Black Unicorn

Black Unicorn

Book - 1991
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With her talent for mending things, sixteen-year-old Tanaquil reconstructs a unicorn which, brought to life, lures her away from her desert fortress home and her sorceress mother to find a city by the sea and the way to a perfect world.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, 1991.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780689315756
Branch Call Number: SF/LEE
Characteristics: 138 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Cooper, Heather - Illustrator


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Feb 21, 2019

Black Unicorn was my favorite story when I was a kid. Upon a recent re-read, I've got to admit that it's still possibly the best book I've ever read. Tanith Lee's writing is beautiful and highly entertaining, but it's the complex characters and heartbreaking storyline that makes me love this book.

Though it's captivating as a simple adventure story of a girl chasing after an experiment gone wrong, the underlying theme of Black Unicorn is that everyone is flawed--but that doesn't mean we're not worthy of love or friendship. Even as a kid, this book made me see people in a more compassionate light.

Black Unicorn is a short, fast-paced little novel and well worth the couple of hours it might take to read.

SqueeGirl Oct 03, 2009

Tanaquil, much to her mother Jaive's disgust, has not inherited her mother's sorceress powers. Instead, she has an uncanny ability with mechanical things. When Tanaquil finds and repairs a mechanical unicorn it leads her to adventure.


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SqueeGirl Oct 03, 2009

Tanaquil has a troubled relationship with her distant sorceress mother. When she discovers the pieces of a mechanical unicorn in the desert it leads her away from her home where she discovers more about herself and her mother.


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