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Rider (Spirals of Destiny #1)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  161 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Forget everything you thought you knew about unicorns and maidens...

A unicorn is not supposed to survive the death of its rider, but Majherri did. Now he is a pariah, mistrusted by the Greater Herd. To reclaim his lost honor and status, he will entrust the remnants of his life to a new human female while unraveling the mystery of his continued existence.

Kayleigh Reese is...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published May 6th 2010 by Gryphonwood Press
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Apr 02, 2012 Melissa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Melissa by: Lacey
Decent book, though it could use a good read-out-loud session to catch the multiple missed words, spelling. and grammar errors. I will admit that the author wrote a great story and I really liked Reese. The personalities of the unicorns were not as I expected, but I liked that because it makes them more "real" and less mythical. I did find their mode of communication confusing though. It seemed like sometimes their conversations were in quotes, sometimes italicized with or without quotes, and ot...more
Spirals of Destiny, Book One: Rider, by Jim Bernheimer is the first book in the Rider series. Spirals of Destiny is a Sci-Fi Fantasy tale told from the perspective of teenager, Kayleigh Reese and Majherri, a unicorn.

In Spirals of Destiny, it is the dream of young girls to someday become battle maidens. Battle maidens are warriors who are selected based on a magical bond which they develop with a unicorn. Few girls manage such a bond; therefore, any one selected is in elite company. Kayleigh didn...more
Originally I was going to rate this with three stars, mostly due to the number of typos that kept popping up. Not so many that it detracted from the story, but enough to be a bit of distraction for a grammar-and-spelling watcher like me to notice.

Also, the middle part of the story seemed a bit slow. Not bad - it was all interesting and well-written, with good character development throughout. The middle third of the book, though, just felt like a little bit too much of the main character's day-t...more
I confess: I am a unicorn girl. I have all kinds of figurines and my room growing up had all kinds of posters and memorabilia, kind of like the girl from Dodgeball, although I didn't have the life size unicorn in the living room. But I digress.

Anyone, my history as a fan of the ethereal yet imaginary creatures made accepting Rider: Spirals of Destiny for review a logical choice. I was not disappointed- this is a quick yet vivid fantasy story that will appeal to fans of adventure, mystery, and ma...more
Brian W.
In Rider: Spirals of Destiny Book 1, Mr. Bernheimer tells the story of the bond between a unicorn, Majherri, who shouldn’t have survived the loss of his rider, and Kayleigh Reese, an outcast seeking a place to belong. Disclaimer: I wouldn’t normally purchase a novel about a unicorn, but I so loved Confessions of a D-List Supervillain that I was desperate to read something else by this author.

Why to buy this book: The writer clearly has talent. He was able to draw me into the story despite the su...more
I really enjoyed this book! I like things that mix it up and take old mythological characters and turn them into something more. I liked that they were warriors!! Not something you usually see unicorns doing. I ride and love horses and know how much they like to work and do things with their partners. I can only imagine what having a partner that is that intelligent that you can communicate with that effectively would be like. The unicorns remind me a little of Mercedes Lackey's horses. There is...more
Synopsis: "Forget everything you thought you knew about unicorns and maidens...

A unicorn is not supposed to survive the death of its rider, but Majherri did. Now he is a pariah, mistrusted by the Greater Herd. To reclaim his lost honor and status, he will entrust the remnants of his life to a new human female while unraveling the mystery of his continued existence.

Kayleigh Reese is not Battle Maiden material. She's three years older than any other recruit and has enjoyed a peaceful, nomadic li
Jul 24, 2014 Robin rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA Fantasy fans who like a heroine who grows into being strong
Story 5/5 stars - has an interesting plot & a storyline that moves along at a good pace & doesn't bog down.
I like the way the setting is presented through the eyes of the main character as she is experiencing it. You learn about the world setting as she learns of it, as opposed to the world being explained in a guidebook-style.
There was one overused plot element I did not care for : (view spoiler)...more
In a Sentence: Spirals of Destiny is a well-told fantasy that will appeal to both Middle Grade and Young Adult readers.

