Mini-Review: A Princess of Landover

= It's been out since last year, but it's new to me. So, what is it? First new Landover book in fourteen years and picks up about five years after the end of the prior books' events.


Hold up a sec though. What is 'Landover' and why should you care? While I can't answer the second question, the first is fairly straightforward. Landover is something of a knights and sorcery kingdon that we're first introduced when it (or rather the kingship... is that even a word? Sure, why not.) is put up for sale and is bought by one Ben Holiday, widower and in need of some positive change in his life. At first Ben is considered yet another in a long line of suckers that were roped into the deal for their money then would get killed in one of the many many hazards naitive to Landover.

In the end Ben proves that in spite of being an outsider (he is, in fact, from earth, or at least a reasonable approximation) and having little to no inherent knowledge of How Things Work. Happily ever after? Hardly. Sure he's king, but he has to deal with the last living dragon. An irate wizard (who had first brought him to Landover) wanting revenge for the lack of good manners on Ben's part to be yet another idiot sucker, general politicing with the nobility, an evil witch that tried turning his own daughter against him, and that's where things start to get really interesting.

At the start of this book Ben's daughter is fifteen, is capible of magic, and is far more intelligent than her physical age would hint at. Unfortunately she's still a teenager and has emotional issues, issues with trying to figure out her place in the world, and as a result of all that she's gotten herself kicked out of the boarding school her father had sent her to.

With her back home Ben is left wit ha bit of a problem. In addition to the mountain of difficulty one of the more prominent nobles (who got that way through assasinations and 'dissapearances' in his family) he now has to deal with finding a way to direct his daughter's considerable talents and energy productivly. Unfortunately when she hears of this, as well as a few other complications, Mistaya runs away. Never a smart move even and especially if you're the king's daughter and have magic at your beck and call.

Though I've only read A Magic Kingdom for Sale... Sold! and that was years ago I never really felt lost diving head first into this latest offering. The explainations for what's been happening prior never felt like they stole from the rest of the story, and eac hserved to reenforce the difficulties of Mistaya's current perdiciment. It's fantasy and somewhat fairy-tale feeling, but Terry Brooks has a way of writing what would otherwise be cliche setting material in a way that keeps it feeling freash for readers of most any age. If you like fantasy in general, or Mr. Brooks's other works in perticular, Get This.
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