the characters already know everything that s being explained to them That s probably a good thing for elementary schoolers Some of them might need everything to be as clear and straightforward as possible.On the other hand, there s a line, and this book trampled all over it The main character, Arianna Langely is actually the Princess of a unicorn and talking animal filled wonderland called Balinor that exists on the other side of the Gap This is all explained within the first two or three chapters And yet in the chapters after the reveal, there are ridiculously unsubtle hints toward what s already been revealed There s no word for it other than annoying Between things like milady, I mean Ari, and in the palace I mean, in the house being dropped left and right, I m starting to wonder why a pair of adults who are so scatterbrained as to forget their cover story every two minutes are in charge of the magical princess whose safety will literally make or break the existence of the entire realm They couldn t find someone better than that to care for this poor girl Then again, she s obviously quite dim herself, because she never once picks up on the hints anyway.And then we get to the main conflict of the story The typical rich bitch character shows up within a few chapters, and she wants to lease Chase for a year Chase being the magical King of the unicorns Obviously, even Ari s pathetic guardians foster parents are smart enough to say no to that one, right Apparently not They sign Chase over to the Carmichael family without Ari s consent even when the father turns out to be an animal abuser, nobody goes to any lawyers, files any police reports, or does a damn thing Let s take a moment to think about this one, yeah These two servants are trusted with guarding the two most important individuals in all of Balinor, and their brilliant plan is to not only endanger Chase, but also betray Ari the freakin princess in the one way that would genuinely piss her off For their sake, I hope Ari doesn t hold grudges, or else these two morons are going to arrested for treason.The only thing I can possibly say to put a positive spin on this is that I seem to recall enjoying some of the characters and some of the later books plots I remember quite liking Lincoln and Toby who are introduced in this book and the Carmichael girl eventually gets bearable, I think And there s a joke about alfalfa that made me laugh hysterically the first time I read it it doesn t really seem funny now, but trust me, back when I was eight or so, that was an awesome joke

  3. says:

    I actually never got the chance to know about this series when I was a kid, so I read it as an adult It was a fun read, despite the cheesiness of some parts hey, it s meant for kids, so you have to have an open mind when you read it The unicorns were the best part, and that is the whole reason I read the series anyway.

  4. says:

    When I picked this up I expected it to containfantasy elements, but in this book of the series at least those take a major back seat to the girl s mundane domestic issues Even when the fantasy elements do pop up in the story, they aren t presented in a very interesting way I suppose this would be a good story for younger horse lovers Ages 7 10 , but I m sorry if you have to read it to them Also, I can t reveal the particular action I take issue with since it s at the end of the book, b When I picked this up I expected it to containfantasy elements, but in this book of the series at least those take a major back seat to the girl s mundane domestic issues Even when the fantasy elements do pop up in the story, they aren t presented in a very interesting way I suppose this would be a good story for younger horse lovers Ages 7 10 , but I m sorry if you have to read it to them Also, I can t reveal the particular action I take issue with since it s at the end of the book, but if I were a parent I would consider the main character s actions to be potentially dangerous as well as selfish.It s not that I don t like children s novels or even books aimed at younger female readers, I just didn t like this one

  5. says:

    Got this at a book sale for a quarter I would have loved this when I was 7 unfortunately, as I read, I kept thinking I could have WRITTEN it when I was 7 I did write stories along these lines The main character is very frustrating The books are so short, though, that I blew through it anyway and went on to read book 2 If I come across anyI ll probably read those as well.

  6. says:

    I found this hard to get through I also found it derivative, and using a well worn path It is obviously targeted at younger girls, due to the fantasy world, unicorns, and a lot of references to horses and riding them I couldn t seem to enjoy it, or become involved in the story at all.

  7. says:

    Unicorns in Balls was an amazing book I don t care what anyone says The only thing that would make this novel better is if it featured characters from The Chosen by Chaim Potok.

  8. says:

