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Astrid is an unicorn hunter, hunting unicorns that, unlike most typified in stories, are dangerous, wild, blood-thirsty creatures. After someone important to her leaves, Astrid decides to go work at an unicorn research facility in France where she meets someone very unexpected, her ex-boyfriend. What more could she ask for, helping learn more about unicorns, studying for college, that is, until she is asked to do something that goes against all Astrid believes in. Astrid decides to go back to Italy, but after a horrible accident, she must find a way to go on with her life...with or without unicorns.

"Ascendant" by Diana Peterfreund was a great read. While it is probably more enjoyable read after the first in the series, "Rampant", this is still a great read. I liked it because it put a new face on the beautiful and romantic unicorns that everyone thinks they know. Those who enjoy fantasy and mystical creatures will enjoy Diana Peterfreund's latest novel.

Book Blurb for Ascendant

The hunt continues…

Astrid Llewelyn is now a fully-trained unicorn hunter, but she’s learning she can’t solve all her problems with just a bow and arrow. Her boyfriend Giovanni has decided to leave Rome, the Cloisters is in dire financial straits, her best friend’s powers seem to be mysteriously disintegrating, and Astrid fears that school, home, and her hopes of becoming a scientist are nothing but impossible dreams.

So when she’s given the opportunity to leave the Cloisters and put her skills to use 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 the Gordian Pharmaceuticals headquarters deep in the French countryside, Astrid begins to question everything she thought she 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 the unicorns from the world?

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2010 4.50