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The advertisement for a fantasy kingdom in a Christmas catalog catches the eye of Ben Holiday, who was recently widowed and dissatisfied with his life; he finds a make-believe world of medieval splendor appealing. But when he arrives in the alternate world of Landover, all is not fun and jousting. Dangers abound, and his actions have a life-and-death reality. The castle is a rusted heap, its army disbanded, and the entire kingdom decayed from the loss of magic. Only a ragtag handful of retainers remain in the castle to serve the new king. Even worse, the feudal lords are in revolt, a dragon ravages the land, and the first pretty girl Ben meets turns into a tree. A demon lord has pledged to kill any king, and the ghostly knight intended to protect the throne is an empty pile of armor. Ben tackles things head on and finds the strength to conquer problems both mundane and supernatural. This is the first episode of the "Magic Kingdom of Landover" series. Narrator Dick Hill demonstrates his talent and imagination by giving each fantasy character a unique voice. Written in 1986, this is recommended for all collections that include fantasy fiction.
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Posted July 12, 2010
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Another great series from Terry Brooks! If you are looking for something that is not quite as serious, with insurmountable odds that the stories in the Shannara series triumphantly give the reader, then the Magic Kingdom of Landover is for you. With its quirky characters and a fun sense of humor, it still delivers with the mystical fantasy, awing magic, and with big scary monsters and demons. (It may seem to some readers that Terry Brooks may have plagiarized from Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover series. The magic kingdom of Landover is another world entirely, with its several moons, and alien plant life. Ben just arrives in Landover through the Fairy Mists, not on a spaceship through the stars.)
Ben Holiday is a lawyer, (which Terry Brooks knows something about), who has lost his wife in a car accident. Because of his traumatic lose; he is not able to move on with his life. When one of Annie's catalogs comes in the mail, it pisses him off at first, but then he starts to look through it and finds an entire magical kingdom for sale, and at just one million dollars, it is a steal! Ben makes up his mind that he is not going to be happy going on without Annie and continuing working in a legal system that he finds is broken. Therefore, he buys himself kingship of Landover. (Makes sense to me, right.)
Unfortunately, he bought a lemon. Only four remain to run the magnificent castle Sterling Silver. Questor is the king's wizard who is not capable of performing magic very well. Abernathy is the court scribe who suffered at the hands of Questor, and refuses to forgive him for it. Finally, there are the two kobolds that cook, run errands, and protect the king. However, they are not able to speak. They only hiss. Ben's castle Sterling Silver is failing and suffering from the Tarnish. The dragon Strabo is tormenting the lands. His people have absolutely no faith in him, or the good that he is capable of doing for Landover. The magic is running out for Landover.
Things seem to turn around for him when he meets Willow, a creature of fairy. In addition to his four friends, she helps Ben realize that he cannot hide from Nightshade, the witch who everyone is scared to death of. Willow also helps him to learn what the link is between the king of Landover and the Paladin, in order to defeat the demon the Iron Mark, in a combat to the death. Ultimately, Ben is able to put his wife at rest, and to move on with his life because that is what she would want him to do. Ben will become more than just a play-king to Landover and its people. He will be their fair and just King of the magic kingdom of Landover!
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Posted February 10, 2015
This is an unbelievably unforgettable premise. I mean, could you just imagine? If you could buy the things dreams are made of… Combine this with a solid storyline with lots of plot twists to keep you on your toes and you have a winner. Brooks has created a magical land full of mythical being and dangers and rewards beyond your wildest imaginings. He brings the entire world to life, allowing you to do more than simply walk through it, you experience it.
The characters definitely made this story. They were as magical as the land they lived in. Not only are there a myriad of humans, fairy creatures, and other being to get to know, but there were a number of personalities to fall in love with. There were certain characters who made me laugh every time they appeared, others who made me cringe. Above all, however, their plights all tugged at my heart. The main character took the cake. He was fantastic. He is one of those rare individuals who capture your heart, embodying everything that you want to be and all the weaknesses you see in yourself.
This was a magical, enjoyable novel that brings Brooks’ world to life in a big way. I can’t wait to see what happens in Landover next!
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I read this book years ago but I find myself thinking back on it a lot. I got it as a hand-me down book, but it is a good book. I have read some of the sequeals that I could find and, while they are good extentions of the story, there is something missing in them that was in this book. The one thing this book has, as all fantasies should, a great escape from our world through our imagination.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 13, 2013
Great story. Read this on years ago and I still recommend it. Still waiting for more books in the Landover series. For anyone who enjoys a fantasy book with a light touch.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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I found this book to be very entertaining. I had to fight with myself to put it down. I find reading it to be much lighter than the Shannara Series, however, it is still an excellent book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 22, 2003
wow. not as good as wish song and talismans, but darned good. it has 8 main charachters. ben questor abernathey willow bunion parsnip fillip and sot. my favorites are questor and abernathey, because they fight alot and they're funny.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 17, 2003
This is THE best book I have ever read. When my cousin recommended it to me it didn't sound like a fun book, but as soon as I oened it I had trouble putting it down. I would stay up until 2 in the morning because I didn't want to leave the wonders of Landover. I STRONGLY recommend this book to any fanatsy-atics.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 25, 2002
This was a very good book! Enough action with a very interesting plot and good character development. Terry Brooks has succesfully created another exiting universe for all fantasy lovers. Not as good as the Shannara books, but I still recomend buying it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Terry Brooks makes magic come to life with this epic dale of Ben Holiday and his purchase of the Fairy Tale kingdom of Landover! I loves this book! You can have your ¿Harry Potter¿ and your ¿Lord Of the Rings¿ but all five of the Magic Kingdom of Landover books are a must!!!!! Five stars all the way! THANK YOU FOR THIS BOOK TERRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 13, 2002
Forget Harry Potter,this leaves you wanting more.This book is the story of man named Ben Hoilday steps out of our world and becomes king of a werid world called Landover.***********GREAT THIS IS A MUST READ.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 22, 2001
this books mixes fantasy with reality, love,heroism,and all that good stuff lol. i had to read this book for school,and i soooo glad i did. in fact, i wanna read all of the sequels!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 1, 2001
Ok, this book may not be for everyone. If you are looking for an intense, epic fantasy ( The Lord of the Rings, etc...), this book prob. isn't for you. But, if you're looking for a very good 'escape from reality' book, this is it. With characters you will care about, and adventure after adventure, it is one of the easiest books to read there is.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 25, 2001