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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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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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Product Details

  • Series: Landover (Book 6)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Reprint edition (July 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345458532
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345458537
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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It took me a LONG time to get around to reading A Princess of Landover, mostly because it was beat up in reviews something fierce. Some of that is subjective, but when I did start to read the book, I was turned off by the notion that Mistaya was able to just go through mists to Earth and attend a normal school. I didn't get very far when I saw that, and it was a prelude to what I felt was going to be a disappointing story.

If you've ever read A Wrinkle in Time, or seen the Disney movie of the same name, this book is a lot like that. That's not good or bad, but had I known it would take that sort of approach versus that seen in the previous books of the series - Witches' Brew (Magic Kingdom of Landover series Book 5) had one of the most satisfying climaxes Brooks has ever written - I would likely have skipped it. But I was bored, and decided to force myself to read it, similar to the way I felt about Armageddon's Children (The Genesis of Shannara, Book 1).

I saw quite a few issues.

- The story starts out with Mistaya basically being bratty and summoning magic in a school on Earth. Now, she's the daughter of a human and a sylph, and clearly has more sylph than human in her, so is the reader to believe that Mistaya appears perfectly human? Not a hint of sylph features? And even still, this whole segment seems like a waste of space, designed to simply frame Mistaya as a brat. The characters introduced here are never discussed again and she never goes back to the school. So, why?
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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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I enjoyed this installment of the series. It was a great follow-up to the previous five books. There are a few things I really enjoyed and some things I didn't particularly care for.
As for the good:
- I enjoyed the change of pace and experiencing a story about Mistaya, as opposed to the previous installments all being about Ben.
- I really liked the introduction of new characters, Thom in particular.
- It was nice finding out a little more about the magic behind Sterling Silver.
As for the not-so-good:
- Mistaya is a bit of a brat. It was hard to endure Ben and Willow's horrible parenting, though I guess that is a purely subjective point of view.
- There are several unresolved plot lines. It has been seven years now since the book's release and having checked the author's website, there is nothing else currently in the works for this series.

Though it is far from perfect, I still recommend it if you're a fan of the series.
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