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Check Out the Stunning Cover for SKANDAR AND THE PHANTOM RIDER

Skandar Smith flew into readers’ lives earlier this year in A.F. Steadman’s Skandar and the Unicorn Thief. Since then, the book has become a smash hit and a staple of the New York Times bestseller list. The stunning kids’ fantasy introduced us to a world of bloodthirsty unicorns and the young boy whose dream was to ride them. Capturing the imaginations of kids and adults alike, fans have been wondering when Skandar will return. And we have great news, he’ll soon be back on bookshelves with a new adventure, Skandar and the Phantom Rider. And, equally as exciting, we have our first look at the cover of Skandar and the Phantom Rider. Check out the cover reveal below.

The cover for Skandar and the Phantom Rider shows the titular hero riding a unicorn through a wave
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Just like his debut, the book sounds like a thrilling and fantastical adventure. You can learn all about it in the official description for the second book in the bestselling series. Here’s what Skandar and the Phantom Rider is all about.

Skandar’s adventure among the warrior unicorns continues in this spectacular sequel to the instant New York Times and international bestseller Skandar and the Unicorn Thief.

Skandar Smith has achieved his dream: to train as a unicorn rider. But as Skandar and his friends enter their second year at the Eyrie, a new threat arises. Wild unicorns—supposedly immortal—are somehow being killed, an ancient prophecy warns of danger, and terrible storms begin to ravage the Island.

Meanwhile, Skandar’s sister, Kenna, longs to join him, and Skandar is determined to help her, no matter what. As the storm gathers, can Skandar find the key to stop the Island tearing itself apart before it’s too late for them all?

We can’t wait to return to the magical world of the Eyrie and reconnect with Skandar and his friends. And with a new danger rising, the world will need Skandar more than ever. So if you’re in need of a new fantasy read, or have just always wondered whether unicorns might actually be bloodthirsty beasts, then make sure to add Skandar and the Phantom Rider to your to-read list today!

Rosie Knight is a staff writer at Nerdist and author of The Haunted High-Tops and Godzilla: Rivals vs. Battra.

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