Friday, October 2, 2009

A Princess of Landover by Terry Brooks

One of my all time favorite series of books are the Magic Kingdom For Sale Sold by Terry Brooks.  My mom always read Romance or Sci Fi stories while I was growing up.  I was never ever the mushy type, so Romance never appealed to me.   The Sci Fi did though, growing up I always watched Star Trek with my dad.  I tried reading the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in high school, but couldn't get into it (one of my favorite books now though).

My mom then gave me  Magic Kingdom for Sale--Sold! (The Magic Kingdom of Landover) and I was hooked.  No more Babysitter's Club or Sweet Valley High for me!  I read quickly through the entire series of 5 books.  Then I waited and waited and waited for another.  Brooks rights a lot of books, but he never went back to my beloved Landover.  Every so often, I check his website to see if he has any updates.  I never got into his other series, I ended up going in the direction of Mystery/Thriller/Suspense with only a few sci-fi/fantasy books hitting my book shelves. 

Then the other day, I stopped in Barnes and Noble to use the internet while Allie was at dance class.  Her new dance studio does not offer wi-fi like her old one.  The reason I bought a netbook was to use it while the girls were at dance.  Luckily Barnes and Noble isn't that far away.  When I first went there, I decided to look around first.  I hardly ever go into book stores, but I realized the other day it is a great way to find new books to read.  I happened to notice The Magic Kingdom of Landover Volume 1.  At first I thought it was new, then realized it was the first 3 books of the series.  A bit disappointed, I was still admiring the cover.  Then I realized it said from the author of A Princess of Landover.  What??  I hurried over to the sci-fi section and sure enough, there it was.  Of course on the very top shelf, so I couldn't even look at it.  I hurried over to the Starbucks area and requested it from my library.  I will wait to buy the paperback version because that is what my other 5 books are.  I'm so excited, I can't wait for it to come in!  I'm trying not to build it up to much, I don't want to be disappointed, just want to enjoy it.  I read the first one about a year ago again, now I have to pull out the rest so I'm ready for it.

A Princess of Landover ~

After fourteen years, New York Times bestselling fantasy master Terry Brooks has returned to the magic kingdom of Landover. The remarkable realm of dragons, demons, wizards, and wonders that wove an irresistible spell in five classic novels throws open its gates at long last for a brand-new adventure featuring a dazzling cast of characters and creatures.

Ben Holiday, Chicago lawyer and mere mortal turned monarch of enchanted Landover, has grappled with scheming barons, fire-breathing beasts, diabolical conjurers, and extremely wicked witches. None of whom have prepared him for the most daunting of challengers–a teenage daughter. Sent by Ben and his beloved sylph bride, Willow, to an exclusive girls’ prep school, headstrong (and half-magical) Mistaya Holiday has found life in the natural world a less than perfect fit. And when her latest rebellious antics get her indefinitely suspended, she’s determined to resume her real education–learning sorcery from court wizard Questor Thews–whether her parents like it or not.

But back home in Landover, Mistaya’s frustrated father is just as determined that the precocious princess learn some responsibility, and he declares her grounded until she successfully refurbishes the long-forsaken royal library. Mortified by the prospect of salvaging a king’s ransom in moldy books–and horrified by word that repulsive local nobleman Lord Laphroig seeks to marry her–Mistaya decides that the only way to run her own life is to run away from home.

So begins an eventful odyssey peppered with a formidable dragon, recalcitrant gnomes, an inscrutable magic cat, a handsome librarian, a sinister sorcerer, and more than a few narrow escapes as fate draws Landover’s intrepid princess to the last place she expected to go, and into the thick of a mystery that will put her mettle to the test–and might bring the kingdom to its knees.

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