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Title Into the Land of the Unicorns
Author Bruce Coville
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Publisher Scholastic Inc. - 1994
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Title Song of the Wanderer
Author Bruce Coville
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Publisher Scholastic Inc. - 1999
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Title Dark Whispers
Author Bruce Coville
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Title The Last Hunt (tentative)
Author Bruce Coville
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Category Children
Warnings None
Main Characters Cara, Lightfoot
Main Elements Unicorns, Dragons, Gryhpons
Website The Official Bruce Coville Homepage




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I've read reviews which said these books were wonderful. I've read reviews which said these books are terrible. I'm somewhere in-between. The basic concept is a good one. The unicorns were forced into the land of Luster by the Hunters, the descendents of a girl named Beloved whose father was killed by a unicorn. But then we are introduced to the main character Cara. Now I assume she's in her early teens, but most of the time I feel I'm being generous if I assign her an age of 5. And then is the soap operatic quality of everyone being related to everyone else, without anyone actually knowing it at first. Problem is, the reader figures out most of the connections pretty quick because the hints are less than subtle. Cara picks up objects that become useful only a couple of pages later. The path one should never stray from, gets strayed from. I don't want to be too harsh on these books, after all I'm older than the target audience...but I expected more from Coville.

Now I do want to find out how things are resolved, but I'm not sure if there is going to be a third book or not. I guess since there was 5 years between the first two, we should be patient another year before assuming there will be no more Chronicles.




Posted: July 2003

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