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

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

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Wizard at Large (Magic Kingdom of Landover Series #3) by Terry Brooks, Dick Hill

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....

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455826780
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 08/30/2011
Series: Magic Kingdom of Landover Series , #3
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About 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.

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

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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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