Soundtrack Saturday – Ascendant by Diana Peterfreund
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From the author’s website:
Astrid Llewelyn is now a fully-trained unicorn hunter, but she’s learning she can’t solve all her problems with just a bow and arrow. Her boyfriend Giovanni has decided to leave Rome, the Cloisters is in dire financial straits, her best friend’s powers seem to be mysteriously disintegrating, and Astrid fears that school, home, and her hopes of becoming a scientist are nothing but impossible dreams.
So when she’s given the opportunity to leave the Cloisters and put her skills to use as part of a scientific quest to discover The Remedy, Astrid leaps at the chance. Finally, she can have exactly what she wants…or can she? At the Gordian Pharmaceuticals headquarters deep in the French countryside, Astrid begins to question everything she thought she believed: her love for Giovanni, her loyalty to the Cloisters, and – most of all – her duty as a hunter. Should Astrid be saving the world from killer unicorns, or saving the unicorns from the world?
Soundtrack Song: “O ignis Spiritus Paracliti” by Hildegard von Bingen
Hildegard von Bingen was a medieval German nun who is mentioned in Ascendant a couple times (I have a feeling she’ll come up a couple more times). When I was looking for today’s Soundtrack song, I learned that Hildegard was not only interested in herbal medicine (which is brought up in the book) but she also wrote liturgical songs. Listening to her music makes me think if when Astrid alone with the einhorns, completely absorbed in the magic flowing between them and unaware of the outside world. It’s when she feels most like a unicorn hunter goddess from a much earlier time, what she believes her ancestors felt when in communion with the unicorns.
What song would you add to the soundtrack for this book or the one you’re currently reading?
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