The Arthurian legend retold as a mighty epic starting with the dawn of time. Beautifully written this book takes you deep into the world of mythology, ancient magic, and history. This is the first of three. The others are The Eagle and the Sword(2) and the Wolf and the Crown (3). Best read in order. This is the story of battling gods, destiny, Merlin, Uther, ending with the birth of Arthur.
"There is only one Dragon. It lives inside the earth and is as huge as the whole planet." And so starts off this amazing retelling of the events surrounding the birth of the boy who would become king Arthur. Imagine starting out with a universe, and narrowing gradually down to a simple birth. All guided by words as descriptive and flowing as anything you will ever read.
I first picked up this book thinking, "Hmm, cool title. A dragon and a unicorn intertwined...kinda weird though." In fact I didn't even read it for around six months. I finally got bored enough to start, and couldn't stop.
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 the Himalayas, from the mudhut 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 ends--and begins--in a legend-heavy place at the edge of the Western Sea, with the first cry of a King new born. A place called Tintagel. A King, the heir Pendragon, called Eagle of Thor, or... Arthor.
A queen, a pilgrim,a demon==and a king witha world to save
this epic tale is a quest for immortality spans history, human and demihuman, from the dung fires on the steppes to the snows of the Himalyayas, from the mudhut 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 the quest that ends==and begins ==in a legend =heavy place at the edge of the Western Sea and the first cry of a city King new born. A place called Tintagel..A King , the heir Pendragon , called Eagle of Thor ,or Arthur
The demon Lailoken, as old as time, is tricked by Fire-lords and trapped in a human body. He becomes Merlinus, a wandering wise man expert in magic, destined to work for good among humans, opposed by the Furor (Woden). An encounter with the unicorn--a spirit similarly earthbound--brings him to Ygrane, queen of the Celts, and she sets him a task to find her king, a man seen in vision and fated to be her love-match. Merlinus-Lailoken seeks and finds him: Theodosius, a stable worker. But Ygrane has commanded the demon-wizard to bring her a king, so Merlinus sets to work making one.
This is an entrancing fantasy, drawing on everything from Norse myths to feng shui to build a magical, liminal Arthurian Britain.
I have read many many versions of the Arthurian legends and this by far is the most unique. I love how the author combined the Celtic, Norse, and Christian religions into a really nice blend. This is one of the few books that I haven't been able to stop reading until I finished it.
I could not get into this book and I made many attempts. Horrible. The author has a lot to tell you about this particular world and how it fits with the gods world and what makes them work/not work....so boring! Very little action with actual characters. The dragon is supposed to be the earth and the unicorn is of the sun and they have these hypothical mystical almost battles. Just couldn't do it.