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20 July 2013 @ 10:58 am
The Hunt of the Unicorn by C.C. Humphreys  
The Hunt of the Unicorn
by C.C. Humphreys

Synopsis: Elayne thinks the old family story that one of her ancestors stepped through a tapestry into a world of mythical beasts makes a great fireside tale. But she lives in the real world. In New York City. And she's outgrown that kind of fantasy.
Until she finds herself in front of a unicorn tapestry at the Cloisters museum and sees her initials woven into the fabric. And hears a unicorn calling to her. And slips and falls—into that other world.
Suddenly the line between fantasy and reality isn't so clear. But the danger is real enough. Almost before she can think, Elayne is attacked by a ferocious beast, rescued by a unicorn, and taken prisoner by a tyrant king. Each of them seems to have an idea about her—that she's a hero, a villain, dinner!
But Elayne has a few ideas of her own. She wants to overthrow the king; she wants to tame the unicorn. She wants to go home! And she's willing to become both hero and villain to do it.

My Opinion: Interesting!
This is my first novel about a unicorn. After the usual vampires, werewolves, etc. this is actually quite refreshing especially since the author introduces other mystical creatures that we don't encounter often.

I really liked the beginning of the book. The mix between reality and the novel Elayne and her father are reading was interesting and kind of original.
As for the rest, I thought it was an exciting and fascinating quest. I was really interested in the world of mystical beasts though it wasn't developed enough in my opinion. I wanted to know more about the way people lived there and about the other creatures.

As for the heroine, I actually quite liked her. She's brave, smart though quite normal which made her more real in my eyes.

The Hunt of the Unicorn is a nice and interesting novel. I enjoyed reading about a unicorn especially one that isn't as pure as their usual image, it was fun. It isn't one of my favourite books but it's good enough that I don't regret buying it.

To summarize: An interesting read about a creature we don't find often in books.