Dark Whispers (Unicorn Chronicles #3)

by Bruce Coville

Conditional Recommendation: Cara is sent on another mission in Luster: to collect a story from the centaurs while her father searches on earth for her mother.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: Unicorn Chronicles, Book Three
Pages: 480
Published: 2008

Genre: Fantasy

In the third installment of the Unicorn Chronicles, we go deeper into the fantasy, deeper into the origin stories of Luster’s creatures, deeper into the magic and deeper into the Hunter family drama. There is a lot of action, travel, characters and twists and turns to this book which is ultimately setting the reader up for the final book by ending on a cliff hanger. A worthy and complex installment to the series, I really enjoyed returning to well-known characters and collected quite a few new ones along the adventure. Friendship, family and survival remain as constant themes throughout this story as with the other books.

Summary from the Publisher

This is a tale of two quests: Cara Diana Hunter’s search for an ancient story that may unravel the secret of the long enmity between the unicorns and the delvers, and her father’s journey to free Cara’s mother from the Rainbow Prison.

Memorable Characters

In addition to the old characters, in this book we’re introduced to the centaurs and see more of the delvers. We also meet a mysterious and large man named Fallon who has suspicious ties Luster as well as another villain called The Whisperer—an evil voice that stirs up hatred and manipulates characters to act against the unicorns.

Well-Conceived Plot

The twists and turns are even more delightful in this book so if you liked the unfolding plot of the first two books then this book will not be a disappointment.

Recommendation Note

There’s more magic, spell casting, battles, captivity underground, threat of painful death and quite a bit of bargaining and doing things one wouldn’t normally do unless desperate.

Books I Recommend in the Series

The Last Hunt (#4)

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