The Last Unicorn: Review

The Last Unicorn
by Peter S. Beagle
294 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Release date: June 2017

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Synopsis:

She was magical, beautiful beyond belief—and completely alone…

The unicorn had lived since before memory in a forest where death could touch nothing. Maidens who caught a glimpse of her glory were blessed by enchantment they would never forget. But outside her wondrous realm, dark whispers and rumours carried a message she could not ignore: “Unicorns are gone from the world.”

Aided by a bumbling magician and an indomitable spinster, she set out to learn the truth. but she feared even her immortal wisdom meant nothing in a world where a mad king’s curse and terror incarnate lived only to stalk the last unicorn to her doom..

Review:

A story that at times is lyrical and beautiful and at other satirical and biting. The genius is that the author is able to seamlessly switch between the two. The story is a fairy tale, but one that is self aware. It’s pure fantasy, knows it’s pure fantasy and pour everything into the mix. It’s quiet an unusual way to present a story, but I loved it.

The descriptions of scenery in the book are wonderful, and transport you to the world of the book (I must say, on this point, the movie got it right.) The places I visited in this book feel like real places in my imagination, which is saying something because at times they are quite absurd, and completely fantastical.

The characters are rich and each one you encounter has the weight of a thousand untold stories behind it. Even the minor characters feel well thought out.

The main character, the last unicorn, is the most beautiful and bizarre character in the book. I believe that’s on purpose, unicorns are meant to be wild, and almost alien creatures to humans.

It’s easy to understand why this book is considered a classic. This is a story I will remember long after I’ve put the book away. The Last Unicorn will continue to live on in my imagination.

Bottom Line:

This book was so lovely and enchanting. I can’t believe that I waited so long to read it! A treasure of a fantasy story.

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“Take me with you. For laughs, for luck, for the unknown. Take me with you.”

A Feast of Phantoms: Book Blitz

A Feast of Phantoms (Lingua Magika, #1)
by Kat Ross
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: February 18th 2020
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Steampunk

Meet A New Book

I have loved 😍 everything I’ve read by Kat Ross, and I’m also a big fan of steampunk so I can’t wait to dive into this new series!

Synopsis:

Lingua Magika is Kat’s latest series, a fast-paced Western steampunk fantasy with a dash of romance and adventure! A Feast of Phantoms is Book #1, with at least two more to follow.

THE JOB

It was supposed to be simple.

Help Marshal Sebastian Hardin escort his prisoner one stop on the railway to Charter Oak.

Just one stop.

But when that prisoner is a savant who talks to ghosts, even the simplest plans have a way of falling apart.

THE LAW

Sheriff’s Deputy Ruth Cortez always does the right thing. Lucky Boy is a company town, dependent on the rich and powerful Carnarvon family. Besides which, the charismatic Sebastian Hardin isn’t an easy man to say no to. When his transport derails in the middle of the prairie, Ruth begins a relentless manhunt that leads straight into the dark heart of the Carnarvon empire.

THE FUGITIVE

Lee Merriweather favors sharp suits and fast trains – especially when he’s stealing them. At the ripe old age of 18, he’s managed to become the most wanted criminal in three territories. Lee can’t resist playing cat and mouse with a small-town deputy, but what starts as a game becomes deadly serious.

THE FIXER

Sebastian Hardin is the Carnarvons’ right hand, loyal to the death and willing to keep any secret to protect the family. They want Lee alive, but with the young savant’s disturbing abilities it won’t be an easy proposition. Whoever catches Lee gets the keys to the kingdom and the Carnarvons aren’t the only ones hunting him down. Sebastian has enough problems without falling for Deputy Cortez – but you can’t always choose who you love.

THE PHANTOMS

They terrorized the settlers until Calindra Carnarvon learned to speak their language. Her empire relies on controlling their telekinetic powers, but Lee Merriweather could destroy it all. And not even Lee suspects the shocking truth of the phantoms’ real nature.

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Tolkien Reading Day 2020

Every year on March 25, the anniversary of the Downfall of Sauron, the Tolkien Society hosts Tolkien Reading Day. This year’s theme is Nature and Industry. The primary goal is to promote the reading of the works of J.R R. Tolkien!

