Forget everything you thought you knew about unicorns and maidens...
A unicorn is not supposed to survive the death of its rider, but Majherri did. Now he is a pariah, mistrusted by the Greater Herd. To reclaim his lost honor and status, he will entrust the remnants of his life to a new human female while unraveling the mystery of his continued existence.
Kayleigh Reese is not Battle Maiden material. She's three years older than any other recruit and has enjoyed a peaceful, nomadic life working with her artist mother. The rigors of joining the High-King's elite unicorn cavalry are clearly not for her. Now, with a bond to Majherri, she must overcome her mother's disapproval, the ire of her commanding officer and fellow trainees, and, most importantly, the secrets of her unicorn's past if she is to become a legendary warrior. To prevail, they must quickly come together as a team and unlock the powerful and dangerous magic inside them.
©2011-2015 David Wood- Gryphonwood Press (P)2011 David Wood
I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction
I really enjoyed this book. I worried a little after reading some of the reviews. The high pitched voice was a little much, but nothing I couldn't handle. If you've ever been a child who wanted to see or hug a unicorn you will LOVE this book. I'm not as much of a horse lover as my sister, but I couldn't resist the description. I got this title so she could listen to it as well as myself. I can hardly wait for her to read it. My sister made not just myself but everyone around her see the beauty in horses everywhere. I listened to it first to make sure it was clean enough and it is! There are a couple of mentions of sexual overtones and that was it. Great read for all ages. Don't know that it will stay that way in the whole series, but this book is great. I hope he is able to keep it fairly clean.
This book reminds me a little of the Dragon Riders of Pern, but a lot more happens in this book than ever happens in one of those. The link with the unicorns is somewhat similar, I think.
Kayleigh is a great main character. She goes through a lot and is really tested. I've read other books with somewhat similar themes, but this book never felt old or too familiar. There is quite a twist at the end that was not altogether unexpected-- in part, but the whole was different than I expected. I will say it does leave you with your mouth hanging open saying WHEN will the next book come out!! It can't come out too soon for me.
A strong woman
Kayleigh she starts off as a week willed girl but changes into a brave warrior.
Yes I think the book was aimed at teenagers, but it kept me interested and I'll continuethe series. There were plenty of plot twist.
I think the story has a lot of merit in the way that a person is responsible for his or her own actions. Also growing up means leaving behind all you know and following a new goal.
I was surprised that I could not stop listening as this is not my normal style of book. Now I really want the next book or two only to find I can not buy the next book, Damn come on audible
I love Fantasy and SciFi novels with action and adventure! Narrators make it or break it with me.
I really loved the story and it was a nice change from what I usually listen to. The story was over so fast and leaves you at a cliffhanger. I looked up the authors next book and I am so glad to see it will be out soon.
She was not horrible but the high pitched voices were a little weird for me...not my favorite but the story was worth it.
Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar series, Alexis Morgan's Warriors of the Mist series
it was kind of fun hearing the different voices
a little of both
it was a great book, but after playing it could find no record of the rest of the series ever being written. So there is a great beginning and no end
The story just draws you in and makes you want to listen to it more and listen to the next book in the series.
The main character and her discovery of the powers that she posses.
The description of the magic in the story
Unicorn Rider Matures
I like Kayly (not sure how the name is spelled). I also liked her unicorn. They struggle to do the right thing even when everything is going against them.
Reasonably good. Her voice for some of the characters was an annoyingly childlike high pitched voice that did not seem likely for a mature female soldier. Accents work better than pitch for this kind of change.
I was struck by the ongoing struggle in Kayly's heart to understand and move beyond her mother's rejection of her.
Christine Padovan needs to learn how to pronounce the words. Since I am grown and know how to pronounce large words, this was only irritating. But I love recommending audiobooks to teenagers who are in the process of expanding their vocabulary. I would only recommend this one with some caveats about pronunciation. Acolyte and adulate were two words that particularly stuck out.
Follower of new narrators and authors.
I rank it at the top of the fantasy genre of stories. It is so different than other audiobooks about unicorns. I have never heard a story about unicorns where the unicorns had the same emotions and traits of humans! Wonderfully written with lots of details describing knights, battle maidens, battle scenes, training and fight scenes - even with some humor and romance put in here and there. Plus a surprise twist at the end!
The description of towns, the characters and especially of the Sacred Isle and the different battle maidens and their unicorns. The unique names and use of difficult descriptive words.
I have never heard Ms. Padovan narrate an audiobook before - she did an amazing job voicing over 35 different human AND unicorn voices (male and female voices) - that is a very tough job for any narrator to do! She has a naturally sensual, deep voice that can easily portray a young girl, a gruff man or even an old woman. Ms. Padovan even changed her voice to sound like the woman with the squeaky voice on the Big Bang Theory for one of the battle maidens (probably because the maiden was described as petite and small).
Thankfully, that one high pitched voice was only in a couple of key chapters though - I credit Ms. Padovan for making a bold choice for a character but I would not have wanted to hear that character the whole time. However, I'm still giving 5 stars for the performance - the versatility, the styling and pacing kept my interest throughout the listening time.
A very detailed story with some difficult wording and phrasing (the author loves to create original names of people and places - great for the listener but I'm sure hell for the narrator) which was very admirably narrated by Ms. Padovan
I hope the publisher and author bring Ms. Padovan back again to continue this series (there is suppose to be another book soon) and keep us entertained and informed of the adventures of Kayleigh and Mahjerri.
Towards the end of the story where Mahjerri must face the evil villain - there are a couple of other moments but I don't want to ruin the surprise ending for anyone! :-)
Hope the next book comes out soon :-)
This book reminded me a bit of the feel of Tamara Pierce writing/atmosphere and school set up of Kristen Britain's first book 'green rider'
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