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
"This sequel...contains the same welcome touches of humor as its predecessor and confirms Brooks's talent for light fantasy." (Library Journal)
I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.
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.
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.
The narrator was fantastic! He really breathes life into the characters.
The story on the other hand... Well...The first book is fresh and original, unlike the Sword of Shannara which to me just felt like a re-write of Tolkien. This one, though I remember enjoying it as a young girl, and listening to it today feels like it's a story that has been told in a much better way.
The Last Unicorn is a favorite story of mine, I almost know it by heart. This story has such similarities to it as to be distracting.
If you don't know the story of The Last Unicorn, then you will probably enjoy this book. The Kingdom of Landover is an intriguing storyline. But if you are like me, then you may find yourself more making comparisons to a story that you already know then really paying attention to the plot.
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.
Fillip and Sot. Just gotta love those G'Home Gnomes!
He makes the characters stand out and gives them a personality.
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.
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.
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