I didn’t discover how much I liked fantasy fiction until about 10 years ago and since then I’ve come to realize how many books I’ve missed out on. As a result, when I come across an older classic that someone has mentioned or recommended, I put it on my tentative list of books I’d like to read. I figure if it’s an older book and someone still remembers it, it must be worth checking out. And then there are cases of pure serendipity.
Last week, a reader stopped by to comment on a recent post (Online Chat with Christopher Paolini and Terry Brooks), he mentioned that I had omitted a few books on a list of works by Terry Brooks. Some of those were the Landover books.
Saturday, when I stopped by our public library to check out their annual used book sale, I found a copy of Magic Kingdom for Sale–Sold!, Book 1 in the Landover series, and took it home. Since I had just heard about it, how could I resist? Later that afternoon, I picked it up to read the first few pages and ended up reading the entire book. What a great escape. I found Magic Kingdom For Sale–Sold! to be a funny, laugh-out-loud kind of book.
Here’s the blurb:
Landover was a genuine magic kingdom, with fairy folk and wizardry, just as the advertisement had promised. But after he purchased it, Ben Holiday learned that there were a few details the ad had failed to mention.
The kingdom was in ruin. The Barons refused to recognize a king, and the peasants were without hope. A dragon was laying waste the countryside, while an evil witch plotted to destroy everything.
Ben’s only followers were the incompetent Court Magician, Abernathy, the talking dog who served as Court Scribe; and the lovely Willow–but she had a habit of putting down roots in the moonlight and turning into a tree. The Paladin, legendary champion and the Kings of Landover, seemed to be only a myth and an empty suit of armor.
To put the final touch on the whole affair, Ben soon learned that the Iron Mark, terrible lord of the demons, had challenged all prospective Kings of Landover to a duel to the death–a duel which no human could hope to win.
The task of proving his right to be King seemed hopeless. But Ben Holiday was stubborn…
I give Magic Kingdom for Sale–Sold! 4 stars out of 5. For more info on the book, click here.