“The Last Unicorn” by Peter S. Beagle
Review © 2021 Doug Reeder
Not my usual, but I can tell a good novel when I see it.
A Post-modern (the characters know they are in a fairy-tale), but not fractured, fairy-tale, but thankfully the narrative is linear.
The unicorn is the viewpoint character, until she meets Schmendrick the inept magician (a forerunner of Rincewind).
Artfully re-arranges several of the standard fairy-tale tropes, including the Hero and the Damsel in Distress.
As depressing as Donaldson, but shorter.