The royal physician Zimenes is in a bind: his most important patient—and his best friend—King Adalmund of Averonne is gravely ill and wasting away, near death. According to the physician’s books a cure exists, but the medicine requires the powdered horn of a unicorn. The king, as a boy, lost in the vast and mysterious Mirrenwood, was led to safety by one of these fabled creatures—and so, when he became king, he sealed off the forest, and now refuses to allow the unicorn to be hunted, despite his friend’s urgent pleas.
Everything changes when Adalmund’s daughter, the princess Vialle, returns to Averonne. Zimenes taught the young princess to read and write and cast the cards, but he hasn’t seen her in ten years, since she left for Gothenburg to continue her schooling. Vialle has come to take charge of her father’s cure: she has hired a hunter, horses, and hounds, and she persuades her father to open the Mirrenwood. She will be the lure, the “maiden of noble blood” required to draw the unicorn from hiding.
Will the hunters find the creature they seek? What twists and turns await in the forbidden forest? Join Zimenes, Vialle, and their companions on an epic quest that will take them into the dark heart of the Mirrenwood—and beyond.
Mirrenwood is an exotic and beautifully written fantasy adventure with vivid characters, superb pacing, a stirring love story and a surprising—shocking—climax.
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Phew.. One hell of a masterpiece! Year 2022 is not here yet but guess what, I already have my favourite fantasy novel of the year! How cool is that?! Guys, Mirrenwood: A Tale of the Unicorn by Andrew Hallman is a must-read! This fantasy debut novel, the first in a projected series is forthcoming in March 2022. Can someone please add this book to Goodreads already?! Duh… King Adalmund’s illness brought together Master Zimenes, the king’s friend and physician, and Princess Vialle, the king’s daughter on an expedition to the Mirrenwood forest to hunt the unicorn, for his horn is believed to be the only cure for the said illness. I didn’t see that plot twist coming and God, it couldn’t be any more perfect. So beautiful, it stole my breath away (Can I say that?). All the hints are there, laid bare from the beginning and everything makes sense in the end. The ending is kind of bittersweet. I’m so glad because the author did not leave readers with a cliffhanger. And I can’t thank the author enough for that. But brace yourself, the anticipation for the next book is going to be a bitch. This has been a voluntary review in exchange for the e-ARC I received. I’m truly grateful to NetGalley, Crossroad Press and the author for the chance. Thank you. #Mirrenwood #NetGalley