In my last blog entry (Neverland Library) I recalled with fondness the joy and trials of waiting for an author to finish a series. I applied this mixture of delight and aggravation to both as a young reader and an adult. Since that blog post, I have found the series that especially inspired me to write of my impatience.
Bruce Coville's series The Unicorn Chronicles debuted in 1994 with Into the Land of the Unicorns. Protagonist Cara Hunter is thrown into a world (well, actually she jumps) of unicorns, devious delvers, dragons, and strange creatures she doesn't know what to make of. She makes new friends and allies as she fights to bring her grandmother to safety and learn secrets of her family's past. The series is made up of four books: Into the Land of the Unicorns (1994), The Song of the Wanderer (1999), Dark Whispers (2008), and The Last Hunt (2010).
Almost ten years between the second and third book! I know there have been worse waits, but can you blame me for whimpering? To be fair, the awesome Mr. Coville did include a note of appreciation to his patient readers in the acknowledgements of Dark Whispers. As a writer myself, I was sympathetic.... Almost.
The unicorns in the series are pretty damn cool. They aren't afraid to stomp on a poor enemy, especially by the final book. A simpering unicorn is all well and good, but I prefer the horned creatures to kick some ass whenever possible. Now I do love how Mercedes Lackey uses wishy-washy unicorns as comic relief in her Five Hundred Kingdoms series.
I am not an expert on unicorn mythology, but I did learn one cool fact in my research. Did you know unicorns are mentioned in the Bible? Not once, but many times! According to Numbers 23:22 and 24:8, God has the strength of a unicorn. If you care to look up the other honorable mentions, they are Deuteronomy 33:17, Isaiah 34:7, Psalms 92:10 and 22:21, and Job 39:9-10. Though I am not a particularly religious person, I thought this was pretty awesome.
What is your favorite unicorn series? For any age. Do you have any you would recommend?
-Darcy (of the Drake variety)
P. S. The wait for the third and fourth book? So worth it. Thank you, Bruce Coville!