Book Review: Rampant – Diana Peterfreund

Title: Rampant
Author: Diana Peterfreund
ISBN: 9780061490002
Pages: 416
Release Date: August 25, 2009
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: Fantasy, Teen/YA
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

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?

Review:

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.

Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    i borrowed this from the library once and returned it unread…i’ll have to give it another try…though for now i like the image of a loving unicorn!

  2. Anonymous says:

    i borrowed this from the library once and returned it unread…i’ll have to give it another try…though for now i like the image of a loving unicorn!

  3. I keep hearing great things about this book, eventually I will have to give it a go!

  4. I keep hearing great things about this book, eventually I will have to give it a go!

  5. Hm, I’m just not sure that’s for me. I wonder if I’m too old for some of these fantasy books.

  6. Hm, I’m just not sure that’s for me. I wonder if I’m too old for some of these fantasy books.

  7. Sounds interesting.

  8. Sounds interesting.

  9. My first reaction to a book about unicorns is negative…replusion? Something like that. Really open minded of me, I know. So it is good that I read your review and I am hearing that you liked it. I trust your opinion!

  10. My first reaction to a book about unicorns is negative…replusion? Something like that. Really open minded of me, I know. So it is good that I read your review and I am hearing that you liked it. I trust your opinion!

  11. This sounds like a great book for young adults. They may pick up a few tips for the themes that are covered in it. When you mentioned Killer Unicorns i went *what the heck* but your right. You don’t read about Killer Unicorns everyday and so it seems strange at first. Vampires and Werewolves are all over the place…literally so its become readily accepted. Thanks for sharing this review. Its not my cup of tea but as i said, it would make a good gift to a teenager.

  12. This sounds like a great book for young adults. They may pick up a few tips for the themes that are covered in it. When you mentioned Killer Unicorns i went *what the heck* but your right. You don’t read about Killer Unicorns everyday and so it seems strange at first. Vampires and Werewolves are all over the place…literally so its become readily accepted. Thanks for sharing this review. Its not my cup of tea but as i said, it would make a good gift to a teenager.

  13. Unicorns intrigue me — the medieval myths, the Arthurian legends, the Bayeaux tapestry. I’m not sure about killer unicorns, but this caught my attention.

  14. Unicorns intrigue me — the medieval myths, the Arthurian legends, the Bayeaux tapestry. I’m not sure about killer unicorns, but this caught my attention.

  15. I was a bit skeptical about reading this as well. For many reasons. However this book ended up handing me my misconceptions and making me feel like a judgmental idiot. I loved Astrid’s story and can’t wait to move on to the next book!

  16. I was a bit skeptical about reading this as well. For many reasons. However this book ended up handing me my misconceptions and making me feel like a judgmental idiot. I loved Astrid’s story and can’t wait to move on to the next book!

  17. I bet this book would be perfect for my teenage daughter. She loves fantasy and I think she would really get a kick out of the storyline. Thanks for sharing this review. I’ll be looking for this book!

  18. I bet this book would be perfect for my teenage daughter. She loves fantasy and I think she would really get a kick out of the storyline. Thanks for sharing this review. I’ll be looking for this book!

  19. I do like fantasy with a solid mythology, I’ll have to try to get to this one soon. I won a copy from The Book Studio awhile back, but haven’t been sure about it.

  20. I do like fantasy with a solid mythology, I’ll have to try to get to this one soon. I won a copy from The Book Studio awhile back, but haven’t been sure about it.

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