The Black Unicorn (Magic Kingdom of Landover Series #2)

The Black Unicorn (Magic Kingdom of Landover Series #2)

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by Terry Brooks
     
 

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A year had passed since Ben Holiday bought the Magic Kingdon from the wizard, Meeks. But unbeknownst to him, he has been the victim of a trap by Meeks, who has succeeded in stealing the Paladin and appropriating his face. Suddenly none of Ben's friends know him, but all of his enemies do. He must win it all back again--only this time on his own!

Overview

A year had passed since Ben Holiday bought the Magic Kingdon from the wizard, Meeks. But unbeknownst to him, he has been the victim of a trap by Meeks, who has succeeded in stealing the Paladin and appropriating his face. Suddenly none of Ben's friends know him, but all of his enemies do. He must win it all back again--only this time on his own!

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Library Journal
Dreams of trouble, missing spellbooks, and a black unicorn send Ben Holiday, Landover's newest king, his wizard, Questor, and the sylph, Willow, on three separate quests that converge in a battle for control of their magical kingdom. This sequel to Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold! contains the same welcome touches of humor as its predecessor and confirms Brooks's talent for light fantasy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345335289
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/1988
Series:
Magic Kingdom of Landover Series, #2
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
166,977
Product dimensions:
4.22(w) x 6.87(h) x 0.66(d)
Lexile:
850L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Terry Brooks has thrilled readers for decades with his powers of imagination and storytelling. He is the author of more than thirty books, most of which have been New York Times bestsellers. He lives with his wife, Judine, in the Pacific Northwest.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Pacific Northwest and Hawaii
Date of Birth:
January 8, 1944
Place of Birth:
Sterling, Illinois
Education:
B.A. in English, Hamilton College, 1966; J.D., Washington and Lee University
Website:
http://www.terrybrooks.net

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Black Unicorn 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
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Lovestoread40 More than 1 year ago
I like this series - the only problem is the author spends a lot of time explaining things as if you had never read the first book. It's just a little distracting - I don't need a full refresher on who everyone was in the first book, I just finished it a few nights ago. Otherwise I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series. I like the idea of buying a "magic kingdom" from a Neiman-Marcus style Christmas catalog.
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Halchrist More than 1 year ago
Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed the book many years ago in print. I enjoyed the whole series in print as well. The first in this series had a few typos, easily dismissed. The second book in the series took me out of the immersion a good book normally had and drove me to distraction. Whoever at Random House proofed this ebook should be dismissed, or broken back to the proofing kiddie books. I don't plan to read any more of this series in ebook form.
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brjunkie More than 1 year ago
As the black unicorn emerges from the mists, their dreams are turned into premonitions. Ben is called to return to Chicago, Questor goes in search of the lost books of magic, and Willow quests for a magical golden bridle. They are all aware of the dangers and traps that could be waiting for them, but that isn't enough to make them ignore their dreams and keep them from leaving the safety of Sterling Silver. Ben suspects Meeks, the former court wizard and half-brother of Questor, is the manipulator behind these premonition like dreams. What is Meeks up to, and what could Meeks' plan achieve? It's not exactly like his dream, but Questor is ultimately able to retrieve the missing books of magic, and get back to Sterling Silver with them. According to Landover's history, the fairy folk sent out unicorns to the other worlds to keep the magic alive. However, the white unicorns turned up missing, never making it through the mists and out of Landover. There are pictures of them in one of the two missing books of magic. What could that mean? With the dreadful feeling that Meeks is near, and with the warning of the rune stone burning red hot in his pocket, Meeks piggy-backs onto Ben without his knowledge, in order to enter Landover. Meeks manipulates Ben in giving him the medallion of the King of Landover. He has also been able to gain possession of the missing books of magic too! Now, he only needs.what, for what purpose? Could it have something to do with Willow's dream and the black unicorn? Ben finds that he is disguised by his own magic, not by Meeks', and the magic in Landover is dying. He must find a way to get his medallion back, but Meeks has conjured a demon to chase and kill him. He also has a pressing need to warn Willow, so she doesn't return to Sterling Silver with the magical golden bridle and mistakenly give it to Meeks. Ben will meet an odd and possibly dangerous new character, the prism cat, which does and doesn't answer his questions. He is quite frustrating and puzzling. He'll also meet the Earth Mother, another creature of fairy, that will ask him to make a promise to her regarding Willow. When Ben learns from the two G'home Gnomes that Strabo and Nightshade have been stealing the gold bridle from one another, he'll see that Nightshade has returned from the mists alive and she is seeking revenge, when he attempts to steal it from her. Everything will come to a chaotic boil when Meeks and his pet demon, Questor and Abernathy, Willow and the black unicorn, and the disguised Ben all meet at Mirwouk. Willow must figure out who is the real Ben and the true king of Landover. With the powerful aid of the prism cat battling Meeks, will Ben run out of time before he is able to undo the magic that has glamoured him, and will Willow be able to help the black unicorn before Meeks gets his talon-like hands on the magic golden bridle that will harness the black unicorn and its power?
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mdchlanda More than 1 year ago
Let me preface my remarks by saying this is for an out of print audio cassette. (They [Amazon] don't have a listing for this format). This is a tale of good v. evil, with Ben Ben Holiday, and a host of odd creatures, seeking to find the Black Unicorn, and to destroy the books of magic. As part of the Kingdom of Landover series, by Terry Brooks, it creates a magical world; where the final battle between Ben, and Qwestor Thews, one of the two wizards, and half brothers, battle over the destruction of the magic books. Also, there are a talking dog, a fairy like creature, who Ben loves, and a talking cat. Mr. Brooks has created a whimsical, but fine story. The audio cassette, out of print, is well read by Mr. Dick Hill; whose ability to create various voices, and express a wide range of emotions, speaks to his credit as a reader. Fine story.
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