A Princess of Landover (Magic Kingdom of Landover Series #6)

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Ben Holiday, mere mortal turned monarch of the magic kingdom of Landover, has grappled with numerous contenders for his throne, but nothing could have prepared him for the most daunting of challengers: his headstrong teenage daughter, Mistaya. After getting suspended from an exclusive private school in our world, Mistaya is determined to resume her real education—learning sorcery from court wizard Questor Thews—whether her parents like it or not. Then, horrified that a repulsive Landover nobleman seeks to marry ...
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Overview

Ben Holiday, mere mortal turned monarch of the magic kingdom of Landover, has grappled with numerous contenders for his throne, but nothing could have prepared him for the most daunting of challengers: his headstrong teenage daughter, Mistaya. After getting suspended from an exclusive private school in our world, Mistaya is determined to resume her real education—learning sorcery from court wizard Questor Thews—whether her parents like it or not. Then, horrified that a repulsive Landover nobleman seeks to marry her, Mistaya decides that the only way to run her own life is to run away from home.

So begins an eventful odyssey peppered with a formidable dragon, recalcitrant Gnomes, an inscrutable magic cat, a handsome librarian, a sinister sorcerer, and more than a few narrow escapes as fate draws Landover’s intrepid princess into the thick of a mystery that will put her mettle to the test—and possibly bring the kingdom to its knees.
 

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“Sweet, charming and skillful . . . an enjoyable journey, a helluva ride.”—January magazine 
 
“Fans of Brooks’s magic kingdom of Landover will welcome this title. . . . There are plenty of treats.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“Fun and engaging.”—Kirkus Reviews
Publishers Weekly
Fans of Brooks's magic kingdom of Landover will welcome this title, the first new book in the series since 1996's Witches' Brew. Ben Holiday's daughter, Mistaya, is now 15 and currently suspended from her private girl's school on Earth for scaring a classmate with magic. Her father—at wit's end despite having defeated many more fantastic challenges—decides to teach her responsibility by sending her to the remote royal library, Libiris. Mistaya runs away, but winds up in Libiris anyway, trying to hide in plain sight. There she discovers a suspicious character called His Eminence, a mysterious voice crying for help and a vast evil threatening all of Landover. The lighthearted story, as with the earlier volumes, can be serious without the convoluted grittiness of Brooks's Shannara saga, and there are plenty of treats for returning readers. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Adult/High School—Mistaya Holiday has some problems, and her biggest isn't that she is being expelled from Carrington Women's Preparatory. No, her biggest problem as the hybrid child of Ben Holiday, a human, and Willow, a sylph, is returning to Landover and explaining to them what she intends to do with the rest of her life. Her father's advisers suggest that he send Mistaya to the royal library, Libiris, to help with its reorganization and reopening. Before the king has a chance to offer this suggestion to his daughter, Laphroig, a local baron who resembles a frog, asks for Mistaya's hand in marriage. When she gets wind of the proposal, she flees to her maternal grandfather, the River Master, to ask for his protection. He is not happy that his crossbreed granddaughter hasn't been around to see him for over a year, and Mistaya leaves him to strike out on her own. Luckily she has many magical friends, including prism cats, mud puppies, G'home Gnomes, and Throg monkeys to help her on her quest. Brooks's fans have waited years for him to return to the magical kingdom of Landover, and they will enjoy this latest effort.—Joanne Ligamari, Twin Rivers United School District, Sacramento, CA
Kirkus Reviews
A new installment in The Magic Kingdom of Landover series (Witches' Brew, 1995, etc.). Former lawyer Ben Holiday purchased that magical world and became its king, but experienced many challenges to his power and his kingdom. This latest installment, set several years after the events in Witches' Brew (1995), focuses on Holiday's rebellious 15-year-old daughter Mistaya, whose mother is a sylph, one of the numerous magical beings in Landover. After Mistaya is expelled from an Earth-based boarding school, Holiday puts her in charge of renovating Libiris, the abandoned royal library. She refuses and briefly runs away; when finally, reluctantly, she arrives at Libiris, she hears a mysterious voice calling for help from the stacks. Her investigations uncover a plot to dethrone her father involving an evil army of demons. Brooks's Landover proves to be a fun and engaging fictional universe, and much less daunting for newbies than the wide-ranging Shannara mythos (The Gypsy Morph, 2008, etc.). A pleasant fantasy romp. Author appearances in San Diego
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345458537
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/27/2010
  • Series: Magic Kingdom of Landover Series , #6
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 187,283
  • Product dimensions: 7.14 (w) x 11.08 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Terry Brooks
Terry Brooks is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including the Genesis of Shannara novels Armageddon’s Children and The Elves of Cintra; The Sword of Shannara; the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilogy: Ilse Witch, Antrax, and Morgawr; the High Druid of Shannara trilogy: Jarka Ruus, Tanequil, and Straken; the nonfiction book Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life; and the novel based upon the screenplay and story by George Lucas, Star Wars®: Episode I The Phantom Menace.™ His novels Running with the Demon and A Knight of the Word were selected by the Rocky Mountain News as two of the best science fiction/fantasy novels of the twentieth century. The author was a practicing attorney for many years but now writes full-time. He lives with his wife, Judine, in the Pacific Northwest.

