Reviews of Black Unicorn, the (1987)
Review by tollbaby (2007-02-21)
I wasn't sure what to think of Terry Brooks - I had heard so many conflicting opinions of his books. A few years ago, someone gave me a big box full of them, and I finally took the plunge and began reading the Magic Kingdom of Landover series. The Black Unicorn, second volume in the series, is everything that a good magical fantasy novel should be, and everything that a good contemporary fantasy novel should be.
Brooks' characters are intelligent, sympathetic beings that I couldn't help beginning to care about. In addition, there's a bit of the humor and punnery more common to Piers Anthony's Xanth series present, and it is a delightful addition to the typical fantasy ingredients.
The residents of Sterling Silver (the King of Landover's living castle) are all suddenly experiencing strange dreams, and Ben Holiday, Willow and Questor Thews each depart on a quest to follow the dream they have been sent. But where did the dreams come from?
I am anxiously anticipating reading Wizard at Large, which is the next volume in the series, and I would eagerly recommend The Black Unicorn, and the Magic Kingdom of Landover series to any fans of fantasy and magic.