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"Let All See The Weaver's Prophecy" ~A Visual, Cinematic Delight! 

 

Canadian author Chris Humphreys (aka C.C. Humphreys) earned his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and is a novelist, playwright, actor, and swordsman. He has published eighteen novels to date – both historical fiction and epic fantasy – and was the recipient of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel in Canada in 2015 for his novel PLAGUE. He now offers THE HUNT OF THE UNICORN, the initial volume of his Tapestry Trilogy. His primary audience is Young Adults – both in age, and in adventurous minds!

The author’s ability to comfortably transport the reader in time travel, his exceptional mixture of fantasy and realty, is an aspect of his writing skills that is apparent from the opening of the book as we learn about tapestries of the series title: ‘It was the summer of her fourteenth year that the life of Alice-Elayne Robochon changed entirely, in a single day, almost in a single moment. Yet a day that would end in such sadness began so happily. For she was doing the thing se most loved in this world. She was watching her father weave…Watching him work that fateful day Alice-Elayne understood the awe in which he was held The way his fingers danced between warp and weft…’ This key element is well developed in this mythological/historical fantasy, as the author’s summary discloses.

The action follows this outline: ‘The Unicorn Tapestries in New York are a medieval masterpiece—and a mystery. No one knows who wove them, who for, or when. Elayne knows . . . kinda. At least, she’s been told by her father that their ancestor wove them. Not only that, he left a doorway in the tapestries which opens onto Goloth, the Land of the Fabulous Beasts. She doesn’t believe any of it—until, on a class trip to the museum, she is summoned through the tapestries by Moonspill. A real, live unicorn. Moonspill and her weaver-ancestor had made a pact: that if either of them were desperate, they (or their descendants) would come to the other’s aid. Moonspill’s mate is about to be slaughtered in the arena by a tyrant king. He needs a maiden to tame him so he can enter the world of man and free her. Elayne knows nothing about taming—she barely passed calculus! But through some extreme adventures in that magical land she realizes something: if human myths are true in Goloth, why not the one where a unicorn can cure all poisons—including the cancer in her father’s blood? Attacked by a griffin, befriended by a talking snake, pursued by a lecherous king, Elayne must somehow find the skills and the courage she needs to save the two beings she loves most in either world: her father and her unicorn.’

Chris Humphreys imbues this tale with the art of weaving, not only as the core of this book, but also in the manner in which he so deftly positions reality with fantasy – a true an splendid tapestry of a story that primes s for the nest installments in this Tapestry Trilogy. Very highly recommended!


~Grady Harp