The Unicorn Chronicles #3: Dark Whispers
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The Unicorn Chronicles #3: Dark Whispers (Unicorn Chronicles #3)

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At last--the long-awaited third installment in the bestselling series, The Unicorn Chronicles, is now available in paperback!

This is a tale of two quests: Cara Diana Hunter's search for an ancient story that may unravel the secret of the long enmity between the unicorns and the delvers, and her father's journey to free Cara's mother from the Rainbow Prison. Cara's journey...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published July 1st 2008)
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Sep 17, 2012 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of the impossible becoming possible
Is it a rule of the Universe chiselled into stone somewhere that once a novelist begins to write a series each book has to, by law, become more and more of a door stop...or a la Shovelmonkey....a kitten-squisher. The first two entries in the series were manageable and readable and no real danger to any small furry mammals walking underneath but this one and the final volume could probably take on the last few volumes of Potterworld and give them a good run for their money in literary sumo. The o...more
Tamora Pierce
Okay, I admit, I'm prejudiced--Bruce is my best male friend, my writing buddy, and he read DARK WHISPERS to me as I read BLOODHOUND to him.

That's all beside the point. This is a powerful addition to the Unicorn Chronicles as Cara's family struggles to come together while the evil sorceress Beloved begins her campaign to destroy the unicorn world Luster and all who live there. Cara is coming into her own as an emissary of the unicorns, gathering vital information for them that will reveal Belove...more
The last time I read the second book was about a decade ago, so the finer details escaped me. A lot of the times in the beginning I was going "HUH?? I don't remember this happening!" In fact, I remember the first book much better.

At the beginning I complained a bit to someone that I felt Coville had suddenly pulled out this old, nearly lost prophecy about a more powerful and dangerous enemy for the unicorns out of the blue. Yes, since it's an old prophecy that nobody except one character had he...more
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Welcome to ULA––Unicorn Lovers Anonymous. Who would like to speak first?

*Stands up* Hello, friends. I'm Brigid and when I was 9 years old, I was a unicorn addict. I have now been sober for almost ten years now ... well, except for that I went into a brief relapse so that I could read this book.

Anyway, I have Bruce Coville to blame for the unicorn addiction. He hooked me with the first two Unicorn Chronicles books and then decided to take a whole decade-long break from publishing them, thus leavi...more
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This review can also be read on my blog, Stumptown Books.

The first two novels of this series I read an older printing of (this series isn't available on the Kindle, unfortunately), and the third novel, Dark Whispers, was my first contact with the reprints. They got a new artist, which I think is a travesty as the covers for Into the Land of the Unicorns and Song of the Wanderer are simply gorgeous and fit the series perfectly. When I brought home my copy of this one, I was aghast at the terrible...more
This is the third book in the series. It was very good, and not at all slow!
This book stars 12 year old Cara Diana Hunter as she struggles to save the world she has grown to know and love,Luster,the land of the unicorns.
When the queen of the unicorns discovers that she may soon be at war with the horrible Beloved and her followers the Hunter,who are set out to rid both Earth and Luster of all unicorns forever, she sends Cara in search of a story that could hold the key to there survival,the sto...more
Sep 28, 2008 Megan rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the series
This book lacked the spark, the innocence, that the first two books had. This one was longer (not that I would complain about the size) and it had a distinctly different tone than Into the Land of the Unicorns and Song of the Wanderer.

Throughout the entire novel, the point of view switches between a multitude of characters. (Although the book is told in third person, the view does change -- almost every chapter.) Just as you get into the story of Cara (or the Dimblethum, or the delvers, or Cara'...more
Sep 25, 2008 Erin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of classic children's fantasy
In this volume, Bruce Coville dramatically expands the reach and scope of the Unicorn Chronicles series, while still having continuity with what came before. Coville never talks down to kids, and this book doesn't spare the darkness and intensity. That man can write an evil cliff-hanger too! These books are rich in human insight, and I really think that they are eventually going to be recognized as modern fantasy classics alongside books like Lloyd Alexander's Prydain cycle and Madeleine L'Engle...more
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Cara, who now knows that she is not only related to the Hunters, a clan led by the evil Beloved, who has sworn to destroy the unicorns, but also to the unicorns themselves, must again undertake a perilous journey. This time she is on the hunt for a lost prophecy that will save the unicorns and prevent Beloved from entering Luster and wiping out the unicorns once and for all. During that quest, Cara discovers a secret about the unicorns past, a secret involving the Whisperer. What is this evil cr...more
The third book in the Unicorn Chronicles. This is a reread for me. A compilation of several quests, Cara is sent to find out the truth of the "Whisperer" from the centaurs, her father is on a quest to rescue her mother from the Rainbow Prison.

"to act with mercy can sometimes be the hardest thing of all."

Cara is able to do a very difficult thing, see each individual and not judge them by the group they belong too.
I began reading "The Unicorn Chronicles" when I was in Elementary School. My best friend and neighbor had shared it with me and we both were in love with the world Coville had created. A few years later we were ecstatic to find the sequel, "Song of the Wanderer," and hoped that the rest of the story would be told soon. And then we waited...and waited...and waited, lol. Finally, as a young adult, I realized he was in the process of writing the final book. But I lost track of it and it was difficu...more
This is the third book in The Unicorn Chronicles, and I think it is the strongest book in the series so far. Cara and her assorted companions are on a quest to prevent the Hunters from entering Luster to kill the unicorns (and yes, I'm aware of how silly that sounds. Somehow the book is better than that). At the same time, her father has teamed up with some unusual allies to rescue his wife from an ethereal prison. As a protagonist, Cara has never had much personality, and I've always been more...more
This is book 3 of 4
Book 1: Into the Land of the Unicorns
Book 2: Song of the Wanderer
Book 4: The Last Hunt

This is a great series -- especially in audio format. In this installment, Cara is given the task of getting a story from the centaurs, her father is searching for the rainbow prison to rescue her mother, and Cara's grandmother and the unicorns are preparing for war.
This book does touch on some tough topics, so younger readers should proceed with caution.
The narrators for some of the characte...more
I'm going to put it at 3.5, but on the higher end because I was more entertained than not.

