Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold!

Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold!

Book - 1986
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Random House, Inc.
Here in his first non-Shannara novel, Terry Brooks has written a gripping story of mystery, magic, and adventure—sure to delight fantasy readers everywhere.

Landover was a genuine magic kingdom, with fairy folk and wizardry, just as the advertisement has promised. But after he purchased it, Ben Holiday learned that there were a few details the ad had failed to mention.

The kingdom was in ruin. The Barons refused to recognize a king, and the peasants were without hope. A dragon was laying waste the countryside, while an evil witch plotted to destroy everything.

Ben's only followers were the incompetent Court Magician; Abernathy, the talking dog who served as Court Scribe; and the lovely Willow—but she had a habit of putting down roots in the moonlight and turning into a tree. The Paladin, legendary champion of the Kings of Landover, seemed to be only a myth and an empty suit of armor.

To put the final touch on the whole affair, Ben soon learned that the Iron Mark, terrible lord of the demons, had challenged all prospective Kings of Landover to 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. . . .

Baker & Taylor
Ben Holiday purchases the magical kingdom of Landover for a million dollars only to learn that Iron Mark, lord of the demons, expects him to fight a duel to the death

Publisher: New York : Del Rey, 1986
ISBN: 9780345317582
Characteristics: p. ; cm


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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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