THE LAST UNICORN by Peter S. Beagle


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This book, whimsical, evocative, tantalizing, darts from low comedy to high fantasy quicker than a hummingbird's tongue and is about as original as they come. It's the story of The Last Unicorn's search for her lost fellows, a quest that takes her through a wondrous land as imaginatively conceived as Tolkien's Shire. The unicorn passes generally unrecognized since most have lost the power to see her as she really is until she is captured by a wicked gypsy and placed in ""The Midnight Carnival"" where people pay to watch their blackest dreams. Here she is found and freed by Schmendrick, the bumbling magician who accompanies her on her journey. He, too, is searching for an elusive magic. Later they are joined by Molly Grue, Everywoman, who wants more than anything to bring the unicorns back into the world. Finally they arrive in the kingdom of the evil King Haggard where they must meet the challenge of the Red Bull and where the unicorn becomes, just a little bit, mortal. A unicornucopia of enchantment for fantasy fans of all ages.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1968
ISBN: 0451450523
Publisher: Viking