Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold! (Magic Kingdom of Landover Series #1)

Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold! (Magic Kingdom of Landover Series #1)

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by Terry Brooks
     
 

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After Ben Holiday purchased Landover, he discovered the magic kingdom had some problems. The Barons refused to recognize a king and the peasants were without hope. To make matters worse, Ben learned that he had to duel to the death with the Iron Mask, the terrible lord of the demons—a duel which no human could hope to win....
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After Ben Holiday purchased Landover, he discovered the magic kingdom had some problems. The Barons refused to recognize a king and the peasants were without hope. To make matters worse, Ben learned that he had to duel to the death with the Iron Mask, the terrible lord of the demons—a duel which no human could hope to win....

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Brooks' bestselling Shannara trilogy may have been at heart a formulaic fantasy but its vigorous storytelling and intriguing characters won many readers. In his first non-Shannara novel, he takes on another well-worn premise: the contemporary Earthling transported to a fantasy world. Ben Holiday is a lawyer who finds little satisfaction in his work. His yearning for a simpler life seems thwarted when he finds the magic kinddom of Landover, a close analogy of Earth, with precariously balanced powers threatening each other, massive pollution, and general discontent centering on a lack of faith in leaders. This first volume in the new series is mainly introductory as Ben meets the locals and dashes off a few impossible tasks to assert his right to the throne. While still inventive, Brooks fails badly in his lackluster, unbelievable protagonist, his preachy moral tags and the adolescent, daydream quality of Ben's triumphs. Shannara fans are in for a disappointment.
School Library Journal

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.
—Janet Martin

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780606025508
Publisher:
Demco Media
Publication date:
06/01/1990
Series:
Magic Kingdom of Landover Series, #1

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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Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold! (Magic Kingdom of Landover Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 93 reviews.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favoriite series of all time - a definite must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed story! I couldn't put it down!
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GunnyJG More than 1 year ago
Fantastic, original story. This book is begging to be made into a movie. Only problem I had was all of the typos in the nook book version.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Ron1234 More than 1 year ago
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.
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