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Biography

"I found my way to fantasy/adventure. When I got there, I knew I'd found a home," said Terence Dean Brooks, creator of the blockbuster, New York Times bestselling Shannara, Landover, and Word & Void series. Not only is Brooks at home in the highly competitive realm of fantasy literature, many would call him the genre’s modern-day patriarch – Tolkien’s successor. While that title is debatable, Brooks is, without a doubt, one of the world’s most prolific and successful authors of otherworld (and our world) fantasy. Few writers in any genre can boast a more entertaining collection of work – and a more ravenous and loyal fan base -- than can Terry Brooks.

The most rewarding aspect to writing for Brooks is “when someone who never read a book reads [one of mine] and says that the experience changed everything and got them reading.” Because of his very engaging, quick-flowing writing style, countless numbers of young people have been introduced to the wonderful world of reading through Brooks’s adventures. The miraculous thing, however, is that these same fans – whether they’re now 20, 30, or 40 years old – still devour each new release like a starving man would a steak dinner. Credit Brooks’s boundless imagination, endearing characters, fresh storylines and underlying complexities for keeping his older, more discerning audience hooked.

Brooks began writing when he was just ten years old, but he did not discover fantasy until much later. As a high school student he jumped from writing science fiction to westerns to adventure to nonfiction, unable to settle on one form. That changed when, at the age of 21, Brooks was introduced to J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien provided Brooks with a forum “that would allow him to release onto paper his own ideas about life, love, and the wonder that fills his world," according to his web site.

In 1977, after six trying years, Brooks published novel his first novel, The Sword of Shannara. And quickly it gave him – and his publisher (the newly created Ballantine imprint, Del Rey) – quite a thrill; the fantasy adventure featuring the young Halfling, Shea Ohmsford; the mysterious wizard Allanon; Flick, the trusty companion; and the demonic Warlock Lord, was not only well received -- it was a smash, spending over five months on The New York Times bestseller list. In 1982 Brooks released the follow-up, The Elfstones of Shannara (which Brooks says may be his favorite), to equal success. He closed out the initial trilogy in 1985 with The Wishsong of Shannara, and has since completed two more Shannara sets, The Heritage of Shannara books and the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara books.

As fans of Brooks know, the man doesn’t like to stay put. “I lived in Illinois for the first 42 years of my life, and I told myself when I left in 1986 that I would never live any one place again,” Brooks said. He now spends his time between his homes in Seattle and Hawaii; he and his wife also spend a great deal of time on the road each year connecting with the fans. These same nomadic tendencies are also apparent in his writing. Instead of staying comfortably within his proven, bestselling Shannara series, Terry frequently takes chances, steps outside, and tries something new. His marvelous Landover and Word & Void series are the results. While both are vastly different from Shannara, they are equally compelling. Word & Void – a contemporary, dark urban fantasy series set in a fantasy-touched Illinois – is quite possibly Brooks’s most acclaimed series. The Rocky Mountain News called the series’ first two books (Running with the Demon and The Knight of the Word “two of the finest science fiction/fantasy novels of the 20th century.”

Good To Know

When The Sword of Shannara hit The New York Times bestseller list, Brooks became the first modern fantasy author to achieve that pinnacle.

The Sword of Shannara was also the first work of fiction to ever hit The New York Times trade paperback bestseller list. Thanks to a faithful and growing fan base, the books continue to reach the list.

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was not Terry's first novelization. He also novelized Steven Spielberg's 1991 movie, Hook.

Brooks’s The Phantom Menace novelization is also not his only connection to George Lucas. Both The Sword of Shannara and the original Star Wars novel, A New Hope, were edited by Judy Lynn del Rey and published in the same year (1977) to blockbuster success.

