To Marten, to my mother, to all of them I was just a girl with a bow. An assassin, good only for what she could kill.I liked the concept. It was clever and certainly turned an preconceived notion on its head. Unicorns are bloodthirsty murderous creatures! Say what? But that's what it is and it is a very good idea. Astrid as the main character could be characterized Buffy the Unicorn Slayer light since her powers don't work all the time. But there is the same amount of whining and badassness that Buffy exhibits through most of the series. I can't say I blame either of them, what with all the kill kill death stuff going on, but it gets tiresome. Buffy had the same effect so I can't say anything really since that is my favorite show. But the girls, the hunters, in this story, are varied and that's nice.
And I wasn't even particularly good at that. p.194
I liked the ending with some resolution for this book and a nice setup for the next. Not a cliffhanger, which I hate, but it leaves you looking for more. I need more of what is going to happen with the unicorns and more back story and more of the awesomeness of Bucephalus (minor spoiler or maybe major?) and Bonegrinder. I *think* I know where this is going and I'm hoping I'm wrong. I want to be surprised. There are several little mysteries set up for which I'd like the answers. The ending was good, but at the same time it was a little blah. The resolution for the "bad guy" was too quick but maybe it was like killing the Anointed One when it's the Master that really needs to be killed. So I'm hoping for more in that direction. I guess you could say that I'm hoping for more in general.