Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Tanaquil, whose only talent is the ability to fix Black Unicorn (Unicorn series Book 1) – Kindle edition by Tanith Lee. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. BLACK UNICORN (Ibooks Fantasy Classics) [Tanith Lee] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Nobody knew where it had come from, or what. Black Unicorn [Tanith Lee] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers . The return of a classic novella by internationally acclaimed fantasist Tanith.

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The eponymous red unicorn was only there for like a chapter and felt rather superfluous. Usually these types of stories feature brave heroes and magical people with incredible powers, but the main character of this book, a girl whose only ability seems to be making things and playing with machinery.

Would I recommend this to everyone else? The Forgotten Beasts of Eld. She grows in a way that you almost don’t notice until at the very end of the book you realize you’re seeing someone else talking, and that all the smarts and sarcasm she had before have now gone through possibly the worst and most beautiful fire ever. Fantasy at its finiest this imagintive series is on a par with Taniith His Dark Materials.

The characters are all flawed and complex yet likable and creative, and one unnicorn the best things throughout is the friendships that are formed throughout. Share your thoughts with other customers. Most of the time Lee’s writing flows very smoothly but she does tend to ramble on about unimportant events or descriptions. Oct 16, Kate rated it really liked it. Black unicorn starts out in an interesting setting with a likable protagonist, a girl who’s actually capable.


So,it’s not actually a unicorn book. Tanaquil is a rebellious teenager who has been forgotten by virtually everyone in the household and is left to her own devices. No trivia or quizzes yet. This is my first book by Tanith Lee, I’m pretty sure, which surprised me. The payoff comes i This would be the downturn in a trilogy, the one where everything you thought was good and pure about the first book becomes its opposite, the one where our heroine has to do some hefty soul searching, the one where Vader tells you that he’s your father.

The book is a fairly uncomplicated story of a young girl coming of age and how she deals with her own burgeoning power, not to mention her interpersonal relationships with her family.

Tanaquil’s relationships with her mother and sister are stunningly complex. A coming of age adventure story for young female readers, this book is a modern classic. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series to see what I think of the set as a whole. But, after she finds a set of magical bones and puts the skeleton back together it turns into a big, blacker than tannith unicorn with red eyes.

Tannith Lee has created a world that is at once magical and mystical–an imperfect world where Tanaquil dwells as a young fixer or umicorn or tinkerer, but she surely knows that she is no witch, as is her mother. I was really impressed by Black Unicorn, the first book in this trilogy.

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It was very to-the-point and didn’t elaborate on the main character in a lot of places where uncorn could have. Bringing in my own personal experience, this is one of the five or six books I read out of hundreds when I was in 7th Grade that always stuck with me. At times, Tanith Lee does carry on a bit, with her detailed, incredibly dramatic, poetic descriptions of things.


Books by Tanith Lee. In fact, I think the characters are still the strongest part of this book. Feb 19, Allen Garvin rated it really liked it Shelves: Carefully assembled by Tanaquil, the bones form the skeleton of a unicorn — which, to everyone’s lee, comes majestically back tantih life.

See all Editorial Reviews. I love Tanith Lee, but she should have spent more time on the characters and their relationships than on describing the environment.

Black Unicorn (Unicorn, #1) by Tanith Lee

And you know what? Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Journeying across different lands, the young mender Tanaquil and her quarrelsome talking familiar learn of the Empress Veriam, and her insatiable desire uniicorn expand her domain by conquest.

Inanimate horse or unicorn?? The epilogue however softens the blow a bit but the ending isn’t all that special.

Good for adding variety to typical magical scenarios! She was the author of 77 novels, 14 collections, and almost short stories.

A satisfying young adult story in the classic fantasy vein. Her descriptions of characters, scenery, and fantastic animals are so vivid the reader is immersed in the story.

Her settings are poetic. Recommended to Rain by: To read my full review, click blacm. To read my full review, click here. This one was interesting, but slight.