The Karkadann Triangle

Patricia A. McKillip and Peter S. Beagle

Discover unicorns as you have never imagined them, in this special, limited edition chapbook celebrating fantasy icons Peter S. Beagle and Patricia A. McKillip at the height of their powers


The Karkadann Triangle

by Patricia A. McKillip and Peter S. Beagle

ISBN: Chapbook: 978-1-61696-311-8 Digital: 978-1-61696-313-2

Published: September 2018

Available Format(s): Chapbook and Digital


In ancient Persia, magical beasts are nearly extinct. But the unicorns are not yet gone—not when the terrifying karkadann wields its deadly horn. It will be up to Heydari, tenderhearted son of an elephant driver, to discover more than a monster in a badly-injured beast.

Lisa passes her days as a distracted maid who is slow of speech and thought. But Lisa has unique memories: a terrible sorcerer has cursed with his dying spell, taking both her freedom and her true form.

Discover unicorns as you have never imagined them, in this special, limited edition chapbook celebrating two fantasy icons at the height of their powers.

About the Authors

Peter S. Beagle (editor) is the bestselling author of The Last Unicorn, which has sold over five million copies since its initial publication in 1968. His other novels include A Fine & Private Place, The Innkeeper’s Song, Tamsin, Summerlong and In Calabria. His short fiction collections include The Rhinoceros Who Quoted Nietzsche, The Line Between, and Sleight of Hand. Beagle has won the Hugo, Nebula, Mythopoeic, and Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire awards and the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement. He lives in Richmond, California.

Patricia A. McKillip is the beloved author of twenty-seven fantasy novels, including The Riddle-Master of Hed, Harpist in the Wind, Ombria in Shadow, Solstice Wood, and The Sorceress and the Cygnet.  She received the inaugural World Fantasy Award for The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, and later received the Word Fantasy lifetime achievement award. She is also a three-time Mythopoeic Award winner. McKillip lives in Oregon.

Praise for Peter S. Beagle

“[Beagle] has been compared, not unreasonably, with Lewis Carroll and J. R. R. Tolkien, but he stands squarely—and triumphantly—on his own feet.”
The Saturday Review

“One of my favorite writers.”
—Madeleine L’Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time

“Peter S. Beagle illuminates with his own particular magic such commonplace matters as ghosts, unicorns, and werewolves. For years a loving readership has consulted him as an expert on those hearts’ reasons that reason does not know.”
—Ursula K. Le Guin, author of A Wizard of Earthsea

“Peter S. Beagle is (in no particular order) a wonderful writer, a fine human being, and a bandit prince out to steal readers’ hearts.”
—Tad Williams, author of The Dragonbone Chair

“We all have something to learn—about writing, about humanity, about hope—from Peter Beagle.”
—Seanan McGuire, author of Rosemary and Rue

“Peter Beagle deserves a seat at the table with the great masters of fantasy.”
―Christopher Moore, author of Lamb and The Serpent of Venice

Praise for Patrica A. McKillip

“McKillip’s is the first name that comes to mind when I’m asked whom I read myself, whom I’d recommend that others read, and who makes me shake my grizzled head and say, “Damn I wish I’d done that”
—Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn and The Overneath

“I read, and reread McKillip eagerly. She reminds me that fantasy is worth writing.”
—Stephen R. Donaldson, author of the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant

“Patricia McKillip is the real thing and always has been. She shows the rest of us that magic can be made with words and air; that is it worth doing and worth doing well.”
—Ellen Kushner, author of Swordspoint and Thomas the Rhymer

“Ever since finding and loving The Riddle-Master of Hed many years ago, I have read everything Patricia McKillip has written. You should too.”
—Garth Nix, author of Sabriel and the Keys to the Kingdom

“Some authors we read for their characters and their plots, others for the beauty of their language. I read Pat McKillip for all three.”
—Charles de Lint, author of The Riddle of the Wren and The Blue Girl

“World Fantasy Award winner McKillip can take the most common fantasy elements, dragons and bards, sorcerers and shape-shifters and reshape them in surprising and resonant ways.
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Elegant and absorbing, [McKillip’s] work never reads as stiff or formal, as some fantasy stories can lean toward, and the language, while beautiful, never loses the reader, but instead remains both lyrical and deeply visceral.”
Manhattan Book Review


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