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The Hunt of the Unicorn

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  347 ratings  ·  60 reviews
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
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published March 8th 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Jessica at Book Sake
Jun 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
This fantasy has it all. A great division of the two different worlds. Mythical creatures such as the Cerberus, Cyclops, and of course the Unicorn. A heroine who just doesn’t know what she’s capable of. A tyrant king. The list goes on.

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
Oct 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, fiction-ya
Is it possible to give unicorns a dark side?

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
Oct 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
You can't say it is not real if you don't see it with your bare eyes.
This review may also be found on A Thousand Little Pages.

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
Apr 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is the story of Alice Elayne, a young girl whose father is dying of cancer. In order to help him through the difficult days, she reads to him from a book that is supposedly the story of their family. For hundreds of years, there has been an Alice Elayne in the family, along with the book and a small box. Inside the box is a piece of a unicorn's horn. Supposedly in the beginning, an ancestory wove a tapestry that, with the touch of a unicorn's horn, opened a doorway between two worlds - the ...more
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book has received rather low ratings *frown* and I am not a technical reviewer or a precise critique, I just rate books on how much I enjoy them. ;)
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
Mar 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Before I begin my review, I should make one thing clear. I am a unicorn lover and collector, taking care to only keep gorgeous, majestic unicorns around (forget the childish, cute ones). I feel this is a necessary tidbit about me, as it might – well, probably does – influence my opinion of this book – or any book wherein one of the main subjects is a unicorn. Well, I don’t know, maybe not. I mean, a bad book is a bad book, whatever creatures might be within its pages … anyway, no, this is most d ...more
Nov 17, 2011 rated it liked it
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K.A. Wiggins
May 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: canadian
This was a decent kids or YA fantasy read that might be elevated to great if you love unicorns, fairytale/legendary/mythical beasts and old-school fairytale-quest-fantasy. The tone felt a little dated compared to current trends (it is 2011), but there were interesting ideas woven into the narrative and an easy-to-follow, coherent (if a little predictable) plot. Characterization felt a bit lazy; the heroine is remarkable for her 'maiden'-ness and general naivety, the only other named (human) fema ...more
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve looked for a book like this about a unicorn for over a year now. I found this by sheer luck. I was in the bookstore looking for a book for the Care of Magical Creatures challenge for a Harry Potter themed reading challenge and found this on the shelf.

I read it in two sittings stopping only to take my kids to school. I had to know how it ended. I loved how this book blended tropes from other fantasy stories to make a story that was completely unique. I loved that Elayne was a modern girl wh
Raven R. (AvalonReadsBooks)
I will never forgive this author for killing that poor griffin chick. Two stars gone just for that alone.

Other then that a good book. Had some good twists. Got hella annoyed with Elayne, she was a complete and utter idiot. She made horrible choices. Didn't like Leo, he was a chauvinistic pig and I hope he dies. The unicorn was great, the magical creatures were wonderful, and I liked that everything sort of works out in the end. Just not for that baby griffin. UGH.
Not a bad story, but I cannot help but feel that it's trying too hard...? It's so big and colourful, but it comes across like a first or second draft...? It's like it was put in the bookstore too soon, and cut off from being a more epic story...

...Bah, don't listen to me. Unicorn stories are always cool, including this one!
Dark Faerie Tales
Sep 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

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.

The Review:

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
Dec 01, 2012 added it
I received this book as a ARC for doing reviews on my local teen library blog.

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
Apr 02, 2012 rated it liked it
I give this book a 3.5/5
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
May 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: own_it
Rating= 3.5 stars

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
When Elayne's father asks her to read a story the night before he goes into the hospital, she grudgingly agrees. It's a fantasy, about maids and unicorns, but it's also a family history. Elayne is the descendant of a girl who promised to help a unicorn, should he need it. And suddenly Elayne is swept into a world of magical beasts, hunts, and a dangerous ruler determined to whip out the few unicorns left. It may be her destiny, but Elayne has no idea how to tame a unicorn or defeat a king.

Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
3.5 Stars

Elayne doesn't believe her father's stories about the truthfulness of an old family book, but she humors him because of his illness. Even when he hands her what he claims is a piece of a real unicorn horn, she still can't believe his wild tales. Now she is suprised to find herself thrust into the world she had read about, hailed as the answer to a prophecy. As the last remaining heir to a legacy she knew little about, she is expected to save a kingdom on the brink of destruction. She mu
Feb 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
HoU is the story of a history of sakes named lady and debt of promos Tina unicorn of many generations past. HoU begin in the land of the Fabulous Beast and a world torn asunder when a rift inthe fabric of the world, a portal left unfolded, let's in a diabolical hunter and a grand weaver into a world filled with fantastical creatures and an agrarian society that recently has lived a simple midevil existence.
A story developed of a weaver who wanted to change the rapid abuse of the world by the han
Chelsea Denisse
Mar 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-books
This book, even though it was good, had some problems

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
Oct 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was not what I thought based on the back cover summary. It is one of the most graphic, wild rides I've encountered in a book. I was relieved that the bad guys got poetic justice in the end but they were very heartless and lots of mythic animals were killed before the end. There were so many plot twists that I was breathless, trying to keep from yelling, "no! Stop! Why did He have to be bad, or Why did She have to fall for that?!"

It all works out in the end, but this is no fairy story with f
Feb 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
This a great fantasy book that opens a person imagination to the land of beasts. The story follows Elayne who is given a gift by her father that has been passed down in her family for generations, a unicorn horn. Elayne doesn't really believe that that is what it is, but decides to accept it anyway and wears it on a chain around her neck. While on a field trip to the local museum, Elayne comes across a tapestry with her initials woven into it. Before she knows it, she is traveling through the ta ...more
Laura Steele
Nov 23, 2013 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book very much. I am usually not a big fan of fantasy-type novels, but this one had my interest level heightened throughout the whole book. I was constantly curious as to what modern-day Alice Elayne would do in the medieval world of Goloth. Towards the middle of the book, I had a terrible time putting it down. It is an easy read with not a lot of action, but enough suspense to keep you wanting more. Elayne and her unicorn, Moonspill, go through several challenges together which m ...more
Willa McAllister
Sep 02, 2011 rated it did not like it
After the first unicorn book I read, I promised myself that I would never read another, but somehow I thought this book would be different, would be good. It was painful, absolutely painful the first two chapters. Then it was better, but not really because the story got better, but because I was kind of getting numb to the pain that it caused. I thought that I would give it a chance read some more, ya know, and then I was half way through and I couldn't not finish it, so I did. It sucked. The en ...more
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: unicorns, fantasy
I'd give this book 2 1/2 stars if I had the option. I liked it but not 3 stars worth of like. It took me a good 100 pages to get into the story. Normally, I would have given up after 30 pages but it's a unicorn book and I must read ALL the unicorn books in existence!

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
Mar 31, 2011 rated it liked it
So much potential! Love the premise/setup of the story, and the fantastical realm of fabulous beasts. But the characters didn't wow me, and everything was just going through the motions.

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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Aug 07, 2011 rated it liked it
This book was different: slipping between worlds, family history, fantastic beasts. It was a good story, and Humphreys really did his research to make it as true as possible.

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.
Avalie Green
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Hunt of the Unicorn by C.C. Humphreys

This book is amazing!

This book is about a girl and a unicorn in a fantasy world, on a mission to fulfill a promise made before them. They fulfilled it but now there is a problem in the other world. They traveled there through many adventures and try to save the world.

This book is awesome if you like fantasy and fairy tales. I recommend everyone to read it.
Nikki McCormack
Jul 22, 2012 rated it liked it
I would rather have given 3.5 stars, but the interface doesn't allow that so we'll settle for 3. This book didn't have the intensity or depth (and certainly not the plethora of impalements) that some of Chris's other work has, but it was still a pleasure to read. Young or old, we have that place within us that dreams of unicorns and this story speaks to that part of us. It takes the old tales of magical beasts and breaths some new life into them.
Oct 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
A great romp through two worlds, that of the unicorn and that of the tapestry! Who can resist parallel worlds, magical / mythical creatures, a young girl, and a unicorn. Of course, the girl and the unicorn join forces to foil evil in the world. As I said, who can resist. Humphreys' YA novel is a delight and will enthrall readers until the very last word.
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Chris (C.C.) Humphreys was born in Toronto, lived till he was seven in Los Angeles, then grew up in the UK. All four grandparents were actors, and since his father was an actor as well, it was inevitable he would follow the bloodline.

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