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Das Zauberlabyrinth (Magic Kingdom of Landover #4)

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Auf Ben Holiday und sein Königreich kommen schwere Zeiten zu: Der Zauberer Horris Kew, vor langer Zeit aus Landover verbannt, ist zurückgekehrt, und mit ihm ein mächtiger böser Geist, der Gorse. Bei einem nächtlichen Treffen lässt er Ben in einem Zauberkästchen verschwinden. Ben findet sich in einer Welt wieder, in der Drachen, Hexen und Ungeheuer ihr böses Spiel treiben. ...more
Taschenbuch, 379 pages
Published December 1997 by Goldmann (first published January 1st 1994)
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Books-treasureortrash
Nov 25, 2010 Books-treasureortrash rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Book Review: 3 Treasure Boxes

Brooks did a good job of maintaining the three storylines and yet also expertly intertwining them, it kept the story interesting. This is my favourite book in the series. I liked how the story unfolded and I like all the characters. It was interesting how Ben, Nightshade and Strabo got along with each other in the tangle box. We get a better understanding of each of these characters and their interpersonal relationships form new meaning based on their interactions wi
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Lee
May 14, 2011 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I am revisiting the Landover series and just finished The Tangle Box. I loved that this book brought in some new surprises. I don't want to spoil anything but I was surprisingly shocked by Bigger's Karmic departure at the end of the book, as well as the relationship between Ben and Nightshade and of course the birth of Ben and Willow's daughter.

"The Tangle Box" is an entertaining enough tale if you're looking for pleasant escapism. Deepening characters and expanding relationships, this bodes wel
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Cheryl Landmark
Sep 04, 2015 Cheryl Landmark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah, the Magic Kingdom of Landover! It’s been a while since I visited, and I’m glad I did.

There are three major storylines in this book, and I thought Mr. Brooks did an excellent job of intertwining them into an interesting and compelling plot. I particularly liked the subplot of Horris Kew and Biggar and the prickly, contentious relationship the two of them shared. The scenes in the Labyrinth were a little more dark and depressing, but they certainly made for some intriguing developments in the
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Elien
Sep 08, 2011 Elien rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was a difficult book for me to get into. I didn't particularly like the scenes in the Labyrinth, hence no more than three stars. However, Willow's quest was quite intriguing, and I especially enjoyed reading about Horris Kew and Biggar. The closer I got to the end of this book, the more thrilling it became. I loved the ending, even though I'm usually not fond of cliff-hanger-endings in series. Althought I'm taking a short break from this series to get some other reading done, I'm still very ...more
Parcoast
So, I have to point out that the quality of writing improves with every book in this series, which is probably due to the time and experience that Terry Brooks gains between each one. With the previous book published in 1987, and this one in 1995, it seems that Brooks comes back to this series in between other books for a little fun now and then, and I appreciate that. The improvements are subtle: the characters are little more authentic, the conflicts a little more real, etc. While I comment fr ...more
Riana
Feb 11, 2014 Riana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few months has passed since Ben and Willow's wedding and she shares with him the good news that she is expecting their child. His exuberant joy is somewhat dampened when she also tells him that in order to prepare herself for the baby's coming she needs to undertake a journey to see her mother, unaccompanied by anyone, not even Ben.

As it turns out, Willow's journey takes her much further then she planned or ever wished to go. In the meantime, Ben is sent on an unplanned journey of his own, an
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Kaye
Jun 16, 2010 Kaye rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, read_in_2010
The Tangle Box was pretty tough to get into. Ben has forgotten himself yet again, from stumbling into another trap, but this time, his main Landover enemies have been trapped with him. Willow goes on a mediocre adventure of her own with the Prism Cat (who I'm sure is fabulous if you are a big fan of cats in general), and the G'home Gnomes play another starring role in beating evil.
Scott Holstad
May 09, 2014 Scott Holstad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Tangle Box was a very enjoyable book to read. The fourth in the Landover series, I have read the first one several times, but this is the only other one I've gotten to. Fortunately, it can stand on its own merits, so you needn't have read the preceding books, although I suspect it might have helped. It's a good book.

