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A Princess of Landover [Mass Market Paperback]

Terry Brooks
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July 27 2010 Landover
Ben Holiday, mere mortal turned monarch of the magic kingdom of Landover, has grappled with numerous contenders for his throne, but nothing could have prepared him for the most daunting of challengers: his headstrong teenage daughter, Mistaya. After getting suspended from an exclusive private school in our world, Mistaya is determined to resume her real education—learning sorcery from court wizard Questor Thews—whether her parents like it or not. Then, horrified that a repulsive Landover nobleman seeks to marry her, Mistaya decides that the only way to run her own life is to run away from home.

So begins an eventful odyssey peppered with a formidable dragon, recalcitrant Gnomes, an inscrutable magic cat, a handsome librarian, a sinister sorcerer, and more than a few narrow escapes as fate draws Landover’s intrepid princess into the thick of a mystery that will put her mettle to the test—and possibly bring the kingdom to its knees.

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“Sweet, charming and skillful . . . an enjoyable journey, a helluva ride.”—January magazine 
“Fans of Brooks’s magic kingdom of Landover will welcome this title. . . . There are plenty of treats.”—Publishers Weekly
“Fun and engaging.”—Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Terry Brooks is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including the Genesis of Shannara novels Armageddon’s Children and The Elves of Cintra; The Sword of Shannara; the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilogy: Ilse Witch, Antrax, and Morgawr; the High Druid of Shannara trilogy: Jarka Ruus, Tanequil, and Straken; the nonfiction book Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life; and the novel based upon the screenplay and story by George Lucas, Star Wars®: Episode I The Phantom Menace.™ His novels Running with the Demon and A Knight of the Word were selected by the Rocky Mountain News as two of the best science fiction/fantasy novels of the twentieth century. The author was a practicing attorney for many years but now writes full-time. He lives with his wife, Judine, in the Pacific Northwest.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible. Dec 23 2010
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I'll start off by mentioning I love Terry Brooks. I have all of his novels, and the Landover series is a particular favourite of mine. That being said, after waiting so long for a follow up novel for the series I was majorly disappointed. In preparation I re-read the original 5 and then delved into this. Here are the things that I hated about this pathetic attempt at revising the series:

1) The writing style is completely different. True, given the length of time that has passed things are bound to sound a bit different, but this sounds as if it's being written by a ghost writer.
2) He didn't even get the details of previous novels correct. He has Ben Holiday reference the fact that he has never taken off the medallion. This was both confusing and enraging because that is the central plot of an entire previous novel in the series, when he gives the medallion to Abernathy so Questor can use it as a catalyst to change him back to a man again.
3) The characters had ridiculous, trite names. Laphroig? Shoopdiesel? Seriously?
4) There's a very obvious attempt to bring back or reference every single character that's ever been in the series, which is done in the worst and least subtle way possible. Going back to point 1), Edgewood Dirk and Strabo don't even have the same manner of speech as in previous novels.
5) Extremely obvious plot set ups. As soon as Misty gets back to Landover in chapter 1 Strabo flies down and tells her "not to ever use his image again or he'd personally appear there within minutes to punish her". Gee, could she possibly use that to get a powerful Dragon to come to her aid later in the novel?

I could go on, but I won't. Please save yourself the money and the sorrow and skip this. Read and love the previous five books, but avoid this and the last forthcoming instalment as well.
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2.0 out of 5 stars An unsatisfactory addition to the Landover family Aug. 22 2009
By K. Singh - Published on Amazon.com
I'm a huge Terry Brooks fan. As I write this review, all his books are sitting on the shelf next to me (with the exception of his adaption of Star Wars, Episode I - The Phantom Menace and Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life.)

Magic Kingdom for Sale--Sold! (The Magic Kingdom of Landover) was the first book of his books I read. Part of the attraction was his wonderful depth of character, and the way the characters, while still in character, used all of their resources to surmount the problems in front of them.

In this book, by contrast, characters seem one-sided, and, frankly, there are too many. In passing, Brooks brings back nearly all the characters of the Landover world. To explain all of them, recaps of all of the previous books are required. These recaps are seemingly stuck into the story (one particularly artificial-feeling (3 page!) one has Ben Holiday thinking to himself about his past while standing around.)

Worst of all, at least in my opinion, by bringing back all of the characters, Brooks lets plot holes abound! We know how Ben Holiday reacts when his daughter is missing--how is it that much of the book goes by without him having an original thought? If you want to have the focus be around Mistaya and her efforts to overcome adversity, give us a reason for why her extremely powerful family and friends cannot come to her aid. An earthquake, perhaps.

Furthermore, he created wonderfully complex characters in the Landover world. Even the evil Nightshade and semi-evil/good Strabo are shown to have delightfully complex personalities, quite understandably because of their complex pasts. In this book, unfortunately, they are all given one-sided roles to play. For someone attracted to Brooks's ability to create such characters, this was a disappointment.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite the Landover novels I've seen in the past... Sept. 8 2009
By ChibiNeko - Published on Amazon.com
As a long time fan of the Landover novels, I eagerly grabbed this book up as soon as I could. It'd been far too long since I'd last read about all of my favorite characters. What I discovered here in this book wasn't entirely the Landover I'd grown to love. Rather than focusing around the regular cast of characters, this book focuses more on Ben & Willow's daughter, Mistaya.

