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A Princess of Landover
Terry Brooks
Del Rey, 328 pages

A Princess of Landover
Terry Brooks
With the publication of Sword of Shannara in 1977, Terry Brooks became one of the most popular authors in the industry. He has published more than 14 consecutive bestselling novels since that first book.

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A review by Dominic Cilli

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A Princess of Landover is Terry Brooks' sixth entry into his Magic Kingdom of Landover series, but his first in over a decade. Personally, the last novel by Brooks that I have read was Wishsong of Shannara and that was more than twenty years ago, so I really didn't know how I was going to react to experiencing Brooks again and was excited. I went back and reread Magic Kingdom For Sale: Sold just to familiarize myself with the series and give A Princess of Landover its fair shake.

A Princess of Landover is mainly told through the eyes of Mistaya Holiday, daughter to the king and queen of Landover; Ben Holiday and Willow. Mistaya is now 15 years old and has been sent by her parents to the natural world to attend Carrington Women's' Prepatory Academy in present day America. She doesn't really fit in there and promptly gets suspended and has to return home to Landover to face her parents' ire. After arguing with her father, Mistaya decides to run away from home. She ends up at the ancient library of Libiris where she hopes to escape the detection of her father. Once she arrives, she discovers not everything is as it seems at Libiris and soon uncovers a mystery and becomes embroiled in a plot that could threaten all of Landover.

If you have read any of the Magic Kingdom of Landover series you will see a lot of familiar faces and creatures making their reappearance in A Princess of Landover. The usual lineups of characters are all present and accounted for. Quester Thews court wizard, Abernathy, court scribe, Strabo, Landover's last dragon, the G'home Gnomes and of course, Ben Holiday and his wife Willow. As I mentioned earlier, this is the sixth book in the series so Brooks is able to draw on a rich history which adds some depth to his characters, given of course that you have read the other books.

Terry Brooks is a seasoned veteran and knows how to keep those pages turning so there is no problem with the flow and pacing and overall the writing is solid but, A Princess of Landover is extremely light fantasy and not aimed at an adult audience. Furthermore, one of the problems with not having released a book in a series aimed at teens for fourteen years is that most fans of this series are probably going to have outgrown this type of writing by now, so his audience for this book may be limited a bit. On the other hand, A Princess of Landover could introduce a whole new generation of young readers to the Magic Kingdom of Landover series. I think teens and fans of young adult fantasy literature will find A Princess of Landover an enjoyable read. However, older and more seasoned fantasy readers will find the simplistic plot and juvenile themes to be troublesome and should probably stay away from A Princess of Landover. People should feel free to tuck this one under the Christmas tree for teens or fans of young adult fantasy literature and A Princess of Landover is ideal for parents who still enjoy reading bedtime stories to their children about magical far away places.

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