Kirkus Review: THE REALITY, MYTHOLOGY, AND FANTASIES OF UNICORNS by W. B. J. Williams is “a serious, concise, and erudite exploration of a longtime myth.”

A scholarly examination of unicorn folklore weaves its way through art and archaeology.

Williams uses the research he compiled for his novel, The Garden at the Roof of the World(2013), to trace the evolution of the unicorn myth through European and Eastern cultures. From the Hebrew re’em, associated with the tabernacle, to the Chinese qilin, a heavenly messenger that foretold the greatness of Confucius, the author pursues the unicorn through the historical and archaeological record. Along the way, he finds nothing resembling the single-horned horse of contemporary fantasy but does find a menagerie of bull- and goatlike creatures as well as hare and feline varieties depicted in Islamic art and literature. While exploring specific myths, such as the enmity between the unicorn and the lion, Williams discovers an association between unicorns and the moon in heraldry in Assyrian and Babylonian art and a metaphor for spiritual development in the tradition of the unicorn hunt: “The hunt for the unicorn is the hunt for God within the world.” Williams proposes his own theory about the origin of the unicorn early on, speculating that the extinct Elasmotherium, a single-horned relative of the rhino, may have survived long enough into human history to have inspired the legend’s iconography, finding support for his theory in the characteristics of the Islamic karkadan and in the writings of Marco Polo. Yet Williams is not credulous; he admits that his theory may be wishful thinking, and he’s similarly skeptical of conclusions reached by other authors. He also smartly anticipates readers’ possible criticisms—pointing out, for instance, that in ancient seals found in the Indus Valley, two-horned animals were shown with both horns even in profile. Williams gets bogged down at one point in a discussion of Sumerian and Assyrian myths, and a late chapter about unicorns in modern art and literature feels cursory. Overall, though, readers will find this to be a well-researched and illustrated exploration of an enduring legend.

A serious, concise, and erudite exploration of a longtime myth.

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Happy Book Birthday: THE REALITY, MYTHOLOGY, AND FANTASIES OF UNICORNS by W. B. J. Williams

The Hunt for a Unicorn

The belief in unicorns as magical creatures is one that is rooted deeply in human history. They are featured in myths, legends, and folk tales from multiple cultures across the globe. In this volume, W.B.J. Williams, the author of the historical unicorn-themed fantasy “The Garden at the Roof of the World”, takes us on a journey through time to the dawn of civilization, for a fascinating take on the unicorn and its origins. Step into the worlds of magic, science, mythology, and the arts on your very own hunt for a unicorn.

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Cover Reveal! On the Reality, Mythology, and Fantasies of Unicorns!

Puns, wimsey, odd poetry and mystical romps

The image comes from the beautify tapestry from the Lady and the Unicorn series known as La Vue (Sight) which currently hangs in the Musée de Cluny. WE chose this image for a number of reasons: to highlight the ever present mystical relationship between unicorns and women, because the tapestry also shows the lion (in this case defeated and subservient to both the Lady and the Unicorn), and it shows the grove of trees. The images of lady, unicorn, lion, and a sacred grove of trees re-occurs throughout human history, appearing together for the first time in ancient Sumer. There the Lady is the goddess Inanna, the daughter of the moon. The unicorn is also associated with the moon, throughout human history, but this, alas, is not depicted in the tapestry.

You can reserve a copy of the book on amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/Reality-Mythology-Fantasies-Unicorns-ebook/dp/B0976GBH9C/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=dragonwell+publishing&qid=1623693634&sr=8-4

Alone of the tapestries in the series…

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THE KEY TO ALL THINGS by Cindy Lynn Speer

A brand-new romantic fantasy adventure from the bestselling author of THE CHOCOLATIER’S WIFE!

Every day, Lady Avriel hears the bards sing about the greatest love story of all times, a heartbreaking romance between a human nobleman, Captain Edward de Vere, and the beautiful Queen of the Fae, who shattered his heart when she abandoned him to accept her throne. Avriel secretly longs for the sad and romantic captain as she works as a double agent, serving at both human and fae courts to keep the peace between the two kingdoms.

