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A Princess of Landover (Magic Kingdom of Landover, Book 6) Hardcover – Deckle Edge, August 18, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; 1st edition (August 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345458524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345458520
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,125,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Fans of Brooks's magic kingdom of Landover will welcome this title, the first new book in the series since 1996's Witches' Brew. Ben Holiday's daughter, Mistaya, is now 15 and currently suspended from her private girl's school on Earth for scaring a classmate with magic. Her father—at wit's end despite having defeated many more fantastic challenges—decides to teach her responsibility by sending her to the remote royal library, Libiris. Mistaya runs away, but winds up in Libiris anyway, trying to hide in plain sight. There she discovers a suspicious character called His Eminence, a mysterious voice crying for help and a vast evil threatening all of Landover. The lighthearted story, as with the earlier volumes, can be serious without the convoluted grittiness of Brooks's Shannara saga, and there are plenty of treats for returning readers. (Sept.)
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From School Library Journal

Adult/High School—Mistaya Holiday has some problems, and her biggest isn't that she is being expelled from Carrington Women's Preparatory. No, her biggest problem as the hybrid child of Ben Holiday, a human, and Willow, a sylph, is returning to Landover and explaining to them what she intends to do with the rest of her life. Her father's advisers suggest that he send Mistaya to the royal library, Libiris, to help with its reorganization and reopening. Before the king has a chance to offer this suggestion to his daughter, Laphroig, a local baron who resembles a frog, asks for Mistaya's hand in marriage. When she gets wind of the proposal, she flees to her maternal grandfather, the River Master, to ask for his protection. He is not happy that his crossbreed granddaughter hasn't been around to see him for over a year, and Mistaya leaves him to strike out on her own. Luckily she has many magical friends, including prism cats, mud puppies, G'home Gnomes, and Throg monkeys to help her on her quest. Brooks's fans have waited years for him to return to the magical kingdom of Landover, and they will enjoy this latest effort.—Joanne Ligamari, Twin Rivers United School District, Sacramento, CA
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More 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(R): Episode I The Phantom Menace.(tm) 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.

Customer Reviews

I kept waiting and hoping the payoff was coming, but it just drudged along.
klymber01
I read this series with years between each book,now I own them and can read them back-to-back and in order.
Tori Fallau
It seems to take 200+ pages for anything of interest to happen, and the book is less than 300 pages long.
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60 of 70 people found the following review helpful By K. Singh on August 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By ChibiNeko VINE VOICE on September 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. Fujino on August 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By klymber01 on March 22, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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.
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