Magic Kingdom For Sale/Sold

Magic Kingdom For Sale Sold Landover was a genuine 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 w

Landover was a genuine 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 Such as the fact that the kingdom was falling into ruin The barons refused to recognize a king and taxes hadn t been collecteLandover was a genuine 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 Such as the fact that the kingdom was falling into ruin The barons refused to recognize a king and taxes hadn t been collected for years The dragon, Strabo, was laying waste to the countryside, while the evil witch, Nightshade, was plotting to destroy no less than everything And if that weren t enough for a prospective king to deal with, Ben soon learned that the Iron Mark, terrible lord of the demons, challenged all pretenders to the throne of Landover to a duel to the death a duel no mere mortal could hope to win But Ben Holiday had one human trait that even magic couldn t overcome Ben Holiday was stubborn.

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  1. Terry Brooks was born in Illinois in 1944, where he spent a great deal of his childhood and early adulthood dreaming up stories in and around Sinnissippi Park, the very same park that would eventually become the setting for his bestselling Word Void trilogy He went to college and received his undergraduate degree from Hamilton College, where he majored in English Literature, and he received his graduate degree from the School of Law at Washington Lee University.A writer since high school, he wrote many stories within the genres of science fiction, western, fiction, and non fiction, until one semester early in his college years he was given The Lord of the Rings to read That moment changed Terry s life forever, because in Tolkien s great work he found all the elements needed to fully explore his writing combined in one genre.He then wrote The Sword of Shannara, the seven year grand result retaining sanity while studying at Washington Lee University and practicing law It became the first work of fiction ever to appear on the New York Times trade paperback bestseller list, where it remained for over five months.

328 Reply to “Magic Kingdom For Sale/Sold”

  1. I saw this in a used bookstore and picked it up as a nostaglia re read.It s a good book, and I enjoyed it But the pace of the story is much much slower than I remember Part of this might be that I already had read it in the past Or that I m much much busier than I was as a kid But the result is that I ended up doing something I rarely do I skimmed chunks of the book, mostly description or narration of the main character s thoughts, so I could get to the next bit of action or dialogue.For all tha [...]

  2. This was a book that constantly frustrated me by not making the most of its premise Here you have a pretty original premise, a humorous tone, and a diverse cast of characters, and yet all that emerges is a mildly engaging but not wholly entertaining read There were countless missed opportunities, and I couldn t help wondering how this book would have fared in, say, Terry Pratchett s far capable hands.

  3. This is lighter fare the kind of book that takes your mind off the real world Having read it almost three decades ago, I don t know if I m truly qualified to review it now, but I remember it as a refreshing palate cleanser at the time I went on to read and enjoy three in the series Plot wise, it s not overly original It s the basic portal Narnia type of novel So I can t say that it shaped the field or massively influenced it Basically, your white American male, Ben Holiday, is a little over the [...]

  4. I actually enjoyed this series better than his serious offerings.My attention drawn back to this one sentence reviewI found a typo.The book is a humorous one but not a straight comedy This falls into the category of literature and media for that matter which might be called humorous or comedy drama It s done pretty well By the way, if you read finish the book you may think that I had a sort of prejudice toward the hero because of, one of the characterst so, really Lessons to be learned from the [...]

  5. This is my favorite book by Terry Brooks A normal business man finds himself looking to a propertiy for sale but its a kingdom He doesn t even believe it and he goes to find out about it He ends up buying it and goes to a far off world of new kinds Where he meets a wizard who turned himself into a dog, and his friend Willow a girl who at night turned into a tree This was not what he had expected to find in his new home As well as the responsability to go on an adventure to save the town in which [...]

  6. This is my first Terry Brooks and I was a little hesitant going in One of my good friends had recently skewered Swords of Shannara and I thought I might be stepping into a pile of crap However, I was pleasantly surprised with this story It was light and fun and I had a good time reading it Maybe Brooks got better as he continued to write or maybe this story just hit me at the right time Whatever it was, I liked this.

  7. I always thought this was a funny read But it wasn t To tell you, managing a fantasy kingdom is not as easy as it sounds But I had a good time here I had a good time at Landover that it makes me sick of frustration that I could not find the second book of the series

  8. 3.0 to 3.5 stars A pretty good book if you are looking for a lighter fare fantasy novel I thought the main character was well written and the story was engaging.

