The Tangle Box (Magic Kingdom of Landover Series #4)

The Tangle Box (Magic Kingdom of Landover Series #4)

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by Terry Brooks
     
 

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Book Four in the Magic Kingdom of Landover series

Everything should have been quiet and pleasant for Ben Holiday, former Chicago lawyer become sovereign of the Magic Kingdom of Landover. But it wasn't. Horris Kew, conjurer, confidence-man, and trickster, had returned to Landover from Ben's own world. Alas, Horris had not returned of his own volition - he had

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Book Four in the Magic Kingdom of Landover series

Everything should have been quiet and pleasant for Ben Holiday, former Chicago lawyer become sovereign of the Magic Kingdom of Landover. But it wasn't. Horris Kew, conjurer, confidence-man, and trickster, had returned to Landover from Ben's own world. Alas, Horris had not returned of his own volition - he had been sent by the Gorse, a sorcerer of great evil, whom Horris had unwittingly freed from the magic Tangle Box, where it had long ago been imprisoned by the fairy folk. Now it had returned to enslave those who had once dared to condemn it. But first, it would rid Landover of all who could stand in its way . . . Soon Ben found himself imprisoned within the gloom of the Tangle Box, lost in the mists and its labyrinthine ways. The only one who could free Ben from the tangle box was the lady Willow. But she had disappeared, gone from Landover on a mysterious mission of her own. . .

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Publishers Weekly

Brooks's 1994 novel creates a vast imaginary world telling the tale of the mysterious Tangle Box that threatens the Kingdom of Landover. With his trademark straightforward approach, Dick Hill brings this story to life in a realistic and believable reading that is wonderfully underplayed yet subtly wondrous and otherworldly. Hill's characters are real and honest, his omniscient narrator a guiding light for this complicated fable. Once again displaying his massive dialectical pallet, Hill offers memorable characters sure to entertain and enthrall listeners for hours. A Del Rey paperback (Reviews, Apr. 4, 1994). (May)

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Brooks continues the magical adventures of Ben Holiday, ex-trial lawyer and now the reigning ruler in the Magic Kingdom of Landover. This latest installment in the series is slower and less charming than its predecessors (Magic Kingdom for Sale--Sold!; Wizard at Large) , but it is still likely to please readers already hooked. Horris Kew and his talking avian sidekick are brought back from Earth to Landover, where Horris is tricked into letting the Gorse, an evil spirit, out of the Tangle Box, where it has spent a very long time dwelling on its entrapment by the fairies. Now the Gorse wants to overrun Landover and manages to imprison Ben Holiday, the witch Nightshade and the dragon Strabo inside the Tangle Box. Holiday's wife, the non-human Queen Willow, is pregnant and must perform her own difficult quest to ensure a healthy birthing for the child. Meanwhile, with Holiday out of the way, the sinister Gorse coerces Horris into creating serious mischief in the Kingdom. This rather haphazard tale liberally inserts many of the characters made popular in previous books, which may be an asset for hardcore readers who like their fantasy lite.
Library Journal
Ex-lawyer Ben Holiday's peaceful reign as king of the magic realm of Landover takes a decided turn for the worse with the arrival of con man and conjurer Horris Kew, an unwitting agent for an evil power that seeks to control the good folk of the kingdom. Where Brooks's popular Shannara novels (The Talismans of Shannara, LJ 2/ 15/93) pay tribute to traditional epic fantasy, his Landover series-of which this is the latest-displays the author's genuine flair for humorous fantasy. A good selection for most fantasy collections, and one that will probably be in demand.
School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up

Horris Kew, an Ichabod Crane look-alike who was exiled to Earth, and his bird Bigger have unwittingly returned to the Magic Kingdom of Landover and brought back with them an Evil darkness. So begins Terry Brooks's light fantasy (Random/Del Rey, 1994) narrated by Dick Hill, whose reading will immediately draw in listeners. Discover exactly what or who the Evil Darkness is, whether Ben will make it out of the Tangle Box, why Willow leaves her husband, Ben, and goes off on a journey by herself, and what will become of the kingdom of Landover. Who will stop the ancient Evil and save the kingdom? Hill's narration provides unique voices and distinct personalities for each character. What fun to have a king, a queen, a court scribe who is part dog, a court wizard, a witch, a dragon, a faerie-cat, a talking bird, and an ancient Evil populate this tale. For those unfamiliar with any of the previous titles in the series, it may be a bit difficult at the beginning to figure out the nature of some of the characters, but as the story progresses it is fairly easy to catch up. High school students will enjoy this humorous fantasy with adult situations.-Anita Lawson, Otsego High School, MI

Roland Green
In his latest novel, the creator of the world of Shannara returns to his somewhat more original creation, the Magic Kingdom of Landover. Sovereign Ben Holiday attempts to be merciful in allowing a couple of exiled sorcerers to return to Landover. Unfortunately, the exiles are stalking horses for the Gorse, a potent and evil sorcerer who seeks revenge upon the fairy folk. Ben ends up in the Tangle Box, his only hope for freedom the Lady Willow, who is unfortunately not available when she is needed. All works out tolerably well in the end, and Brooks once again proves he has a surer touch with humorous fantasy than with the saga. Unlikely to lack readers wherever fantasy fans congregate.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345387004
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1995
Series:
Magic Kingdom of Landover Series, #4
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.84(w) x 4.12(h) x 0.99(d)
Lexile:
870L (what's this?)

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Meet the Author

Terry Brooks published his first novel, The Sword of Shannara, in 1977. It was a New York Times bestseller for more than six months. He has published twenty-five New York Times bestsellers since. Two of those--the novels Running with the Demon and A Knight of the Word--were chosen by the Rocky Mountain News (Denver) as among the best fantasy novels of the twentieth century. A practicing lawyer until his third book was published, Brooks now writes full-time. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, Judine.

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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The Tangle Box (Magic Kingdom of Landover Series #4) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ben holiday and Willow are in a new adventure and as usuall they go two separate ways in two different paths. Horris came back to Landover where he had been exiled and now retured with the tangle box with a shadow inside it whe will lead Horris to Big trouble!
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brjunkie More than 1 year ago
'The Tangle Box' was not my favorite of the series, so far. To me it did not live up to the quirky fun and exciting danger of the first three books in the series. It seems to me that the story of Landover may be taking a turn in a different direction. It seems less fun and very much more serious. However, I still really enjoyed and liked this book, a lot! (Confusing, huh?) Horris and Biggar are exiles from Landover, and when their scam of a wise man backfires, they are forced to return back to Landover. It seems that Skat Mandu, their made-up, imaginary wise man turns out to be for real! Willow tells Ben that she is pregnant, reluctantly. She is fearful that he will not understand a fairy birthing is not what he expects. Now Skat Mandu has his plans for the kingdom of Landover, and it's involving the Tangle Box. The Tangle Box is something that the meager and lousy wizard Horris has had for a very long time, but has never been able to open. The elemental, Earth Mother tells Willow that her child is important and special. The baby will have the heritage of three worlds; Landover, Ben's world, and that of the fairy mists. Willow must collect soils from all three worlds to ensure her babies safe birth. By capturing the three powers of the kingdom not only into the trap of the Tangle Box, but giving them new identities such as the Knight, the Lady, and the Gargoyle, Skat Mandu is able to open the kingdom to the demons of Abaddon!
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