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Dark Moon (Firebringer Trilogy) [Mass Market Paperback]

Meredith Ann Pierce
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Jun 2003 Firebringer Trilogy (Book 2)
He was the youngest prince the unicorns had ever known - Alijan, Dark Moon. Alijan was black with a silver crescent on his brow and a white star on one heel - indications that he would one day become the Firebringer who would conquer the unicorns' enemies and lead the tribe home.
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 237 pages
  • Publisher: Firebird; Reissue edition (Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142500577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142500576
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 10.6 x 16.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,177,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Moon 27 Aug 2002
Format:Hardcover
This book sparked a fire of imagination in me. It was brought for when I was little and I couldn't read it but when I grew older I tried again and found I was completely entranced by the magic. I advise older kids to read it, but i advise ALL older kids to read it! The story keeps you gripped till the end, I stayed up very late on many nights and had to force myself to stop reading and get some sleep. Please read it! If you are a horse fan or you love books bursting with imagination then this one will take you away to places you have never been before.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Baah! Stupid Kurkus Reviews! 27 Sep 2000
By "skywaterlv" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
At a time when fantasy books are becoming popular once more, many of them badly written at that, you would think a lyrical story about unicorns, true love and prophecy would be a best seller. Wrong. This book isn't even in print anymore, sadly, although it deserves to be. If you've never danced at moonrise upon a summer shore with your true love, or ran the plains with the free people, then you don't know what you're missing-yet. Though extremely hard to find, they are worth every effort in a world filled with Harry Potters and Dragonlance. Once you fight a wyvern, or dare imaging taking one simple sup of the dragon queen's waking dreams, then you too will know what we are talking about. And you'll never be able to go back again. Skywater, Vice-President of the Firebringer Fan Club.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Books of all time! 29 Dec 1999
By "skywaterlv" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Sigh.........Kirkus Reviews has it all wrong. The books are the most intrancing, beautiful tales of magic, adventure and romance that I have ever read. Find the books, its worth the effort and enjoy, because mere words cannot describe "The Lay of Jan".
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is worth the touble to find it. 9 April 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
It took me two years to find this book after I read the
first one, "Birth of the Firebringer - Vol. 1 of the
Firebringer Triology". This story is one that I will save
to tell my nieces and nephews when they are older, because
it is very entertaining and an easy read, like a bed-time
story. The authour makes you almost cheer the lead character,
Jan, on. Who wouldn't want to read a story that not only
includes unicorns, but these unicorns talk. Children will
find this continuation of a beautiful story, equally
treasuring.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "See What Your Wychery has Wrought?!" 25 Jan 2006
By R. M. Fisher - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ever notice how the second parts of trilogies are often the weakest? This is not always the case, but it often happens in both books and movies, and it definitely occurs here. "Dark Moon" is the second part of "The Firebringer" trilogy, which began with the fascinating "Birth of the Firebringer" and ending with the explosive "Son of Summer Stars". But smack dab in the middle is "Dark Moon", and though it is far from being a bad book, it is unfavourably compared to the volumes either side of it.

In the preceding novel we are introduced to the young Prince Alijan, whose name means `dark moon', and who is the subject of a prophecy that describes the one who will eventually win back the Hallow Hills for the unicorns. Taken over by the poisonous wyverns, the unicorns were driven into exile and long to return to their ancestral home - especially since they now contend with gryphons, pans and renegade unicorns. Identified as the prophesied `Firebringer', the chosen one of the goddess Alma, Alijan is slowly making changes within his herd - introducing them to new customs and cultures, creating peace between enemies and laying to rest some of the snobbery and superstition that plagues his people (much to the disgust of his conservative father Korr).

But all that is put on hold when Jan and the rest of the youths in the tribe travel to the shore to engage in mating rituals. It is there he is finally united with his beloved Tek, though it is for only a short while. A vicious gryphon attack cuts him off from the rest of his fellows, and he is swept off to sea. Presumed dead by his grieving friends, the unicorns travel home where Tek's union with Jan is met only with disgust by Korr. Considering them judged by Alma, Korr instigates a new regime for the coming winter that endangers the life of the entire tribe. Finding herself in foal, Tek escapes to her mother, the mystic Jah-Lila who lives as a renegade upon the plain.

Meanwhile, Jan finds himself washed up on a foreign shore with no memory of who he is or how he got there. Falling in with "two-leggers", Jan is conveyed to their great city where he is enraptured by their mastery of fire. Yet there are sinister goings-on within the city, which Jan becomes aware of when he is introduced to the hornless horses of the "two-leggers", who exist completely under human rule. Escape is necessary, which also holds the hope of regaining his lost memories...

The problem with "Dark Moon" is that it relies a bit too much on clichéd fantasy techniques: a mad king, a prodigal son, an amnesia plot device, and a corrupt human society - we've seen all this before. Pierce is on surer (and more interesting) ground when she deals with Tek's relationship with her mother, the mysterious backstory to Korr's past, and the different definition she makes of `hero' in relation to Jan, who is more an information-gatherer and society-changer than a warrior or war-hero. This is captured perfectly in the final chapters of the novel, when Jan is faced with the gryphon responsible for his separation from the herd and faces a crucial choice of life or death.

As usual Jah-Lila makes an intoxicating narrator, and despite its discrepancies "Dark Moon" is an essential part of the trilogy. Perhaps I've been too hard on it (as the editorial reviews certainly are), as it is an intriguing and well-written book on its own terms...but you have much more to look forward to in "Son of Summer Stars".
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Books! 10 Aug 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I loved this book as well as the other 2 in this trilogy! They are the best books that have ever tried to portray unicrons. They have their own land and culture and it magically all comes together as Jan starts on the path of finding his destiny as the Firebringer!
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