IY: Fantasy Creatures – Unicorns – In Books


I figured chatting about books containing unicorns would easily drag me over the 500 word mark. But now I sit here and think about it, though I’m sure there are plenty of other examples, all I can think of is this:

Cover art for full saga unicorn western

Credit: Realm And Sands Publishing

I read the first of these books (simply: Unicorn Western) at the start of the year and never got around to reviwing it. I may still do so as the book was incredible and so far beyond the sort of thing that I’d usually pick up that I have to say my piece at some point.

The cover pretty much tells you as much as you need to know, as does the title. A western, with unicorns. Not all that hard to understand.

Rather like the unicorns I’ve already discussed, these ones are incredibly intelligent andΒ  possess both magic and healing ability. These unicorns also talk (often rather rudely) and glow around the horn area when casting magic (RAINBOWS!).

Unfortunatley, with this in my head, I can think of no other books containing unicorns right now, though I know there must be some out there. In fact, are you guys willing to chat with me about that? Use the comments below.

Meanwhile the blending of traditional western with something as fantastical (and not real) as a unicorn boggles the mind and it’s hard to see how the pair blend together. But they do. This book and its rabid horde of followers proves it.

This puts me in a fine frame of mind for next week’s challenge which is a piece of flash fiction containing a unicorn. I would like for the creature to feature front and centre and for the abilities to be clear through the telling. I’ll be honest and tell you right now I have no idea what this story is going to be about, who is in it, or when its set. I don’t even have a name.

This isn’t unusual (considering how I spouted the zombie story) but it does make me a little nervous.

Aaah well, what’s that they say about comfort zones? πŸ˜‰

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About Ileandra Young

I'm a thirty-*mumbles* year old (purple loving, cheese worshipping) author of fantasy, juggling a pair of beautiful twin boys with my burning desire to make up stories and write them all down. When I get the chance, I play games, listen to music, and in days long past I even ran a radio show. Though I occasionally write non-fiction, my heart lives in fantasy and my debut novel, Silk Over Razor Blades is now available through Amazon along with part two of the trilogy, Walking The Razor's Edge.
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5 Responses to IY: Fantasy Creatures – Unicorns – In Books

  1. I’m so old school, that I have a hard time accepting cross-genres. However, I’m well aware that I’m in the minority on that score. I never would have dreamed a unicorn in a western could work, but considering what all else is out there for reads, I’m really not surprised.

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    • This is the first obvious cross-genre piece I’ve ever read. I only picked it up because I know of the men that wrote it, and respect their other works. The idea still boggles the mind but they pull it off well enough that is recommend it.
      The first book is still free – I think – and it’s a short novel. πŸ™‚

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  2. Cheryl says:

    I was concerned the unicorn in MT would seem ridiculous or too ‘girly’ a theme. As though the thread/story idea would not be taken seriously because of it… but it worked out rather well.

    In the land of the unicorn (YA) , the last unicorn (YA) and unicorn mountain (fiction, adult) are books I know with unicorns in them. The first is a series of books…sadly I did not know when I was a child that books could be in a ‘series’ (I was the only one in my family who read…no one told me)…so I never found out what happens in later books…but it was a nice read. I almost took it from the library (rebel preteen days – I gave it back before I even left so no worries haha.). The last unicorn is also a cartoon, which heavily influenced me writing/characters later in life. So many good quotes/sayings). The last i couldn’t get into… But it’s modern era with unicorns.

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    • Wooooooooo, I’d forgotten MT! Funny how things lie in the back of your mind. ^_^ The unicorn in MT worked pretty damn well if you ask me, it fit the story just right and worked fabulously.

      I’ve not heard of two of those three books you mentioned either. I knew The Last Unicorn (film) came from a book but Unicorn Mountain is totally fresh on me. Funny though, you just don’t see them quite as much, which may be why I’m (still) struggling so hard.

      Guess they need a revival! πŸ˜€

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