I have a guest post up over on Pages Unbound, and I hope you’ll check out the tour of my Tolkien shelf there. I mentioned a few extras on that post and as a special Tolkien Reading Post I’m going to share that miscellany with you here.

Goblets

These awesome glass goblets were Burger King exclusives when the Fellowship of the Rings movie was released. Normally you think of fast food giveaways as being cheap throwaways, but these are not. They are well made, hefty glass goblets with a fair amount of detail and detachable light-up bases (not shown.)

Frodo

Frodo Goblet in Box

Frodo Goblet

Gandalf

Gandalf Goblet in box

Gandalf Goblet

Aragorn

Aragorn Goblet boxed

Aragorn Goblet

Arwen

Arwen Goblet boxed

Arwen Goblet

Swords

I know this is really why all of you are here. ⚔ My father bought both(for my husband) and the Elven sword (for me since there is really no sword of Arwen according to the books) for us as wedding gifts.

Andúril Closeup

Andúril: The Sword of Aragorn

LOTR Elven sword

BONUS: The sword of McGilvra. We had the blade engraved for our wedding. Not LOTR themed, but since our 17 anniversary is coming up soon and I was talking about swords anyway I thought I’d throw it in.
The sword of McGilvra

A photo from our Scottish themed wedding.

Our Wedding

CDs

I am a big fan of soundtracks and own a whole stack of them, so of course I have the LOTR sound tracks. All of the sound tracks are currently available to listen to through Amazon Prime. (Note the pictures of my CD collection looked awful 😟 so I’ll just link to where you can listen instead. 😀)

Do you have any cool LOTR or Tolkien collections? Let me know in the comment and don’t forget to check out my post over on Pages Unbound.

Do I Have That Book?

I saw this on Falling Letters and immediately knew I had to do this tag. Originally created by booktuber Keeping Tabs. (Note: I’m not into booktube  and I have not watched the video.) I’m trying to do this all with physical books in my collection, no e-books.

Do you have a book with deckled edges? The Skin Map by Stephen R. Lawhead

Do you have a book with three or more people on the cover? The Indentured Heart by Gilbert Morris

Do you have a book based on another fictional story? Dark Hour by Ginger Garret (Biblical Story Retelling)

Do you have a book with a title 10 letters long? Animal Farm by George Orwell

Do you have a book with a title that starts and ends with the same letter? The Minority Report by P.K. Dick

Do you have a mass market paperback book? Do I? 😆 I love mass market paperbacks, so I have 100’s! Here’s part of one shelf full of them.

Do you have a book with a character’s name in the title? Angst by David J. Pedersen

Do you have a book with two maps in it? I am sure I do, but without going to books full of maps I couldn’t find one.

Do you have a book that was turned into a TV show? The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. (Yes I realize that it was a super CHEEZY show that didn’t really follow the book.)

Do you have a book written by someone who is originally famous for something else? Warped Factors by Walter Koenig (Star Trek’s Chekov)

Do you have a poetry book? Quite a few. One of my favorites is Sonnets from the Portuguese by my favorite poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

Do you have a book with an award stamp on it? Well since I am trying to collect the Newbery titles, yes I have a bunch. So why don’t we go with The Tale of Despereaux

Do you have a book written by an author with the same initials as you? I had to go to my LibraryThing collection to find this one: The Baby Sitters Club #01: Kristy’s Great Idea by Ann Matthews Martin.

Do you have a book of short stories? Second Variety by P.K. Dick

Do you have a book that is between 500 and 510 pages long? I had to go to LibraryThing for this one too. I have four books between 500 and 510 pages.  Black Trillium by Marion Zimmer Bradley is probably my favorite of the four.

Do you have a book that was turned into a movie? Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Do you have a graphic novel? Most recently I got Firefly: The Unification War for Christmas.

Do you have a book written by two or more authors? The Children of Hurin by J.R.R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien

Do you have a book with a clock on the cover?  The Secret of The Old Clock by Carolyn Keene

Do you have a book written by someone using a pen name? Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (currently reading this to the 9 year old. 😊)