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A Princess of Landover (Magic Kingdom of Landover #6)

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Ben Holiday, High Lord of the magic kingdom of Landover, and his wife Willow have sent their 15-year-old daughter Mistaya to our world to attend a prestigious girls' boarding school. Mistaya--Misty to her friends--is not pleased with the arrangement. She is forbidden to use her magic for any reason, can't understand why other girls her own age don't revere the natural worl ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 3rd 2009 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2009)
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Dawn
I went back and forth with this, debating whether to give it two or three stars. In the end I went with three... But just barely.

Let me start by saying that I am a big fan of Terry Brooks. He was the first fantasy author I ever read, and I've read just about everything he has ever written.

That said, this book was somewhat of a disappointment to me. I was excited when I learned there would be a new Landover book, I had been hoping for one for a while. But the entire book felt sort of forced. It f
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Michael
During my sophomore year of high school, a friend of mine who also shared my interest in classic "Star Trek" was stunned and horrified to learn that while I'd read a good bit of sci-fi, I'd never cracked a cover of a Terry Brooks novel. During a visit to the school library, unable to find a copy of the first Shanara book, he shoved a copy of "Magic Kingdom For Sale, Sold" into my hands and said I had to read it.

So, I did and I enjoyed it enough that I went on to read the second and third instal
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Micheal
This book was a light read for me, mostly taking me a day to burn through. But if you know me, you would know that I would not burn through a book as fast asa that unless I was really interested in the storyline. From the start pretty much, Terry Brooks had me wanting to reach in the book and slap the main character, which as the title suggests, is the Princess of Landover. Ben Holiday is now the proud owner of a teenage daughter, and a very strong willed one at that. She starts off as the chara ...more
Jackie
One of the better Landover books. Thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to more Lanover novels, now that my interest is piqued once again.
DavidO
The Princess of Landover is about the daughter of Ben Holiday (the hero of the first 5 books in the Magic Kingdom for Sale/Sold series). She's very much a typical teenager. She wants to be good, yet she finds the rules that she has to live under unfair, so she rebels. First by getting kicked out of school, then by running away from home (and worse as the book progresses). She eventually finds herself at a magical library where she has to solve a mystery without getting her or her friends killed. ...more
Katy
Every so often, I spot a new one of these in the library, but I think I missed the last one. It was a fun way to pass the time, but I'm not desperately excited by this series any more. Based on how long ago I read the first one, it's probably taken him over 20 years to write 6 books and although the first in the series, about a man from modern (well, 1980s) America buying the kingship of a magical kingdom from a catalogue, was inventive and reasonably witty in places, I think the author feels mo ...more
Elisabetta
Fino a qualche tempo fa non avevo idea dell’esistenza di questo libro. Mi spiego meglio, credevo semplicemente che il Ciclo di Landover si fosse concluso con la pubblicazione, nel 1995, di “La sfida di Landover”
E chi si sarebbe mai immaginato che dopo 14 anni Terry Brooks avrebbe scritto un altro libro della saga? Di la verità, Terry, sentivi la nostalgia di Landover, vero? Beh, come del resto ogni tuo lettore… potrei azzardare ad ipotizzare che nemmeno “La principessa di Landover” sarà l’ult
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Matteo Pellegrini
Ben Holiday, re del magico regno di Landover, ha dovuto affrontare molte difficoltà e lottare contro numerosi e temibili avversari desiderosi di usurpare il suo trono, ma nessuna prova lo aveva preparato alla sfida più impegnativa: quella con la sua bellissima e cocciuta figlia adolescente, Mistaya. La fanciulla adesso ha quindici anni e il padre l'ha mandata a completare la sua istruzione sulla Terra, in uno dei più severi e prestigiosi college americani. Ma lei mal sopporta la disciplina e la ...more
Riana
The fifteen-year-old princess Mistaya Holiday is all grown up. Or so she thinks. After being suspended from a prestigious boarding school in her father’s old world, the court wizard and scribe come up with the plan to send her to the royal library to start a renovation project. Horrified at this idea, she rebelliously ends up exactly where she didn’t want to and discovers a threatening secret locked up in the darkness. Mistaya realizes that only she can help fight the evil forces that endanger t ...more
Pat
It has been over 10 years since Terry Brooks has come out with a Landover book. 10 years too long. This latest book finds us learning about Ben Holiday's daughter, Mistaya who is now 15 and suffering from the typical teenage stuff. She wants to be treated as an adult; choose her own way, etc. She is very headstrong and that is what gets her into trouble - first by being kicked out of human boarding school, and then later in Landover.

