StoryGraph Saturday: The Dragon and the Unicorn

StoryGraph Saturday is a weekly thing where I randomly choose a book from my To Read pile on StoryGraph and show it off to both remind myself that it’s there and to show it to you, Dear Reader, in case you might find it interesting, too.


The Dragon and the Unicorn (Arthor #1)
by A.A. Attanasio
Fantasy/Arthurian
539 pages
First published in 1994

From The StoryGraph:

A queen, a pilgrim, a demon — and a king with a world to save

Beneath every beloved legend, there is a deeper legend still, etched in ancient stone. The Dragon and the Unicorn begins before the beginning of Time, as light first cools to matter, bearing within it the electron glow of lost Heaven. Attanasio’s epic tale of a quest for immortality spans all history, human and demihuman, from the dung fires on the steppes to the snows of Himalayas, from the mud-hut cities on the Euphrates to the glass and steel towers of tomorrow, from the hunt for the Unicorn’s horn to the ceaseless wars of elf and dragon, Celt and Roman. It is a quest that end — and begins — in a legend-heavy place at the edge of the Western Sea, with the first cry of a King newborn. A place called Tint gel. A King, the Heir Pendragon, called Eagle of Thor, or…Arthor.

One of today’s boldest, most imaginative, and most inventive authors, A. A. Attanasio unites all the legends of creation and redemption into a dream song as old as the druid chants, and as timeless as the quantum hum at creation’s shinning heart.

And so a new departure in epic fantasy takes flight.


I have a vague plan to read a bunch of Arthurian legends and newer stories based on Arthurian legends for 2022. I’ve seen this series here and there throughout the years, so if I decide to go ahead with this Arthurian reading quest, I will give this one a try.

2 thoughts on “StoryGraph Saturday: The Dragon and the Unicorn

  1. I hope it will! I’ve read a lot of other Arthurian tales, and very few have been memorable. My favorites are Mary Stewart’s Merlin trilogy, and basically nothing else has lived up to it. But it seems the quest may continue in 2022…

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