But for three hours every night she remembers a completely different world, where the greatest love story is a lie, and Edward belongs to her. She believes this reality to be the true one, even if no one else does. The world has fallen under a spell, and it is up to Avriel to find its source and undo it. To set things right, Avriel must face the all-powerful Elder Fae and confront the darkest powers that rule her destiny – only to learn that if she proceeds, her actions will bring chaos and open her kingdom to destruction. Is this a choice she is willing to make to bring her love back?

Beautifully presented with the original cover art by the award-winning author Howard David Johnson, THE KEY TO ALL THINGS features a highly original take on
magic and the power of storytelling.

Pre-order now from any major retailer!

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Upcoming from Dragonwell Publishing: DEVIL’S WAYS anthology

“Readers are in for a devilish twist.” — Publishers Weekly

There is no light without dark; no highlights without shadows; no good without evil. The Devil is where things happen. Where stories begin. This collection brings together stories from multiple cultures, featuring the Devil both as an abstract concept and a creature, a terror, a force of nature, an enemy, a trickster, and so many more.

Step into the world of shadows, and travel through Devil’s many incarnations spanning centuries of history and myth, from the Ancient Greece, African and Caribbean folklore, dark ages in Europe, all the way to the present day.


Are you a book reviewer? Check it out on NetGalley, going live at the end of the day tomorrow, at the following link:

https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/185962

Are you a reader? Preorder a copy now, at the following links:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1940076498?tag=speculativefic05&linkCode=ogi&th=1&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/Devils-Ways-anthology-various-authors-ebook/dp/B085VJK2RK/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=devil%27s+ways+michael+swanwick&qid=1585667827&sr=8-1

(More links coming up soon, please stay tuned)

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ONCE UPON A CURSE — last call!

Next week, ONCE UPON A CURSE, our beloved anthology of dark fairy tales, is going out of print! One last time, we are holding a sale for this enchanting title, which has been one of our top sellers for the last 5 years! Beautifully presented with the cover by Howard David Johnson, it features some of the best stories from such celebrated authors as Peter Beagle, Nancy Kress, Patricia Wrede, and many others.

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Hurry to grab your own copy for $2.99, less than 40% of the original price, at the following link:

https://www.publisherspick.com/

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Dragonwell Publishing Year-End Sale!

Do you enjoy good speculative fiction? Hurry to grab some of the top selling Dragonwell books at an unbeatable price on Amazon:

Happy Holidays from the Dragonwell team!

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ONCE UPON A CURSE — last chance!!!

After staying in print for five years, this magical collection of stories by some of the best authors in the genre is going to go out of print very soon after the new year. We are celebrating its last days with Dragonwell by lowering its price in all venues by over 60%.

Use this very last chance to grab your very own copy of this magical collection at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other major e-book retailers!

BONUS DEAL: share anything about this book on any social media and post the link into the comment sections in this post to unlock special prizes for the holidays from Dragonwell Publishing.

“Gorgeous, haunting, and a wonder to read” – San Francisco Book Review

“An appealing way to rediscover the classic tales” – Publishers Weekly

Cover by award-winning artist Howard David Johnson

“A beautiful addition to the adventurous fairy tale fan’s shelf” – Portland Book Review

STEP INTO THE WORLD OF MYTH AND MAGIC…

Fair maidens, handsome princes, witches, and fairy godmothers all show their dark and dangerous side in this anthology inspired by myths and fairy tales, retold by some of the best authors in this generation and by some upcoming new talents. Told with a dark twist, focused on the lure of the gorgeous evil, this collection will take the readers on a wild ride through magical realms of Ancient Greece, old Russia, medieval Europe, and modern day America.

 

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ONCE UPON A CURSE on sale today!

This bestselling fairy tale-themed anthology, including stories by the award-winning authors Peter Beagle, Nancy Kress, Patricia Wrede, Anna Kashina, Lucy Snyder, Cindy Lynn Speer, Imogen Howson, and Siobhan Carroll, is on sale today in many US-based venues. Get your own copy today!

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Awesome bestseller ranks for THE CHOCOLATIER’S WIFE today!

Thanks to all our fans — the sales ranks for THE CHOCOLATIER’S WIFE are as follows today:

It is not too late to grab a copy for 99 cents — until tomorrow!

 

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