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Dark Whispers

(Unicorn Chronicles #3)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  2,684 ratings  ·  169 reviews
In the much-anticipated third volume of the Unicorn Chronicles, Cara Diana Hunter journeys to the Valley of the Centaurs in quest of a mysterious lost story that could hold the key to the survival of the unicorns. But the price for that story may prove to be more than her heart can bear.
Paperback, 480 pages
Published July 2008 by Scholastic
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Tamora Pierce
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-ya-yr
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
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Brigid ✩
Aug 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favs, own-and-read
Read twice!

This last time was a reread/listen! Audiobooked it up!!

Still love this story, such an amazing MG read. Full of magic and the amount of heartache and moral dilemmas in this story are perfect for the target audience.
May 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
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
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As for the cover (which I’m often picky about, especially lately) was acceptable if a bit dated, but for all I know I may be the youngest person still reading these books which would be a tragedy.

If I could give a rating for half a book I would, but since I can’t Dark Whispers gets four dragons. The first half or less of the book gets two and a half dragons while the second half gets four and a half dragons. With an a
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hello, my name is Allie and I read books about unicorns.

My teenage self never would have believed this to be true, yet here I am -- at 37, reading the Unicorn Chronicles. And I like them!

I really enjoy the language from Squijum and Medafil. I read some complaints in the reviews on some of the characters, but I surprisingly don't have any complaints. On to the last book!
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
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 outfit they made Cara wear on the cover. This is more sh ...more
Carson Paul
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Dark Whispers" by Bruce Coville is a fantasy book packed with adventure among the entire series and I have looked forward to seeing more of what Bruce Coville has to offer.
The overall book was really amazing it was very mysterious and added some things that just gave the book a little more bling.
At first glance, I thought unicorns? Really. After starting and finishing the entire series I must admit I was stoked by everything.


I absolutely loved all of the lines from the charac
Jessica McFarland
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Oct 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Shannon Fay
Well ok, that WAS pretty awesome. I wouldn't necessarily say it was worth waiting a whole DECADE, but it was definitely worth waiting SOME time for (a decade is an awful lot though).

This book was so much deeper and more thorough than it's predecessors. I think some of that has to do with age. Coville, knowing that much of his audience had grown up with the Unicorn Chronicles, and was now considerably older, probably felt that he could include more, and not have it be too much, since most of the
Sep 16, 2008 rated it it was ok
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'
Sep 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it

i love this series because it's like chronicles of narnia but without the racism and misogyny :-)
Mary Lubbers
This series is getting to the point where the only positive thing I can say about it is that it's a "fun and entertaining read" and it's a bit disappointing. Coville's tactics for getting the reader to continue reading the story are cliche at best and blatantly manipulative at worst. Unfortunately it's gotten to the point where I am largely uninterested in whether or not Cara and her friends are going to succeed; which is a terrible place to be when reading a novel where you can tell the author ...more
Jul 16, 2017 rated it liked it
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Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
So I loved the Unicorn Chronicles when I was in elementary school. I must have read Song of the Wanderer over and over and over again so of course, I got a little nostalgic when packing up my copy to move. I decided to double check that I had rated it on Goodreads (which I couldn't remember doing) and lo and behold, I see that the author wrote book 3 and 4?!?!?! WHAT? 10 years later, they finally finish the series?! Well, it's a damn good thing I work for the library. I placed holds on those boo ...more
Sarah Spelbring
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After finally finding a copy of the hardcover (this doesn't exist in paperback) I devoured this book too. It is the third book in the series and there is a lot going on here in this book. It shows by how much bigger it is than the last two books in the series.

Continuing the plot in the magical land of Luster Cara is given the task of learning a story from the Chiron, leader of the centaurs. However, their trip does not go as planned. The group of five start out easily but soon enough the three
Kristen Nelson
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: at-home
3rd book in the Unicorn Chronicles.

Cara has returned to Luster with her Grandmother Morris - and, much to her surprise - to release the Old One from her waiting. The Wanderer being returned has brought the attention to the unicorns that Beloved has stolen one of the five magical amulets that allow for travel into Luster. Luckily, the price for stealing the magic is time. Beloved cannot just take her hunters into Luster without the proper magical alignment of the Earth and Luster - the Blood Moo
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, fantasy, teen, ya
Much longer book than the preceding two ... also continues to satisfy a more mature audience while still catering to YA. Fast-paced and chapters alternate between different characters perspectives ... telling multiple storylines at the same time ... a welcome change from the narrative style of the last two books and makes this one even better. New characters and myth expand on what we know of Luster ... with many new mysteries left unsolved. Eager to read the final book, and so glad that I decid ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Coville, Bruce Dark Whispers. Pg. 462: Scholastic Press, 2008. Language-G, Sexual Content-G, Violence-PG.

Cara continues on another adventure in luster with the unicorns and a couple of old friends. This time she's after and old story and she and her friends must head to the valley of the centaurs.

This was a really good book. I have not read the rest of the series but I would really like to now. This is a book that I really enjoyed.

ES, MS - ESSENTIAL, Student Reviewer-MP
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Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ammp-fairytale
This series has some technical writing issues, like stilted language and weak plot elements, but I still really enjoy it. It was one of my favorite series when I was younger, but this book and the fourth book weren't out then. I'm finishing this series for my younger self who wanted desperately to travel to Luster and meet the unicorns.
I am ignoring you. In fact, I think you are a figment of my imagination.

I loved the first two books of the Unicorn Chronicles when I was younger, and when I realized that they had been completed, I knew I needed to read the rest.
Dallas Nateweyes
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5/5 stars]
Alice Sears
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I'm currently on The Last Hunt (the last book) and I enjoy this series.
Janine Shipman
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nice story. Definitely will read the next book. Just want to get some other books out of the way first.
Sabrina Bellesbach
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.
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“I am ignoring you. In fact, I think you are a figment of my imagination.” 85 likes
“That sense of loss grew within the humans who had been left behind, left to live without unicorns. Even the ones who had never seen a unicorn, never heard of a unicorn, felt the passing of something sweet and wonderful. It was as if the air had surrendered a bit of its spice, the water a bit of its sparkle, the night a bit of its mystery.” 8 likes
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