The plotline follows Mistaya as she's suspended from her school in the ordinary world of her father's. Rather than stay & try to reason with the headmistress, she returns back to Landover & discovers that her parents are less than pleased with her. Her father's response is that she either has to help reorganize the royal library at Libris. Naturally, she doesn't want to do either. The biggest affront to her is when one of the Lords of the Greenswald, the loathsome Laipfrog comes calling for her hand in marriage. Mistakenly believing that her father is actually entertaining the idea of marrying her off, Mistaya runs away from home only to eventually end up at the very place she was trying to avoid- Libris.

I did enjoy this book, but I have to admit... it wasn't really the same thing I'd enjoyed previously. If anything, this read like it was written as more of a teen book than an adult one. That doesn't mean that it's a bad read- it's just different from what has come before it. One other reviewer said that the characters of Willow & Ben are pretty much cardboard standups of their previous selves & that's pretty much true. If you're hoping for good old Ben action, you'll be disappointed. The book predominantly follows Mistaya & Ben is resigned to a worrying & demanding parent. Luckily for me, Libris was an interesting mystery for me to read about & was much more interesting than Mistaya's worries. (For someone with a mental age of 22 she didn't seem to act like it most of the time.) The big revelations at the end really aren't that surprising & there's a bit of a cliffhanger that gives us the possibility for a future book. I just hope that the future book is better in including Ben & Willow rather than turning it into the Mistaya show.

As a standalone book I rather liked it & would give it 4 stars. As a Landover book & the first one we've had in years, I'd only give it about 3 stars.
16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good plot, but somewhat disappointing action Aug. 20 2009
By J. Fujino - Published on Amazon.com
I thought overall it was a good book, but not as good as I was expecting after Witches' Brew. The main problem I think is seemingly under-present, underpowered villains. The fact of the matter was that Mistaya with magic (if not experience) on par with Nightshade is one tough princess at the end of the last novel. In this novel, though, the antagonist doesn't even appear until 2nd half of the book (the landowner doesn't count he's just too lame and pathetic). Then, during the fights the obvious way to handicap Mistaya's powers seem to be to have her friend act heroic by knocking her down (to get her out of the way of dangerous blows) right before she saves the day, or throwing valuable keys to the enemy (to obviously keep them away from his good friend).

On the other hand, much better than the action was the plot. I think the fifteen-year-old melodrama was well done (although a bit weird considering she's supposed to be physically 15 but have a mental age of 22). Also, I relished the introduction of old and new characters that really stayed true.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I want that part of my life back March 22 2011
By klymber01 - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a huge Terry Brooks fan and I tried to like this book (the fact that I finished it is a testament to my committment). I kept waiting and hoping the payoff was coming, but it just drudged along. This may have been the most boring book I've ever experienced. I was shocked. I kept waiting for an explanation or any reason why the fairies were so interested in her. She was extremely unlikable and not very impressive. Terry did nothing to elaborate on why she was important and why we should care. I wonder if he just had a contractual obligation to write a Landover book and whipped it out. Absolutely aweful and boring.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Tame Return To Landover: A Young Adult Novel At Best Oct. 18 2009
By Taylor Rand - Published on Amazon.com
I enjoyed "A Princess of Landover" for the most part; it was a quick, light read and taken as a stand-alone book suitable for a teen, I'd recommend it.

However, as an adult familiar with the previous books, I wasn't drawn in by the story. It was far too tame: Princess Mistaya was never in any real danger and neither her flight from Stirling Silver nor her time at Libris generated much heat. The climactic encounter at the book's end was more comical than dramatic.

None of the characters were well-developed. Mistaya herself seemed to not have any particular compelling reason for her running away from the castle except that the plot required her to leave. I believe many fans of the previous books will be like me in being surprised at the treatment of Landover's main characters.

Obviously, Mistaya's the new focus of the series but what happened to everyone else? Nothing apparently; twenty years of being a king and Ben's still just a guy who bought a magical kingdom, Questor's still a random magic generator, Abernathy remains a reluctant dog, Willow an ethereal virtual non-entity and Ben's subjects (like the murderous suitor of Princess Mistaya)don't particularly respect or fear King Ben.

It's one thing for the emphasis to shift to Mistaya and another to realize that seemingly little or no thought was given to envisioning the world she inhabits. I felt like everyone had been frozen in time, sheets thrown over the furniture and only now, when a new series of books considered, were things dusted off and the clockwork people wound-up again.

A big disappointment for me: After all this time, I would've loved to have known that in the background, Landover was still growing and evolving. I won't be waiting for the rest of the series - though if I happen to see it at the library, I'll read it. I just won't go seek 'em out.
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