Title: The Unicorn Dancer
Series: The Unicorn Dancer, #1
Author: Rhondi Vilott
Publisher: Self Published
Tags: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Hearts: ♥ ♥
Alorie is the last of the House of Sergius, a guardian dynasty of the watch city Sinobel. Betrayed, she finds herself with both a destiny and a love in an exiled ranger. A black unicorn, corrupted by dark magic which seeks to rise and rule the lands once more, stalks her. When Light and Dark meet, will Alorie find the courage and the ability to save those who both love and depend upon her?
Alorie waits impatiently till someone brings her horse. She really needs change of scenery. All those preparations for her father’s appointment of High Counselor. She’s had enough and her hands hurt because of kneading all that dough. Unfortunately, it seems that her grandfather was one step ahead and has forbidden anyone from leaving the city. *sigh* So, only option left is getting a breath of fresh air on the walls.
Once there she meets an old man, who turns out to be a real storyteller! He tells her the story about the 10 races and the battle between the High King and the bad guys. To her astonishment he concludes the story by telling that she, too, will play a big part in this story! He warns her that time is running out and, if she wants to save the world, she needs to be ready tonight…
Alorie is confused, but when she wants to ask the storyteller more, he has disappeared? Did he really tell her all that? Should she get ready? What Alorie doesn’t know is that in a matter of hours the choice will be taken from her and that she has to run for her life. The words of the storyteller were true, she’ll have a very important role to play…
Hmm… Although I’ve read this book in one go, it wasn’t what I hoped it would be. My main problem was the writing style. It felt a bit too poetic and outdated to me. Like one of those historical romance, with well spoken heiresses and such. Totally not my style. I had a hard time at first with getting into the story because of this, but I managed to get used to it, before the book ended.
And now onto the story. I’ve never read a book where so many minor characters die. In such a short amount of time that you’re unable to build a connection, which means no single teardrop from me when they die. And therefore their death and even existence felt needless. It also happened so often that it came predictable and I didn’t feel the need anymore to even build a connection. I even started getting surprised with characters who stayed alive. Not some feeling I’m keen on having while reading a book…
The blurb mentions something about love and destiny with an exiled ranger. Okay I found the destiny and the exiled ranger, but what happened to the love? The emphasis in the book is too much on the whole adventure that there are almost no words of love. Although I understand that at times saving the world is more important, but still… want my romance time!
Last but not least I can’t finish my review without telling something about the heroine, Alorie. There was nothing that made her stand out from all the other heroines I’ve read about. She has the standard problems: act first, think and show remorse waaaay later. Which of course made me annoyed at times. She falls in love and tries to save the world. Been there, done that. Too much standards for me to really consider her a person worth writing about.
What I did like in this book were the unicorns, the good and the bad ones. This time unicorns are not just pretty horses who can only be tamed by maidens. Nope. This time they are more, much more. They are wild creatures who above all value their freedom. And they are able do defend and even kill anyone who stands in their way! I loved all of it! It made reading this story so much better! The prophecy was also very well executed. Everything, or at least what I’ve read until now, fit exactly. Pity, though, that there wasn’t a map available. There are many places and cities mentioned and since remembering places isn’t one of my strong points, it would have made this a lot easier 😉
2 HEARTS. There were just too many things that bothered or annoyed me to really enjoy this book. Although it’s a great world with an interesting prophecy and a whole new look on unicorns, it wasn’t enough to make the rest less annoying. Would I be able to recommend this book to other persons? I don’t have a clue. This is a story everyone has to read by themselves, so they’ll know if they like it or not 😉 Not very helpful, I know, but with this books it really depends on what you want 😉
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The Unicorn Dancer
- The Unicorn Dancer