I was invited to submit a story to Peter S. Beagle’s Immortal Unicorn, which was to be a gorgeous hardcover anthology published by HarperPrism and to include stories by fantasy luminaries like Charles de Lint, Karen Joy Fowler, Robert Sheckley, and Ellen Kushner. Peter Beagle, of course, is famous for his classic, The Last Unicorn, so he’s an expert about all things with one horn.

The Unicorn has a rich history of myth and symbology in European cultures, representing everything from male potency to Jesus Christ. The stories were sure to draw from this body of literature and art and indeed they did.

I wanted to write something a bit different. I’d just finished writing The Gilded Age: A Time Travel (originally titled The Golden Nineties) and was conversant in the 1890s fin de siècle period, as well as Chinese culture in America during that time. It turns out the Chinese also have a rich and fascinating body of unicorn lore. The unicorn is one of the Four Fabulous Creatures in Chinese alchemy. There is the Unicorn, the Dragon, the Phoenix, and the Tortoise.

The Creatures fascinated me, and I knew I had my story. Daughter of the Tao is divided into four Parts, each titled with one of the Creatures.

Daughter of the Tao is free exclusively on Kindle until March 1, 2013!

Published in Peter S. Beagle’s Immortal Unicorn (HarperPrism), which included stories by Charles de Lint, Karen Joy Fowler, Robert Sheckley, and Ellen Kushner.

Daughter of the Tao
5.0 out of 5 stars
a beautiful novella! April 23, 2012
By Mark Abrams
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
The characters in this little book jumped off the page and you really cared what happened to them. It is a rare talent that can do that so well! This was a compelling tale of a girl sold into slavery as her culture allowed. I found myself hooked from the very first page as I followed her through the twists and turns of her life. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a character-based story with a touch of magic and fantasy to it!

From the author of The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series, on Nook and Kindle, Summer of Love, A Time Travel (a Philip K. Dick Award finalist and San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book) on Nook and Kindle, and The Gilded Age, A Time Travel (a New York Times Notable Book and New York Public Library Recommended Book) on Nook and Kindle.

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