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Witches' Brew (Magic Kingdom of Landover #5)

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,151 Ratings  ·  83 Reviews
With peace reigning in the Magic Kingdom at last, Ben Holiday was finally free to lie back and watch his daughter grow. Which she did - by leaps and bounds. Born a seedling and nourished by soil from Landover, Earth and the fairy mists, Mistaya was a unique child, as dazzling as her mother, the sylph Willow, and fiery and impatient with those who couldn't keep up with her ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 20th 1996 by Legend (first published January 1st 1995)
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Jan 22, 2016 Naomi rated it liked it
As much as I enjoy Terry Brooks and his easy to follow writing style, this book was a little underwhelming. It was a little more predictable than the average Brooks romp and the ending seemed quite rushed.

Brooks has a wonderful imagination and I love the concept of Landover but this wasn't as good as previous installments. I have the final chapter of this series out from the library. Out of loyalty to this author and some of his other great work I will see this through to the end...sigh...

2.5 s
Nola Redd
Dec 02, 2014 Nola Redd rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-fantasy
Definitely an interesting read, and it left room for another Landover book. One thing I abhor in most fiction is the prevalence of the 'precocious child', as though no author were capable to make your average kid interesting. But the daughter of Ben Holiday and Willow, human and once-fairy born in the darkest part of the land, was given a logical reason for her rapid maturation - well, logical by fantasy novels anyway. Despite that, she retains the poor decision-making skills of an inexperienced ...more
Feb 12, 2014 Riana rated it liked it
The King of Landover's daughter Mistaya is growing up - fast. Ben Holiday doesn't yet comprehend the talents of his once-fairy child. However, his almost forgotten enemy Nightshade understands it far too well. And unknown lord suddenly challenges Ben for his throne, and in his effort to keep his daughter safe, she is mysteriously kidnapped. Meanwhile, Abernathy and Questor Thews grudgingly find themselves into some familiar surroundings.

The character of Mistaya is almost just too perfect and wi
Jeremiah Johnson
Apr 17, 2015 Jeremiah Johnson rated it liked it
This was a fairly fun adventure. There was more tension in it than in the previous novels.
Mistaya's character was interesting. There was a bit more development with Questor and Abernathy, although it was in another foray into Seattle for no real reason.
I still don't understand how Ben is so stupid though. His daughter is kidnapped and since he hasn't heard from his mortal enemy in two years, obviously she could have nothing to do with it...
Oct 14, 2014 Parcoast rated it really liked it
Again, this book has so much more to offer than the previous books in this series. The only part that seemed like a hack was the ease with which Mistaya was subverted in the beginning. It isn't in keeping with her character, and makes the rest of the story, which I thought was very well done, feel contrived. Also, while I have complained in the past about introducing unrelated new characters, adding a new protagonist in this book seemed natural and not at all distracting to the past characters o ...more
Michelle Spencer
May 10, 2015 Michelle Spencer rated it it was amazing
Wasn't sure I'd like or even understand this book since it's the fifth in a series, and it was given to me as a gift independent of the first four, which I hadn't read. It was such an easy, fun read that I not only thoroughly enjoyed it, it motivated me to seek out the first four in the series and try them! It wasn't anything earth-shattering storywise, but it was good, clean writing with interesting characters and fun dialogue. Since this was where I jumped into the story, I was quite foggy on ...more
Matteo Pellegrini
Jan 22, 2014 Matteo Pellegrini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy

Ben può finalmente regnare in pace su Landover. La sua sposa, Willow, regina degli Elfi, gli ha dato una figlia, Mistaya, una bambina dolcissima. Ma ecco incombere una nuova, terribile minaccia. Rydall, re delle terre che si estendono al di là delle nebbie magiche che avvolgono Landover, rapisce la bimba e lancia la sua sfida: un combattimento con sette invincibili campioni. La posta in gioco è altissima: Mistaya, sua figlia, e Landover, il suo regno. Ben accetta, non sapendo che i suoi avversar

Feb 28, 2016 Jimmy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, fantasy
Nightshade seeks revenge through Mistaya for what happened between her and Ben, as the Lady and the Knight when they were imprisoned in the Tangle Box.
Mistaya is not the daughter Ben imagined he would have. She grows at an unpredictable rate, and she’s a genius when it comes to learning, talking, and magic.
An unknown conqueror, (he calls himself a king), throws a gauntlet down and challenges Ben. He claims to have come from beyond the fairy mists, and he demands the unconditional surrender of La
Scott Holstad
Nov 24, 2014 Scott Holstad rated it really liked it
I'm not sure what to think of this book. This is the fifth book in the series and I loved the first one so much, I've wanted to read all of the others. And most have been decent -- but not as good as the first one.

