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Terry Brooks
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Sequel April 11 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 Possibly my favorite in the series... Nov. 20 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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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Our man, Ben Holiday, ruler of a magickal kingdom, finds even more problems to solve in his new world...like, for instance, staying alive. The novel begins at breakfast, with a dream and escalates from there....entangled with more twists and turns than a roller-coaster, so hang-loose and enjoy the ride. I like the girl who turns into a tree. After reading the Shannara series, you may need a little comic relief. "Magic Kingdom For Sale" has the same great writing style, but less Intensity.... you won't feel so nervous about the main characters and the quest is more like your own life--how the heck am I going to straighten this mess out? What did I get myself into? --except for the fact that your friends are not quite human and your world is completely new...and you have more responsibility than you ever imagined, just when you thought you were FINALLY going to get a break...and then this Dark Lord character wants to take-over everything and.... Oh, read the story! This series is more at-home on the shelf beside "The Hitch-hiker's Guide," than the Shannara series. You'll love it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting diversion, if nothing else March 1 2000
By Alex
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is yet another of those books whose entire success hinges on a single plot point - and while I must confess, hands down, that the mysterious central premise is quite enthralling, watching the uninteresting chracters follow through the plot's execution destroys the charm. Brooks made the central character so unnaturally stupid that it's VERY hard to associate, moreover sympathise. I realized the true answer long before Ben (which is perhaps the single important thing to avoid when reading a mystery story), and soon the story collapsed altogether. Most of the book focuses on uneventful episodes in the separate quests of several of the characters, which seem to go on forever. Surprisingly enough, I never found the key villain to be in any way threatening. The dragon, yes, Nightshade, moderately, but not Meeks. The book follows the same episodic style of the previous volume, only this time the unoriginality is even more noticeable and irritating.
Perhaps this book is necessary for those who want to follow the series, but, certainly, this is not the most interesting one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
I listened to the book on tape version of this book (abridged) on a recent road trip. It was entertaining as a travel distraction. Read more
Published on June 3 2004 by Allison
5.0 out of 5 stars So very cool!!!
This is just a great book fun and lighthearted
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A former trial lawyer who now has to be king
An evil wizard scheaming his way back to power
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Published on Feb. 6 2004 by General Pete
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best fantasy books!
This is a great sequal to Magic Kingdom for Sale-Sold! There were many interesting twists and turns, I couldn't put it down. Read more
Published on March 23 2003 by Nightshade
2.0 out of 5 stars Why do we need sequels?
When reading the first book in this series I was pleasantly surprised. Very nice and original plot. A five star book in my opinion. Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2003 by snjp calis
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining...
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. Read more
Published on Nov. 6 2002 by Erik1988
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
I have always the liked the shannara series, but once I started reading the magic kingdom of landover series I fell in love. Read more
Published on July 2 2002 by "chubbywise"
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! Attention Catching!
This book caught my attention with breathtaking twists, and supprises! Multisided and mysterious characters, all seeking truth. A WONDERFUL Terry Brooks book.
Published on Nov. 25 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best!
I read this book and it made me a true fan of terry brooks! It is an amazing book with lots of twists. Read more
Published on Sept. 19 2000 by "plutow"
4.0 out of 5 stars not five because Ben is silly
This is a wonderfully original book. The black unicorn as a dreaded creature was a nice touch. Brooks, as expected, set a great scene and developed his plot very well. Read more
Published on July 13 2000 by Jared Garrett
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good...
This was a pretty good book. It's not the best in the series though. Ben Holiday once again surprises us all with his relentless strokes of LUCK. Read more
Published on July 10 2000 by Marqi Blount
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