The Sword of Shannara was initially turned down by DAW Books. Instead, DAW sent Terry to Lester del Rey, who recognized Terry’s blockbuster potential and bought it. And the rest, they say, is history.

Brooks’s influences include: J.R.R. Tolkien, Alexander Dumas, James Fenimore Cooper, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Mallory's Morte d'Arthur.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Terence Dean Brooks (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      Pacific Northwest and Hawaii
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 8, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Sterling, Illinois
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English, Hamilton College, 1966; J.D., Washington and Lee University
    2. Website:

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Chapter One

It’s All Happening  at the Zoo  

The crow with the red eyes sat on the highest branch of the farthest tree at the very back of the aviary, dreaming its dark and terrible dreams. Had there been substance to those dreams, they would have scalded the earth and melted the iron bars and steel-mesh netting that held it prisoner. Had there been substance, they would have burned a hole in the very air and opened a passage to that other world, the world to which the crow belonged and desperately needed to return. But the dreams were ethereal and served only to pass the time and grow ever darker as the days wore on and the crow remained trapped. The crow was Nightshade, Witch of the Deep Fell, and she had been absent from Landover, trapped in her current form, for more than five years. She thought about it every day of her captivity. She sat on this branch, aloof and apart from the other birds, the ones that lacked the capacity for critical thinking, the ones that found some measure of happiness and contentment in their pitiful condition.

There was nothing of either happiness or contentment for her, only the bitter memories of what had been and what might never be again. Her lost world. Her stolen life. Her true identity. Everything that had been hers before she sought to use the girl child of the King and Queen for her own purposes. Mistaya Holiday, Princess of Landover, was the child of three worlds—and of parents who knew nothing of what she needed or what she could become, who knew only to keep her from a destiny that would have made her the witch’s own. Even the sound of her name in the silent roil of the witch’s thoughts was like the burn of acid, and her rage and hatred fed on it anew. It never lessened, never cooled, and she was quite certain that until the child was dead or hers once more, it never would. She might be kept a prisoner in this cage for a thousand years and might never regain her true form, and still there would be no peace for her. In her tortured mind, the witch replayed the last moments of her old life, the way it had all been, had all ended, and had suddenly become the nightmare she now endured. The child had been hers: subverted and won over, committed to her new teacher of dark magic.

Then everything had gone wrong. Set against the girl by circumstances and events beyond her control, she had tried to make the child understand and had failed. Confronted by the child’s parents and allies, she had fought back with magic that had somehow been turned against her. Instead of the child being sentenced for insubordination and disobedience to banishment in a foreign world, she had been dispatched instead, made over into the form of her familiar. She had tried endlessly to reason out what had happened to make things go so wrong, but even after all these years she could not be certain. The other birds avoided the crow with the red eyes. They sensed that it was not like them, that it was a very different species, that it was dangerous and to be feared. They kept far away from it and left it alone. Now and then, one of them erred and came too close. That one served as an object lesson to the others of what might happen if they failed to be careful. It was never pretty. It was seldom even quick. The other birds tried not to make mistakes around the crow with the red eyes. Which was the best that Nightshade, Witch of the Deep Fell, could expect if she failed to escape.

Vince stood at the edge of the enclosure and studied the odd bird just as he had been studying her for the better part of the five years following her abrupt and mysterious appearance. Every day, right after he got off work—unless there was a pressing reason to get home to his family—he stopped for a look. He couldn’t have explained why, even if pressed to do so. Woodland Park Zoo was filled with strange and exotic creatures, some of them species so rare that they had never been seen in the wild. The crow with the red eyes was one of these. Whether she was truly a species apart or simply an aberration was something ornithologists and experts in related areas had been trying to determine from the beginning, all without success. It didn’t matter much to Vince. He just found the crow intriguing and liked watching it. What he didn’t much care for was the way the crow seemed to like watching him, those red eyes so intent and filled with some unreadable emotion. He wished he knew its story, but he never would, of course. Crows couldn’t talk or even think much. They just reacted to the instincts they were born with. They just knew how to survive.

