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Okay, I admit, I’m prejudiced–Bruce is my best male friend, my writing buddy, and he read DARK WHISPERS to me as I read BLOODHOUND to him.
That’s all beside the point. This is a powerful addition to the Unicorn Chronicles as Cara’s family struggles to come together while the evil sorceress Beloved begins her campaign to destroy the unicorn world Luster and all who live there. Cara is coming into her own as an emissary of the unicorns, gathering vital information for them that will reveal Belove
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Welcome to ULA––Unicorn Lovers Anonymous. Who would like to speak first?
*Stands up* Hello, friends. I’m Brigid and when I was 9 years old, I was a unicorn addict. I have now been sober for almost ten years now … well, except for that I went into a brief relapse so that I could read this book.
Anyway, I have Bruce Coville to blame for the unicorn addiction. He hooked me with the first two Unicorn Chronicles books and then decided to take a whole decade-long break from publishing them, thus leavi
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Is it a rule of the Universe chiselled into stone somewhere that once a novelist begins to write a series each book has to, by law, become more and more of a door stop…or a la Shovelmonkey….a kitten-squisher. The first two entries in the series were manageable and readable and no real danger to any small furry mammals walking underneath but this one and the final volume could probably take on the last few volumes of Potterworld and give them a good run for their money in literary sumo. The o
Anyway, gripes done, this is an excellent entry into the series. It is difficult to review without giving away centrally important facts and the developments of the history and interaction of the various creatures involved. The whole story, and in fairness I suppose that is why it is so much longer then the first two, is an opening out, a widening of the history and myth of Luster. Cara, the heroine, sets out with a mixed band of mythical creatures and humans to hear a story from the Chiron or King of the centaurs. Rather like the fellowship of the Ring, the fellowship is broken, but here not by the betrayal of Boromir but by the over-riding honour and fidelity to duty and vocation. As a result, three adventures run side by side, narrated in intermittent chapters.
The narrative speaks again and again of the loss to Earth by the moving back of the mythical from our world
‘Even those who had never seen a unicorn, never heard of a unicorn, felt the passing of something sweet and wonderful. It was as if the air had surrendered a bit of its spice, the water a bit of its sparkle, the night a bit of its mystery’
and there is a lovely plea in the account in which a mortal asks the unicorns to return
‘Hearts grow hard and weary. Pain spreads, and joy diminishes. Those who hated you hate you still, but those who loved you, or would have loved you, or wanted to love you but never had the chance are being scraped hollow by a loss they don’t understand. Come home. Please come home. we are withering without you.’
I loved this image as a metaphor of a kind for the loss of a spiritual dimension to our lives nowadays. I do not know if Coville would hold to this but it certainly spoke to me. However the aspect of this entry in the series that I liked and which ties in with that quote i think was the way he deepened our understanding of the currents and influences bubbling around in Luster. Nothing was as straightforward or easily divided into ‘goodies and baddies’ as might have first appeared in the beginning. To say more would be to hole the story below the waterline so i won’t, but suffice it to say the perfection, the beauty, the lovelines and grace of the Unicorn comes at a terrible price which is uncovered or rediscovered during the course of the journey.
It is in this uncovering that so many strange things are explained or at least illumined and the links and interrelatedness of so many of the characters and their histories becomes clear. Much is left uneplained and there are plenty of loose threads which await their weaving back into the full picture. A full picture which needs every thread, correctly woven, to create the full beauty. It is this expectation which i find very interesting and why volume four awaits.
At one point the king of the centaurs, and his predicatment is a powerful and thought provoking situation dealt with in a wonderful manner within the story, says
‘Most of this was lies, of course, but lies interwoven with enough strands of truth and memory – which is the best way to make a lie seem real- that she could believe them’
This insight, simple enough rings very loud and very true when you consider the bigotry and ill-educated claptrap that is spoken on all sides of, it seems, almost all debates in our world whether religious, political, sexual or ‘anything-else-al’. It is this interweaving, and yes i realize i have used that image a good deal, which makes this imagined world so believable. Even allowing for my moan about the names of the creatures, the world itself, its life, its pulse is real. I find no problem in entering into its environment. It speaks, in magical terms of course, of our world. It enables us to look at bigotry or oppression or misunderstanding or indeed reconciliation and courage and sacrifice in a different light. It does not necessarily make us see more clearly but it gives that different angle which sometimes enables us to see how to break the logjam.
The traditional blessing to travellers i think is lovely
‘Travel safe, travel well, may those who have gone before be always with you’
Though i haven’t started using it yet, I might. I think it brings a lovely sense of community and history alive and well.