Author: Chris D’Lacey
Pub. Date: May 28th 2015
From the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of the LAST DRAGON CHRONICLES comes an action-packed paranormal adventure full of mystery, alternate realities, thrills and chills.
When Michael Malone is assigned a new mystery to solve by the UNICORNE agency, he knows he’s in for another strange and deadly adventure. This time, he is sent to a local comic shop, where UNICORNE agents have detected unusual activity — specifically the prominent display of a comic book starring a disturbingly familiar heroine. . . .
The more Michael investigates the comic shop, however, the more he realizes that something much more sinister lurks within its walls. An invisible army has come to life, with a menacing maniac at its head. Even worse, Michael gets the sense that some of his fellow UNICORNE agents cannot be trusted, and that his own life may be in danger. Can he solve the case and defeat his enemies before it’s too late? And is he any closer to finding his missing father?
From NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Chris d’Lacey comes the action-packed second installment in the remarkable and thrilling UNICORNE Files series!
*Review copy received from Scholastic Canada. This does not affect my opinion or review.*
Wow. That was quite simply, awesome. From an intriguing concept to fascinating world-building to a relatable hero, A Dark Inheritance is sure to please. I can’t wait to read the second installment in this new series! -My review of A Dark Inheritance, June 3rd 2014
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, A Dark Inheritance, and I was so excited to read Alexander’s Army, which is the sequel. Although I didn’t love Alexander’s Army as much as A Dark Inheritance, I still think it was a good book, and I definitely enjoyed reading it!
In the first book, Michael is recruited into a top- secret organization called UNICORNE, after he discovers that he has a unique gift: the ability to alter reality. In Alexander’s Army, we delve into more detail about the history of UNICORNE, as well as follow Michael on his mission. His first job? UNICORNE has learned of a comic store that is selling comic books featuring a character called the Amazing Crow Girl, a heroine that looks suspiciously like his old friend Freya, who recently died…
The series is considered middle grade, but I don’t think that it’s necessarily appropriate for all middle grade readers, especially those at the bottom end of the spectrum. Alexander’s Army is much darker than its predecessor, and the author isn’t afraid to tackle subject matter t hat is more serious than the regular MG. It’s the type of book in which no character is safe, and anyone can betray anyone.
One of the things that I love about the UNICORNE Files series is how action-packed and unpredictable it is. Alexander’s Army definitely lives up to its predecessor in this aspect! Alexander’s Army is a little over 300 pages, which isn’t very long at all, but each chapter serves its purpose. The plot and characters are constantly developing, and you can never anticipate what will happen next. Just when I thought I knew what direction the story was going to take…BAM! PLOT TWIST! It’s certainly an edge-of-your-seat read, and the cliff-hanger at the end was shocking!
The aspect of Michael wanting to find his father played an important role in A Dark Inheritance, but wasn’t nearly as prevalent in Alexander’s Army, which mostly focuses on Michael’s new mission at the comic store. Still, Michael does learn some important information about his father, and I can definitely see how this book will play into the overall story arc.
I’m not entirely sure how many UNICORNE Files books there will be (Trilogy? Series?) but I think that Alexander’s Army did a fantastic job setting up the stage for whatever is coming next. The book had its own conflict but it ultimately ties in to the overall series arc, and I’m super excited to see what direction the author will take this mystery in for future books!