In this one, Ben Holiday and Willow's daughter, Mistaya, is growing at an astounding rate. She's two, but looks 10 and acts 15. In other words, she's a spoiled little bitch and entirely unlikeable and I didn't like this about the novel. And it centers around her, for the most part, so
Jul 24, 2008 Bonnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The final (until the next one is written) book in the Landover series! I couldn't believe how disinterested I was in Ben and Willow's storyline. I wanted to spend much more time with Nightshade and Mistaya or Abernathy, Quester, and Elizabeth. Maybe that's because I feel like Willow and Ben have gone about as far as they can go as characters. They do reveal some very personal secrets to each other in this book, but they're always accepting of each others' (mostly Ben's) faults. Mistaya, on the o ...more
Brooke Banks
Jun 11, 2012 Brooke Banks rated it liked it
This book is on par or better than the fourth book, Tangle Box. The fourth book was better, though still flawed, than the boring dismal second and third books.

I was correct about my predictions about Abernathy in my review for the 4th book. He is now again a dog but I still feel that he'll be back to his original state at the end of the series. There's only one book left, The Princess of Landover, which I will read next to find out the end.

It's no surprise that Nightshade came back to reek havoc
Jul 18, 2011 Books-treasureortrash rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, fantasy
Book Review: 3 Treasure Boxes

Mistaya, the new daughter of King Ben and Queen Willow is now two years old, but because of her unique heritage she looks like she's ten year and acts like she's twenty. When a strange challenger comes to threaten Ben, Mistaya is sent to her Grandfathers for protection with Questor and Abernathy, the only problem is they never arrive. Instead Mistaya is abducted by Nightshade after she banishes Questor and Abernathy to Ben's old world.

This is the fifth of six books i
Elizabeth Barone
Jun 18, 2011 Elizabeth Barone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of knights and dragons fantasy, Terry Brooks fans
Recommended to Elizabeth by: my old boss
I love reading the Landover books during the summer. For some reason, it's just perfect.

It took me a few days to read Witches' Brew, mostly because I like to take my time with any of Terry Brooks's novels, but also because I went away for a few days and spent most of my time just enjoying being away. It's not at all a hard book though, and all of the Landover books are a much easier read than any of the Shannara books.

Witches' Brew is probably my second favorite in the series. I really enjoyed t
I love the first few books of this series. This one, however, was a huge let down. I still enjoyed being transported to the world, and having these characters in my life for awhile, but the plot left much to be desired. The whole time, it felt like all the major characters were far stupider than usual. (view spoiler)

I think Terry Brooks, in this Landover series, usually keeps som
Sep 06, 2013 Dark-Draco rated it it was amazing
This was never my favourite story in the series, but this time round I must have found something appealing in it as I enjoyed it a lot. In this one, Ben has finally brought peace to Landover and is looking forward to just watching Misty grow up...except that she is very unusual and doesn't seem to be growing up in quite the normal way. But thoughts of fatherhood are put on hold when a mysterious challenger arrives at the gates, claiming to be a warlord from beyond the mists, who wants the kingdo ...more
Oct 26, 2014 Derek rated it really liked it
Insurgent is written by Veronica Roth. This book will draw you in for a great story. Insurgent involves many genre types, like suspense, violence, romance, and mystery. To me, this book describes things as if they were real. For example, Tris is not always brave; she struggles with doubt, taking risks. The main characters, Tris & Four try to stop Jeanine from attacking the Abnegation faction. Many obstacles come in their way. Will they stop Jeanine, or will Jeanine defeat them?
Jun 01, 2011 Anna rated it liked it
Landover is getting stale. It's a very small world built on a lovely pretext, but it feels that the main characters never evolve or acquire any depth. Any sympathy I might have felt for Nightshade upon learning her story is canceled by the fact that she never redeems herself and her demise (if in fact she did..demise) was anti-climatic. In Tangle Box, possibilities were opened up but never developed. I would like to see some of the characters grow out of the limited roles the author has put them ...more
Aug 16, 2012 Gemma rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I think I'm having a review burnout lately...

