“Well, you are a unicorn, Hazel. You are magical! You could do anything.”
“I’d be rather magnanimous than magical, Leon.”
One moonlit night in the pristine hamlet of Imenoi, a little lonely lad, Leon, is enthralled by the visitation of his favourite story character, the fabulous Hazel the Unicorn. She takes him for an adventurous ride to distant worlds, where they meet her interesting pals. Leon learns from them, helps them, is awestruck by them, and basks in their hospitality. And just when the journey seemed smooth and magical, they find themselves pitted against impending doom. Can Hazel’s magic solely save? Will Leon find his spark? Do dreams have their own reality? Do stories live their own life?
The Lad and the Unicorn is a fable of magic and power, but it is all the more a tale of compassion and courage, the perfect blend one can strive for in the making of one’s destiny.
Lincy Ann Mathew, who hails from Kerala, is the author of the novel The Muse and the Moon and is a copyeditor by profession. She has published a few poems and motivational articles as well. The Lad and the Unicorn is her debut work in Children’s Literature. Lincy lives in Chennai with her family.