The Magic Kingdom Of Landover

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    sable cat

    sable cat Inuyasha fan girl!

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    Has anyone else read this series?

    Basically the first book starts out with Ben Holiday, a man who is down on his luck and willing to try anything. (I think that his wife and unborn child died in a car accident or something, but I don’t remember for sure) Anyway Ben is flipping though a magazine and he comes across the Magic Kingdome Of Landover, it’s for sail.
    Eventual he decides to buy it and give up all most all of his positions form this world, his beast friend thinks that Ben has finally lost his mind.
    As it turns out Landover is very real and Ben is the new High Lord or King, (I can’t remember if the books used both titles) and has Ben ever got his work cut out for him! First of all the curt wizard normally can’t do magic correctly to save his life, there is a witch called Nightshade who is one nasty peace of goods, and not every one is willing to except Ben as the new ruler of Landover.

    Its been a while sints I have read these books so pleas feel free to point out any mistakes that I have made in this assessment of the first book.
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    rune

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    I've also read the first book in this series, which I add hardly ever gets mentioned. I personally enjoyed the first book and feel it's going to be an interesting series. At present I'm trying to get book 2 so that I can continue with it. I've got books 3 and 4.
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    Space Monkey

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    I just read the first 2 Landover books this weekend. The second, Black Unicorn, was probably better IMO because in the first I found the whole transition thing to be a bit long-winded and boring.
    Very cool and more-ish though; once I was into the characters - who are very well built, by the way - I couldn't stop.
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    Tsujigiri

    Tsujigiri Waiting at the Crossroads

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    I read the first book in the series when it was released in paperback in the UK and I have Black Unicorn sat ont he shelves behind me but haven't managed to get around to it.
    I should probably make an effort.....:rolleyes:
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    Chimeco

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    i read the series awhile back. I enjoyed it. It has a good sense of humor about everything. I hear he's coming out with a new novel for the series this year.

    And any fans of this series might be happy to know there's a movie being made about Landover, called "Magic Kingdom For Sale!". It's due out 2006 i believe.
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    Tsujigiri

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    rune

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    I like the idea of a movie for the first book :D

    I read Black Unicorn and didnt enjoy it as much as the first book. I like the interaction and dynamics of the character so when they got split up for most of the 2nd book I got frustrated.
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    Cenerue

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    I enjoyed this series very much- I really liked the poor doggie guy character (can't remember his name) and if he comes out with more I'll keep reading.
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    rune

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    I'm not sure who my favourite character is. They all seem quite well balanced, which is unusual for a fantasy series :)
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    GOLLUM

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    Yep that's a green light!:cool: :cool: :cool:
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    dustinzgirl

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    the Landover series is an excellent tale. I love the mystic goofiness. Perfect for reading to 3rd and 4th graders to start them out in the fantasy realm. My favorite character is the wizard turned dog whose name I can not remember.
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    GOLLUM

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    The dog who also doubles as the court scribe is Abernathy.
    The wizard is Questor Thews.

    See ya...:cool:
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    rune

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    I've started reading the 3rd book in this series - hope it's better than the 2nd one as I thought that one lost it's edge a bit.
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    velvetdreams

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    got halfway through magic kingdom,but gave up......it started it out great and then midway went blah! maybe i shall pick it it up again i have black unicorn waiting!:)
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    In search of forever

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    I read the series some time ago, before I read Shannara, and loved it. I will have to re read it sometime.
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    Barristan

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    I love these books! Its such escapism whilst keeping a "real world" point of view.

    You simply MUST read all 5 of them!

    Notes on the movie, I think that they have now given Ben 2 teenage children. This is gonna be aimed at kids and may well suck, but i'll wait to see it before passing judgment.
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    Weasel Soup

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    Just finished Magic Kingdom for Sale-Sold.

    I was pleasantly suprized, I initially recieved it in a bag of cast off books, but I found it to be a very charming book. And having read it, I can completely see it as a hollywood movie, but I'd prefer they leave out these "teenagers" that they are planning on.
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    Antubis

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    It's a nice, light read. Not very deep, but the characters are distinctive and entertaining and each book has it's own adventure, different from the previous book. Sometimes it's nice to read a fantasy book which doesn't have a fast amount of pages, or a fantasy series which starts and ends a story within a book, instead having to read through a couple of books to get a conclusion to all storylines.

    That's why Landover can be a pretty good read. And it has some originality to it as well; a lawyer who buys a magic kingdom and finds himself trying to rule a country with magic beings. That just asks to be read, doesn't it?
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    The Ace

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    Not bad at first, but it tends to descend into soap opera.
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    sassy1

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    I love the Landover Series. I just finished the 4th book (The Tangle Box) and I raced though it :) the´re so easy to read I just love them lol
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