Spirals of Destiny: Book One: Rider

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Forget everything you thought you knew about unicorns and maidens... A unicorn is not supposed to survive the death of its rider, but Majherri did. Now he is a pariah, mistrusted by the Greater Herd. To reclaim his lost honor and status, he will entrust the remnants of his life to a new human female while unraveling the mystery of his continued existence. Kayleigh Reese is not Battle Maiden material. She's three years older than any other recruit and has enjoyed a peaceful, nomadic life working with her artist ...
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Overview

Forget everything you thought you knew about unicorns and maidens... A unicorn is not supposed to survive the death of its rider, but Majherri did. Now he is a pariah, mistrusted by the Greater Herd. To reclaim his lost honor and status, he will entrust the remnants of his life to a new human female while unraveling the mystery of his continued existence. Kayleigh Reese is not Battle Maiden material. She's three years older than any other recruit and has enjoyed a peaceful, nomadic life working with her artist mother. The rigors of joining the High-King's elite unicorn cavalry are clearly not for her. Now, with a bond to Majherri, she must overcome her mother's disapproval, the ire of her commanding officer and fellow trainees, and, most importantly, the secrets of her unicorn's past if she is to become a legendary warrior. To prevail, they must quickly come together as a team and unlock the powerful and dangerous magic inside them.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780982508763
  • Publisher: Gryphonwood Press
  • Publication date: 4/26/2010
  • Pages: 250
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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  • Posted September 25, 2010

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    I want more unicorns like this!

    I accepted Rider for review because it's about unicorns and magic What's not to love? But what surprised me was how original this unicorn story really was.

    The first few pages were a bit confusing, but after I got past them the story flowed smooth and steadily. Bernheimer did a great job at setting up this world. He added details where they were needed to make the story pop out at you, but he never threw too much at you that you felt like you were drowning in this new world (like some fantasies do for me). The unicorns were incredible in Rider! It wasn't the girly-girl cliche of frolicking horses. The unicorns have their own culture; They were very human-like in the way they thought. Unicorns are not just on the sidelines, they play a really big role in the story. We even get a point of view from a unicorn.

    Majherri was my favorite character. I loved to see how he interacted with humans and other unicorns. Kayleigh was also very likable. These two were a fantastic duo of misfits. Anyone who ever felt like the outcast will easily empathize with them. I enjoyed reading from both of their point of views.

    Most of the story is about these two characters trying to fit in to the maiden academy and getting adjusted to their new-found magic. The ending of the story is where you see there is a whole lot more going on in this world. I loved the added element of evil. As much as I enjoyed the entire duration of this story, I would have liked it if we got more of the ending a bit sooner. But it definitely looks like we will be getting that in the sequel, so I am very excited to read it.

    With the easy to follow writing style, I found myself engrossed in the story where I lost track of time while reading. Rider brings a new light to the unicorn tale. It has an exciting and colorful setting with enjoyable characters that fantasy fans will love.

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  • Posted August 7, 2010

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    Spirals of Destiny is a well-told fantasy that will appeal to both Middle Grade and Young Adult readers.

    Spirals of Destiny was a book that reminded me that we can't always completely rely on our first impressions. To be totally honest, I wasn't really expecting to like Spirals of Destiny. I'd never heard of the book, author, OR publishing company, and I wasn't a huge fan of the cover. In the past, that hasn't been a good sign. However, I'm happy to say that Spirals of Destiny exceeded my expectations. In fact, I actually ended up enjoying this book quite a bit!

    The idea behind Spirals of Destiny, along with the author's writing style, reminded me a lot of Tamora Pierce's Song of the Lioness Quartet. If you're a Tamora Pierce fan (or a fan of fantasy in general), then I'd definitely recommend giving this book a shot. It has a lot of similar qualities, including magical warriors, great world-building, and a fun cast of minor characters!

    My favorite part of Spirals of Destiny was that the unicorns were important characters--an integral part of the plot--instead of random mythical creatures that were just thrown into the mix. I really enjoyed reading the parts of the book that were told from Majherri's point of view, and I loved seeing him interact with the humans and the other unicorns.

    From what I could see on the author's website (and from the way the book ended), it looks like there's a sequel in the works. I plan on keeping my eye out for it!

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

    Fabulous tale of courage and self-discovery - don't miss out!

    My thoughts: Incredible! This is a story like no other I have read. Truly inspiring in the telling. Jim Bernheimer has created a world in which the most feared and admired warriors are women who ride unicorns, they are called Battle Maidens. These women are chosen by the unicorns and are trained on an enchanted island to become said warriors. The characters that he has created to live in his world are amazing. They are filled with courage and a sense of purpose. He has developed in them all the makings of greatness tempered with the frailties of being human. The unicorns, who are just as important, if not more so, than the human characters are magnificent. They each have individual personalities and as many positives and negatives as their human counterparts. The leaders are wise and attempt to be just, with the exception of one who is bitter and vengeful while still doing her best to train and carry on.
    This story begs the questions of right and wrong, betrayal, loyalty, honor and belief. It is a story of self-discovery. Kayleigh is the main character and her journey is long and filled with challenges. Her unicorn, Majherri, has lost his first rider and is an outcast among both humans and unicorns. Kayleigh too is an outcast, chosen at 16 instead of 13 with a control problem with magic she doesn't understand. The bond they form on the beach when they find each other is strong and both look to each other for salvation - from so much, their status, the battle, and even themselves.
    The emotions of the characters envelope the reader. On the edge of the seat as Kayleigh is challenged as lead rider, as she and Majherri charge into battle untrained, as the portal opens and they are thrust into the unknown. I found myself caught in the whirlwind of those emotions as I read, laughing and crying, cheering and berating as the story gallops on.
    Breathtaking in completion, this story is fantastic! A must read for the adventure lover and the fantasy reader alike. This story of self-discovery should be shared with readers young and old. I eagerly await the sequel!

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