Magic Kingdom for Sale-- Sold!

Magic Kingdom for Sale-- Sold!

Book - 1986 | 1st ed.
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Landover was a genuine, out-of-this-world magic kingdom, complete with fairy folk and wizardry, just as the advertisement had promised. But after he purchased it for a million dollars, Ben Holiday discovered that there were a few details the ad had failed to mention. The kingdom was falling into ruin. The dragon Strabo was laying waste the countryside and the evil witch Nightshade was plotting to destroy everything. Ben's only followers were the incompetent Court Magician, Questar Thews, and Abernathy, the talking dog who served as Court Scribe. The Paladin, legendary champion of the Kings of Landover, seemed to be only a myth and an empty suit of armor. Of course, there was the lovely and devoted Willow -- but she had a habit of putting down roots in the moonlight and turning into a tree. To put the final touch on the whole affair, Ben learned that the Iron Mark, ugly and terrible lord of the demons, had challenged all prospective Kings of Landover to a duel to the death -- a duel which no human could hope to win. The task of proving his right to be King seemed hopeless. But Ben Holiday was stubborn. A gripping story of mystery, magic, and adventure -- sure to delight fantasy readers everywhere.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c1986.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780345317575


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Aug 18, 2017

Just an average forgettable self-fulfilling story which borrowed a lot of tropes & archetype one dimensional characters.

Oct 12, 2013

This is an unbelievable and rather silly story of a parallel world about the size of the state of Rhode Island (or a bit smaller) where magic really exists. What makes this story silly is not the fantastic setting - it is, after all, a member of the fantasy genre - but the way it is presented. Terry Brooks is just not a good writer. None of the characters are believable. He gets his fairies mixed up with his Greek mythology, and ultimately gets neither right. He alternates between describing the supernatural denizens of Landover as voluntary immigrants and as having been expelled into Landover against their will. There are some of both, but he can't seem to keep straight who is who. Characters are one-dimensional cardboard cutouts, which is typical of TB characters. While there is considerably less whining and angst-filled chest beating on the part of his protagonists in this series than there was in the early Shannara books (can't say about later ones as I have not been able to bring myself to dragging through more of his execrable prose), there is still far too much, and it is just not convincing. While TB's writing style is far more polished in this series than his early Shannara novels, as the saying goes, you can polish 'til the cow's come home but you still can't make a tur-nip shine (to put it politely).

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