After Ben Holiday purchased Landover, he discovered the magic kingdom had some problems. The Barons refused to recognize a king and the peasants were without hope. To make matters worse, Ben learned that he had to duel to the death with the Iron Mask, the terrible lord of the demons--a duel which no human could hope to win....
Brooks bestselling Shannara trilogy may have been at heart a formulaic fantasy but its vigorous storytelling and intriguing characters won many readers. In his first non-Shannara novel, he takes on another well-worn premise: the contemporary Earthling transported to a fantasy world. Ben Holiday is a lawyer who finds little satisfaction in his work. His yearning for a simpler life seems thwarted when he finds the magic kinddom of Landover, a close analogy of Earth, with precariously balanced powers threatening each other, massive pollution, and general discontent centering on a lack of faith in leaders. This first volume in the new series is mainly introductory as Ben meets the locals and dashes off a few impossible tasks to assert his right to the throne. While still inventive, Brooks fails badly in his lackluster, unbelievable protagonist, his preachy moral tags and the adolescent, daydream quality of Ben's triumphs. Shannarafans are in for a disappointment. 150,000 first printing; major ad/promo; author tour.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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1 . humorous wish-fulfillment fantasy
Posted June 04, 2010 by james , honolulutho the author writes believably about being a lawyer, he should've gotten into the fantasy part a little sooner
2 . This is a fantasy book Ive been waiting for.
Posted November 20, 2009 by Monique , VictorvilleThis book tells a story about a disenchanted lawyer who needs refeshing in his life sound like us ? Well this book will have you laughing and hanging off the edge of your seat a great romp I loved it.
3 . Wonderful Surprise
Posted August 10, 2009 by Michael , UtahLike the previous reviewer, I avoided the book because of the silly title. I actually downloaded the book and it sat unread on my reader for some time before I decided, on a whim, to read the first few pages. I ended up loving the book!
Overlook the title and try the book for yourself. Lots of fun and a great diversion.
4 . Quirky book title doesn't do this book justice
Posted June 20, 2009 by MVince , AtlantaI've read many Terry Brooks novels over the years, mostly in the Shannara series, but had always ignored this one because of the title. Frankly, it sounded kind of goofy. However, when it was offered for free by eBooks, I figured I had nothing to lose. I'm very glad I did. Just finished it this morning. The books combines modern times (well, 1986 anyway) with mythical times. It's about a successful, but burned out attorney in the mid 80s looking for some meaning to life after losing his wife and unborn child and simply coasting through life for not apparent reason. Once the story moves to the fantasy world, Terry's writing style really shines through again. I just purchased the second in the series to continue the adventure. I wouldn't put this up there with the Elfstones, but it's an excellent read with good characters and plenty of suspense. Hopefully the second will be even better.
March 11, 1987
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