Author: Diana Peterfreund
Release Date: August 25, 2009
Genre: Fantasy, Teen/YA
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4 out of 5
Astrid is a normal teenage girl, with one exception – she is from a long line of unicorn hunters, descended from Alexander the Great himself. In Astrid’s world, unicorns aren’t the fuzzy, perfect creatures of legend, but instead, bloody, vengeful killing machines. The only problem is that Astrid does not believe in these stories of her mother’s – after all, unicorns are a myth. Aren’t they?
When I first picked up Diana Peterfreund’s novel Rampant, all I knew was that it was about killer unicorns and a girl who hunted them. For some reason, I automatically assumed it was set in the past or in some sort of alternate timeline. When I started reading the book and realized it took place in the modern day world, I was a bit skeptical. (Though now I have to reflect – why is it that werewolves and vampires have become normal, but killer unicorns make me hesitate?)
However, I’m really glad I gave Rampant a chance because I enjoyed every moment I spent reading it. I was very impressed with the mythology Peterfreund managed to develop over the course of just one book. I was enthralled by the history and wonder how much was based on old Asian/European myths and how much was invented for the sake of the novel.
I also really enjoyed the character of Astrid. She developed so much during the novel and though she doubted her own strength, she ended up learning a lot about herself by the end. I also loved the moral dilemmas Peterfreund presented in the novel, and how Astrid reacted to them. She was a completely different person at the end of the novel than at the beginning.
I really enjoyed Rampant and am very glad I have a copy of the sequel Ascendant so I don’t have to wait to read it. I’m really looking forward to seeing how Peterfreund elaborates on the mythology in the next book, as well as what journeys Astrid is required to take and how they change her. This is a promising start to an exciting new series and I can’t wait to see where it goes next.