The Black Unicorn (Magic Kingdom of Landover #2)
But Ben had been troubled by dreams of disaster to his forme ...more
This was a fun read. When my ex's dad bought me the first book in the ser ...more
I recently finished reading this book, the second in Brooks' Landover series. (I have also read the first in the series, Kingdom for Sale, Sold!) I enjoyed following up on the characters and story from the first book. It was fun to read, not as compelling as some other books I've read, but fun to read just the same. I took it a little at a time because at times the plot seemed to be a bit slow. So I'd close the book and go onto another book until I was ready ...more
In this book, everyone holds the idiot ball! And so a lot of bad things happen! Somehow, that's not entirely enjoyable! There are mild spoilers in this review! Look! Exclamation marks!
So, the first thing Ben Holiday is told about being King of Landover is that the magical king amulet thing can't be taken away from him. He has to give it away voluntarily. So when bigBadEvilWizard says that he gave it away in a dream that Holiday can't remember, he just believes ...more
1. One Piers Anthony novel
2. One Star Trek novel
3. One Terry Brooks novel
I started with this book and about 25 pages into it, I wondered about this challenge. I wondered why I was wasting my time reading bad books when there are so many good books on my list I want to read.
And this is a bad book. Really poor writing. Predictable character types, cliche meta ...more
This is a rather lackluster novel of magic and journeying across a fantasy world, which this author seems to be known for (except the lackluster part. ...more
I found the story to be interesting and I really liked how each of them faced and dealt with their own challenges.The story shows growth within all characters, although I thought that Ben had to make the greatest self-discovery in order to overcome his challenge. I enjoyed reading how each of them dealt with the dilemmas they faced as they completed their journeys. We also get to know all the characters a little better. The story was well written and leads us to chee ...more
It starts off really early in the game when one of the cheesiest plot devices is used to kickstart the story. Now, I'm willing to overlook this fact because the style of this series is focused on using all the available clichés in fantasy literature, where it not for the fact that the main character is a frickin' idiot.
The entire book I found myself yelling at him; "Don't g ...more
However, it's not as good now as I remember it being in eighth grade. The only reason I finished it was my own grim determination to do ...more
All this book is, is a recap of book one-- a reintroduction to everyone you saw there with no forward development. Good thing it's been eighteen years since I read book one.
Secondly, OMG the big "mystery" revealed on page 300-- yeah. I figured that out closer to page 50. It's infuriating having to watch imbeciles. And Meeks is the least-frightening villain I've come across in a while.
Also, it focuses almost exclusively on the characters tagging ...more
Meeks quickly switches identities with Ben, and sends him off to wander Landover as a wretched nobody. Can Ben Holiday learn to overcome the magic that has stolen his identity, and rescue those he loves in this stran ...more
Brooks seems to build on h ...more
There's a couple reasons for that. First being it just looks sort of lazy once a reader realizes it. And second being, it ruins some of the impact of your story for people who've already read the other one. And if you're already lifting elements from elsewhere without much chan ...more
On finishing The Black Unicorn, most things were still left unsaid.
I pray you, expand the cover image as Darrell K. Sweet has surpassed himself with this one. Our vacant-eyed love interest, Willow, leads the ...more
I did give this book another go a month later and found it to have an amusing element with a new c ...more
This was just not fun to read. There are a few wonderful turns of phrase and bright moments, but o ...more
Da quando ha comprato il regno di Landover dal mago Meeks è passato un anno e, dopo tanti problemi, Ben Holiday spera di godersi un po' di pace insieme con i suoi bizzarri e fedeli amici: un mago maldestro, una bella fanciulla capace di trasformarsi in albero e un cane parlante. Invece dei sogni terrificanti cominciano a disturbare il loro sonno. Non è una coincidenza, ma una nuova minaccia di Meeks, che può essere sventata solo dal mitico Paladino. Per Ben e i suoi compagni è l'inizio dell'enne...more
See? I TOLD you we hadn't seen the last of Nightshade! And I knew there would be more with Strabo and Meeks! I knew it!
It might be a bit premature to say this, but it's good to know that Ben Holiday is still on a character arc. Even after all the lessons he learned in his efforts to secure his throne in the original, he still has that much more to discover about Landover and especially himself. The fairies might have sent him Edgewood Dirk, the prism cat, to help ...more
I blame the irrationality of book-mania for this book. It was in the clearance section (of Half Price Books! Even more cheap!), and I hadn't read anything pure fantasy in awhile, and honestly it has a picture of a unicorn on the cover, so yeah, I bought it.
I realized about a third of the way through that I'd made a mistake, but I kept going--surely it will get better anytime now.
First, this is a sequel, but I've not ...more
I enjoyed the story of Ben's self discover ...more