Real unicorns are venomous, man-eating monsters with huge fangs and razor-sharp horns. Fortunately, they’ve been extinct for a hundred and fifty years.
Astrid had always scoffed at her eccentric mother’s stories about killer unicorns. But when one of the monsters attacks her boyfriend—thereby ruining any chance of him taking her to the prom—Astrid finds herself headed to Rome to train as a unicorn hunter at the ancient cloisters the hunters have used for centuries.
However, at the cloisters all is not what it seems. Outside, the unicorns wait to attack. And within, Astrid faces other, unexpected threats: from the crumbling, bone-covered walls that vibrate with a terrible power to the hidden agendas of her fellow hunters to—perhaps most dangerously of all—her growing attraction to a handsome art student . . . an attraction that could jeopardize everything.
I have to say that I avoided this book until curiosity just finally got the better of me. I thought it was a ridiculous jaunt into high fantasy. I like my paranormal, and I like fantasy, I love world building but I didn’t see how a world built around virgins hunting killer unicorns was going to hold my attention and keep my eye rolls in check.
Finally I saw it at the library, some customer had turned it out for others to see. I thought to myself if someone loved it this much I should give it a go. What I got was a no holds barred ride through history and mythology that did not have it’s own fantastical world behind it. Peterfreund was able to use our world and tie in the killer unicorns perfectly.
The main character Astrid (which was a bit distracting because Astrid is my Sister in Law and the girl on the cover resembles a younger version of her) thought her mom was certifiably insane for believing killer unicorns exist and that their ancestor battled and killed them. Then she too was forced into the reality that they do exist when a small Zhi shows up and stabs Astrid’s boyfriend and he turns purple. The story just gets better from there.
I have said it before and I will say it again. If HarperTeen puts it out there you should read it. I haven’t read an HT book that wasn’t a solid three stars in more than a year. If you like having your misconceptions handed to you and you love paranormal books with some really cool history then if you haven’t already you need to read Rampant. I am waiting on Ascendant with much anticipation.