Not much to say. I read the first two books when I was much younger, so I picked up the other two even though I'm too old (just barely!) for stories about a ginger pre-teen whose best friend is a unicorn. I'd let it go, but the secondary characters and creatures are really wonderful. (I read someone here refer to the Squijim as the series' Jar Jar Binks. I can see where they're coming from as an adult, but...more
Whittney Mahle
Bruce Coville has been my favorite author since I read his Rod Albright Alien Adventure series in fourth grade. I have been waiting several years for another book in the Unicorn Chronicles with much anticipation, and I was so excited when I found out he was concluding the series. So, you can imagine how surprised I was when I got withing the last 5-10 pages of the book and realized that there was no way for the story to wrap up in that short space... It's not the end of the series! On the one ha...more
Richard Thomas
A very good read and an excellent addition to the Unicorn Chronicles. This tale follows Cara as she and the unicorns attempt to prepare for the invasion of Beloved and her Hunters into Luster to begin the Final Hunt. Cara is sent on a mission to gather information that may well be the key to the survival of the unicorns. This story begins to fill in some of the backstory of Luster and the unicorns fleeing into this safe harbor as well as that of some of the other creatures in Luster. My main com...more
Anne Bui
"Dark Whispers" by Bruce Coville was an exciting book because of its description, which makes you want to read more about it. I was so obsessed with the book because I wanted to know when the ancient Beloved was going to attack the Unicorn's land. The book is the Third book of "The Unicorn Chronicles." Bruce Coville was very good about making the reader feel sad about the characters. For example, "Lightfoot! Lightfoot, heal her!" says Cara. The Prince had come around the bed. Now he, too, knelt...more
Jul 06, 2014 Abby rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all the people of the earth
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This book was actually really compelling, which I did not expect. The first two were fine, but this one had several interesting storylines, and ends with a cliffhanger.... I found myself impressed by how much I was intrigued by the various threads and curious about their resolution. I can't pick up the next one right away, but I'm more excited about it than I though I would be.
I hated this book the tone felt completely different from the first two books that I loved. I don't like how he splits the story between Cara and her father. Overall though well written it just did not have the rhythm and feel of the first two books. I guess that is what happens when you take so long too long to finish the book and you change editors.
Stephanie (Once Upon a Chapter)
I want to start by saying I feel the first two books in this series are middlegrade fantasy and this book is more young adult fantasy. In Dark Whispers, Bruce Coville has added a wiseness and maturity to Cara that seemed False in the first two books. Cara must face the reality of real loss in Dark Whispers and I found that I cared more because not everything was sunshine and roses.

I really enjoyed this trip to Luster. The storyline didn’t really advance that much but Coville explained SO much of...more
I really like Bruce Coville's Unicorn Chronicles, and I enjoyed this third book in the series, too. They are about a young girl, Cara Hunter, who finds herself in the land of the unicorns. In this third installment in the series, Cara is assigned by her grandmother, who is the queen of the unicorns, to go into the land of the centaurs to try to find out who or what The Whisperer is. In the meantime, Beloved and her ferocious hunters are about to invade Luster, the delvers are causing more troubl...more
I am ecstatic to read the third in a series... truth be told, there was a period of time I worried Coville had died. After all, it only took him nine years to publish the next story in the Unicorn Chronicles.

I definitely have matured since reading Song of the Wanderer, finding his writing much simpler and less action-packed than I remembered. Nonetheless, I was not disappointed with the latest book and its new twists. Certainly, some were predictable, but it always was fun and interesting - a gr...more
Laurel Narizny
Aside from the usual cliches ((view spoiler)) and some really weird pacing/chapter break issues, this is a solid sequel with some unusual plot twists.
Well after many years' hiatus from the series, Bruce Coville delivered the longest Unicorn Chronicle book yet. This one illuminated a lot more history of Luster and some of the characters. For the most part, a very good addition to the series, I think. But only three stars from me because, well, I just had a hard time staying interested for the first half or so. I don't know if it's because it genuinely took a while to get going or because I've gotten a little too old for this series or what, bu...more
Not the last BOOK! What! Great cliffhanger but the last book is no longer in print! Here is hoping I can resolve all the untied ends!
Aug 18, 2011 Joan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fans, unicorn fans
This was a nicely done, and long awaited title in the Unicorn Chronicles series. This is very different from the titles most Coville fans are familiar teacher is an alien, etc. This is not laugh out loud funny by any means. Cara is in Lustor and willing as always to help the unicorns who are led by one who used to be her grandmother in human form. She is struggling with her personal heritage of being a friend of the unicorns and a descendent of their worst enemy. Or is Beloved and her...more
The tale of the Dark Whisperer (which we spend much of this book searching for) is worth the price of admission all by itself. Lovely, lovely mythmaking in this one. Lovely too how this book deepens the world of Luster (and of Earth). The second book in the series seemed an order of magnitude more complex than the first--and this one is an order of magnitude more complex than the second book in turn.

One warning: this book ends on (at least!) two major cliffhangers. There were definitely a couple...more
This is the third of a series and the action just keeps rolling. I continue to be sucked into the story and love the fast-paced development of the plot. I identify a great deal with the theme of good vs. evil told on the scale of beautiful unicorns facing an old and relentless enemy. The plot twists are great and so many of them I have not seen coming. The series feels very natural in a way that comes from a combination of good writing and strong, believable characters that I identify with. I am...more
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