Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
In the third book of "The Unicorn Chronicles," Cara continues her search for answers about how to protect the unicorns of Luster from the deadly intentions of Beloved, a woman whose heart is repeatedly pierced and then healed by the unicorn horn lodged in her heart. Chapters are written around a number of supporting characters, including Lightfoot, M'Gama, Ian Hunter, Belle, and Finder; this enables the story of the unicorns of Luster and Cara and her grandmother's connection to it to continue. As readers of the series have come to expect, the author is great at developing characters and creating real tension. This is evident as Cara and company are sent off to find the story of the "Whisperer." The Whisperer's secret and its influence with the Delvers and Beloved set the stage for the inevitable war between Beloved and the unicorns. Simultaneously, Cara's father, Ian Huntera former unicorn hunter who followed Belovedhas his own travails as he seeks the entrance to the Rainbow Prison so he can rescue his imprisoned wife. Coville has written a strong fantasy series, and the final chapters left me yearning for the next book. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Bruce Coville's long-awaited sequel (2008) to Song of the Wanderer (1999, both Scholastic) continues the suspenseful adventures of Cara Dianna Hunter, the unicorns of Luster, and Beloved, the enemy of all unicorns. Coville juggles a number of plot strands and keeps the pace nerve-racking throughout. The main stories concerns Cara's quest to discover why Beloved's delvers (hunters) hate unicorns, Meanwhile, Cara's delver father must rescue his wife from the Rainbow Prison. Many fantasy elements and figures are entwined in the tale. Coville and a full-cast of narrators do a splendid job, giving each character just the right voice, and sound effects and music add to the atmosphere of the tale. Listeners will eagerly await the fourth book in the series.-B. Allison Gray, Goleta Public Library, Santa Barbara, CA