Runner Up - M Awards
The Unicorn Tapestries in New York are a medieval masterpiece—and a mystery. No one knows who wove them, who for, or when.
Elayne knows . . . kinda. At least, she’s been told by her father that their ancestor wove them. Not only that, he left a doorway in the tapestries which opens onto Goloth, the Land of the Fabulous Beasts. She doesn’t believe any of it—until, on a class trip to the museum, she is summoned through the tapestries by Moonspill. A real, live unicorn.
Moonspill and her weaver-ancestor had made a pact: that if either of them were desperate, they (or their descendants) would come to the other’s aid. Moonspill’s mate is about to be slaughtered in the arena by a tyrant king. He needs a maiden to tame him so he can enter the world of man and free her.
Elayne knows nothing about taming—she barely passed calculus! But through some extreme adventures in that magical land she realizes something: if human myths are true in Goloth, why not the one where a unicorn can cure all poisons—including the cancer in her father’s blood?
Attacked by a griffin, befriended by a talking snake, pursued by a lecherous king, Elayne must somehow find the skills and the courage she needs to save the two beings she loves most in either world: her father and her unicorn.
The Hunt of the Unicorn is one of the best fantasy books to be written in the last few years... by weaving historical elements into the modern world, the author has created a parallel world of wondrous beasts such as the types that would be found in medieval bestiary.
- CM Magazine
An Old World Torn Asunder Needs A Modern Girl To Save It. HoU is the story of a history of specifically named ladies and a debt of promises. HoU begins in the land of the Fabulous Beast. We come into a world that has been torn asunder when a rift in the fabric of the world, a portal left unfolded, let's in a diabolical hunter and a grand weaver. Here their intentions cross into a world filled with fantastical creatures and an agrarian society that recently has lived a simple midevil existence. Nothing will ever been the same again.
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.
An intricately woven fantastical tale that leaves a fantasy lover (such as myself) quite satisfied. The book as a whole is action-packed and fast-moving. Long story short: Awesome book, especially if you’re a fan of the fantasy genre and/or mythical creatures. The Hunt of the Unicorn is a wild ride with surprising incidents thrown in to keep the reader on her (or his, I suppose) toes. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and was made even happier at the end because there are no loose ends left – I actually closed the back cover satisfied!