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Magic Kingdom for Sale--Sold! (Landover) Mass Market Paperback – March 12, 1987
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Top Customer Reviews
I highly recommend this book to any fantasy fan, which at points is funny, mystical, romantic, action-packed; and it's interesting throughout. Enjoy, and the check out the rest of the series, because they're all great reads!
Have you ever wished that you could find a portal to another world? Have you ever dreamed of being swept away into a magical land with fantastical creatures? Well that is exactly what happened to Ben Holiday. He answered an add in a Christmas catalogue, thinking it to be a joke, and instead found himself stepping through the boundary between our world and the world of Landover ... and as it's king no less! Sounds wonderful right? Well, let's just say that things were not exactly what he expected!
Terry Brooks has spun a thoroughly enchanting tale with Magic Kingdom For Sale Sold! It has so many wonderful elements; magic, romance, fascinating creatures, humor, a hint of mystery, and lots of wonderful, quirky characters. But be warned ... once you pick it up, you will not be able to put it down until you have read the last page! And the adventure doesn't end there. There are four more books in the series, all equally as good as the first; The Black Unicorn, Wizard At Large, The Tangle Box, and Witches' Brew.
I highly recommend this book. If you haven't yet read it yet, then what are you waiting for?!! Buy it now! You will not be disappointed ... I promise.
I was disappointed. Almost all elements of Landover follow standard fairy-tale cliches. Granted, that is pretty much what was promised, but the book did little to make up for its lack of originality, in humor or otherwise. It's actually quite serious and dry, and too much of it is just plain boring. Sometimes I found myself taking in the words as quickly as possible without bothering to visualize the scenes or soak it in, just to get on with it. Strange since usually when a book doesn't interest me I'll hardly finish it, I guess in this case, like Ben, I was stubborn.
It starts slow enough, introducing us to Ben Holiday's normal life preceding the purchase of Landover, and doesn't really pick up that much once he moves into the Kingdom and we are introduced to his four companions: bumbling wizard Questor, the talking dog squire Abernathy, and a couple of fierce monkeyish warrior kinda guys.
One major gripe I have is that Landover feels so barren, like endless plains of uninhabited earth. For the most part it fails to give us a sense of a real, living world. "Where are all the people?" I asked myself at one point. There was no sense of things happening, until of course the fivesome journey forth to wherever they must be for the story to progress and people seem to appear. At some points you'd think they're living on the moon or something.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well how can you start a fairy tale in modern Chicago and New York with a lawyer for a hero? Terry Brooks figured out a excellent way and it's here in this first book. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Moon Cat
one of the first "adult" series i read growing up would recommend to teenagers who wants to read more mature books with magicPublished 10 days ago by Kaneko
Amazing book pulls you in even if you dont like fantasy. I promise you will love it.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Awesome... read every Landover book, just start now. NOW!! GO !! GET EM!!Published 4 months ago by HolyBoyRoad
Great book and author. I have had the hard copy for decades and got the kindle version to read to someone else.Published 5 months ago by L. Mason
Nice book to read when your not truly a reader. I liked it very much. I am not an avid reader. I read at work between my customer . It filled the time well.Published 8 months ago by Joyce