    Unicorns of Balinor is a series of children s books by Mary Stanton, who was one of the writers for my favorite cartoon, Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders The unfinished series consists of eight short chapter books about a girl named Ari who leans she was once a princess from a magical land called Balinor The story contains elements of Anastasia, Jewel Riders, and Wicked Though it helps to read them in order, any of the books can easily be enjoyed on its own Each one tells a complete a Unicorns of Balinor is a series of children s books by Mary Stanton, who was one of the writers for my favorite cartoon, Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders The unfinished series consists of eight short chapter books about a girl named Ari who leans she was once a princess from a magical land called Balinor The story contains elements of Anastasia, Jewel Riders, and Wicked Though it helps to read them in order, any of the books can easily be enjoyed on its own Each one tells a complete adventure story with a clear beginning, middle, and end This is not the only Jewel Riders inspired book series from the turn of the millennium Avalon Web of Magic by Rachel Roberts was another series of chapter books about girls from the real world who also learn that unicorns and magic exist in a different realm Her books incorporated lyrics directly from the original Jewel Riders soundtrack The Jewel Riders references in Unicorns of Balinor weresubtle but still present.The Road to Balinor is the first and only book in the Unicorns of Balinor series that takes place in what appears to be the real world Ari wakes up in recovery from a horrible accident and realizes that she can t remember anything that happened before it All she knows is that she has a close bond with her beloved horse, Chase, whose bronze mane and coat matches her hair When her caretakers insist on selling Chase to Lori, her spoiled bratty neighbor, Ari decides to run away with Chase when she discovers the magical land of Balinor There, she learns her true identity as their missing Princess Arianna and Chase s true identity as Sunchaser, the unicorn Lord of all Animals Unfortunately, Lori follows her and manages to stick around for every subsequent book despite being completely useless Ari is then given a series of quests to prove her worth as the High Princess, leading up to her defeat of the wicked Shifter in Night of the Shifter s Moon, the second to last book in the series.I could tell a lot of things about Mary Stanton from these books She is clearly an animal lover Her biography reveals that she based many of the unicorns in Balinor on real horses that she grew up with, and her real life farm experience went into her descriptions of Glacier River Farm, where the story begins Dr Bohnes, the human wisest sage in the book was also a veterinarian All the animals in Balinor can speak just as well as any human, and they are treated as equal to humans or sometimes even superior, in the case of the Celestial Unicorns The first book foreshadows a threat to Balinor that wanted to take away the animals voices, similar to the plot of Gregory Maguire s Wicked, but this evil scheme was never mentioned again In fact, there were a lot of things that seemed to be conveniently tacked on or forgotten in each book It seems that Mary wasfocused on making the booksenjoyable individually than on telling one overarching epic story.My favorite human character in this series was Ari for her kindness and humility My favorite animal was Atalanta, a beautiful violet and silver unicorn known as the Dreamspeaker, who watched over Ari and came to her in times of need I felt like Lori s character was a missed opportunity as Ari s foil We ve all seen the bratty girl archetype in movies and shows, but those characters can turn out to be the most interesting if done correctly, such as Violetta from Mia and Me Lori eventually becomes Ari s lady in waiting out of sheer greed, but even then she never grows as a character, learns from her mistakes, or does anything remotely interesting The character who did manage to surprise me was Lincoln, Ari s pet dog who started talking when she crossed over the gap into Balinor In the final book, Shadows Over Balinor, he turns out to be a great dealthan he appears Another great character is the magic scepter that Ari retrieves in Valley of Fear The scepter has a sculpted unicorn head on it that talks in the way as the bird on Mary Poppins umbrella However, it only answers direct questions in the most generic way possible This worked much better for comic relief than Lori s predictable reactions to everything.Overall, Unicorns of Balinor is a fun series in doses, but it doesn t work well as an epic princess story because the main plot of Ari finding her family and recovering all her memories never gets resolved The quests Ari is given in each book seem conveniently tacked on for the sake of adding another book to the story instead of progressing her goal to return to her former life and restore peace to Balinor Even when the Shifter is finally defeated, a new villain is quickly introduced for the sole purpose of continuing the series, which turned out to be fruitless because the stopped after the eighth book If you love princesses who talk to their animal friends, you will probably enjoy this series However, I don t think it s necessary to read all eight books unless you become attached to the characters because each book is very similar in both story and tone

  9. says:

    Read this in the antho Unicorns of Balinor 1 3 Summary below of the anthology.Finished book 1 10 19.I have been reading this series out of order for a few years now If I find the book at the library I get it I love horses and the art work on this series is just great 0 I found this book at my local Russian pharmacy They had created a small lending library in the store anyone can borough a book for free and then return it after you read it Real great idea So I found this book there It w Read this in the antho Unicorns of Balinor 1 3 Summary below of the anthology.Finished book 1 10 19.I have been reading this series out of order for a few years now If I find the book at the library I get it I love horses and the art work on this series is just great 0 I found this book at my local Russian pharmacy They had created a small lending library in the store anyone can borough a book for free and then return it after you read it Real great idea So I found this book there It was my pleasure to find out the antho had books 1 3 in it which I had not read Score All three books are 3 stars each overall series is 3 3.5 stars.I love the main characters I really really dislike Lori If I could I would gag the b So yeah the characters are relatable totally to their readers The young would learn some powerful life lessons reading this series 0 Note to self Spoilers Arianna Langley Ari,Princess of Balinor,13yo,sis,amnesia,adopted,hurt legs,pal Sunchaser Chase, Unicorn,Lord of Animals,lost his horn,bonded to Ari,pal Lincoln Linc,dog,pal Atalanta Dreamspeaker,Celestial Valley Unicorn,Goddess to all Animals,mate Numinor Celestial Valley Unicorn,Golden One,Herd Leader,mate Ann Langley adopted mom,Anale servant Dr Eliane Bohnes Vet,human,witch,ex nurse Franc Ash Unicorn,leader Rainbow Army Rednal Unicorn Lori Carmichael riding student,rich David Greer Smith horse trainer Tobiano Unicorn

  10. says:

    When I was growing up, I loved all things unicorn That is when this book first came into my possession I decided to read it onetime before giving it away I didn t really remember it at all It felt like the beginning of a story, and one we were just thrust into the middle of I know this is a series, which makes sense, as the ending feels like just the start of another chapter Well, Unicorns of Balinor, it s been fun, but it s time for me to give you to another unicorn obsessed little When I was growing up, I loved all things unicorn That is when this book first came into my possession I decided to read it onetime before giving it away I didn t really remember it at all It felt like the beginning of a story, and one we were just thrust into the middle of I know this is a series, which makes sense, as the ending feels like just the start of another chapter Well, Unicorns of Balinor, it s been fun, but it s time for me to give you to another unicorn obsessed little girl

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