Children’s Book Reviews
Children's Book Reviews: The Hunt of the Dragon
Publish November 4, 2016
Two years have passed since Elayne discovered a portal to the alternate realm of Goloth, in C.C. Humphreys’ The Hunt of the Unicorn. There, mythical beasts roamed a medieval world, and Elayne and her unicorn fought hard to unseat the tyrannical King Leo. In Humphreys’ sequel, The Hunt of the Dragon, Elayne is eighteen years old, back in New York and failing miserably at her first year of university. When Elayne’s father decides to see Goloth for himself, Elayne and her best friend, Huy, follow, only to find devastation and despair. Left without a leader, Goloth’s Weavers and Hunters turned on each other, and the unicorns – the guardians of Goloth – disappeared. Weakened by the civil war, Goloth fell prey to the pirates of Glana, who pillaged Goloth for human sacrifices to their dragon-god, Tiamat. Elayne is horrified by the consequences of her own heroism, but even more shocked to find that the now deposed Leo has reformed, and she must ally with him to save Goloth. Even worse, Leo is handsome and charming, and despite her best efforts, Elayne finds herself attracted to him. An interesting hybrid of time travel fantasy and myth, Humphreys’ sequel is a unique riff on the more traditional use of classical myths and legends in YA fiction. Though it can be read as a stand-alone novel, The Hunt of the Dragon flounders under the weight of its own backstory, and is slow to transition into the novel’s central plot. Regardless, monstrous beasts, blood-thirsty pirates and a rapping two-headed snake provide lots of pre-show entertainment, and several open-ended plot threads hint at the possibility of a trilogy. A nice choice for fans who’ve outgrown Rick Riordan and C.S. Lewis.
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