Reviews for Chimera's Curse
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Spring
This final book of the eco-conscious series sees Connie Lionheart complete her training as a "universal" able to communicate with all mythical creatures. First she must face her legacy, though, which binds her tightly to the evil Kullervo. Fast-paced, imaginative, and well-developed, this installment makes for a satisfying series finale. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Kirkus Reviews 2008 October #1
In the final installment of her timely eco-fantasy quartet, Golding uses clear, calm prose to portray grave magical and environmental threats that will absorb her readers without spooking them. Connie's haunted by nighttime visits inside her mind from Kullervo, an evil shape-shifter who left a dark place inside her during a previous encounter. Preparing to meet him, she disobeys the Society's ban on research to read up and confront Kullervo. The author paints this cognitive and psychological interaction in flowing abstract images that are easy to visualize. This series is unique in the way it sketches broad dangers--vast pollution and the end of humankind and both real and mythical animals (who are real here)--in a tranquil style of prose that's unlikely to frighten readers but is helpful for seeing environmental analogies. At the end, with Kullervo gone, Connie transformed and friend Col suddenly recognizing new feelings for Connie, the narrative cleverly shifts the source of danger to keep its grounding in magic while unnervingly matching real-world weather phenomena. Intelligent. (Fantasy. 9-14) Copyright Kirkus 2008 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
VOYA Reviews 2008 December
In the final volume of The Companions Quartet, Connie Lionheart is once more in trouble. As the world's only "universal companion," she can bond with any mythical creature, and her evil, shape-shifting nemesis Kullervo wants her power to eradicate humanity. This time he sends a chimera to hunt her. Connie knows she will eventually have to face Kullervo, so she tries to master more of the myriad and powerful magic available only to Universals. A lá Harry Potter, however, Connie's well-intentioned friends and mentors seem determined to thwart her. Her brother's developing powers and recklessness nearly get Connie killed, the mistrustful leaders of the Companions Society restrict her movements, and then they ban her from the Universals library. Soon prejudice against universals starts growing, and even Connie's closest friends will not support her actions. Should she listen to them or to herself Golding creates a complex, lyrically described universe around a familiar trope-an unsuspected world of magic among humankind-and fills it with a sometimes overabundance of intriguing creatures and characters. This installment is the most action-packed of the series, and Connie's fans will be on the edge of their seats from page one. New readers, however, may feel lost, as the book presupposes knowledge of the characters and the Society. Other issues are that the series' original environmental focus gets short shrift, as does the earlier books' interesting sense of moral ambiguity. Also Connie's seemingly limitless powers strain credulity. Fans will notice nothing amiss, however, so buy where the series is popular.-Rebecca C. Moore 4Q 4P M Copyright 2008 Voya Reviews.