Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A Princess of Landover by Terry Brooks

Terry Brooks took a 14-year hiatus from his Magic Kingdom series before writing A Princess of Landover, which is the 6th book in the series. I listened to all 5 earlier books before reading this one and really enjoyed them! They are entertaining and fun and easy to read, and they are very clean! I was somewhat disappointed with A Princess of Landover because the action focused too much on Mistaya and not enough on Ben and Willow, or even Questor Thews and Abernathy and so was lacking somewhat. Also disappointing was the lack of a strong villain like Nightshade the witch. It was all too easy for Mistaya to get out of her predicament. Brooks is obviously not done with the series, however, and I hope that the future novels bring back what was so good about the earlier ones.
Having said that, A Princess of Landover is still a fun, quick book to read. In it, Mistaya gets kicked out of the snobby prep school she was attending and returns to Landover to find that a creepy Lord wants to marry her even though she is only 15! Ben is considering the offer which upsets Mistaya, and then when he wants to send her off to boring Libiris to catalogue books she decides that it is all too much and she runs away, only to find herself in Libiris after all! She meets a young indentured servant named Thom and they hit it off right away, however His Eminence as the wizard overseeing the library reorganization calls himself, has nefarious plans for the magic books in the library. Mistaya discovers his plans and uses her magic to thwart him. Craswell Crabbit (His Eminence's real name) discovers what Mistaya is doing and imprisons both her and Thom. With mystical creatures like dragons and witches and the fairy world, the Magic Kingdom series is fun escapist reading. Most of the books are very clean, the only part that might make you think twice about letting a tween read them is when Ben has feelings for Willow, and they obviously sleep together. Rated PG-13 for that and for some violence.

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