Series Review: The Unicorn Chronicles by Bruce Colville

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The Unicorn Chronicles by Bruce Coville is quite possibly my favorite book series of all time. There is a ton of nostalgia here for me as Into the Land of the Unicorns was the first “adult” book that captured my attention and kept me up all night reading it from cover to cover.

As an adult I took the time to search out the rest of the series and was very much rewarded for my efforts. I love this series.

What do you think about the series overall?

Overall, this series is definitely targeted to adolescent girls, pre-teens. The characters are creative (there’s not just unicorns in the land of Luster!), and the books create a cohesive plot that ends with a battle between good and evil.

What was your favorite book in the series?

It has to be the first book, hands down. The introduction to the unicorns, the land of Luster, and the beginning of a marvelous adventure, all rolled into one. Also, it is the book I stayed up all night with. It can’t compare to the others, though they are good books too.

Would you reread the entire series or just one book from the series?

Actually, I think I would do both. I have reread the first book several times, as it was the only book of the series I had for decades (2). When I finally got my hands on the rest of the series I read through the whole thing. And now that I’m typing this up I want to reread them all again.

Final Thoughts

This series is now my all-time favorite series. I do have a few others I really like, but this one takes the cake.

Keep reading little book worms!

Individual Book Reviews for The Unicorn Chronicles:
Book One: Into the Land of the Unicorns
Book Two: Song of the Wanderer
Book Three: Dark Whispers
Book Four: The Last Hunt

Last Dragon Standing by G.A. Aiken

Last Dragon Standing (Dragon Kin, #4)Last Dragon Standing by G.A. Aiken

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a very involved book. For one, it was hard to decipher if the dragons were in their dragon forms or in their human forms unless you read through the subtle clues given while reading. That made things a little difficult when attempting to sort out whatever the situation was in my head.

Apart from that little quirk, this was a politically based book, feuding royals, long grudges, coming of age dragons, centaurs, actual humans, witches, and many other unique things kept the plot moving. Though the book makes it seem like it’s only a fantasy romance, it is much more than that. In fact, the majority of the book revolves around the Kyvich, a faction of witches coming down from the north.

This is also part of a series, the fourth book and I haven’t read the first three. Now I like series where the books can stand alone, apart from the series, where each book builds on the other, but you can jump in with any book and know what’s going on. This book does this, so in all, I liked it.

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The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver

The SpindlersThe Spindlers by Lauren Oliver

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This was a book I found at my local Dollar Tree. It seems to be intended for pre-teens or younger teens as it had large spacing found in many books designed for younger readers. As such, it read very quickly for me (in a day).

It was very imaginative, with strange and familiar creatures, floating throughout the storyline. While goblins and lumer-lumpen are somewhat recognizable, troglods, nocturni, nids, and spindlers are somewhat new.

Spindlers are spider-like creatures, troglods are creatures of the Earth, Nids are silly and mob-like, and the Nocturni are the stuff of dreams, almost literally. Anyway, it was a nice, quick read, but I somehow expected more. More plot, more emotion, more description, more something. Oh well, it was a dollar, and I got at least that much of enjoyment out of it.

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The Last Hunt by Bruce Coville

The Last Hunt (Unicorn Chronicles, #4)The Last Hunt by Bruce Coville

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Like the previous book – there is a lot going on here. The last hunt to destroy the unicorns has begun with Cara right in the middle of it. This time she’s going to see another dragon, Graumag. The hunters bent on destroying the unicorns are destroying Luster in the process, tremors shake the land.

The world is dying and only one being can heal it, but he is no where to be found. Cara is reunited with the group she lost and even rejoins her father her mother. In the end it takes all the inhabitants of Luster to save it.

I will honestly be rereading this series again, and probably a few times after that.

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Dark Whispers by Bruce Coville

Dark Whispers (Unicorn Chronicles, #3)Dark Whispers by Bruce Coville

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After finally finding a copy of the hardcover (this doesn’t exist in paperback) I devoured this book too. It is the third book in the series and there is a lot going on here in this book. It shows by how much bigger it is than the last two books in the series.

Continuing the plot in the magical land of Luster Cara is given the task of learning a story from the Chiron, leader of the centaurs. However, their trip does not go as planned. The group of five start out easily but soon enough the three unicorns, two humans, and dwarf are split into three groups each with their own objective as the plot to hunt and kill the unicorns thickens.

I’m fully tempted to go back and reread this book again as I said there are many things going on in this book. We find out about the rainbow prison, meet the mysterious Fallon, playful Rajiv, and the unpredictable dragon, Ebillan, as well as a handful of Centaurs.

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Song of the Wanderer by Bruce Coville

Song of the Wanderer (Unicorn Chronicles, #2)Song of the Wanderer by Bruce Coville

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As with the first book in this series, I devoured this as a slightly older adolescent. The story continues on in the magical world of Luster. We meet more magnificent creatures and have more adventures as the plot thickens and becomes more mysterious.

Our heroine is Cara, a girl from Earth who has flung herself into another world to escape the man following her. Last book we met a unicorn, the Dimblethum, the Squijum, and the Delvers. This time we meet a dragon, the Chronicle Keeper, and a gryphon in the attempt to figure out just what exactly is going on in Luster.

This is my second or third time reading this book and I still enjoyed it. The magic has not dulled with this book either and I cannot recommend them enough for those who can still find them. I am not a big audiobook consumer, but the audio versions can still be found on Amazon.com.

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Into the Land of the Unicorns by Bruce Coville

Into the Land of the Unicorns (Unicorn Chronicles, #1)Into the Land of the Unicorns by Bruce Coville

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As a teenager (and an adult) I liked unicorns, so my mother bought me this book, Into the Land of the Unicorns. One night I couldn’t sleep, found the book and read it all in one night. I was instantly hooked, and still am. It reads quicker now as an adult as it is more of a YA/children’s book, but I still love it.

I recently found the last two books in this series (they are hard to find, only in hardcover or audio files really) and wanted to reread the first two books before reading the last two (as a book lover does).

Rereading them as adult has not dulled the magic these books emitted as young teenager the first time I read them. I also mentioned these books the Thrice Read Tag I did on my blog and my statement there is true here. These are and will be my most reread books.

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