“The Last Triceracorn” by Vincent M. Miceli

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The Last Triceracorn

Vincent M. Miceli
M4 Publishing (2022)
ISBN: 979-8986324807
Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Reader Views (08/2023)

“The Last Triceracorn (Book One)” by Vincent M. Miceli is an exciting action fantasy adventure for YA audiences but will appeal to almost all ages, including the young at heart. This well-told fantasy is about main characters Matea and Luciana, two spirited and talented sisters who discover themselves in the midst of an epic tale filled with magic, mystery, suspense, and dark drama. The locations set the stage for the unique adventures to come. They think they are fighting alone but find help from newfound friends- children with special gifts, much like themselves, and from many different places.

 But that’s just the beginning. Out of the past comes someone familiar who may hold the secret keys to the questions they have. They must solve riddles and are led from one adventure to another, including Egyptian pyramids and an intriguing funhouse. My favorite part is at the heart of the story: It’s urgent that they save the earth, and a mystical creature, from enemies who wish harm.

Miceli has created a world for readers that is enchanting, dangerous, and full of lessons, in a fun way. Mystical, mythical creatures have captured the hearts and imaginations of audiences throughout the ages, and the Triceracorn is no exception. Are we really ever too old to believe in whimsy, fantasy creatures, or adventures that take us on unforgettable journeys? This is one of those journeys you need to take, thanks to the impressive world-building skills of the author.

The characters are dynamic, the settings magical, and the plot is reminiscent of a cherished fairy tale. The Triceracorn is a mythical creature and the last of its kind, who is sought after by Gauro, the supreme villain. It’s the Triceracorns that provide balance to the planets. What happens when that balance is threatened? The sisters are willing to risk everything to rescue this creature and restore balance to the universe, but they’ll need a little help from their gifted friends. These lessons will stay with the reader, and readers will realize the connections to the delicate balance of our own world.

What I like about this story is that it’s cleverly conceived and well-executed. You never get tired of exploring this world and the mission that the characters are on. You want to be part of it too. Shared goals unite these characters, and you root for them to succeed, as well as for the safety of the Triceracorn. It’s great to see these characters rise to this seemingly impossible challenge, and it has enough of the real world in it to feel grounded. If you want that feeling of reliving your favorite youthful fantasies and falling in love with a new mythical creature, “The Last Triceracorn” by Vincent M. Miceli is a must-have for your personal library.

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