This Encylopedia of Magical Creatures contains well over six hundred pages of creatures you have heard of and many you have not. The entries are crossed referenced to assist with research and a wider understanding of a subject. There are very few illustrations but this is a necessity due to the breadth of the book. It is nicely presented with an introduction about the role of magical creatures now and in the past and an index at the back. It includes legends from all over the world. Mystical creatures such as dragons, griffins and unicorns are listed alongside animals, insects and birds who are attributed to have magical qualities such as magpies, foxes and snakes. Gods and Goddesses who take the form of an animal or are closely associated with one are covered, such as the Celtic goddess Epona who is associated with horses or Bastet, the Egyption cat-headed goddess. In addition, there are also details of creatures such as mermaids and mermen, nymphs, elves and ogres.
However, it is the obscure entries that I enjoyed best. Did you know that Enfield is not just a North London borough that used to produce firearms but is also a creature with parts from lion, wolf, fox and eagle? This book is great fun and definitely increased my knowledge of this subject.