It took awhile for this one to get going, and I never really did warm up to Mistaya. She was too...precocious. She just knew everything, and she only went along with the grownups' wishes because it was her obligation, and she was just so special and *raspberry*. It was pretty predictable, even more so than the others in the series. I mean, I KNEW who Rydall of Marnhull was the first time he showed up at Sterling Silver! There was no point in dragging
Mark Adkins
Jul 09, 2015 Mark Adkins rated it liked it
This is a good easy reading fantasy book, nothing overly special about it. If you are a fan of the Landover series by the author you should like this one. It (like all of his books) is family suitable so no graphic violence or sex. I would say it is suitable for anyone above the age of thirteen (in terms of reading level).
Aug 14, 2011 Lee rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I couldn't believe how disinterested I was in Ben and Willow's storyline. I wanted to spend much more time with Nightshade and Mistaya or Abernathy, Quester, and Elizabeth. Maybe that's because I feel like Willow and Ben have gone about as far as they can go as characters. They do reveal some very personal secrets to each other in this book, but they're always accepting of each others' (mostly Ben's) faults.

Mistaya, on the other hand, gets to hear Nightshade's history, though somewhat edited, a
Russell Goodman
The 5th book in Terry Brooks "Magic Kingdom of Landover" books. Unlike his Shannara books, these have more humor and light-heartedness in them, and also a connection to our real world. I've enjoyed them all, and this one has been up to that level so far.
Apr 13, 2016 Jill added it
I needed good brain candy and Brooks deliverd again. Good because he does include personal or moral dilemnas and brain candy because i can always be assure of a happy ending.
Jewell Moreno
Jan 27, 2016 Jewell Moreno rated it really liked it
Love these Landover books. This one centers on the kidnapping of Ben Holidays daughter as he is challenged to face seven foes to get her back. Some old friends are visited and a new G'home Gnome to torment. Fun, 5th in the series of 6 books. Fantasy fun.
Rachael Kamm
Feb 23, 2014 Rachael Kamm rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I personally think Brooks should have stuck with this as the ending, rather than concluding the series with A Princess of Landover.
Leland Gilsen
May 06, 2015 Leland Gilsen rated it liked it
3rd in the series. This in my library and I do not keep fantasy there... enough said
Apr 10, 2015 Dan rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, epic-fantasy
Another formulaic installment in Landover. Lines are drawn, allegiances are made more clear and resolution is found. I get the feeling that Mr. Brooks isn't really trying all that hard with this series. What bothered me most was the blatant time line problems between Earth and Landover. It wouldn't be bad if time progressed differently between the two worlds, but he explicitly said in The Black Unicorn that time in the two worlds progresses in tandem. I'm also confused as to why Mr. Brooks felt ...more
Rebecca Gatzlaff
Aug 26, 2015 Rebecca Gatzlaff rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Another great Landover book. This one is about Mistaya. She get kidnapped by Nightshade. I loved the character development of Mistaya. I loved the bad guy as well! She almost won! I didn't really like Rydall character and I felt like the monsters were interesting but not creative enough. I also didn't like the fights. I love Abernathy and Questor Thews in this book. They get teleported onto earth and meet Elizabeth who helps them find a way back to Landover. This book was entertaining and I love ...more
Chris Castonguay
Feb 14, 2014 Chris Castonguay rated it liked it
Decent read. Landover novels are fairly predictable and not as exciting as Shanarra. Still fun.
Millie Taylor
Jun 29, 2015 Millie Taylor rated it liked it
As with the rest of the books in this series, the story was great. The pacing, however, was like a watch with a dying battery. Ben didn't seem quite as whiny as in previous books, but gads, he's not very bright for being a former lawyer. Questor and Abernathy are still my favorite characters by far and Mistaya was interesting. I'd still recommend this book because of the story, but if you're looking for something fast-paced, this isn't the book. If the pacing were a bit smoother, I'd have finish ...more
Penny Juhasz
Jul 12, 2014 Penny Juhasz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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Other Books in the Series

Magic Kingdom of Landover (6 books)
  • Magic Kingdom For Sale/Sold (Magic Kingdom of Landover, #1)
  • The Black Unicorn (Magic Kingdom of Landover, #2)
  • Wizard at Large (Magic Kingdom of Landover, #3)
  • The Tangle Box (Magic Kingdom of Landover, #4)
  • A Princess of Landover (Magic Kingdom of Landover, #6)

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