  9. Magic Kingdom for Sale Sold is an enjoyable read It isn t epic like The Lord of the Rings but it s not trying to be Its world building is solid and believable and its characters are fun Ben Holiday makes for a great, relatable protagonist with just enough flaws to keep him from being too perfect yet noble enough to keep him honorable The secondary characters like Questor Thews the court magician , Abernathy the court scribe who was transformed into a dog , and Willow the sylph , are interesting [...]

  10. I was intrigued by the premise of buying a fairy world kingship included , and thank God I was, because it took a few chapters for this to take off for me Once things got settled, this was a pretty fun and entertaining read for me.Ben Holiday, lawyer and widower, came across as mopey and unbalanced at first I can t say he didn t have his reasons, though His wife was dead, and he was contemplating buying the kingdom of Landover for one million dollars, all on a whim He was full of doubts for bein [...]

  11. It took me a while to sink into this book seemed like a lot of time was spent in Ben Holiday s disbelief at finding himself in Landover Yes, it was any sane person s natural response to leave town and enter a hidden world where a person can be accidentally half transformed into a dog I just don t want to spend so long wallowing in it It took me a while to feel any sort of sympathy for any of the characters For most of the book I was laughing when they got into trouble although some of the charac [...]

  12. I love fantasy books, so of course Terry Brooks was on my list of must reads The Landover series books were great for many reasons First it was a light read I am not saying there is no moral dilemas or complexity, just that you dont have to wrap your brain too deeply around it I also liked it for the entertainment factor There was action, but not too much, love interests, but not too much, magic well you can t overdo that in a fantasy book, evil villians, a bumbling wizard every fantasy book nee [...]

  13. Re _Magic Kingdom for Sale Sold by Terry Brooks This is part of Brooks Magic Kingdom of Landover series This book is the series opener My GR friend, Werner says With this series, there is a case for reading the books in order the first one gives some essential basic information, and there is a progressive development of the characters.I enjoyed reading this book of fantasy It kept me reading It was easy to follow and the fantasy characters were fun to read about There s suspense and some humor T [...]

  14. Ben Holiday, attorney at law, is dissatisfied with his life He sees the justice system becoming and flawed and his profession become the butt of every bad lawyer joke His wife has passed away and he is increasingly withdrawn When he sees an advertisement for a honest to goodness magic kingdom in the Christmas Wishbook, he seizes on his chance to give some meaning and purpose to his life He s got than he bargained for when he arrives to find the kingdom in disrepair and no small amount of dan [...]

  15. This was definitely a fun and easy read Ben Holiday is a disenchanted lawyer who is trying to find some purpose to his life after his wife and unborn child died in a tragic accident When he sees an advertisement for a magic kingdom being sold for 1 Million, he all but jumps at the chance, even though he only partially believes it could be real Of course it is, and there is everything promised in the ad except not quite exactly as promised Everything is running down and withering, because the mag [...]

  16. Listening to this book was so enjoyable Dick Hill performed the narration and did an excellent job as he usually does The story itself was rather relevant to today than I expected for a book written in 1986 The main character Ben is a disillusioned, depressed lawyer who can t move on after his wife is killed in a accident He answers an ad in an exclusive wish book catalog about buying a kingdom with all the trimmings dragons, fairies, wizards, etc Trouble starts before Ben even gets to his king [...]

  17. What a neat idea Very well done other world fantasy novel that s just plain fun a fast read The writing is tight for Brooks the characters are all vibrant Highly recommended for a beach read.Brooks is not my favorite author The first book of his I read was The Sword of Shannara it absolutely infuriated me since it was such a rip off of The Hobbit I wouldn t read anything else by him for years, but eventually I relented since my wife I had read almost everything else the library had to offer in t [...]

  18. Thank you to my papa for the recommendation I enjoyed this, the ending was excellent I had a little issue with the beginning, if I ve agreed to suspend disbelief, I don t need 70 pages of Ben trying to convince himself or talking of the silliness or impossibility or whatever I understand the point of it and we learn a good deal about Ben s character and his past and his current state of mind, but it went on a little long for me.This book is also incredibly descriptive This is not a bad thing, as [...]

  19. Back in the early 2000s when I first discovered Terry Brooks, I read this series mainly as a way to pass the time when I read out of Shannara books Now rereading this, I appreciate it much now I think it is perhaps as an adult, I better appreciate Ben s world weariness and the thought of What would you do if you had the chance to rule a country and essentially create your own government This book is also very fun and imaginative with a snarky main character I also really like the g home gnomes [...]

