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Terry Brooks
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Book Description

Jan. 29 2008 Landover Series (Book 2)
A year had passed since Ben Holiday bought the Magic Kingdom from the wizard Meeks, who had set a series of pitfalls against him. Ben survived, by the aid of three loyal friends: Questor Thews, an ill-trained wizard; Abernathy, a talking dog, the Court Scribe; and the lovely Willow, who sometimes had to be a tree. But Ben had been troubled by dreams of disaster to his former partner, Miles Bennett. Yet when he returned to Earth, Ben found Miles doing splendidly. Unknown to Ben, the dreams had been a trap by Meeks, who had returned to the Magic Kingdom as a tiny insect hidden in Ben's clothing. That first night back in Landover, Ben awoke to see Meeks gloating over him, claiming to have the medallion that could summon the mysterious knight-protector, the Paladin, and that he had cast a spell to switch appearances with Ben. Ben found himself outcast, no longer recognized by any friend, though all his powerful enemies seemed to know him. Without the medallion, he couldn't seek the help of the Paladin against Meeks. There was only the prism cat - whatever that might be! And where was Willow - and the mysterious black unicorn she'd set out to find?

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Dreams of trouble, missing spellbooks, and a black unicorn send Ben Holiday, Landover's newest king, his wizard, Questor, and the sylph, Willow, on three separate quests that converge in a battle for control of their magical kingdom. This sequel to Magic Kingdom for SaleSold! contains the same welcome touches of humor as its predecessor and confirms Brooks's talent for light fantasy. JC
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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A marvellous fantasy trip Frank Herbert If Harry Potter has given you a thirst for fantasy and you have not discovered the magic of Terry Brooks, you are in for a treat ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS Confirms Terry's place at the head of the fantasy world Philip Pullman --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining June 3 2004
By Allison
Format:Audio Cassette
I listened to the book on tape version of this book (abridged) on a recent road trip. It was entertaining as a travel distraction. I have to agree with some other reviewers: Ben (the hero) didn't strike me as a particularly brilliant king. Unfortunately, he doesn't seem to be backed by a particularly brilliant staff, either.
Despite the general lack of brilliance, the characters and plot can be quite charming. It is certainly not perfect, but worth at least three stars, since it served its function. Probably not worth spending money on this, but well worth checking out from your local library.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Sequel April 12 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A nice addition to the Landover series. The book starts off with Ben, Willow and Questor all having very vivid dreams that they feel they need to act upon. Ben, thinking that his friend from Chicago is in trouble, goes back through the fairy mists to earth. Questor goes to an ancient fortess to find lost books of magic and Willow goes in search of the black unicorn, a legendary beast of pure evil. All of this, not surprisingly is the grand planning of Meeks. The quasi-villian from the last book. The reason why I say quasi is that he was not the main antagonist in book one. Here however, he takes a much more active role and the results make for very entertaining reading. Meeks transforms Ben into an incognito peasant and takes his persona, acting as king of Landover. The only people who recognize him are is enemies and the only help he gets is from a frustratingly egnimatic talking cat by the name of Edgewood Dirk. A nice addition to the growing pantheon of characters. Speaking of which, Strabo, Nightshade, Kallendor and the River King all make an appearance and all show growth. Even Ben, but the decisions that he makes can be somewhat daft and tends to strain the story a bit. Other than that warning, (more of a heads up really) it's a great story and a nice diversion from the epic Shannara series. I think most will like this and agree.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So very cool!!! Feb. 6 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is just a great book fun and lighthearted
Talking Cats
A former trial lawyer who now has to be king
An evil wizard scheaming his way back to power
See? great story elements go pick up a copy if you haven't already.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best fantasy books! March 23 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a great sequal to Magic Kingdom for Sale-Sold! There were many interesting twists and turns, I couldn't put it down.
I think this series so far is much better than Shanara. I couldn't read those, but this was amazing! I would defainetly recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy
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2.0 out of 5 stars Why do we need sequels? Feb. 27 2003
Format:School & Library Binding
When reading the first book in this series I was pleasantly surprised. Very nice and original plot. A five star book in my opinion. The best part being that it was a book by itself, no sequels, everything was perfectly finished, no open ending, the villain(s) were dead or beaten. Recently I found out that there were sequels to this book. I decided to buy the second book, and immediateley after I started reading it I got a little bit disappointed. The plot is so extremely obvious that while reading the book you are wondering on what page Ben will find the truth of the matter. The reader knows this from almost page one. Nightshade (supposed to be dead in the fairy world with the ending of book one) miraculously re-appears. In short, not at all what I expected after reading part one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly my favorite in the series... Nov. 21 2002
Format:Audio Cassette
The sequel to Magic Kingdom for Sale...Sold is once again narrated by Dick Hill, who continues to do an excellent job capturing the personalities of the characters and of giving listeners a very clear mental picture of the landscapes and places explored by the characters, and in many cases a very good idea of what each character looks like. This story, like the prior one, requires the characters to unravel mysteries both about themselves and others, and might also give them a better understanding of illusion and reality. Now for the story.
It all started with three dreams, each sent to a different person. To Ben Holiday, there came a dream about his old law partner and close friend Miles Bennett. TO Questor Thews, there came a dream about a pair of ancient books of magic which had been lost for centuries. To the Sylph girl Willow, there was sent a dream of a mysterious black Unicorn, a being reputed to be not a fairy but a demon. As expected, each of these three feel compelled to test the accuracy of their dreams.
Ben returns to Chicago only to discover that, far from being in any kind of trouble, Miles is actually doing quite well. Convinced that his dream was a lie, Ben returns to Landover. When Questor returns with the missing Books of Magic, it is revealed that one of these books appears to have been burned up from within, while the other contains drawings of unicorns. It may or may not pertain to the legend of a black unicorn. It does seem to have something to do with the legend of a large number of unicorns who mysteriously disappeared while on a journey through the valley of Landover to other worlds. Perhaps these unicorns and the black one are linked in some way?
Later in his bedroom, Ben encounters the former court wizard, a man named Meeks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining... Nov. 6 2002
Format:Audio Cassette
This is based on the abridged audio book version:
1) Definitely a high-magic type story...meaning magic is everywhere and some characters are very powerful. This may be a turn off to some folks.
2) No elves, dwarves, trolls, orcs or goblins in this fantasy story. This was a nice change actually. What you do find is kobolds, fairies and unicorns (of course).
3) Main character Ben Holiday is a likeable human in a magical world.
4) Meeks the "evil" wizard seemed too much a stereotypical bad guy. He was a bit boring in my opinion.
5) The rest of the cast (defunked wizard, "dog" man, and the offspring of fairies and wood nymphs) was an interesting change to the standard fighter, caster, theif combo.
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