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Dark Moon (Firebringer #2)

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  921 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Volume Two of the Firebringer Trilogy

“Carefully plotted, with satisfying action and fully developed, intriguing characters, this is sure to please fantasy lovers.”—Booklist


He was the youngest prince the unicorns had ever known: Aljan son-of-Korr, Dark Moon. A silver crescent on his brow and a white star on his heel were tokens that one day he was destined to become the...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 23rd 2003 by Firebird (first published 1992)
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Cole
The second book to the Firebringer Trilogy didnt let me down, in fact it exceeded expectations! The book is written by Meredeth Ann Pierce and I have got to say she enthralled me with her veiw on the lives lived as a unicorn. If you are reading this now don't ride this off as a childrens fairy tale; if you look, you can see deep concepts in this work of art. I have no doubt that this was written for children but she didnt leave out the serious stuff in this either that you would consider to not...more
Faithann
It's been a year since Jan took his pilgrimage to the Mirror of the Moon to pledge himself to the circle and become a warrior among the unicorns. It is now time again for the unmated unicorns to make the courting trek to the Summer Sea. Will Jan find himself a mate this year? It may not matter as the day that the unicorns are to depart back to the Vale, they are set upon by Gryphons, and Jan is swept to sea. He come to rest upon some unfamiliar shore and encounters the two foot race. It is here...more
Elizabeth
I don't remember much about this book because I read it a long time ago. I do remember loving the book and it was one of two books that got me hooked on the sci fi/fantasy genre. The only problem was I didn't realize it was the second book in a trilogy, I checked it out of the school library and they didn't have the 1st or the 3rd. I have been looking for the other two since then. Ironically the other book that got me hooked on the genre was also the second book in a trilogy checked out from the...more
Haley
Sequels are never as good. We all know this. I mean, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Charlies Angels (I guess those are all movies, whatevs). But really, its true. This book is no different. I know it must be hard writing the middle section of any story but Dark Moon did not have anything too spectacular or unpredictable happen. I still enjoyed reading it though. The "two-footed" creatures (humans) are not able to be understood whereas the unicorns are. Also, I love how she writes. Like a romantic...more
Nena
I'm on a big fantasy kick right now and picked up this series again, which I originally read as a preteen.

I'm impressed by how much they've lived up to my positive memories of them, particularly this book. This moves at a quicker pace, and the various races of fantastic creatures that appealed so much to my younger self are explored more. The characters are better realized in this book, with a lot of the more peripheral characters in book one getting attention. The plot of this one is strong a...more
Spark740
I have read this book probably 4 times. The most I ever read a book through is twice. The plot is soooo good, there's just no beating it. Usually I don't like books with animals as main characters, but Pierce has walked the line between fantasy and reality and believability and come up with something astounding, yet not pretentious. There are different facets of the story which makes it interesting, but it stays focused, tugging the reader onward. Overall I love this book better than its prequel...more
Joyce
Loved it!!! Great second book. Going online to buy third one now.
Tortla
This book was pretty good. It wasn't great, but I gave it five stars because I am so very proud that I found out what it was called without remembering the author or title or really anything aside from the fact that there is a black unicorn that gets stranded with horses after being in the sea...or something. Mostly I just remembered a few flashes of the way I pictured the story...I think it's part of a series, but I've only read this one. Yay for unicorns.
Robin
I wasn't too sure at first, but after getting through to the end, I can say this one was as good as the first one was. This one had a lot more conflict in it, which was hard for me at first. I think it may be the reason my dreams have been charged with struggles lately. Be that as it may, it ended with wonderful resolution and the promise of great things to come in book three. I have only good things to say here.
Sarah Spelbring
I read this series back in college, they were lent to me by someone whom I am no longer in contact with so I no longer have access to them.

I do remember loving the series and devouring the books within a short space of time. They were brilliant and were almost exclusively about my favorite legendary creature, the unicorn.

If I can find them again I would love to add them to my personal library.
Neill Smith
In Volume Two of the Firebringer Trilogy, Jan is separated from his betrothed and his tribe and captured by a group of humans who revere him as a gift of their gods. He learns the power of fire but must escape his enforced adulation and return to protect his love’s persecution by a demented leader.
Idunsses
Nov 18, 2012 Idunsses marked it as to-read
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I want this book SOOO bad! I absolutely loved the first one. The only problem is I CAN'T FIND IT! I can't find this one, or the third book in the trilogy! Damn my tiny country. I won't give up though! NEVER!
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Minna
I don't think it was as good as the first one. The themes covered in the book were so dark and depressing that it wasn't particularly enjoyable. The foreshadowed alliance between the gryphons and unicorns was the most interesting part. I will be reading the third book to see what happens.
Caroline
A really entertaining look into a magical world where unicorns exist. Meredith Ann Pierce is excellent at setting up fairly dark fantasy worlds with a spooky setting. I liked her more practical version of unicorns, rather than the typical peaceful stereotype for the creatures.
Collin
Dark Moon suffers from the typical second-book syndrome - not that even a good #2 could have made the cliché plot work well. I only gave it three stars because I felt guilty for rating the sequel of an awesome book like Birth of the Firebringer with two.
Nicole
Even though I did not enjoy this book as much as I did the first, I still loved it. It still had the same action and an exciting plot, and still had as much struggle as in the first.
Rachel
The second book of this unicorn series was not as good as the first. Things seemed contrived and the plot didn't move very quickly... it's no wonder I didn't finish the series as a kid.
Marissa
Excellent! I enjoyed the adventure and the way that Pierce allows us to see what Jan's perspectives are about the communities around him.
Erin
Just read this last week... the second book in the firebringer series didn't disappoint. Now I can't wait to read the last one!
Lisa
Read possibly during jr. high, I enjoyed this book.
April White-perkins
Dec 24, 2012 April White-perkins marked it as to-read
Yep! I enjoyed this!
Israel Grey
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Meredith Ann Pierce is a fantasy writer and librarian. Her books deal in fantasy worlds with mythic settings and yet overturn standard expectations, frequently featuring young women who first wish only to love and be loved, yet who must face hazard and danger to save their way of life, their world, and so on, usually without being respected for their efforts until the end of the story.
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“I shall never love any as I love thee, Moonbrow!” she cried.
He nuzzled her, very gently. “Nor I you, Ryhenna,” he said. “Tek is my mate. I love her. You are my shoulder-friend, and I love you. I love you both, but differently. And when in a year or two years’ time, you dance court within this glade, it will be with one whom you love in a way entirely other than the way that you love me. I am your companion, your friend, Ryhenna, just as you are always and ever mine. Stand fast with me,” he said, “and no foe shall ever part us.”
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