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Magic Kingdom for Sale—Sold! (Magic Kingdom of Landover #1)

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Landover was a genuine magic kingdom, complete with fairy folk and wizardry, just as the advertisement had promised. But after he purchased it for a million dollars, Ben Holiday discovered that there were a few details the ad had failed to mention. Such as the fact that the kingdom was falling into ruin. The barons refused to recognize a king and taxes hadn't been collecte ...more
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published March 12th 1986 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 1986)
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Laura
This was a book that constantly frustrated me by not making the most of its premise. Here you have a pretty original premise, a humorous tone, and a diverse cast of characters, and yet all that emerges is a mildly engaging but not wholly entertaining read. There were countless missed opportunities, and I couldn't help wondering how this book would have fared in, say, Terry Pratchett's far more capable hands.
Helen
This is my first Terry Brooks and I was a little hesitant going in. One of my good friends had recently skewered Swords of Shannara and I thought I might be stepping into a pile of crap. However, I was pleasantly surprised with this story. It was light and fun and I had a good time reading it. Maybe Brooks got better as he continued to write or maybe this story just hit me at the right time. Whatever it was, I liked this.
Heather
This is my favorite book by Terry Brooks! A normal business man finds himself looking to a propertiy for sale... but its a kingdom! He doesn't even believe it and he goes to find out about it. He ends up buying it and goes to a far off world of new kinds. Where he meets a wizard who turned himself into a dog, and his friend Willow a girl who at night turned into a tree. This was not what he had expected to find in his new home. As well as the responsability to go on an adventure to save the town ...more
Lowed
I always thought this was a funny read. But it wasn't! To tell you, managing a fantasy kingdom is not as easy as it sounds. But I had a good time here. I had a good time at Landover that it makes me sick of frustration that I could not find the second book of the series!
Stephen
3.0 to 3.5 stars. A pretty good book if you are looking for a "lighter fare" fantasy novel. I thought the main character was well written and the story was engaging.
Jenni
I love fantasy books, so of course Terry Brooks was on my list of must reads. The Landover series books were great for many reasons. First it was a light read. I am not saying there is no moral dilemas or complexity, just that you dont have to wrap your brain too deeply around it. I also liked it for the entertainment factor. There was action, but not too much, love interests, but not too much, magic... well you can't overdo that in a fantasy book, evil villians, a bumbling wizard (every fantasy ...more
Becky
This was definitely a fun and easy read. Ben Holiday is a disenchanted lawyer who is trying to find some purpose to his life after his wife and unborn child died in a tragic accident. When he sees an advertisement for a magic kingdom being sold for $1 Million, he all but jumps at the chance, even though he only partially believes it could be real.

Of course it is, and there is everything promised in the ad -- except not quite exactly as promised. Everything is running down and withering, because
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Debbie
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Mike (the Paladin)
I actually enjoyed this series better than his more serious offerings.


My attention drawn back to this one sentence review...I found a typo.

The book is a humorous one but not a straight comedy. This falls into the category of literature (and media for that matter) which might be called "humorous or comedy drama". It's done pretty well. (By the way, if you read/finish the book you may think that I had a sort of "prejudice" toward the hero because of, one of the characters...not so, really.)

Lesson
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Gemma
I was intrigued by the premise of buying a fairy world (kingship included!), and thank God I was, because it took a few chapters for this to take off for me. Once things got settled, this was a pretty fun and entertaining read for me.

Ben Holiday, lawyer and widower, came across as mopey and unbalanced at first. I can't say he didn't have his reasons, though. His wife was dead, and he was contemplating buying the kingdom of Landover for one million dollars, all on a whim. He was full of doubts fo
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Lanica
PERSONAL REVIEW:
I was pretty unimpressed...but I think it's just not my type of book. I never got into Douglas Adams or Monty Python either. I wonder if a lot of the humor just went right over my head...it was too dry, or to wet, or something...anyhow, although I could see where the humor was, I just wasn't finding it funny.

