Search Site
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Magical Beasts (Enchanted World Series) by…

Magical Beasts (Enchanted World Series) (edition 1985)

by Time-Life Books (Editor)

Series: Enchanted World (8)

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations
376260,986 (3.81)None
A collection of tales containing mythical animals from Greece, Egypt, and the Far East with a special chapter on unicorns. Part of the Enchanted World series from Time-Life books which also contains Magical Justice (1986).
Title:Magical Beasts (Enchanted World Series)
Authors:Time-Life Books (Editor)
Info:Time Life Education (1985), Edition: First Edition
Collections:Cupboard 1 / Row 3

Work Information

Magical Beasts (Enchanted World) by Time-Life Books


Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

Showing 2 of 2
  OakGrove-KFA | Mar 28, 2020 |
To learn more about the Enchanted World Series and see this full review, please visit www.readrantrockandroll.com

Magical Beasts is the second book in the Enchanted World Series that I've read recently. The book is split into three sections/chapters and covers many different beasts and myths from long ago.

This magical and mysterious volume has stories about beasts including Minotaur, Satyrs, Centaurs, Fomorians, dog-men, flying beasts, and unicorns. The first section covers "Vestiges of the Elder Days" and readers learn about some Greek Mythology.

I found the second section titled "Riders of the Wind" more interesting which highlights flying creatures like the Firebird of Russia and other strange creatures that scholars told about after their travels. It's interesting how some of these false tales formed. This section covers the manticore, the basilisk, and the peryton to name a few.

Chapter three, "Paragon of Purity" was probably my favorite section which covers unicorns and a few other horned creatures. It concludes with a tale about Alexander, the Macedonian King and his mighty horse.

These books contain stunning works of art and once again they steal the show. You can locate the artists in the back of the book and learn about where all these tales originated. I like the way this volume was put together and I think people who like to read fantasy would enjoy it. Some of the stories are strange and the artwork can be explicit at times, but the tales are interesting.

The Enchanted World Series is a book set of 21 volumes and I've been working to complete my set by purchasing a volume here and there. Some of of the volumes are more expensive than others. I recently read Wizards and Witches by Brendan Lehane and you can see that review HERE.

( )
1 vote Mischenko | Nov 30, 2017 |
Showing 2 of 2
no reviews | add a review

Belongs to Series

You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
Forty centuries ago, when most of the world was a wilderness wandered by barbarian tribes and haunted by strange and savage beings, the island of Crete, set like a precious stone in the sapphire seas of Greece, gave rise to a kingdom of seafaring princes and treasure-filled palaces.
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS
Canonical LCC

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


A collection of tales containing mythical animals from Greece, Egypt, and the Far East with a special chapter on unicorns. Part of the Enchanted World series from Time-Life books which also contains Magical Justice (1986).

No library descriptions found.

Book description
Magical Beasts opens with a recounting of how early in humanity's existence the world was locked in an Ice Age. Humans feared the animals and worshipped the Cave bear. Time passed and the cave bear perished but other beast gods remained such as Cernunnos. The gods of Egypt were beast men and the Greeks spoke of their gods disguising themselves as animals. There are other examples such as Chiron; a centaur, he was hailed as the divine beast. There came the day, however, that Pan the goat god died and the beast gods' decline began. This was seen in how animalistic Fomorians of Ireland had lost their magic and were forced to ruling with brute force. They and Balor, their king, were routed by his grandson Lugh of the Long Hand, champion of the ascendant Tuatha de Danaan. Magic was dying as Europe Christianized but there were other places in the world such as Asia where magic yet held sway and dog men, monopods, and Blemmyes.

It also recounts that many flying animals, both mundane and magical, commanded respect for reason that they were able to escape the mundane world by flight. Pegasus, the Roc, Simurghs, Firebirds, the Phoenix, and even ordinary birds like the Raven in mythology and the robin were revered. Other flying animals were also known such as Griffins, Harpies and Tengus.

Of all magical beasts, however, Unicorns were the most respected. It epitomised beauty and purity but courage as well because it would never let itself be taken alive. Its cousins included China’s Ki-lin and the Persian Karkadann which, unlike their European counterpart, respectively embodied only gentility or ferocity. All however could be tamed by maidens. Unicorns' horns also had the power to cure poison and disease; in their desire to obtain the horns, humans drove unicorns to extinction

The text mentions other beasts such as the manticore, mermecolion, baromets, basilisk, and peryton.
Haiku summary

Popular covers

Quick Links


Average: (3.81)
1 1
2 1
3 8
3.5 2
4 15
4.5 1
5 7

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 185,457,455 books! | Top bar: Always visible