Magic Kingdom For Sale – Sold (Magic Kingdom of Landover #1)

January 6, 2014 § Leave a comment

*from Goodreads

*from Goodreads

Title: Magic Kingdom For Sale – Sold
Author: Terry Brooks
Published Date: January 1986
Synopsis: “Landover was a genuine magic kingdom, complete with fairy folk and wizardry, just as the advertisement had promised. But after he purchased it for a million dollars, Ben Holiday discovered that there were a few details the ad had failed to mention. Such as the fact that the kingdom was falling into ruin. The barons refused to recognize a king and taxes hadn’t been collected for years. The dragon, Strabo, was laying waste to the countryside, while the evil witch, Nightshade, was plotting to destroy no less than everything. And if that weren’t enough for a prospective king to deal with, Ben soon learned that the Iron Mark, terrible lord of the demons, challenged all pretenders to the throne of Landover to a duel to the death – a duel no mere mortal could hope to win. But Ben Holiday had one human trait that even magic couldn’t overcome. Ben Holiday was stubborn.“- From Goodreads

Format: Audiobook (6 hours and 28 minutes)
Date Started: November 6, 2013
Date Completed: January 6, 2014

First read of the year! Well.. not really, technically. I didn’t read it. I listened to it. And I also started the book in November last year. It counts on the Goodreads challenge because they look at completed date. So there.

The audiobook I got was a classic one. I listened to a digital copy but at the start and end of each part, the reader says “This is the end of cassette number 1.” etc. I really liked the reader’s voice. He added extra depth to the story. It is actually a short listen and I especially enjoyed listening to it while commuting to and from work. My commute usually runs an hour to an hour and a half to work and an hour back home. Instead of thinking random thoughts or looking at other commuters, I was immersed in a wonderful fantasy world instead. However, the last “cassette” had low volume, even when cranked up to the highest level so sadly I had to pause. Finally got some idle time today and decided to finish it.

This is my first Terry Brooks read and I liked it. The characters, even the support ones are really likable. I also liked Terry’s writing style and the pacing was to my taste too. I had a fun time listening to it. This definitely is one book I can easily recommend to anybody, regardless of their age. The rest of the books on the series are already on my to read list. Shout out to Green Embers for recommending it to me (he also has a throwback review of it on GE Recommends).

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