My Thoughts

Spirals of Destiny was a book that reminded me that we can't always completely rely on our first impressions. To be totally honest, I wasn't really expecting to like Spirals of Destiny. I'd never heard of the book, author, OR publishing company, and I wasn't a huge fan of the cover. In the past, that hasn't been a good sign. However, I'm happy to say that Spirals of...more
The main problem I had with this book is that the narration wasn't the best, especially that there's one voice that she did that was high-pitched and annoyed me to no end. Aside from that, it's a decent book, although the ending was very abrupt.

This is about a fantasy world where teenage girls bond with unicorns to become warriors who can wield magic (although only when touching the unicorn or a weapon they've stored some magic in). The unicorns come across as intelligent war horses who can com...more
The High-King's elite fighting force is the unicorn cavalry and the battle maidens that ride them. Majherri is the only unicorn to have ever survived the death of his rider. Kayleigh is the sixteen year-old girl he meets when forced out on a recruiting drive to find qualified riders for the unbound unicorns. Her touch generates the Bondspark, indicating she is to be his rider, making it a problem because she's three years older than the others who will begin their training. Her new found magic i...more
My thoughts: Incredible! This is a story like no other I have read. Truly inspiring in the telling. Jim Bernheimer has created a world in which the most feared and admired warriors are women who ride unicorns, they are called Battle Maidens. These women are chosen by the unicorns and are trained on an enchanted island to become said warriors. The characters that he has created to live in his world are amazing. They are filled with courage and a sense of purpose. He has developed in them all the...more
I quite enjoyed this book. It's an entertaining read.

Now, in some ways it's a pretty typical "coming of age" sort of fantasy. Girl is "discovered"; receives training while being misunderstood/mistreated; rises to challenges; and becomes greater than expected.

What makes the story somewhat new/different is the presence of unicorns and how they magically interact with their riders. Again, while there other unicorn stories containing bonds between riders and unicorns; the author still makes the re...more
I was asked by the author if I would be interested in reading and reviewing his book on my blog. Again, I apologize for taking so long getting this review up...Real Life has been really crazy. The synopsis really drew me in...this is not usually the type of book I would be interested in. I'm glad to say that I proved myself wrong by throughly enjoying a book about unicorns and maidens!

What I really liked about this book was that the unicorns actually played an very large part in the storyline......more
Richard Jackson
As much as it pains me to say this, my favorite character from Rider (Spirals of Destiny) is the unicorn, Majherri. My friends will probably never let me live this down but I want to explain myself before they kick down my door and drag me off for some re-education over shots of tequila.

Majherri is not like the unicorns you know from other fantasy tales. His personality, like his appearance, sets him apart from the herd. He and this book are a different breed.

Majherri and all of the characters a...more
This is the first book in Bernheimer's new series Spirals of Destiny. Previously he has written Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman and a collection of short stories called Horror, Humor, and Heroes. I really enjoyed both of these books and looked forward to reading this one. I got a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I am excited to say I really enjoyed this book; it is a creative take on unicorns and female warriors. Write now the Spirals of Destiny series is pl...more
Aster Brown
I am falling in love with the broad range of genres Jim Bernheimer writes. His entry to the Young Adult Fantasy genre has all the fast action and unique world-building I expect, with the adult snarkiness left at the door. The story is a little more simplistic than his other stories, but appropriate for Young Adult.

Loved the elemental magic system and I can't want to see how a sorcerer's training differs from the limited magic done by the Warrior Maidens who ride unicorns.

