Magic Kingdom for Sale--sold!

Magic Kingdom for Sale--sold!

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After Ben Holiday purchased Landover, he discovered the magic kingdom had some problems. The Barons refused to recognize a king and the peasants were without hope. To make matters worse, Ben learned that he had to duel to the death with the Iron Mask, the terrible lord of the demons--a duel which no human could hope to win....

Baker & Taylor
Ben Holiday purchases the magical kingdom of Landover for a million dollars only to learn that Iron Mark, lord of the demons, expects him to fight a duel to the death

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [1986]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©1986
ISBN: 9780345317575
0345317572
9780345317582
0345317580
Branch Call Number: SF Brooks, T 300.1 1986
Characteristics: 324 pages ; 24 cm

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mammothhawk229e
Aug 18, 2017

Just an average forgettable self-fulfilling story which borrowed a lot of tropes & archetype one dimensional characters.

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ZenSojourner
Oct 12, 2013

This is an unbelievable and rather silly story of a parallel world about the size of the state of Rhode Island (or a bit smaller) where magic really exists. What makes this story silly is not the fantastic setting - it is, after all, a member of the fantasy genre - but the way it is presented. Terry Brooks is just not a good writer. None of the characters are believable. He gets his fairies mixed up with his Greek mythology, and ultimately gets neither right. He alternates between describing the supernatural denizens of Landover as voluntary immigrants and as having been expelled into Landover against their will. There are some of both, but he can't seem to keep straight who is who. Characters are one-dimensional cardboard cutouts, which is typical of TB characters. While there is considerably less whining and angst-filled chest beating on the part of his protagonists in this series than there was in the early Shannara books (can't say about later ones as I have not been able to bring myself to dragging through more of his execrable prose), there is still far too much, and it is just not convincing. While TB's writing style is far more polished in this series than his early Shannara novels, as the saying goes, you can polish 'til the cow's come home but you still can't make a tur-nip shine (to put it politely).

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