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The Black Unicorn: Magic Kingdom of Landover, Book 2 | [Terry Brooks]

The Black Unicorn: Magic Kingdom of Landover, Book 2

A year had passed since Ben Holiday bought the Magic Kingdom from the wizard Meeks, who had set a series of pitfalls against him. Ben survived, by the aid of three loyal friends: Questor Thews, an ill-trained wizard; Abernathy, a talking dog, the Court Scribe; and the lovely Willow, who sometimes had to be a tree.
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A year had passed since Ben Holiday bought the Magic Kingdom from the wizard Meeks, who had set a series of pitfalls against him. Ben survived, by the aid of three loyal friends: Questor Thews, an ill-trained wizard; Abernathy, a talking dog, the Court Scribe; and the lovely Willow, who sometimes had to be a tree.

But Ben had been troubled by dreams of disaster to his former partner, Miles Bennett. Yet when he returned to Earth, Ben found Miles doing splendidly.

Unknown to Ben, the dreams had been a trap by Meeks, who had returned to the Magic Kingdom as a tiny insect hidden in Ben's clothing. That first night back in Landover, Ben awoke to see Meeks gloating over him, claiming to have the medallion that could summon the mysterious knight-protector, the Paladin, and that he had cast a spell to switch appearances with Ben.

Ben found himself outcast, no longer recognized by any friend, though all his powerful enemies seemed to know him. Without the medallion, he couldn't seek the help of the Paladin against Meeks. There was only the prism cat - whatever that might be!

And where was Willow - and the mysterious black unicorn she'd set out to find?

Pay another visit to The Magic Kingdom of Landover.

©1987 Terry Brooks; ©2007 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"This sequel...contains the same welcome touches of humor as its predecessor and confirms Brooks's talent for light fantasy." (Library Journal)

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    Bryan J. Peterson Twin Falls, Idaho United States 09-03-11
    Bryan J. Peterson Twin Falls, Idaho United States 09-03-11 Listener Since 2006

    I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.

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    "The excelence continues."

    A year had passed since Ben Holiday had crossed from Earth to the magical realm of Landover. The sickness that plagued the land at the time of his arrival has been expunged, the magic restored. Now, however, Ben finds himself travelling back to Earthh in response to a disturbing dream that seemed to hint that his former law partner and closest friend Miles Bennett was in need of help. Questor Thews, the ill-trained but steadfast court magician, travels to an ancient fortress wherein he believes he will find a pair of ancient books of magic. The lovely Sylph Willow has a mission of her own, find a bridle of spun gold, the only object capable of binding a mysterious black Unicorn, a being of Landoverian myth widely believed not to be a true unicorn but a demon whose presence corrupts those who look upon it. Upon visiting Earth, however, Ben finds Miles doing splendidly and glad of the visit. Upon returning to Landover, Ben discovers that he had an uninvited passenger. The former court wizard Meeks, half-brother to Questor and the one who had sold him the throne of Landover inthe first place, has returned to the realm and now exiles Ben from his own castle, though not before placing a spell on him that makes him unrecognizable to his friends. He has also assumed Ben's appearance and, thanks to Questor, gained possession of the missing books of magic and now needs only the bridle of spun gold in order to capture the black unicorn, whatever it may be, for some unknown but undoubtedly sinister purpose. Can Ben find a way to regain the trust of his friends and thwart the treacherous wizard's plans before it's too late?
    Once again narrator Dick Hill does an excellent job of bringing life to a great story. As with Magic Kingdom, I found it very hard to stop listening. This is definitely one narrator who could probably do justice to just about anything he reads.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie Pomona, CA, USA 07-01-08
    Jamie Pomona, CA, USA 07-01-08
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    "I was part of the group quest! GREAT LISTEN"

    This was an amazing listen. I am a huge fan of Terry Brooks - especially his Landover Series -
    Grab a pillow and blanket, stoke the fire and settle in for a great night of listening.

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    Nina 07-21-13
    Nina 07-21-13
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    "Good Read"

    Enjoyed listening to this with my granddaughter. We are starting the next book in this series.

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    Inge Rochester, NY, United States 12-24-12
    Inge Rochester, NY, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Good listen, plot slightly predictable"
    What made the experience of listening to The Black Unicorn the most enjoyable?

    It is one of those easy-to-listen books. It's light and easy to follow, nothing deep or too memorable, just very entertaining. Sometimes that's all you need.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Fillip and Sot. Just gotta love those G'Home Gnomes!


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He makes the characters stand out and gives them a personality.


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    M. 06-17-10
    M. 06-17-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Entertaining"

    The story was entertaining. Kept me interested and engaged. I liked the writer and the reader as well.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Randy Highlands Ranch, CO, United States 09-17-09
    Randy Highlands Ranch, CO, United States 09-17-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Good book, bad reading"

    I enjoyed the story, as I do with all of Terry Brooks stories, but I could not enjoy the reading of this book. The voice of the dragon sounded like it was from the Bronx, and several of the other voices were not much better. I don't remember the voices being so out-of-place in the first Landover novel, and actually really enjoyed the first one.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia Richmond, VA, United States 01-30-11
    Virginia Richmond, VA, United States 01-30-11
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    "Once again, loved the book! Hate this Reader."

    Why take such a fun, inventive and adventurous story and totally ruin it with a reader who sounds like a computerized voice only worse? I am at a loss as to how this publisher and the author could let these terrific stories get so totally trashed by a stilted and uninspired reader. Please find a better reader and republish these delightful stories with someone who can really tell a story. When I read, I get the colors, feel and even the voices of characters in my head. A well written book comes to life in my mind. A really well written story like these paint vast fantasies that even follow in my dreams after reading the books. Then I try to listen to an audible version and want to strangle the reader for totally trashing my favorite stories and making them uninspired and tired sounding. It is just a crying shame. I regret spending money/credits on these when I could have gotten another book and enjoyed it so much more.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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