Series: The Magic Kingdom of Landover #1
Author: Terry Brooks
Published: November 29/07 by Brilliance Audio (1st published January 1/86)
Format: audio book
Back Cover Blurb:
The kingdom was in ruin. The Barons refused to recognize the 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 of the Kings of Landover, seemed to be only a myth and an empty suit of armor.
To put a 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. . .
The characters definitely made this story. They were as magical as the land they lived in. Not only are there a myriad of humans, fairy creatures, and other being to get to know, but there were a number of personalities to fall in love with. There were certain characters who made me laugh every time they appeared, others who made me cringe. Above all, however, their plights all tugged at my heart. The main character took the cake. He was fantastic. He is one of those rare individuals who capture your heart, embodying everything that you want to be and all the weaknesses you see in yourself.
This was a magical, enjoyable novel that brings Brooks’ world to life in a big way. I can’t wait to see what happens in Landover next!