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

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by Terry Brooks, Dick Hill (Read by)
 

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It all began when the half-able wizard Questor Thews announced that finally he could restore the Court Scribe Abernathy to human form. It was his spell that had turned Abernathy into a Wheaten Terrier - though still able to talk.

All went well - until the wizard breathed the magic dust of his spell and suddenly sneezed. Then, where Abernathy had stood, there was

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It all began when the half-able wizard Questor Thews announced that finally he could restore the Court Scribe Abernathy to human form. It was his spell that had turned Abernathy into a Wheaten Terrier - though still able to talk.

All went well - until the wizard breathed the magic dust of his spell and suddenly sneezed. Then, where Abernathy had stood, there was only a bottle containing a particularly evil imp. It had been in the collection of Michel Ard Rhi, former King of Landover, now exiled to Earth. Abernathy must now be a part of that collection!

High Lord Ben Holiday set forth for Earth, taking his green but beautiful love, Willow, with him. Unfortunately, they were long in returning. And without the soil of Landover in which to root as a tree at times, Willow could not long survive.

That left it up to Questor Thews to save them. Grimly he set out to seek help, knowing himself to be incompetent. And to make things worse, the imp had escaped and sought the help of the evil witch Nightshade, now back from exile in Faerie. Questor's only idea seemed impossible, but . . .

Editorial Reviews

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:
9781423350378
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
03/29/2008
Series:
Magic Kingdom of Landover Series , #3
Edition description:
Abridged, 6 CDs, 7 hrs.
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.50(d)

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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-four New York Times bestsellers since. Two of those – the novels Running with the Demon and A Knight of the Word – were chosen by the Denver Rocky Mountain News as among the best fantasy novels of the 20th century. Brooks lives in Seattle 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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Wizard at Large (Magic Kingdom of Landover Series #3) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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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