THE WELL OF THE UNICORN by G.U. Fletcher

THE WELL OF THE UNICORN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is not everyone's meat. See your readers among those who were enthusiasts for Austin Wright's Izlandia (though I thought the pace of adventure and the conviction of place and time less successful here); or possibly for some who liked Sword in the Stone (thought the symbolism is more forced, the poetry less poignant). A slender thread of history links this with Dunsany's King Argimenes and the Unknown Warrior -- the setting suggests northern Ireland, shrouded in superstition, clinging here to the heritage of freedom, with the Free Fishers,- there bowing to the might of the Vulkings, and -- with the Twelve Cities, acknowledging the power for peace in the Well of the Unicorn. Airar, exiled by the Empire- at odds with the Vulkings to whom his father yielded sovereignty, is involved with a sorcerer and gains admittance to the ranks of the Free Fishers- and becomes a mighty military leader. Adventures in revolt against tyranny, adventures in love, finally conceding the power of the Well- so his story progresses. Not easy reading. But watch it.

Pub Date: Jan. 6th, 1947
Publisher: Wm. Sloane Assoc.