Ben Holiday, the king of Landover, discovers that he and his sylph wife, Willow, are going to have a baby and he's overjoyed, only to become disappointed when Willow tells him sh
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Daniel
Aug 14, 2014 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story was weak from the beginning. Predictable and unimaginative story hooks once again propel the main characters into situations that were completely avoidable and out of character for the responsibilities dictated by titles, professional positions, and back grounds. Three seemingly separate storyline finally weave themselves into a finale, but just barely. The arc which followed the time in the Labyrinth was interesting and did add a little character depth to some and the return of Edgewo ...more
Jewell Moreno
Jun 26, 2015 Jewell Moreno rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This 4th in the series was great. Ben Holiday gets trapped in a magical labyrinth with Nightshade, the witch, and Strabo, the dragon. His mortal enemies. All has lost their memory and are required to work together to get free. Meanwhile, Questor and Abernathy, are desparately trying not to lose the kingdom to those who would rather be in charge, and don't know the King is missing. And Willow is pregnant and on her own magical quest to safely give birth. This series just keeps getting better. It ...more
Jimmy
Feb 28, 2016 Jimmy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Tangle Box was not my favorite of the series, so far. To me it did not live up to the quirky fun and exciting danger of the first three books in the series. It seems to me that the story of Landover may be taking a turn in a different direction. It seems less fun and very much more serious. However, I still really enjoyed and liked this book, a lot! (Confusing, huh?)
Horris and Biggar are exiles from Landover, and when their scam of a wise man backfires, they are forced to return back to Land
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Jimmy
Feb 28, 2016 Jimmy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, fantasy
The Tangle Box was not my favorite of the series, so far. To me it did not live up to the quirky fun and exciting danger of the first three books in the series. It seems to me that the story of Landover may be taking a turn in a different direction. It seems less fun and very much more serious. However, I still really enjoyed and liked this book, a lot! (Confusing, huh?)
Horris and Biggar are exiles from Landover, and when their scam of a wise man backfires, they are forced to return back to Land
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deilann
Oct 23, 2015 deilann rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted on SpecFic Junkie.

At this point, we're moving from nostalgia reviews to just reviews. Or maybe I read this book and was bored so badly I just decided to quit. (Probably not, considering I was such a big Terry Brooks fan as a kid.) Anyway, this book was even more of a snoozefest, which is saying something for a solid two-star series. Spoilers after the cut.

Okay, so here's the plot:

There's an evil thing that escapes from a box. Evil thing does evil stuff. Evil thing is put back i
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Gemma
Aug 09, 2012 Gemma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I'm glad Terry Brooks took that time from the series before coming back to it, because this one feels much better than Wizard At Large. There's more depth of character and more care in the whole kit and kaboodle, and thank God he's broken away from his usual patterns!

Horris Kew, an exile returned to Landover through the magic of an evil being called the Gorse, manages to trap Ben Holiday, along with Strabo and Nightshade (will that old witch EVER clear out of here?!) in the mysterious Tangle Box
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Brooke Banks
This book was much better in my opinion than the last two books. It took a nice break from the formula that was developing in the series.


Characters were far more fleshed out and realistic this time around. We actually got some understanding and insight about Willow, who now stands on her own more. She's still fits the fantasy trope of "too beautiful for words mysterious woman given to the lead man simply because" but at least now she has more of a goddamn personality.

It was great to finally le
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Johnny
Apr 19, 2010 Johnny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
In The Tangle Box, Brooks accomplishes a feat I didn’t think would be possible, a Landover novel where Ben Holiday doesn’t hold center stage while still remaining absolutely vital to the plot. The first time I picked up the book, I read the first few pages and put it away. The initial character seemed to offer little more than a modern con-man adorned in the robes of an inept conjurer entrapped in a mystical net formed from his own impetuous ambition and petty selfishness. The second time I pick ...more
Dark-Draco
Sep 06, 2013 Dark-Draco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the 4th Landover novel, Ben is faced with a meddling conjurer called Horris Kew. Tricked by a fairy creature, Horris in turn traps Ben in The Tangle Box, a piece of fairy magic that makes those inside forget who they are. Trapped with him are Strabo the Dragon and Nightshade the Witch, both enemies that he really doesn't want to be around, but they will only escape if they can work together and remember who they really are. Meanwhile, Willow has disappeared on her own mission. The birth of h ...more
Rebecca Porter
The Tangle Box by Terry Brooks is book 4 of The Magic Kingdom of Landover. I started reading this series a few months ago. If I were to classify the work, I would say it is light, suitable for children epic fantasy. While I found the first book fun a full of fully drafted characters, I have to say that is wearing thin at this point.

