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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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Product Details

  • Series: Landover (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 307 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey Books; 1st edition (August 12, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345335287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345335289
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The plot was good and the pace moved along nicely.
Camille
I have always the liked the shannara series, but once I started reading the magic kingdom of landover series I fell in love.
"chubbywise"
I read this book and it made me a true fan of terry brooks!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By JD on July 5, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I read the entire Landover series years ago and was happy to see them in Kindle format. I finished the first one - Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold! and was very disappointed at all the spelling & formatting errors, but since it was free, I couldn't complain too much, right?

So I purchased "The Black Unicorn" - Kindle version. Again, on just about every other page there are misspelled words, formatting errors, strange characters (print type, not story type.) I'm really shocked at how poorly these things have been converted to Kindle format.

As a comparison, I read the Kindle version of the first Shannara trilogy and don't remember any errors, if there were, they were few.

I've written Amazon, got the standard canned (thank you for your feedback) response and also wrote to the publisher - Del Rey but haven't received a reply yet.

I'm taking 2 full stars off this time for the poor conversion to Kindle format. The book is great but since I'm reviewing the Kindle version, it loses points.

I just ordered the 3rd one in the series (stupid, I know) but I'm curious to see if there are still errors. If so, I may ask for a refund.

To summarize: Great book, poor conversion to Kindle format.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Erik1988 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Maynard VINE VOICE on November 27, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ben Holiday, King of Landover, Questor Thews, Abernathy, Willow, and Meeks are back in the 2nd installment of the Landover series. Ben and Willow are having dreams about a beautiful black unicorn. Neither one can decipher the meaning of these dreams, but they are haunted by them and need to find the answer. Ben travels back to Earth and in doing so, he inadvertently frees Meeks from his prison. When Ben returns to Landover, Meeks is waiting for him and casts a spell on Ben. Ben no longer looks like himself and Meeks now looks and sounds like Ben. Ben is banished from the Kingdom and Meeks takes over. Ben and his friends must find the black unicorn to solve this mystery and put things back to normal. In order to do this, Ben must ask Strabo the dragon and Nightshade, the witch for their help. Ben and company barely survived the last meeting with the dragon and witch. Will everyone survive this time? Will they find the unicorn and get Ben back to the throne before Meeks destroys everything Ben has worked for? Buy the book and find out, you won't regret it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fantasyreader on October 23, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Very east to read and its worth buying the whole series of 5 books. Although they can be read seperately from each other the story interweaves throughout all books. I like the way the author does not let his character figure out to quickly what is happening even though the reader knows what is happening.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 4, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It’s been a year since Ben Holiday bought the magic kingdom of Landover, and things finally seem to be falling into place. However, when he receives a troubling dream that shows him that his old law partner is in trouble, Ben realizes that he must make a return visit to Earth. Strangely enough, the court magician, Questor Thews, and Willow both receive startling dreams that send them off on quests of their own. Ben’s dream turns out to be a trap, and he is tricked into bringing the evil wizard Meeks back to Landover.

Meeks quickly switches identities with Ben, and sends him off to wander Landover as a wretched nobody, casting about trying to find someone who will believe that he is really the High Lord. To make matters worse, Willow’s dream sent her off in pursuit of the ill-omened black unicorn, and that too is some sort of trap. Can Ben Holiday learn to overcome the magic that has stolen his identity, and rescue those he loves in this strange new world? Perhaps he can, with the help of a new friend!

This is another great Landover book. Terry Brooks is one of the greats in the field of fantasy literature, and this book shows off his abilities quite ably. I liked the characters – the new ones and the old ones. I also thought that the author did a great job of keeping the pressure on to the very end of the book. I really enjoyed this book, which I found to be every bit as good as the first book in the series – Magic Kingdom for Sale--Sold! I highly recommend this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tyler Tanner on 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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