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Unicorn Book Recs

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday was all about choosing books covers with colours matching our countries’ flags. While I was picking out blue and white covers to match the Scottish saltire (here), it got me thinking.

The Scottish national animal is a pretty cool one. It’s a unicorn! Since, as a massive fantasy fangirl, I love my mythical creatures, I thought that I’d share five of my favourite books which feature unicorns.


Unicorn TracksUnicorn Tracks by Julia Ember (BUY)

After a savage attack drives her from her home, sixteen-year-old Mnemba finds a place in her cousin Tumelo’s successful safari business, where she quickly excels as a guide. Surrounding herself with nature and the mystical animals inhabiting the savannah not only allows Mnemba’s tracking skills to shine, it helps her to hide from the terrible memories that haunt her.

Mnemba is employed to guide Mr. Harving and his daughter, Kara, through the wilderness as they study unicorns. The young women are drawn to each other, despite that fact that Kara is betrothed. During their research, they discover a conspiracy by a group of poachers to capture the Unicorns and exploit their supernatural strength to build a railway. Together, they must find a way to protect the creatures Kara adores while resisting the love they know they can never indulge.


Not Quite NarwhalNot Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima (BUY)

Growing up in the ocean, Kelp has always assumed that he was a narwhal like the rest of his family. Sure, he’s always been a little bit different—his tusk isn’t as long, he’s not as good of a swimmer, and he really doesn’t enjoy the cuisine. Then one night, an extra strong current sweeps Kelp to the surface, where he spots a mysterious creature that looks just like him! Kelp discovers that he and the creature are actually unicorns. The revelation leaves him torn: is he a land narwhal or a sea unicorn? But perhaps, if Kelp is clever, he may find a way to have the best of both worlds.



Lords and Ladies (Discworld, #14)Lords and Ladies (Discworld, #14; Witches #4) by Terry Pratchett (BUY)

It’s a hot Midsummer Night. The crop circles are turning up everywhere-even on the mustard-and-cress of Pewseyy Ogg, aged four. And Magrat Garlick, witch, is going to be married in the morning…Everything ought to be going like a dream. But the Lancre All-Comers Morris Team have got drunk on a fairy mound and the elves have come back, bringing all those things traditionally associated with the magical, glittering realm of Faerie: cruelty, kidnapping, malice and evil, evil murder.* Granny Weatherwax and her tiny argumentative coven have really got their work cut out this time…With full supporting cast of dwarfs, wizards, trolls, Morris Dancers and one orang-utan. And lots. of hey-nonny-nonny and blood all over the place.

*But with tons of style.



The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & MagicThe Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic by F.T. Lukens (BUY)

Desperate to pay for college, Bridger Whitt is willing to overlook the peculiarities of his new job—entering via the roof, the weird stacks of old books and even older scrolls, the seemingly incorporeal voices he hears from time to time—but it’s pretty hard to ignore being pulled under Lake Michigan by… mermaids? Worse yet, this happens in front of his new crush, Leo, the dreamy football star who just moved to town.

Fantastic.

When he discovers his eccentric employer Pavel Chudinov is an intermediary between the human world and its myths, Bridger is plunged into a world of pixies, werewolves, and Sasquatch. The realm of myths and magic is growing increasingly unstable, and it is up to Bridger to ascertain the cause of the chaos, eliminate the problem, and help his boss keep the real world from finding the world of myths.


Unicorn HuntingUnicorn Hunting by A.R. Hellbender (BUY)

Though unicorn hunting is rewarded with monetary compensation, reluctant unicorn hunter Caoilinn “Cal” Valderan is unsure if the slaying of these pure white magical beasts truly worth the rewards. 


In choosing between unicorns and humans, and between family obligations and her own values, Cal goes against what society expects of her and questions what others do not dare to question.
 

Do you have any particular mythical creature you really like? Or any favourite books which feature them?

What’s your national animal?

 

 

18 thoughts on “Unicorn Book Recs”

    1. Haha. It might be one of the things I’m most proud of my country for. Just the absolute nerve to pick something that doesn’t even exist. 😆 I think it has something to do with back in the day they thought unicorns were the natural enemy of the (English) lion?

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    1. I hope you really like them. If you enjoy Unicorn Tracks, the author has another book that centres around mermaids. If fantasy creatures are your thing. 😄

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  1. I love that Scotland’s national animal is a unicorn. And that Wales’s is a dragon. Eagles are all right, but it’s a pity our (US) founding fathers couldn’t come up with something really creative.

    I’ve always wondered why there aren’t more good books — and more well-known books — about unicorns, when there are so many about other mythological creatures. My favorite unicorn book is The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge, but I also love The Unlikely Ones by Mary Brown.

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    1. Yeah, I have to admire whoever just decided to really go for it. 🙂

      I was wondering that too. Image-wise they’re so iconic, it seems strange they’re so uncommon. I thought it might be that they’re hard to humanise bu that’s the same for dragon and they’re pretty dang common in fantasy. I suppose, although common, dragon tended (until recently) to always be the bad guy?

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      1. I don’t know; seems like some dragons back at least as far as the 1970s were friendly, or at least equivocal. I’m thinking particularly of Anne McCaffrey’s dragons from the Pern series. The difference may have more to do with personality perception: unicorns are usually thought of as fairly gentle, which is nice but doesn’t necessarily make for a good story, whereas dragons are big, strong, and dangerous (to the main characters, or against the main characters’ enemies) which may work better when thinking about plot and character development. On the other hand, if writers can make dragons friendlier than they are in myth, surely they could make unicorns fiercer, or at least less placid. Come to think of it, I seem to recall Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory did that in their Obsidian trilogy, starting with The Outstretched Shadow.

        Incidentally, I recently posted a dragon books masterlist (well, the start of one, anyway), if you’re interested.

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        1. That’s a really good point. Come to think of it, the unicorns which have really stood out in my memory have been made a bit more dangerous and threatening. Or even just more powerful rather than the pretty, doe-eyed version. I’d love to see someone use both somehow. I’m greedy.
          Thanks for the link! Ill definetly head over and take a look! 😀

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    1. I’d probably say Lords and Ladies, because I’ve read each of Pratchett’s witches books about five times XD and will always pick Discworld first, but I also really loved The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic, which was great fun.

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