“How did you get here?” Vince asked softly, speaking only to himself, watching the bird watching him. It had popped up at the local animal shelter, not there one day and there the next, come out of nowhere. He still wondered how that could be possible. The shelter was a closed compound, and birds didn’t just fly in or out. But this one had. Somehow. The experts had tried to trap it repeatedly after it had been transported to the zoo, hoping to get close enough to study it more carefully. But they should have thought of that before they released it to the aviary. All their efforts had failed. The bird seemed to know their intentions ahead of time and avoid all their clumsy attempts to get their hands on it. They had to content themselves with studying it from afar, which they did until more pressing and fruitful pursuits had turned their heads another way. If the bird had not been a bird, but one of the big cats or lumbering giants of the African veldt, it would have gotten more attention, Vince thought. There would have been more money for research, more public interest, something to drive the effort to learn its origins. Vince knew how things worked at the zoo. The squeaky wheel got the grease. Vince watched the bird some more, perched way up there in the branches, a Queen over her subjects. So regal. So contemptuous, almost. As if it knew how much better it was than the others. He shook his head. Birds didn’t think like that. It was stupid to think they did. He glanced at his watch. Time to be getting home. The wife and kids would be waiting dinner. There was a game on TV tonight that he wanted to see. He stretched, yawned. Tomorrow was another workday. He was walking away, headed for the parking lot and his car, when something made him glance back. The crow with the red eyes was watching him still, following his movements. Vince shook his head, uneasy. He didn’t like that sort of intense scrutiny, especially not from a bird. There was something creepy about it. Like it was stalking him or something. Like it would hunt him down and kill him if were set free. He quit looking at it and walked on, chiding himself for such foolish thinking. It was just a bird, after all. It was only a bird.

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  • Posted October 17, 2009

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    Excellent book

    Overall I did like this book quite a bit. It is definitely a Landover book as opposed to a Shannara book, there is a different feel to the storytelling. As always, the story is accessible but not bogged down into too much detail. I didn't like the entire character of the princess as she seemed mostly about ME and how life is unfair and generally didn't think things through. I don't have teenage kids so maybe that is how they really are. Again, good book and definitely worth the read.

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  • Posted August 26, 2009

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    Ok at Best

    I was dissapointed.
    I own every book that Terry Brooks has written. and Liked them all. this one was dissapointing. I was expecting much more intrigue, more of the relationship issues between the Daughter and the Father, like the cover says it would have. It was shorter than expected as well.

    The ending doesn't make all that much sense, because it could have happened much earlier in the story. It seem like there wasn't much to the story and it was streched out in places to make the book longer.

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

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    Disappointing

    Terry is a better writer than this, but maybe he's burned out. The book is too simple, and doesn't really grab the reader and carry them along. I have all of Terry's other books, and believe this one to be the least interesting. I hope he continues to write, but glad I didn't buy this.

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  • Posted September 29, 2009

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    The latest Landover fantasy is an exciting tale

    Former Chicago based lawyer Ben Holiday has faced many of his fire breathing enemy and all kinds of WITCHES BREW in the courtroom and in the fantasy realm of Landover where he has become the monarch and his sylph wife Willow his queen. Magical foes prove easy to deal with when he and his spouse struggle with their half-breed fifteen year old daughter Mistaya, who has been suspended from her preppy school back on earth.

    Desperate to teach his rebellious offspring a lesson on behavior, he sends her in exile to Libiris the royal library for her to rusticate. Instead Mistaya rejects her father's scheme and runs away only to end up somehow Libiris. She tries to hide from her parents, but Mistaya hears an odd voice from some creature called His Eminence begging her for help. She soon finds a dastardly plot to overthrow her parents so like any teen she charges ahead kicking demon butt in order to prevent a coup from happening.

    The latest Landover fantasy is an exciting tale starring a chip off the old block teen heroine who brings freshness to the saga. The story line is fast-paced as Ben faces his greatest challenge of all: a rebellious teenage daughter. Fans will enjoy her adventures while newcomers will be able to join Mistaya's escapade with or without reading the fun previous books in this straightforward saga so different than Shannara.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2013

    For teens.

    I love Terry Brooks books. But this one I do not like. I believe it was written for teens and younger. If I had known, I would not have purchased. However I still believe he is one of the 3 best fantasy authors in the world. And I would rate most of his books a 5 star. If you are an adult you will not like the the young girl in this book, but if you are still in your teens, you will no doubt love her.