Additionally, story alone was pretty dull stuff. A man buys a kingdom...it's not what he expected...he goes from person to person asking for help and then it all ties nicely
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Robert
It sounds like the premise of a hilarious comic fantasy: Successful lawyer sees a magic kingdom for sale in a Christmas catalogue, buys it, and becomes king. Except, things are not as grand as they seem, and he finds himself accompanied by a talking dog, an incompetent wizard, and two goblins as his only retinue...

Unfortunately, the book never really delivers anything at all. The writing is bland, the humour is, for the most part, absent, and the story is altogether a misfire. There is a touch o
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Joy H.
Re: _Magic Kingdom for Sale--Sold" by Terry Brooks

This is part of Brooks' Magic Kingdom of Landover series. This book is the series opener. My GR friend, Werner says: "With this series, there is a case for reading the books in order; the first one gives some essential basic information, and there is a progressive development of the characters...".

I enjoyed reading this book of fantasy. It kept me reading. It was easy to follow and the fantasy characters were fun to read about. There's suspense
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Summer
It took me a while to sink into this book... seemed like a lot of time was spent in Ben Holiday's disbelief at finding himself in Landover. Yes, it was any sane person's natural response to leave town and enter a hidden world where a person can be accidentally half-transformed into a dog; I just don't want to spend so long wallowing in it.

It took me a while to feel any sort of sympathy for any of the characters. For most of the book I was laughing when they got into trouble - although some of t
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tomlinton
What a totally fun read!
The author sets up a dissatisfied lawyer
to spend a million bucks on magic kingdom
and then run into hair raising problem after hair raising problem
I started the book late
then dreamt one of my standard frustration dreams
about work I did long ago
and to my amazement
took control and stayed asleep
waking and remembering
what I had done to overcome
Next day I started this book over
and read it through
and came away convinced--
many problems are manifestations
of our own fears
The Kindle
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Paige
This was a really good book (not that I expected anything different from Terry Brooks). The premise was absolutely wonderful - someone from our world finding an ad to be King of a fantasy land. The story kept me going and kept me guessing. I'd definitely recommend this book to those who love their fantasy.

Josh Lioncourt
Great book...a classic if ever there was one. If you're a fan of the fantasy genre...and even if you're not...the sheer fun of the book is likely to appeal to you. It's a great, fun adventure story, with tongue firmly planted in cheek.
Preston Moore
Have you ever you ever wanted to buy a magical kingdom that you could own for youself, that you could instantly become a king/queen of this kingdom?
Well, this book show an example what that could be like. Ben Holiday, big time bussniess man, is tired of the same old work routine that he follows everyday and is often depressed. It would be one day that in reading in the paper their would be an ad "Magic Kingdom for Sale". He thought this was a complete joke, who could sale an entire magical king
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Kate Millin
I have found this very difficult to put down - it was the light relief I needed just now. The determination of Ben is inspiring, but I think that the morality behind the story could frustrate some although for me it was a helpful reminder that events are what I make of them. Which is just what I needed at the moment - how surprising and not what I was expecting from a fantasy novel.
Landover was a genuine magic kingdom, complete with fairy folk and wizardry, just as the advertisement had promised
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Shannon Chapel
I've read a lot of books but rarely write reviews. I only take time out of my day to write a review when I have strong feelings about a book. I have to love it or hate it, and after reading this book I definitely have strong feelings and opinions about it.

A family member of mine kept telling me how great this book is, and every time I spoke to her she'd ask if I'd read it yet. I didn't want to tell her that I just couldn't bring myself to read a book with such a terrible title: "Magic Kingdom F
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Fiona
It took me a little while to get into this book to be honest with you, not so much because of the book but due to my mood and personal things that happened at the time I started it. However, for the most part I enjoyed it and think I would have enjoyed it a lot more had it not been for the exact time I started reading it. I wavered between giving it 3.5 or 4 stars but decided, because the ending was pretty good that I’d round it up. It’s the first book in a while I’ve felt I have really enjoyed. ...more
Emily
Ben Holiday, attorney at law, is dissatisfied with his life. He sees the justice system becoming more and more flawed and his profession become the butt of every bad lawyer joke. His wife has passed away and he is increasingly withdrawn. When he sees an advertisement for a honest-to-goodness magic kingdom in the Christmas Wishbook, he seizes on his chance to give some more meaning and purpose to his life. He's got more than he bargained for when he arrives to find the kingdom in disrepair and no ...more
DeAnne
Terry Brooks is one of those authors I haven't read since I was a kid. His style is infinitely closer to the 50's Fantasy style, where things are very clear cut...good is good, bad is bad, hero gets the girl, and I tend to choose fiction now of a philosophical bent and visions of dystopian existentialism at war with itself. (China Miéville...I'll always love you...)

