"Forget everything you ever knew about unicorns . . .
Real unicorns are venomous, man-eating monsters with huge fangs and razor-sharp horns. Fortunately, they've been extinct for a hundred and fifty years.
Astrid had always scoffed at her eccentric mother's stories about killer unicorns. But when one of the monsters attacks her boyfriend—thereby ruining any chance of him taking her to the prom—Astrid finds herself headed to Rome to train as a unicorn hunter at the ancient cloisters the hunters have used for centuries.
However, at the cloisters all is not what it seems. Outside, the unicorns wait to attack. And within, Astrid faces other, unexpected threats: from the crumbling, bone-covered walls that vibrate with a terrible power to the hidden agendas of her fellow hunters to—perhaps most dangerously of all—her growing attraction to a handsome art student . . . an attraction that could jeopardize everything." -From Goodreads.com
The cover of this book really put me off, the first time I saw it. That picture of the unicorn prancing in the reflection of the sword.....it just wasn't doing it for me. In my mind, I've always associated unicorns with My Little Pony or some such ridiculousness. But when I read the flap and discovered that it was less about rainbow hearts and pink fluffy tails, and more about man-eating mythical monsters....then it caught my interest.
And I loved the way that Peterfreund portrayed them! I mean, how cool is a creature walking around with a sword on its head? My view of unicorns has been forever changed.
And the actual storyline wasn't half bad either. Gorgeous writing and great historical references. I can't even imagine the kind of research that would have had to go into a novel like this, but it was well worth the effort.
Other titles by this author: The Ivy Leauge Novels