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  • Posted September 14, 2010

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    Brooks Remains to be One of the Best

    Now that Mistaya is mentally an adult, but emotionally a child, and physically a teenager, the Landover series has a more serious feel to it. The focus is dimmed and shifted from Ben Holiday and the spotlight shines on Mistaya. Some of the quirky humor is mostly gone, but the dialogue of quick and witty remarks with fantastic characters keeps the once remembered good times going. Even though Questor and Abernathy still have a go at one another, they are more of a team now, really and truly working together. And what of the black bird with the red eyes, that just appeared out of nowhere in the zoo? It keeps watching as if it's waiting for something.
    Being a child of three worlds, the High Lord wants his daughter to be aware that she can't always have her way through the use of her magic. When she is suspended from the boarding school in Ben's world, she is convinced that she'll be staying in Landover to never return to Ben's world, and continue to learn magic from Questor. To make the father daughter relationship more volatile, Mistaya finds out from The Frog that she has been promised to marry him, the new Lord of Rhyndweir. Besides being uglier than a Frog, he is highly suspected, however not proven, of murdering his own brothers, wives, and sons, to secure his power as Lord. Now his amphibious eyes are set on the throne of Landover, as High Lord.
    When running away to her grandfather, the River Master, doesn't go as she planned and hoped, a familiar creature of fairy returns and guides her to the one place that her father wanted her to go to in the first place, instead of hanging around Sterling Silver all day. Once at Libris, the real danger and mystery unfolds. With the loyal but sometimes misguided companion Poggwydd, a G'home Gnome, Mistaya will have to prove to her friends, family, the kingdom, and herself that she is more than a creature of fairy and a teenager full of angst who gets anything and all she wants, but that she is 'A Princess of Landover' too!

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  • Posted September 14, 2010

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    Brooks Remains To Be One of the Best

    Now that Mistaya is mentally an adult, but emotionally a child, and physically a teenager, the Landover series has a more serious feel to it. The focus is dimmed and shifted from Ben Holiday and the spotlight shines on Mistaya. Some of the quirky humor is mostly gone, but the dialogue of quick and witty remarks with fantastic characters keeps the once remembered good times going. Even though Questor and Abernathy still have a go at one another, they are more of a team now, really and truly working together. And what of the black bird with the red eyes, that just appeared out of nowhere in the zoo? It keeps watching as if it's waiting for something. Being a child of three worlds, the High Lord wants his daughter to be aware that she can't always have her way through the use of her magic. When she is suspended from the boarding school in Ben's world, she is convinced that she'll be staying in Landover to never return to Ben's world, and continue to learn magic from Questor. To make the father daughter relationship more volatile, Mistaya finds out from The Frog that she has been promised to marry him, the new Lord of Rhyndweir. Besides being uglier than a Frog, he is highly suspected, however not proven, of murdering his own brothers, wives, and sons, to secure his power as Lord. Now his amphibious eyes are set on the throne of Landover, as High Lord. When running away to her grandfather, the River Master, doesn't go as she planned and hoped, a familiar creature of fairy returns and guides her to the one place that her father wanted her to go to in the first place, instead of hanging around Sterling Silver all day. Once at Libris, the real danger and mystery unfolds. With the loyal but sometimes misguided companion Poggwydd, a G'home Gnome, Mistaya will have to prove to her friends, family, the kingdom, and herself that she is more than a creature of fairy and a teenager full of angst who gets anything and all she wants, but that she is 'A Princess of Landover' too!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 26, 2009

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    A Princess...

    Mr. Brooks lives up to the expectations again! The story line is fairly predictable, but some nice twists keep it interesting.

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  • Posted November 22, 2009

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    very good book

    great new book in the landover series,long awaited, cant wait for the next book should be very good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2009

    A Princess of Landover

    I have all the Landover books, I love the series I liked this book and would recommend it to any one who likes the Landover sreies. You have to read the other Landover books to understand this book

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  • Posted October 12, 2009

    ou just can't go wrong here.

    You can not go wrong reading a Terry Brooks novel. His style and ability to capture the essence of a caricature and put it down on paper is amazing. The story lines leave you wanting more. "A Princess" is beautifully done and has you expecting a continuation.

    Excellent read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2009

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    Terry Brooks Delivers Again

    Mr. Brooks has continues to show that he can write a good fantasy novel. He does this without bogging down the reader with descriptions that are not needed.

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

    Brooks back in Landover

    If you read the previous Landover books you should like this one. It took awhile to re-identify with the character. It is a good easy read and allows you to escape for while.

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

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    Not my type!

    Very disappointing.

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  • Posted October 6, 2009

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    Pretty Good

    This was my first Terry Brooks book and I really enjoyed listening to it. Normally I like to read romance, but for some reason this book just called out ot me while I was at the store. I dare say that I might have to read the rest of the books in this series. If you like Harry Potter or any other type of paranormal fairy tales story, this might be a good book for you! Happy Reading!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2009

    too much

    would not recomend wasting your money.I've always enjoyed Terry's books, but this one is by far the worst.

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