Wizard at Large (Magic Kingdom of Landover Series #3)

Wizard at Large (Magic Kingdom of Landover Series #3)

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by Terry Brooks
     
 

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Questor Thews is only a semi-competent wizard, but when High Lord Ben Holiday and his love Willow need use of his powers, he tries to comply. He tries, all right, but he doesn't have all that much faith in himself—not since he turned a terrier into an imp. Still, he'll do what he can....

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Questor Thews is only a semi-competent wizard, but when High Lord Ben Holiday and his love Willow need use of his powers, he tries to comply. He tries, all right, but he doesn't have all that much faith in himself—not since he turned a terrier into an imp. Still, he'll do what he can....

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Library Journal
A spell to restore the Court Scribe of Landover to human form backfires, and Landover's King embarks on a quest to his native world to rescue his friend and retrieve the medallion of Kingship from the clutches of a greedy wizard. Humor abounds in this engaging fantasy as Brooks continues the adventures of King Ben, Questor Thews, Abernathy, and their companions. Recommended where the series is popular.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345362278
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/28/1989
Series:
Magic Kingdom of Landover Series, #3
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
136,685
Product dimensions:
6.86(w) x 4.08(h) x 0.88(d)
Lexile:
830L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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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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Wizard at Large (Magic Kingdom of Landover Series #3) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous 11 months ago
"Magic Kingdom For Sale", the first Landover book, was a fairly solid piece of writing, an enjoyable read that did a good job establishing characters and settings, explaining the stakes, and letting things play out in such a way that character informed action and carried plot. Neither of the two following novels have accomplished as much. I will say that "Wizard" isn't nearly as painful as "Unicorn", the latter of which dragged on as our hero, a 40-year-old lawyer, refused to recognize the nature of a central problem that was baldly obvious to 14-year-old me (on first reading) and my 12-year-old daughter (on a more recent reading) by less than halfway through. "Wizard" does suffer, however, from nearly all of the characters making some stunningly stupid decisions and utterly failing to seriously contemplate the likely consequences of same, usually heading off such much-needed consideration with some variety of, "...and I'll hear no more arguments about it". The heroes' saving grace is that the villains make equally foolish choices, leaving characters alive to be rescued in a manner that would embarrass a James Bond villain. The action proper begins with a decision to leave a valuable, dangerous magical item unlocked and unguarded despite the presence of two nortoriously kleptomaniacal characters who make their interest in said item transparently obvious, and goes on from there. The book does have a few promising scenes, both where the collision between magical and non-magical worlds comes into play and where the "kid glove" treatment of the fantasy world is given a rest (two scenes where we witness the consequences of using dark magic are fairly strong, particularly one with the River Master who- finally-! of all the characters encountering said mgic, shows some sense. And then all the problems are wrapped up tidily with use of magic in a manner that is becoming all too trademark for the series. Brooks has been writing in this genre for a long time, and he deserves a certain respect for his body of work. "Wizard", it has to be said, is not a particularly strong example of same. Oh, and the typographical and paragraph spacing errors introduced in this e-book edition, which are none too few, certainly don't help.
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Good book for those who enjoy light fantasy on the level of Harry Potter.
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