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A novel by Wayland Drew, based on a screenplay by Bob Dolman, from a story by George Lucas.

A wondrous tale of a child...a prophecy...and the power of magic.

The Child
She was born with the mark on her arm. The mark of the one who would cause the downfall of Queen Bavmorda, and end her evil reign. If she survived...

The Prophecy
The legend told of the Queen that a child would b...more
Mass Market Paperback, 276 pages
Published January 12th 1988 by Ballantine Books (Mm) (first published 1988)
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Monica!
Following close on the heels of my embarrassing review about how much I love the novelization of Hook comes an embarrassing review about how much I love the novelization of Willow.

Now, some of you might have some objections. "But Monica," you might say, "Willow was a terrible book! It was cumbersome and predictable! It blatantly drew on elements of every other fantasy novel ever written! Character names were laughable, plot development was almost nonexistent, and the brownies Franjean and Rool...more
Anna Gasperini
This book is the novelisation of a movie that marked my early childhood and teenage years. I developed a weird relationship with the movie, considering that, as a child, half of it gave me the creeps and I didn't understand much of the remaining half, but I still love re-watching it. One day, when in high school, I discovered the book on a shelf of one of my parent's many, many bookshelves in our house. "Wait, they wrote the book?!" I said, and my mother replied: "Why, yes! Read it, it's good."...more
Pamela(AllHoney)
I loved this movie and I thought it would be fun to read the book. It was. No surprises, of course, but still fun to read. I'm not sure if it was to my benefit to have seen the movie first because I already had the characters in my mind.
David Sarkies
While this is actually a novelisation of the film, I am giving it a higher rating than normal because I believe that Willow pretty much sets the standard for what one expects from a fantasy setting, and also follows what I consider to be the startard line many other fantasy novels have taken in the 80s onwards. I actually love the movie upon which this novel is based, and while I normally do not read novelisations (this is the only one that I have read, though I have read some of the glossy boo...more
Alyssa
Let me start off by saying that I adored this movie. I loved the soundtrack. I loved the story. I loved the acting. Everything was simply amazing. Well worth watching.
Now... On to the book.
Like any book that is released after a movie, things were added, and things were taken out. The majority of the dialogue was the same, and the storyline was the same. I read this book over the course of three hours during school, the day before Spring Break, since I did essentially nothing in any of my classes...more
Corrielle
The movie Willow came out on the heels of my being introduced to Narnia and The Hobbit for the first time. I fell in love immediately. There was a prophecy, fairies, little people, and a very beautiful girl who could also hold her own with a sword. Also, I trace my love for snarky, long-haired, trouble-causing swordsmen right back to this story's door.

"Yes, Corri, but what about the BOOK?" I hear you say. Well, in the summer of 1988, I was seven years old, and my parents took me on a road trip...more
Waven
Honestly, I got more enjoyment from the movie. The book stays true to the story, with additional scenes here and there, and gives more detail along the way but never seems quite able to capture the spirit of the film. (I mention this principally because it is a book based on a screenplay; the movie came first.) It is a good enough book for young adults, with decent helpings of humor, action, and a dash of romance against the background battle of good versus evil ... but I found it a little flat....more
Margaret Kearney
I love the movie.Its one of my top 10 favourite.Bought this book over a year ago and this is the first time I've read it.And I loved.Stays very true to the movie but fleshes it out a bit more especially character history wise.Which is my favourite thing about this book.Absolutley recommend especially if you are a fan.I also recommend the sequel series Chronicles of the Shadow War.
Audrey Terry
To say that my opinion of this book is biased would be a gross understatement. I grew up watching this movie at my grandmas house, almost on repeat and my love of it has not diminished over the years. The characters are lovable, the plot charmingly predictable, and the magic is of course, epic. This was my first read through of the book, and I really enjoyed it. For me, this fleshed out the plot better than the movie, especially scenes like the ones where Raziel is transformed into multiple anim...more
Katie
Willow tells the story of a Nelwyn, a halfling race similar to hobbits from what I can gather, who finds a baby washed up from the river bordering his lands. It turns out that this baby is the Elora Danan, the child foretold in prophecy whose birth would bring about the downfall of the evil sorceress Bavmorda who rules over the lands. Pursued by the Death Dogs and Bavmorda’s minions, Willow must find the good sorceress Fin Raziel and, together with swordsman Madmartigan and some dubious brownies...more
Ана Хелс
Едва ли има някой, който да не е гледал свежото филмче на Лукас за дребния приличен на хобит Уилоу , понесъл порозовяло ухилено бебче през ледена пустош и черни блата, в компанията на мърлявия авантюрист Вал Килмър и банда а-ла старуорски чудовища , напомнящи на добрите стари Хенсънови механични кукли. Самата книга не стои кой знае колко далече от филма, така че няма какво да ви учуди или допълни с нещо общото впечатление. Текстът е малко повърхностен, на моменти доста жесток, с разни търкалящи...more
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Lígia Bellini
Willow was one of my favorite movie! I was a child, when i watched it and i loved the magical story about the good fighting against evil! The bound, the friendship created between the characters is lovely!! The whole mission is enchanting, but still full of actions and dark moments! The same way, i enjoyed watching the movie, i enjoyed the reading!! Willow is a little guy with a big heart and courage! As expected, but always a true thing, with love is possible to conquer!! A beautiful and deligh...more
Erinn
I remember picking this book up at the mall right after seeing the movie in the theater. It might have been the second time I'd seen the movie and when I saw the book on display I figured why not. As it turned out I loved it. I was around thirteen at the time and loved fantasy and I loved being able to read this book. Not only did I find it entertaining to read a few more times, but it explained a few things like what happened to the third acorn. Even as a kid, I was a bit of a nit picker. I sti...more
Stannis The Mannis
Biased rating. I didn't think I would care for this much because I've seen the movie more times than I can count but I genuinely enjoyed this book. It was the same story but with some differences.

