The Unicorn Anthology by Peter S. Beagle

The Unicorn Anthology

Overall Rating of the Anthology: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

About

Unicorns have fascinated people for generations. At once the epitome of purity, they are also dangerous. Their horns contain stronger magic than anything else. A unicorn’s horn can cure any illness, warn of any poison. And it is very, very difficult to get. They cannot be caught, they will kill with their horns, they can only be tamed by innocent girls.

This anthology is all about these creatures. Collected by Peter S. Beagle, they all take different looks at these mythical creatures.

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Mister Monday by Garth Nix

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Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★☆

They had tried to destroy the Will, but that proved to be beyond their power.

Plot

Arthur Penhaligon is not supposed to be a hero. He is, in fact, supposed to die an early death. But then his life is saved by a key shaped like the minute hand of a clock.

Arthur is safe – but his world is not. Along with the key comes a plague brought by bizarre creatures from another realm. A stranger named Mister Monday, his avenging messengers with bloodstained wings, and an army of dog-faced Fetchers will stop at nothing to get the key back – even if it means destroying Arthur and everything around him.

Desperate, Arthur ventures into a mysterious house – a house that only he can see. It is in this house that Arthur must unravel the secrets of the key – and discover his true fate.

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Lirael by Garth Nix

Lirael by Garth Nix Book Cover

Rating: 1.5 Stars ★☆☆☆☆

It was a hot, steamy summer and the mosquitoes swarmed everywhere, from their breeding grounds in the rotten, reedy shores of the Red Lake up to the foothills of Mount Abed.



About

Lirael is a Daughter of the Clayr, who can See the future. She alone among them does not have the gift.

Sameth is the son of Sabriel, Abhorsen-in-Waiting. But he does not want this burden. He is afraid of death.

But trouble is brewing in the Old Kingdom and in Ancelstierre alike. A dark force is rising, creating dead in its wake and preventing the Clayr from seeing its plans.

With the King and Sabriel gone, it falls to Lirael and Prince Sameth to face whatever is waking on the shores of the Red Lake.


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Sabriel – Garth Nix

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Rating: 4.5 Stars

It was little more than three miles from the Wall into the Old Kingdom, but that was enough.



The Plot


Sabriel grows up in Ancielstierre, in a boarding school close to the Wall. When the wind blows from the Old Kingdom beyond the Wall, technology stops working and strange things walk the night. Things that should be dead.

Her father is the Abhorsen and he sends the Dead back to Death. When he sends her his swords and bells, Sabriel knows something is terribly wrong. She will have to cross into the Old Kingdom to find her father – and battle the rising Dead on the way there.


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