I really enjoyed Unicorn Tracks by Julia Ember. It seamlessly combines elements of our world with the fantastical to create a place full of excitement and wonder.
Both of the main characters are interesting and well rounded. I found myself rooting for Mnemba from the first and was desperate to learn more about her life before becoming a guide for her cousin’s business. Kara took a little longer to warm up to, but I enjoyed how independent and curious she was… even with the mermaids, lol.
Unicorn Tracks doesn’t shy away from the topic of rape or the aftermath of it. While Mnemba’s attacker was punished for his crimes against her, she still ended up leaving her home because of the judgement and expectations of those who would claim he was a good man and this was a one-time incident. It was an especially heartwarming moment when her father said that he would kill Mnemba’s attacker if ever he were set free.
Her relationship with Kara was slow going, as they figured out how to work past the trauma of the past, but it was all the sweeter when they were finally able to connect. At the end of the story, Mnemba isn’t “over” what happened to her, but she is able to keep moving forward with the support of her lover, friends, and family. ❤
I would suggest this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy, adventure, or alternate histories. It’s a quick read, but a darned good one!