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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

Critic Reviews

"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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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Randy
  • Highlands Ranch, CO, United States
  • 09-17-09

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.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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great story

Great story! magic kingdom for sale does not let you down. great detail, keeps you interested.

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builds too slowly

this book takes too long to build momentum. the main characters ask too many rhetorical questions and the author spends too much time on description. like the first book the main character is hard headed and boring, although his sidekicks are interesting. the single woman portrayed remains a sex symbol whose sole purpose is to wait around doting on her man. also the reader whispers some words and it's hard to understand. the ending is exciting when everything finally comes together.

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Every turn in the story is predictable.

10 minutes in and you know everything thats going to happen. An entire books worth of waiting for the characters to catch on.

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not the best narrator

the narrator is difficult to understand, the narrator's voice is too low and deep most of the time.

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Love it

I am enjoying it extremely much the third time around as I did the first time around it's a Timeless series.

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  • chendria
  • Norcross, GA, United States
  • 03-18-16

Poor story poor reading

This an extremely predictable and unoriginal story couple that with the awful reading of the narrator and its a extremely tough book to get through. Had it not been for the fact that I had spent my credit on it I would have just stopped after the first chapter. I couldn't stand it when it was a Willow chapter she's got to be the most cliche worthless female character I have ever had the displeasure to experience in a story. The terrible attempt to make her seem like a pure innocent female riddled by self doubt and uncertainty destroyed any chance that she might be an interesting character. As a matter of fact the two most interesting and fun characters in the book are the wizard and the dog at least there narrative was fun. Nope this book gets a 1 star and needless to say I will not be listening again.

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A great fantasy to expand your mind!!

Would you listen to The Black Unicorn again? Why?

I'd read the entire series years ago and through the audio version, I can re-experienced it wonderfully!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I have no favorites. I love them all and all play an equal part in the stories!

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

I love how he enhanced my visualization of the characters by his voice and his natural abilities to allow me to uniquely identify with each of the characters!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listen during my commutes.

Any additional comments?

Thank you Bill!