The addition of Horace Kew, Bigger the bird and the Gorse was necessary to provide a challenge for our hero, Ben Holiday, they felt dim and not clearly defined. Well
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Калин Каменов
Another adventure in the Magic Kingdom of Landover, and I must say, a rather grand one this time. Perhaps things were not so great in proportion in the series since "Magic Kingdom for Sale: Sold!". Not only does Willow embark on what is, and I do say it with a pure heart, nigh-impossible mission to secure the birth of her child, but Ben is trapped in what is essentially, a nightmare realm. Along with Strabo and Nightshade, I might add. And all of them have had their memories wiped. All of this i ...more
M.G. Norris
Mar 11, 2016 M.G. Norris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every series has one book that you look forward to most each time you re-read through. This is not only the installment in the Landover series I feel that way about. It's the book that brought the pattern to my attention in the first place. Shadows of The Tangle Box run throughout the way I build characters, reminding me to be conscious of what underwrites a person; what remains, if all the stories that remind them who they are are stripped away.
Conina
May 20, 2015 Conina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It had new characters, some old ones appeared as well, and the reading was pleasant (not so slow as it was in Black Unicorn for example). I felt enchanted by the different story lines that were told, and how they were presented to the readers (even if some details about Willow's journey remain a mystery that will be probably revealed in the next book).

Четвъртата книга от поредицата за вълшебното кралство на Лендоувър ми хареса доста. Имаше представени нови герои, поя
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Matteo Pellegrini
Jan 22, 2014 Matteo Pellegrini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Tutti i tentativi di Ben Holiday di governare nel miglior modo possibile il regno di Landover sembrano destinati a fallire, ogni volta infatti la pace viene turbata da qualche evento inatteso. Adesso ad esempio è ricomparso da poco il malefico mago Gorse, riemerso dalla scatola magica del popolo fatato e, come se non bastasse, Willow, la moglie di Ben, deve dare alla luce un figlio, ma per farlo deve attraversare tre mondi misteriosi.
Jeremiah Johnson
This book would have been much better if it hadn't been split into so many different narratives. With it being so short, there is no way for much of an interesting story to develop.
Add to that more reasons that Ben Holiday shouldn't be trusted with the keys to your car let alone a whole kingdom...
Horris was also too similar to Questor to make me care much about him either.
Rose Allyn
Aug 27, 2015 Rose Allyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Mark Austin
- Most books with this rating I never finish and so don't make this list. This one I probably started speed-reading to get it over with.
- Average. Wasn't terrible, but not a lot to recommend it. Probably skimmed parts of it.
- Decent. A few good ideas, well-written passages, interesting characters, or the like.
- Good. This one had parts that inspired me, impressed me, made me laugh out loud, made me think - it got positive reactions and most of the rest of it was pretty decent too.
- Amazing.
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Graham
Jan 02, 2016 Graham rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun return to the fluffy fantasy series that is Landover. Featuring all the regular cast, divided into separate plot arcs by magical entanglements, as is the trope for the series, and a pair of antagonists who are quite entertaining.
Debra Marshall
Apr 04, 2015 Debra Marshall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an enjoyable book with a YA feel, but characters I would read about again. This is the second of this series I have enjoyed, and this is better than the later installment about his daughter as a teenager (don't remember the title).
Lel
Jun 10, 2014 Lel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: king
I thought this was better than Wizard at Large but still hasn't got the wonder of the first book in the series. I still love the antagonism between Abernathy and Questor Thews. I would love a book to focus more on the kolbold's.
Jill
Mar 12, 2016 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its as good as all the others with a similar unconventional twist for overcoming the magic obstacle. I'm not sure why Nightshade is so pissed off, but Im sure I'll find out in the next installment.
Annie Eddy
Jan 30, 2015 Annie Eddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought that it was a great book. I loved to see all the characters that Ben, Nightshade, and Strabo become when the entered the tangle box. It was an amazing book!
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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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