Some editing needs to be...more
Lauren Mcvey
Rider is a story unlike any other. It is a story about unicorns but not regular unicorns. In this book a unicorn is not supposed to survive the death of their rider. One unicorn by the name of Majherri did though. His survival changed many things. For one he was looked at differently by not just other unicorns but by humans as well. Majherri later bonds to another human named Kayleigh. Kayleigh was not like other recuits(what young human girls are called when bonded to a unicorn). She was three...more
Jessica Billings
My boyfriend lent me this ebook with the promise that it was something amazing, and I wasn't let down. It's been a long time since I read a book with unicorns in it, but this isn't one of those overly cheery, cutesy unicorn books that I read as a young teen. It has its serious, sad moments and moments of delight, but mostly it's just an exciting adventure that had me turning the (digital) pages for hours. Kayleigh and her bonded unicorn, Majherri, are both loners in an academy training them to b...more
Terry Ervin II
A really good book. Creative, fast-paced and a good storyline.

What I didn't like is that the author used sometimes first, sometimes last names. Sometimes the two names together. And sometimes the ranks of the indivdiuals, which I found difficult to separate.

I understand one character may think/name or call a character differently than another, but a character thinking of a more formal last name, and then calling them in dialogue by first name? It just didn't work for me.

What I liked was the way...more
Engaging from the start...

This book grabbed me from the first page! I was intrigued by the story being from the view points of both a unicorn and a human girl. It's unlike any other fantasy book I've ever read. Kayleigh was an empowering heroine who surmounted endlesss obstacles, yet remained relateable. The structure of The Academy that trains the battle maidens and their mounts was complex but not hard to follow. It was easy to get caught up in the emotions of, not just Kayleigh, but all the c...more
Jim Bernheimer has given unicorns new life in this enchanting tale! I am not one to read books about unicorns as I often find them too cute and frilly for my tastes. Refreshingly, Majherri breaks this stereotype as a noble steed in the High-King's elite unicorn cavalry. I found the novel's heroine Kayleigh, to be an empowering and enjoyable character. As an equestrian, I can understand and appreciate the bond between beast and rider. Bernheimer is off to an excellent start in the world of young...more
Matthew Maiello
amazon kind of threw this book at me for 3$ so i a went ahead and bought it. i had just finished heavenly horse from the outer mos west and the fire bringer books so i figured why not. i am pleased that i did, it was one of the best books i have read in a long time. i highly recommend it to fans of mccaffrey lackey and Horse people! now if only the second one would com out soon but amazon has no release date yet...
Nothing better than unicorns, IMO. :P Couple of cheesy lines here and there, but overall engaging. I felt this book was going to be very predictable, but there were enough twists and shifts to keep me thinking "well, that's a pickle." Seems the author is still writing the sequel as of 8/5/13, so I'll have to keep my eye out.
Wendy Dwight
I just finished the audio book for this one and I loved it. I am definitely going to look forward to the next book. It had been quite a while since I read a traditional fantasy book and this one hit just the right spot. the ending was such a cliffhanger that it left me eager for the next one.
Sep 12, 2011 Dan marked it as first-chapter-only
Heh. I liked this author's supervillain novel, and I thought his ghost novel was okay, but the unicorn novel was pushing it a little too far.

More specifically, this was a unicorn-army novel that took itself completely seriously, and I didn't trust the author quite that much.
Very enjoyable fantasy with maidens and unicorns. Good character developement and an interesting world. Ending cost the book one star. I hate when the author leaves you hanging. Luckily the next book should be out soon.
Marvellous read, sincerely hope there will be a sequel.
I love unicorns and it was great to see them portrayed with individual characters. Could not put this book down, definitely one of my favourites
I really liked this book! I LOVE magical Creature ect so this was a perfect book for me! It is a cliff Hanger sao if you plan to read it I would suggest that you get a hold of the second book first
This book was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!! The unicorn is my favorite; he's so sarcastic and rebellious, you can't help but love him!
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Jim lives in Chesapeake, Virginia with his wife Kim, and daughters Laura and Marissa. By day, he works as a Systems Administrator on a government contract and runs his own side Information Technology consulting firm, EJB Networking, which can be found at

Blessed (or cursed depending on your point of view) with an overactive imagination, Jim has long been a fan of Science Ficti...more
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