But I found myself with a free copy of this book on my Kindle, and was surprised at how well the book read. The premise is an amusi
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Amanda Hamilton
It was ok. Like I said in another update, it reads like the novelization of a fish out of water fantasy movie that does not exist. My mother's friend Connie gave me the whole Kingdom of Landover series because they belonged to her ex-husband and she didn't care for it all that much. I can see why. As well as the 'novelization' feel, it smacks a bit too much of wish-fulfillment on the author's part. I understand writing from what you know and writing from experience BUT...the story is about a law ...more
Sean
How would you like to be King of your own magic kingdom complete with everything that you would expect to be in there, dragons, fairies, multi-colored plants, and magic spells? Terry Brooks brings you through the exciting and enchanting adventure of Ben Holiday, a very successful Chicago lawyer who shares a law firm with his best friend, Miles Bennet, who responded to the ad in the Christmas Wishbook catalog from Rosen’s Ltd. Ben’s wife, who was harboring their unborn child, died in an unfortun ...more
Dan
Terry Brooks is one of my favorite authors, but I prefer the Shannara world to Landover. That being said, Landover is still good. It's been a while since I've read the series. I'm beginning a re-read due to the release of a 6th book. I'm reminded of newer series where the protagonist is transported/has eyes opened to a new magical world (Fablehaven, Beyonders, Harry Potter) as well as a much older series which does the same (Narnia). But Landover isn't written for children, it's for adults, thou ...more
Cleo
Magic Kingdom For Sale- SOLD! is an interesting fantasy novel. Ben Holiday is a dissatisfied lawyer; his wife has died recently, and he feels like life is over already at the age of thirty-nine. So when he sees an advertisement for a magic kingdom in a holiday catalogue, he jumps on it. Paying a million dollars, he arrives in Landover, only to find that the kingdom is not all it was cut out to be. Yes, there are fairies and dragons, but the kingdom is in ruin. "The Barons refused to recognize a ...more
Jennifer Locke
This book is a great mix of almost normal reality with a little bit of fantasy thrown in...or is it the other way around? Terry Brooks takes a broken hearted lawyer from Chicago and sells him a Magic Kingdom. He gives his protagonist something to live for and something to fight for. Ben Holiday is suspicious of the validity of the sale at first but once he reaches Landover, he becomes a believer. Given an unsual asortment of companions, Ben must fight against the forces of evil in the forms of a ...more
Bram Vandenbussche
Jun 05, 2013 Bram Vandenbussche rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for lighthearted adventure
Recommended to Bram by: myself
I must say that this was so much fun to read. The whole story is full with lighthearted humor and likeable characters. It's not the grand fantasy that I usually read, but it just sucks you right in. I mean, a talking dog as a scribe? This is the kind of world I want to live in!

The main character, Ben Holiday, is such a nice, recognizable guy that I immediately felt connected to him. I really felt for the guy in his quest to claim the throne. It felt like every step of the way was another fight t
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Aldrea Alien
This starts off slower than the other stories I've been reading lately. Which wouldn’t have been so bad if it hadn’t taken a few chapters of umming and ahhing until we reached Landover. It’s not that I mind not being thrown into the action, in fact I like a good lead up. But when it takes two chapters for him to decide to buy the kingdom, then drags me halfway through third chapter before he get there ...
Things sped up a little after he reached Landover, though there were a few dull patches, it’
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Terry Brooks was born in Illinois in 1944, where he spent a great deal of his childhood and early adulthood dreaming up stories in and around Sinnissippi Park, the very same park that would eventually become the setting for his bestselling Word & Void trilogy. He went to college and received his undergraduate degree from Hamilton College, where he majored in English Literature, and he received ...more
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