Release Date: September 28, 2010
Series: Killer Unicorns #2
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Bookstore
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
Now a fully trained unicorn hunter, Astrid Llewelyn is learning that she can’t solve all her problems with a bow and arrow. Her boyfriend has left Rome, the Cloisters is in dire financial straits, her best friend’s powers are mysteriously disintegrating, and her hope of becoming a scientist seems to be nothing but an impossible dream.
So when she’s given the opportunity to leave the Cloisters and use her skills as part of a scientific quest to discover the Remedy, Astrid leaps at the chance. Finally, she can have exactly what she wants—or can she? At Gordian headquarters deep in France, Astrid begins to question everything she had believed: her love for Giovanni, her loyalty to the Cloisters, and—most of all—her duty as a hunter. Should Astrid be saving the world from killer unicorns or saving unicorns from the world?
You know when you read the first book in a new series and completely love it because it’s original and so well written? Then you wait a very, very long year for the sequel only to be disappointed? I call that the sequel syndrome, and I’m happy to say that Ascendant did not have it! I loved this book even more than the first one! Really how can you possibly go wrong with killer unicorns?
This book is almost 400 pages and so much happens in those pages! There is a lot of information and action, but it never felt rushed! The pacing was spot on! In Ascendant, we learn a lot more about the consequences of hunting the unicorns. Some very important questions were answered, but even more were brought up. I’m dying, dying for the third book!
Astrid isn’t just some high school girl shipped off to Italy to hunt unicorns anymore. No, now she is a warrior. She has the scares and the courage to back that up. In this book she is faced with a lot of choices and I think she handled them well! I really love Astrid as a main character, she’s strong and confident, but not pig-headed. I love that Diana Peterfreund doesn’t cut any corners to make things easy for her characters. This isn’t a fluffy story about pretty unicorns! At times things even seem a little hopeless for these characters.
The romance was definitely not in the forefront of Ascendant. Actually, it was almost nonexistent but, it worked perfectly for this story!
I can already tell that this series is going to be on my favorites list. It’s extraordinarily original and engaging. I’m on the edge of my seat waiting to see what Diana Peterfreund has in store for us in the next installment! If you haven’t read Rampant I suggest you do so. Quickly!