Author: Che Golden
Series: Feral Child (Book 2)
Publication: Quercus (January 6, 2015)
Description: "Gripping, mystical and adventurous, young readers will be as hooked as Maddy was the minute she set foot inside that creepy as hell old castle," raved Irish World said of The Feral Child.
Maddy's adventures continue in The Unicorn Hunter. The adults of Blarney have always lived in fear. The faeries of Tir na nOg exist on their doorstep, and they could unleash terror on the mortal realm at any time.
But eleven-year-old Maddy is not afraid. The unicorn that holds the key to balance and peace in both worlds is injured, and Maddy knows she is the only one who can track down whoever hurt her.
Can Maddy survive the force and cunning of the Tuatha, who rule Tir na nOg? Or will she end up a mere pawn in their own power games?
Readers will enjoy the frank and bold heroine of Maddy, and will be dazzled by The Unicorn Hunter's evocative rendering of Irish folklore and richly imagined alternate worlds.
My Thoughts: This book was the middle book in a trilogy and, unfortunately, I haven't had a chance to read the first book. Nonetheless, I found this book engaging and fast-paced. It was filled with adventure as Maddy has to return to Tir na nOg to find out who has tried to kill one of the unicorns who are the image of magic in the world. If she doesn't find out, and if the hunter succeeds on his second attempt, Earth is condemned to an eternal winter and death and starvation will kill everyone.
Maddy wants this to be someone else's problem. She is only eleven and her adventures in the first book seems to her to have been enough. She hates the faeries and doesn't understand why her grandfather and the other Sighted people are so passive. She can't understand why her grandfather wants to send her to live with an aunt who hates her just to keep her out of the faeries' sights. He believes that they will forget about her if she can just leave for a while.
Maddy is an interesting character. She is recently orphaned and living with her grandparents. She is stubborn and angry and uncertain that they will keep her. She is also headstrong and certain that she knows best. She isn't willing to listen to advice and, because of that, makes mistakes that will have lifelong consequences.
The story is filled with characters out of Irish mythology. They are fleshed out in all their danger and all their glory. Fans of mythology and adventure would be the perfect audience for this trilogy.
You have the future of two worlds resting in your hands. Who knows how each decision you make will reverberate through the lives of millions?I got this eARC from Edelweiss. You can buy your copy here.
Exhaustion swept over Maddy's mind. It had been a long day and she really wasn't ready to be responsible for a hamster, never mind millions of people. "I can't do this," she whispered.