Witches' Brew (Magic Kingdom of Landover Series #5)

Witches' Brew (Magic Kingdom of Landover Series #5)

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by Terry Brooks
     
 

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An acorn falls far from the tree
Former Chicago lawyer Ben Holiday was very proud and quite happy. And why shouldn't he be? The Magic Kingdom which he ruled as High Lord was finally at peace. He was free to lie back and watch as his new daughter grew.
And grow she did--by leaps and bournds, shooting through infancy in a matter of months. She took her first steps…  See more details below

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An acorn falls far from the tree
Former Chicago lawyer Ben Holiday was very proud and quite happy. And why shouldn't he be? The Magic Kingdom which he ruled as High Lord was finally at peace. He was free to lie back and watch as his new daughter grew.
And grow she did--by leaps and bournds, shooting through infancy in a matter of months. She took her first steps and learned to swim in the same week. An amalgam of magic and heredity, Mistaya was born a seedling, nourished by soils from Landover, Earth, and the fairy mists, come into being in the dank, misty deadness of the Deep Fell. She was as lovely as her mother, the sylph Willow, with dazzling green eyes that cut to the soul. Ben wished he could enjoy his daughter's childhood and his happy kingdom forever.
Alas, those idyllic days were not to last. For Rydall, king of lands beyond the fairy mist, rode up to the gates of Sterling Silver and shattered peace of Landover. His armies were poised on the border, ready to invade unless Ben accepted a challenge: Rydall would send seven champions to face Ben, each in a different form. If Ben triumphed over all seven, Rydall would then abandon his claims to the kingdom.
Some counseled the High Lord to refuse Rydall's challenge, but Holiday could not, for Mistaya had been snatched from her guardians by foul magic. And Rydall held the key to her fate...


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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Picking up where The Tangle Box left off, Brooks continues his increasingly convoluted narrative, again following the trials and tribulations of former lawyer-and currently Landover's ruler-Ben Holiday. Even as Holiday battles evil forces to keep his domain secure and his loved ones safe, his daughter, Mistaya, is kidnapped by his nemesis, the disgruntled witch Nightshade. Threatened by the mysterious Rydall, King of the Marnhull, Holiday must prepare to meet seven potentially deadly challenges. Meanwhile, his faithful sidekicks, Abernathy the scribe and Questor Thews the wizard, are sent to Earth, where Abernathy renews his acquaintance with Elizabeth, now an attractive teenager. Despite entertaining passages (Mistaya's training in witchcraft) and moments of depth (Holiday's struggles with his inner demons), the novel still feels cobbled together, a kind of prelude for the romances and battles of later installments. Fortunately, the familiar characters remain as appealing as when they first appeared, despite their involvement in these transparent and hackneyed situations.
Roland Green
For the fifth time, Brooks brings us Ben Holiday in the Magic Kingdom of Landover. Ben's daughter, Mistaya, is growing with supernatural speed, just in time to become the object of a kidnapping. The kidnappers are working for the hostile potentate Rydall, who is challenging Ben to seven contests, winner take all--"all" in this case being the Magic Kingdom. As usual, Ben and his comrades and allies are forced to use both sheer magical muscle and subtler ingenuity to come out with their skins whole. As usual, they succeed. The Magic Kingdom books continue to be ingenious, witty, and generally fun to read, even though they do not reach for the exalted high-fantasty heights of Brooks' Shannara novels.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307570895
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/29/2009
Series:
Magic Kingdom of Landover Series , #5
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
127,765
File size:
2 MB

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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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Witches' Brew (Magic Kingdom of Landover Series #5) 4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 28 reviews.
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patagain More than 1 year ago
I got hooked on Brooks in the late 80's, and read everything he wrote thru the 90's. He is a writer for male and female, and even high school kids. I still have the whole Shannara Series, and the landover. Once you start reading you will not want to stop until you read the last book in the series.
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brjunkie More than 1 year ago
Nightshade seeks revenge through Mistaya for what happened between her and Ben, as the Lady and the Knight when they were imprisoned in the Tangle Box. Mistaya is not the daughter Ben imagined he would have. She grows at an unpredictable rate, and she's a genius when it comes to learning, talking, and magic. An unknown conqueror, (he calls himself a king), throws a gauntlet down and challenges Ben. He claims to have come from beyond the fairy mists, and he demands the unconditional surrender of Landover. Rydall, king of Marhhull will send seven monsters to battle Ben. Ben has to live through and win all seven battles in order to save his life and his throne. Questor and Abernathy are saved from an interfering magic, when they are attacked by Nightshade. A result of which is that Abernathy is turned back to a man. He realizes how deeply he wants to be returned back to his all man form. Because now Questor doesn't think that he can convince him to return to the king's service. Abernathy will be forced to choose between Landover and himself, and Questor will be stuck out of Landover if Abernathy chooses to stay and live a normal human life. Mistaya is excited that she can do magic. Nightshade teaches Mistaya how to do magic, while using her too not only fight and defeat her father, but to kill him too. In the meantime, Ben and Willow desperately search for Mistaya all over Landover, because Rydall has kidnapped her. Following closely behind them are Ben's seven battles, and he fears becoming the Paladin more and more will destroy his soul and take away his humanity.
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