The Hunt of the Unicorn
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...more
I found that the book was quick in it’s pacing and kept moving the storyline along. There were no dull moments at all. Both boys and girls will like this book as it has something for everyone. Between the small moments of romance there are many more moments of dang...more
I've come to the conclusion that unicorns are probably the hardest sell of all magical creatures. Sure, they are right up there with rainbows and butterflies on the popularity scale for most females under the age of fourteen (or at least they used to be before Edward came along), but the mythology of unicorns is pretty simple. In the same way vampires are an embodiment of darkness, unicorns are an embodiment of purity. A unicorn is a healing creature...more
Elayne has lost all hope for her father’s recovery as he battles leukemia, and it is with a feeling of defeat that Elayne sits down with him one night and cracks open the old volume entitled The Maid and the Unicorn. Elayne reads of the story of the magical weaver Francois Robochon, his daughter and her namesake Alice-Elayne, and the escape from Goloth, Land of the Fabulous Beast on the back of a unicorn. Even as Elayne scoffs at the fanta...more
Once I picked up this book, I just kept reading it! I read it until 3 am when I was done with it, and it was a really good read. I hadn't done that in a while and it felt so refreshing to be that into a book. I wholeheartedly recommend it for those into different worlds split rather masterfully, mythical creatures, and heroines/books that pleas...more
Quick & Dirty: A fantasy book with good action and a fun adventure, but the characters were hard to relate to. I would recommend it more for the middle grade age group.
Opening Sentence: Thunderstorms rumble nearer, the air charged with static, as sticky-hot as only a New Orleans night can be.
Elayne is a young girl living with her sickly father. Her mother died a few years ago and now her father has cancer. The treatments haven’t been going ver...more
So in the beginning we learn that Elayne lives reading. Also that her dad is sick. We don't know with what yet, but he has to go to the hospital for tests. One night her dad asks Elyane to start reading her a book in titled The Maid and the Unicorn. He tells her this is her families story and she will need to know incase something happens to him. It tells of the original Alice- Elayne and her father. How her father was a prophet, he made tapestries. And how there as a hun...more
A story developed of a weaver who wanted to change the rapid abuse of the world by the han...more
Characters: All the characters were awesome! They all had their glitches but isnt that what makes them more relatable? They were very intertaining and I enjoyed reading about all of them, even if they were evil they were cool. Some of them fooled me I admit. I never quite knew if they were good or bad.
Plot: The plot was where I had most of my problems in. One of the main porblems was that there were too many exclamation marks in very unnecessa...more
The only things Elayne cares about are her dad and the cancer that is poisoning his body. When he tells her about the family history and how one of her ancestors came into this world through a tapestry, she thinks it is great story. Maybe it will take their minds off the fact that he’s going to the doctors the next day for more tests.
The next day while on a school trip to the local art museum Elayne sees the unicorn t...more
I can't give it a 3 stars since it seems to low and I really enjoyed the book but can't seem to give it a full 4 stars either. The tale was as fantastic and whimsical as the world of fabulous beasts,although I wish that they played more of a role in the story than they actually did. The unicorn and the main character taking up most of the book. The first 3 chapters were prolly the hardest to get through. Not that I didn't enjoy them..but It through me off a bit reading a story...more
There was something about this book that did not quite work for me, and I have yet to place my finger on it. It was slow to start, but once I got into it (about a t...more
The book began like a cross between Maurissa Guibord's Warped and Bruce Coville's Unicorn Chronicles series but the execution just wasn't there. I liked the premise of the book and the world of Goloth but I found the majority of the...more
1. Adventure and excitement. Yes!
2. Elayne waiting to be saved. No.
3. Griffins, cockatrice, cerberus, unicorns!! YES!
4. Events conveniently working out. No.
5. Ye olde merriment and lovely descriptive text. Yes!
6. Too many exclamation points. NO!
Eh. Not terrible, but not great.
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Unfortunately, this book is not awesome.
We meet our protagonist in her small NY apartme...more
The main character is 15 years old, and Humphreys does a very good job at relating her thougths and emotions. He also does a well with the transion between dialects and the confusion found in that transition.
The story is suspenseful without being too tense. There is action virtually from beginning to end.
My only problem with the book is that now I want a Unicorn too.
This is what Alice-Elayne gets to do as she is a descendant of the original weaver and she makes an incredible difference to the land of Goloth! Be prepared for an exciting ride!
C.C. Humphreys was born in Toronto, Canada, and grew up in Los Angeles and London. A third generation actor and writer on both sides of his family, he returned to Canada in the nineties and there his writing career began. He won the inaugural playwriting competition of the New Play Centre, Vancouver with his first play, 'A Cage Without Bars' which was produced in Vancouver and L...more