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Jan, the prince of the unicorns, is high-spirited, reckless-and the despair of his mighty father, Korr. Reluctantly, Korr allows Jan to accompany the other initiate warriors on a pilgrimage.   Soon Jan's curiosity leads him, along with his friend Dagg, and their mentor, the female warrior Tek, into the greatest dangers-deadly gryphons, sly pans, wyverns, pards, and renegade unicorns. Yet time after time they are rescued, leading Jan to wonder: Am I the heir to a ...

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Overview

Jan, the prince of the unicorns, is high-spirited, reckless-and the despair of his mighty father, Korr. Reluctantly, Korr allows Jan to accompany the other initiate warriors on a pilgrimage.   Soon Jan's curiosity leads him, along with his friend Dagg, and their mentor, the female warrior Tek, into the greatest dangers-deadly gryphons, sly pans, wyverns, pards, and renegade unicorns. Yet time after time they are rescued, leading Jan to wonder: Am I the heir to a special destiny?

Jan, the prince of the unicorns, accompanies other initiate warriors on a pilgrimage to their lost ancestral home where they will view their destinies in the Mirror of the Moon.

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Gr 5-9 Aljan the unicorn is impulsive, a hothead. He is also the Prince's son, and he is awaiting the initiation which will make him a warrior. Aljan's destiny is as his name, which means ``Dark Moon,'' and is tied to an ancient prophecy and an ancient evil. Aljan's pilgrimage becomes more than a personal quest to prove his worthiness and to understand the significance of his disturbing dreams. Through vanquishing the deadly wyvern, Aljan is able to confront his hidden past and gain insight into the eternal dance of life and death. The untangling of the satisfying plot and Pierce's ability to foster belief in her unicorns, consistently describing the action as these horse-like animals feel and sense it, are enhanced by her stately use of language and the sense of their history and culture which she creates and sustains. The tale of a heritage realized and a prophecy fufilled is not new, but the vital characters and the unique device of a narrator whose identity remains hidden until story's end give it a fresh appeal. This is not part of the author's ``Darkangel'' trilogy (Atlantic), but it could sustain sequels of its own. Holly Sanhuber, Muskego Public Library, Wis.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142500538
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 6/23/2003
  • Series: Firebird Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 245,080
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Product dimensions: 4.55 (w) x 7.08 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Meredith Ann Pierce is one of America's premiere fantasy writers.  Along with her Darkangel books, the Firebringer Trilogy is among her best and most well-known work-but it has never been in paperback.  This classic saga of Jan, the warrior unicorn prince and his herd's only hope, is compelling reading for horse lovers, fantasy fans, and anyone who relishes a crackling good adventure.  Meredith Ann pierce lives in Micanopy, Florida.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    Wonderful

    I was introduced to Meredith Ann Pierce's books with her Angel trilogy. Gathering of Gargoyles being one of my favorites. I wish her works could all be in nook form. She has beautiful writing and her books have introduced me to new words to add to my vocabulary.
    The Birth of the Firebringer is nicely told. I would have liked it to be longer but the text painting is wonderful. It isn't the usual story told from a 'human perspective' but it follows a vivid adventure.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2005

    A good read

    This was an awesome book! It was very fast paste and a deep read. I like to get lost in my books and this one had me in a dark forest at night (weird analogy I know).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2004

    An exciting new triliolgy of adventure

    I love fantasy and this book was perfect for me. I couldn't put it down it kept me on the edge of my seat. The writing is so well writing that I felt like I was right there with Jan.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    Great!!

    Very good book here!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

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    I first read this book back in sixth grade, and having re-read i

    I first read this book back in sixth grade, and having re-read it as an adult, the story has stood the test of time. What sets this book apart from other unicorn stories is the distinct absence of any human characters. The unicorns themselves behave more like intelligent animals rather than human beings, utilizing believable gestures, behaviors, and so on. I also found the lack of magic on the part of the unicorns to be refreshing (although fire holds it's own "magic" for the unicorns, in the same way fire is seen as mysterious and magical to the animals in The Jungle Book).

    While the plot may be a bit predictable to older readers, I was completely surprised by the "big reveal" at the end of the book when I first read it as a child. All in all, it's a beautiful coming of age story about finding one's place and learning how best to use one's talents. In fact, I'd go so far as to compare it to a modern retelling of ancient trickster tales and myths.

    All in all, I highly recommend this book to anyone who appreciates a mythopoetic approach to their fantasy, and who is looking for something a little different from the typical unicorn story.

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    Good book overall. It had an unusual narrative voice and perspective in which the narrator speaks. A very shadowing book with pretty much everything predictable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2004

    Wonderful Piece of Writing

    I think This book was great!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2004

    AN AWESOME STORY

    I reccomend this book to everyone who enjoys all types of fantasy novels. Jan is a spirited and 'hot-headed' unicorn. He makes you wish you knew him. I hope everyone gets a chance to read this inspiring story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2003

    Birth of the Firebringer

    If you didn't have the chance to get it hardback when it first came out now is your chance! This trilogy is awsome!!! I own the first book and I have read it over and over and over! Jan's story touches your heart and makes you wish for more. I recomend it to any unicorn fan out there!

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