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The Way Home

By Peter S. Beagle
The Way Home by Peter S. Beagle digital book - Fable

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Renowned author Peter S. Beagle returns to the world of The Last Unicorn in this resonant and moving two-novella collection, featuring the award-winning “Two Hearts” and the brand-new “Sooz.”

The Last Unicorn is one of fantasy’s most revered classics, beloved by generations of readers and with millions of copies in print. Revisiting the world of that novel, Beagle’s long-awaited Hugo and Nebula-Awards-winning “Two Hearts” introduced the irrepressible Sooz on a quest to save her village from a griffin, and explored the bonds she formed with unforgettable characters like the wise and wonderful Molly Grue and Schmendrick the Magician.

In the never-before-published “Sooz,” the events of “Two Hearts” are years behind its narrator, but a perilous journey lies ahead of her, in a story that is at once a tender meditation on love and loss, and a lesson in finding your true self.

The Way Home is suffused with Beagle’s wisdom, profound lyricism, and sly wit; and collects two timeless works of fantasy.

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13 Reviews

3.5
Characters change and growLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenEasy to readBeautiful settingMagical settingComing of age
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“Two Hearts: It’s set decades after the last Unicorn & is about a little girl called Sooz who lives in a village where a Griffin attacks her kind & goes to seek King to find help & meet characters from previous story. They help her on her quest & the king old as he may be succeed in killing the griffin but in turn dies, while the unicorn (his love) does appear in his last few moments. Before they return to their kingdom Molly tells Sooz a tune to sing on her 17th bday. — Sooz: Sooz is now 17 she sings the tune she was taught in the middle of forest & then falls asleep & dreams to find out she had a sister. Her parents tell the truth that her sister was taken away by the fae & that Sooz was a changeling child. She goes to search for her sister in the other world, & meets a stone creature called Dakhoun who guides her in this land. She finds her sister & tries to convince her to come home with her & she eventually does after a few attempts. All 3 travel back home to the real world & the sister is reunited with her parents but sadly Dokhoun dies. My main issue in this story is the rape scene that comes out of nowhere in ch3, it made no sense & added nothing to the plot towards the MC.”
Characters change and growLikable charactersEasy to readFast-pacedDark settingMagical settingComing of ageDarkHeartbreakingSexual assault
“the way this book made me relapse into one of the darkest memories of my psyche is criminal. loved it”
Characters change and growBeautifully writtenMagical setting
“Note: Discussion of SA — I understand why so many did not like these short stories. I found the rape in the second story unimaginative when it could have been an otherworldly torture to cement the tragedy in this other place. Sooz’s trauma response on the other hand, was well characterized. I appreciated the fading memory narrative style, the deliberate obfuscation of Dreamie society, and the harrowing journey rooted in misinterpreted augury. All in all, a heartbreaking tale of faerie.”
Dark settingComing of ageDarkHeartbreakingAbuseAnimal abuseSexual assaultViolence

About Peter S. Beagle

Peter S. Beagle was born in 1939 and raised in the Bronx, just a few blocks from Woodlawn Cemetery, the inspiration for his first novel, A Fine and Private Place. He is the author of classic works such as The Last Unicorn, Tamsin, and The Innkeeper’s Song, and his novels have earned him many millions of fans around the world. In addition to stories and novels, Beagle has written numerous teleplays and screenplays, including the animated versions of The Lord of the Rings and The Last Unicorn. His nonfiction book I See By My Outfit is considered a classic of American travel writing; and he is also a gifted poet, lyricist, and singer/songwriter.

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