  20. Inizia un po lento per poi continuare nello stile fantasy pi classico,con l aggiunta di un pizzico di umorismo.Piacevole per svagarsi.Ben Holiday,avvocato sull orlo della disperazione per la prematura scomparsa della moglie,riponde ad uno strano annuncio su un catalogo di vendita di un regno magico e cos ,dopo una breve trattativa,si ritrova a Landover,passando attraverso il regno delle fate Qui dovr diventarne il re,ma farsi accettare dagli abitanti del paese magico non sar cosa facile e,anche [...]

  21. Nostalgic reads are always dangerous territory To be honest, I was willing to risk this reread nuking any fondness I had for the book When I first read this at 13 or 14 I remember thinking it was a cool idea and that it had humor a talking dog, haw but was disappointed even then that it had left so much left unsaid by the end of the book I d been warned away from the Sha na na books already, and when a not very serious writer decides to kick back and knock off some light fare the results aren t [...]

  22. It sounds like the premise of a hilarious comic fantasy Successful lawyer sees a magic kingdom for sale in a Christmas catalogue, buys it, and becomes king Except, things are not as grand as they seem, and he finds himself accompanied by a talking dog, an incompetent wizard, and two goblins as his only retinueUnfortunately, the book never really delivers anything at all The writing is bland, the humour is, for the most part, absent, and the story is altogether a misfire There is a touch of fairy [...]

  23. PERSONAL REVIEW I was pretty unimpressedbut I think it s just not my type of book I never got into Douglas Adams or Monty Python either I wonder if a lot of the humor just went right over my head was too dry, or to wet, or somethingyhow, although I could see where the humor was, I just wasn t finding it funny Additionally, story alone was pretty dull stuff A man buys a kingdom s not what he expectedhe goes from person to person asking for help and then it all ties nicely together in the end A si [...]

  24. Brooks writing is superb It flows well and doesn t distract from the story itself I felt that I was there, struggling along with Ben the main character.The story line itself was decent and worth an occasional re read this is my second time For me, it was slow in a couple of places and a bit frustrating possibly because Ben was having TOO much trouble securing his throne I ll probably read it again in a few years if I m still processing oxygen.

  25. I really liked this book,for me I found it entertaining from start to finish.This is my 2nd review,the 1st time I read it was 30 years ago.I do think the book was better this time.It was a little slow in the beginning,but to be expected for the backstory on the character.But after he gets to Landover things really pick up.From one adventure to the next it was a very entertaining read.

  26. I do like Terry Brooks I really enjoyed his Scions of S series But this simply did not work for me on any level.

  27. Stands up to my memoriesI read this book as a teen and absolutely loved it I picked it up on a whim because it was on sale and was a little nervous to see if it was as awesome as I remembered Well s not quite Lets get the bad out of the way first It s pretty tell heavy And Willow s insistence upon fate and the fact that a pretty girl magically helped Ben heal from some of his past issues was a bit annoying But I still had fun with it It s still got the whimsical, light hearted ness I remember fr [...]

  28. Regno in saldo L idea di parodiare il genere con l impianto fiabesco carina meno riuscito lo sviluppo complessivo, con i soliti personaggi plastici a costruire una vicenda lineare e priva di guizzi narrativi.Niente, Terry Brooks si conferma autore adatto ai neofiti e, al contempo, poco fruibile per il lettore navigato all interno del genere.

  29. I ve read a lot of books but rarely write reviews I only take time out of my day to write a review when I have strong feelings about a book I have to love it or hate it, and after reading this book I definitely have strong feelings and opinions about it A family member of mine kept telling me how great this book is, and every time I spoke to her she d ask if I d read it yet I didn t want to tell her that I just couldn t bring myself to read a book with such a terrible title Magic Kingdom For Sal [...]

  30. The answer to a mid life crisis19 December 2012 The first thing that struck me when I read this book was that I could tell that Terry Brooks, in his former life, was a lawyer That in and off itself is not surprising since the job of a lawyer is basically to tell stories Okay, probably not corporate lawyers and such but if you are in criminal law or personal injury the key to being a successful lawyer is the ability not only to tell a story but to tell a good story Okay, you may be asking the que [...]

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