I tried to be good. Really I did. I have book on story structure I’m trying to finish, I have my poetry book to edit, and I have a couple more book on my TBR list that I’ve been meaning to get to, but when a story calls you, it’s hard to ignore.
After completing the Dragon Throne, I was indeed hungry to learn the rest of the story, and I was not disappointed by The Unicorn Throne. Again, it was a clean read – no swear words, though it refers to some of the characters cursing. A little more talk of sex in this one, but all tastefully done, fading the scenes to black rather than describing the details of making love. I really appreciated that – it’s my preference in my own books, which is why I tend to gravitate toward YA stories.
While this is probably best categorized as a YA story, it’s not reduced to cliches. Fianna has lost both her parents, but she’s not left without a parental figure. All these main characters are so realistic and lovely that you can’t help but wish the best for them, which made parts of this story so poignant.
So without further ado, here is my review of:
The Unicorn Throne by Chrys Cymri
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is an excellent follow up and conclusion to part one of the series, The Dragon Throne. I love the development of all the characters, though there are some absolutely heartbreaking developments in the story.
Fianna and the Prancer (unicorn) must continue their journeys to save the land, but it’s time to face their own demons. Deian is taken away on his own quest, and in so doing puts himself in the most dangerous position of all. Love is had and lost, wounds are opened and healed, and the story is left to a fulfilling, but perfectly open-ended ending, leaving the mind to create new and wonderful endings to the stories of these characters.
The author is excellent at foreshadowing, giving the reader just enough to wonder and dread, but not so much as to spell everything out. There is a beautiful blend of fantasy and sci-fi, which elevates the story from expected to stunning. As with the other, this book comes highly recommended. You won’t be disappointed!
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