Book Review: Ascendant

Book Review: AscendantAscendant by Diana Peterfreund
Series: Killer Unicorns #2
Published by HarperTeen on September 28th 2010
Pages: 392

Astrid Llewelyn is now a fully trained unicorn hunter, but 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 can't help but feel 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 want--or can she? At Gordian 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.


After falling in love with Rampant, the first novel in the series, I just HAD to read the next novel. Ascendant early on has the same feeling as Rampant. Girl power, a little romance, and the always fabulous killer unicorns. But don't let that fool you… Ascendant has a darker side.

In a lot of ways, I think of this series (at least thus far) as two parts to a coin. Rampant is kick butt and takes names side. The "Yes, I am a unicorn hunter. Wanna make something of it?" type novel. In contrast, Ascendant is more the effects of Rampant's causes. This novel screams more "Yes, I am still a unicorn hunter, but what does that really mean?" The feelings I have for Ascendant are really hard to put into words. Amazing.. thought provoking.. killer unicorns.. I mean I really could be here all day. But what it all comes down to is that Ascendant is outstanding. There is definitely no sequel slump here.

Ascendant, in the end, really blew me away. There are twists and turns here that I never would have guessed in a millions years. And most importantly.. they make sense. As for Astrid, she changes a lot in this novel. Some are for the better and some.. are really up in the air. And as for her love life.. well, you will just have to read it to find out. It makes me sad to think that this might be the last novel in the series, but it ends on a pretty interesting note. Not really a cliffhanger.. but definitely has the promise for more. And with so many subplots still with unresolved issues, I am praying for more. Please.. Please.. Please..

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4 responses to “Book Review: Ascendant

  1. Dazzling Mage

    It’s interesting how you described both books. I usually prefer dark story lines, but not over dramatic. I have Rampant on my shelf, and I can’t wait to read it!

    Awesome review.

  2. I’m waiting for the paperback of this to come out before I buy it, but I already own Rampant. Really looking forward to reading both of them! Fantastic review! 🙂

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