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. Volume X Number 12. . . . February 13, 2004
A Gathering of Unicorns is the last in a five book series. Arica has once more been summoned to North Bundelag by the Fairy Queen. Her task is to gather support in this battle to end all other battles. If she is unsuccessful in convincing the trolls to join in the war, then North Bundelag will be destroyed and with it the unicorns. Joining her in her journey is her good friend Connor.
Although this book is set in a world of magic, Blum has succeeded in creating characters that are believable while staying true to the previous books in the series. Like many her age, Arica is unsure of herself and questions not only her gift but whether or not she is the "True One." The task she has been given is not an easy one, and, in gathering support, she also learns about her own inner strength. In addition to chronicling Arica's journey, the novel also raises questions about good and evil, friendship, family and forgiveness. Although there are parts of the novel that are dark and reference killing and death, Blum chooses not to dwell on these aspects, but instead she focuses on the believing in oneself.
A Gathering of Unicorns is a novel with many facets and a must read for all young people, particularly those questions their own power.
Christina Pike has been seconded to the Department of Education, NL, where she is an Evaluation Consultant.
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