Dark Whispers () The Last Hunt (). Author, Bruce Coville. Country, United States. Language, English. Genre, Young adult fantasy novel. The Unicorn Chronicles consists of four young adult fantasy novels by Bruce Coville about the. Review – Dark Whispers by Bruce Coville. Short review: A collection of characters mill about and accomplish not much of anything. And the. Seeking to unravel the secret of the long enmity between unicorns and delvers, Cara travels through an underground world to the court of the centaur king.

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This is a powerful addition to the Unicorn Chronicles as Cara’s family struggles to come together while the evil sorceress Beloved begins her campaign to destroy the unicorn world Luster and all who live there. Cara is coming into her own as an emissary of the unicorns, gathering vital information for them that will reveal Beloved’s plans and Luster’s vulnerabilities.

Ian, Cara’s father, is fighting to find her mother in the prison that Beloved has made for her in another world. There are Delvers who do not want to follow their leader’s plan for destruction, and change is coming to the centaurs, the dragons, and the much-loved Dimblethumb. Compared to the earlier books it’s much darker, with hints of cataclysm to come. Cara and her friends continue to grow and face dangers that put all they care about at risk.

And over all of them hang two dreadful questions: View all 6 comments. Lovers of the impossible becoming possible. Is it a rule of the Universe chiselled into stone somewhere that once a novelist begins to write a series each book has to, by law, become more and more of a door stop The first two entries in the series were manageable and readable and no real danger to any small furry mammals walking underneath but this one and the final volume could probably take on the last few volumes of Potterworld and give them a good run for their money in literary sumo.

The o Is it a rule of the Universe chiselled into stone somewhere that once a novelist begins to write a series each book has to, by law, become more and more of a door stop The other gripe, and I suppose it is a more personal one, is that I am unimpressed by Coville’s creation of other creatures for his imagined world of Luster. It is inhabited by Unicorns, Centaurs, Gryphons and Dragons and this is wonderful, he cleverly creates characters within these ‘races’ who are imaginable and believable but his straying beyond these traditional creatures is unimpressive and it is all because of the names he gives the other types of creatures.

Squijum, Dimblethum, a Skwartz, they are like he has shaken up a bag of all the scrabble letters nobody uses much and then has made their names from them.

They look made up, they sound made up and as a result the creatures do not exist as believably. The one exception is the race of creatures who live in the depths of Luster’s underworld, the Delvers.

These are real, different and breathe sinister intent.

Anyway, gripes done, this is an excellent entry into the series. It is difficult to review without giving away centrally important facts and the developments of the history and interaction of the various creatures involved. The whole story, and in fairness I suppose that is why it is so much longer then the first two, is an opening out, a widening of the history and myth of Luster.


Cara, the heroine, sets out with a mixed band of mythical creatures and humans to hear a story from the Chiron or King of the centaurs. Rather like the fellowship of the Ring, the fellowship is broken, but here not by the betrayal of Boromir but by the over-riding honour and fidelity to duty and vocation.

As a result, three adventures run side by side, narrated in intermittent chapters. The narrative speaks again and again of the loss to Earth by the moving back of the mythical from our world ‘Even those who had never seen a unicorn, never heard of a unicorn, felt the passing of something sweet and wonderful.

It was as if the air had surrendered a bit of its spice, the water a bit of its sparkle, the night a bit of its mystery’ and there is a lovely plea in the account in which a mortal asks the unicorns to return ‘Hearts grow hard and weary. Pain spreads, and joy diminishes. Those who hated you hate you still, but those who loved you, or would have loved you, or wanted to love you but never had the chance are being scraped hollow by a loss they don’t understand. I do not know if Coville would hold to this but it certainly spoke to me.

However the aspect of this entry in the series that I liked and which ties in with that quote i think was the way he deepened our understanding of the currents and influences bubbling around in Luster. Nothing was as straightforward whjspers easily divided into ‘goodies and baddies’ as might have first appeared in the beginning.

To say more would be to hole the story below the waterline so i won’t, but suffice it to say the perfection, the beauty, the lovelines and grace of the Unicorn comes at a terrible price which is uncovered or rediscovered during the course of the journey. It is in this uncovering that so many strange things are explained or at least illumined and the links and interrelatedness of so many of the characters and their histories becomes clear.

