Book Review: The Last Unicorn - Peter S. Beagle

Goodreads Synopsis:

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...


‘The Last Unicorn’ is a classical fairy tale – and the main characters even refer to themselves as being in a fairy tale. It’s all rather cute as they talk about how they can’t quit the quest because this isn’t the part in a story where the heroes get their happy ending or how they were wondering when the prince was going to come along. I know I saw the movie as a young girl but I really didn’t remember any of the details but I did remember loving it. And what little girl wouldn’t?…its about a unicorn! Although, I thought I remembered that the unicorn always sounded so sad. And in the book I think there is a little of that but as a grown up I did enjoy the personality that Beagle gives the unicorn. On one hand she’s very detached and unemotional, on the other she’s a little overwhelmed by everything. In short the story is whimsical – it’s creative and fanciful and sort of flitters a little here and a little there.