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Rachel
Surprisingly different from the movie, with those lovely George Lucas touches and a Lord of the Rings-like prose at times. Quite enjoyable as far as movie novelizations go. I wish there were more details and more of the story, especially in the ending. An enjoyable read.
Vincent Asaro
Above average movie adaptation. Written in an engaging 1980's YA fantasy style.

The book is interesting to Willow fans for several reasons: it contains elements from earlier drafts that are not in the movie; it contains deleted scenes not in the movie; it contains three vignettes composed by George Lucas and one by the author that expand the background of the world/characters; the author adds geographical, biographical and other details that flesh out the story and the world. It also hints at th...more
Charlotte
Enjoyed the ending when Willow fooled the evil Bavmorda with the disappearing pig trick and she fell into her own spell. Ha!
Derek
Ah, now this was a fun book. When I was growing up the movie "Willow" was one of my favorites. When I saw the book I was hesitant. The book is based of the screen play of the movie. A book based on a movie? I had my concerns.



While the movie was really fuzzy in my mind and I wasn't able to compair it that well to the book, I would have to say that the book was fantastic. It was a great little romp through fantasy. I fell in love with the little Newlyn, and how much he cared for Elora. This is a...more
Jenn
I saw this movie as a child and read the book when it came out shortly there after. I found it just recently in a pile of used paperbacks so it was a nostalgia read.

This book is simply a movie book. Seeing the movie will not wreck the book and reading the book first only enhances the movie. It is fantasy pure and simple. It follows all of the rules of "On Thud and Blunder" essay by Poul Anderson and "A Though Guide to Fantasyland" by Diana Wynn Jones. It is a nice piece of unrealistic fantasy br...more
Kirsten
The novel adaptation of the 80s classic movie, WILLOW follows the birth and toddlerhood of young Elora Danan as she's hunted by an evil queen in the hopes of not fufilling a prophecy set since her birth. Her caretaker on this quest? Willow Ufgood, a farmer from a small village. The book is fantastic, the movie's fantastic.. All in all this story is a pleasure and brings back fond childhood memories.
Keith
Once I got into the story, the characters became very engaging to me. The story was as good as promised, I was engaged, excited, and always willing to continue reading. Naturally the plot was pretty easy to predict, but I don't need to be surprised all the time. Willow was a good fantasy that didn't dive to deep into stuff or bog you down with anything. A very easy and enjoyable read.
Patrice
It's been such a long time, that I forgot that I read this. Willow has always been one of my favorite movies, so when I saw this in a used bookstore, I had to get it. It was a good purchase. It doesn't rewrite the movie. It enriches it with character's thoughts, pasts and other details that cannot be expressed in the medium of film. If you enjoyed the movie, you will love this book.
Banaticus
This is one of the few books that was far improved when it was made into a movie. Stilted dialogue, etc., it just wasn't a very good book and the sequel was even worse. But I keep it around next to my copy of the movie and the board game.
Kellie
My dad challenged me to read this book prior to being able to see the movie. I read it avidly on the school bus to and from school every day. I discovered I preferred to the book to the movie (although I did and still do enjoy the movie).
Kevin
My parents bought me this book while I was in the hospital just before the 8th grade. While not quite as magical as the movie (the visuals probably have a lot to do with that, as ancient as they seem now), it's a good read.
Matt Tomerlin
An uncharacteristically impressive movie novelization. Also, this was the first time I encountered character perspective chapters, with each chapter featuring the character's name. (Sorry, George R.R. Martin).
Mell
A friend in high school loved this book, and the theatrical film. At her insistence I read this and saw the movie. I'm not big on fantasy, but I enjoyed the novel (and reading about a female warrior) as a teen.
Soobie's heartbroken
Uno dei libri preferiti della mia infanzia. All'inizio non sapevo nemmeno che fosse tratto da un film, che ho visto solo perché avevo adorato il libro e volevo vedere Madmartigan in carne ed ossa...
Martine
I loved this book so much I almost swooned when I found out there was a movie! Of course the movie didn't do it justice, but it was stiil good to see it onscreen and not just in my head.
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Wayland Drew (1932-1998) was a writer born in Oshawa, Ontario. He attended Victoria College at the University of Toronto, where he earned a BA in English Language and Literature (1957). Shortly after graduation he married Gwendolyn Parrott and together they raised four children. From 1961-1994 he was a high school teacher in Port Perry, Bracebridge, and Muskoka Lakes. He also worked for the Ontari...more
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