Much is left uneplained and there are plenty of loose threads which await their weaving back into wgispers full picture. A full picture which needs every thread, correctly woven, to create the full beauty.

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It is this expectation which i find very interesting and why volume four awaits. At one point the king of the centaurs, and his wgispers is a wwhispers and thought provoking situation dealt with in a wonderful manner within coviloe story, says ‘Most of this was lies, of course, but lies interwoven with enough strands of truth and memory – which is the best way to make a lie seem real- that she could believe them’ This insight, simple enough rings very loud and very true when you consider the bigotry and ill-educated claptrap that is cville on all sides of, it seems, almost all debates in our world whether religious, political, sexual or ‘anything-else-al’.

It is this interweaving, and yes i realize i have used that image a good deal, which makes this imagined world so believable. Even allowing for my moan about the names of the creatures, the world itself, its life, its pulse is real. I find no problem in entering into its environment. It speaks, in magical terms of course, of our world.

It enables us to look at bigotry or oppression or misunderstanding or indeed reconciliation and courage and sacrifice in a different light. It does not necessarily make us see more clearly but it gives that different angle which sometimes enables us to see how to break the logjam. The traditional blessing to travellers i think is lovely ‘Travel safe, travel well, may those who have gone before be always with you’ Though i haven’t started using it yet, I might.


I think it brings a lovely sense of community and history alive and well. Who would like to speak first?

Dark Whispers (Unicorn Chronicles, #3) by Bruce Coville

I’m Brigid and when I was 9 years old, I was a unicorn addict. I have now been sober for almost ten years whiepers Anyway, I have Bruce Coville to blame for the unicorn addiction. He hooked me with the first two Unicorn Chronicles books and then decided to take a whole decade-long break from publishing them, thus leavi Welcome to ULA——Unicorn Lovers Anonymous.

He hooked me with the first two Unicorn Chronicles books and then decided to take a whole decade-long break from publishing them, thus leaving me empty-handed and desperate.

And so I found myself searching frantically for other unicorn books to fulfill my needs since I could not immediately know how the Unicorn Chronicles would end. Unfortunately, there’s a surprising lack of unicorn fiction out there——and what unicorn fiction exists is mostly crap.

Unicorn Chronicles: #3 Dark Whispers : Bruce Coville :

So after sorting through the crap I had to resort to writing my own rip-off unicorn stories and drawing illustrations of unicorns——which is a bit odd for a 9-year-old kid, which is why everyone hated me in elementary school and I had no friends. So basically, you ruined my childhood, Bruce Coville. I won’t be that mean. Honestly I have no idea what prevented Mr. Coville from writing the third book in this series. But still, the wait was rather cruel.

And even after it came out, I couldn’t quite bring myself to read it——even though I was dying to know what happened next, I felt a bit silly reading it as a teenager. But ultimately, I succumbed to the temptation. I just had to know. Understandably I couldn’t enjoy this book as much as I would have when I was a child. I still liked it, but didn’t love it as much as I loved the first two, back when I was in third grade.

Firstly, ten years is a long time between books. In ten years an author’s style can change a lot.

Dar, don’t remember a ton about the first couple of books——although I remembered most of the details as I began to read this one——but I still felt like this book was oddly detached from the others. It seemed a bit dark in comparison. Three characters died, in rather horrible ways too. I’m not saying this is necessarily a bad thing, it just came as a surprise to me since I remember the first pair of books being a bit more innocent.

The other problem is, I’ve changed a lot too since I started reading these series. Back when I read books one and two, I thought they were the best thing since sliced bread.

Since then, I’ve read hundreds of other books that I’ve loved a lot more. This book may have met my standards 9 years ago, but not quite at my current age.

Was this better or worse than the first two? I thought about rereading them before getting to this one, but decided against it. I’m always afraid to reread books from my childhood, because often I found that I’ve glorified them in my mind and that they’re a lot crappier than I remember. Well, I can say that as far as juvenile fiction goes these are very good. I’d recommend this to kids over Captain Underpants any day.

Still, there are aspects of the story that I found a bit ridiculous, now that I’m reading them as an adult. Mostly what I find hard to believe is the story of how the villain, a woman ironically named Beloved, became evil. I guess this is kind of a spoiler if you haven’t read these books, but I assume that these are only being read by year-olds who most likely won’t read this review, you’re not going to read this and you just want to read my review of it, or you’ve already read it.

Just deal with it.