Sunday, January 3, 2010

Rampant by Diana Peterfreund

Astrid’s always just believed her mother was crazy. It was the only explanation that made sense. After all, who would believe a woman that ranted and raved about man-eating unicorns was in her right mind? But that was before. Now, Astrid has no choice but to accept that her mother was right. There are unicorns in the world, and not the pretty, sparkly kind from children’s picture books. Only the female descendants of Alexander the Great can take them on, so Astrid and her newly discovered distant relatives are on the fast track for warrior training. They’ve got to learn to fight the unicorns, before it’s too late.

Diana Peterfreund has managed to turn mythology on its ear with this exciting new tale. As with any book in the “everything you thought you knew is a lie” strain of fiction, there’s a lot of exposition to be had. However, Ms. Peterfreund has managed to fit the exposition in amongst the action in a near perfect balance that keeps the reader following along, always ready for more. The ending leaves open the possibility of a sequel, but the story is by no means incomplete in and of itself. Rampant is altogether enjoyable, and well worth your time.

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