This book started a bit slow but quickly picked up once Mistaya
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Justina
I won this book from the goodreads giveaways and was very excited as it was my first book to read. It is as yet unpublished and is tenatively set to publish on Sept. 1. I read some of the Landover series a long time ago and remember liking them. I need to reread them, but had to read this one first. It was a very good book and able to stand alone without having to read the series.

It starts off in the in the atrium at Woodland Zoo in Seattle. I've been there so that was cool. I love the atrium!

T
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Neil
I read the other Landover books about 10 years ago, after having become addicted to Terry Pratchett, the first one at least sounded like a comic novel in the Pratchett style. I was wrong, although they are fantasies considerably lighter than the likes of "Lord of the rings" or for that matter Brooks' own Shannara novels they are not fully blown comic fantasies although they do have comic touches. Anyway I quite enjoyed them at the time and though it's not really the type of thing I read these da ...more
Adam K.
*Sigh* I LOVE the Landover books--all of them. What happened? I had read some reviews from others on Goodreads in advance of reading this, and most of them were disappointed, but I was bound and determined not to be. Brooks has written some of the greatest fantasy novels of all time, and the Landover series has certainly been some of the most unique and inventive. They're like if Xanth had less exposed breasts and took itself a touch more seriously. Well, the magic sort of fizzles with "Princess ...more
Brooke Banks
Well, this series has it's ups and downs.

The down time was definitely books two and three.

The series ends on a high note though.

It's worth noting that this series was started in the late 80's. The 4th and 5th book was writing in the mid 90's. This book was written in 2009. There is marked improvement over the course of time.

I'm quite happy with this book and the way it went. Mistaya was the whiny stubborn teenage girl but it wasn't a drag. Too often with a main character as such, I end up wanti
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Chibineko
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Cheryl Landmark
I haven't visited the magical kingdom of Landover for quite some time. And, unfortunately, I was a little disappointed with this book. I didn't enjoy it quite as much as I did the first couple of books in the series where Ben, Willow, Questor Thews and Abernathy were the principal characters. There were times when I wanted to give Mistaya a good shake and shout, "Quit acting like such a spoiled rotten little brat!". Then, I told myself her rebellious, know-it-all behaviour and attitude was proba ...more
Nikki
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Maera
I'm usually unable to put Terry Brooks' books down, but I think I outgrew this series a long time ago. Because I've still been enjoying his other series (all the Shannara books), I thought this would be just as good.

Unfortunately, I was wrong.

I felt this book was a bit too immature (even for the teenage main character). The pace was very off, too; it was too rushed in the important points of plot and too slow in the background/setup portions.

Part of the problems I had with this book may be one
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Gareth Otton
It's books like this that give fantasy a bad name.

The spoiled princess trope in which a spoiled brat of a princess doesn't realise what it is she wants out of life until she stumbles across some cause to change her opinions on the world is one of the most overused story-lines in fantasy writing. That an author of the quality of Terry Brooks would use such a threadbare trope in order to reawaken this tired series after a sixteen year break is incredibly sad.

The Magic Kingdom of Landover series
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Doug
Brooks' latest effort in the Kingdom of Landover is a pleasure to read, much like the rest of the series.

This latest book is all about Ben Holiday's troublesome daughter, and in a way hearkens back to the early books in the series, as Ben himself was finding his feet in the wawaryd land after purchasing the Kingdom. The titular princess, Mistaya, has gotten the boot from her Earth-side boarding school, and returns to Landover as neither a girl nor a woman, but something in between.

The book dea
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Patrick D'Orazio
It has been a long time since we readers have visited Landover. So long for me, in fact, that I had only vague recollections of the characters in the series when I sat down to read this latest entry. While I have enjoyed Brook's Shannara series a great deal (and his other series that have served as prequels to it), I always enjoyed Landover because it was a bit lighter and more fantastical fare, especially when it seemed like some of the later books in Shannara were beginning to perhaps get a bi ...more
Bev
Absolutely love Terry Brooks and have read almost all of his books...the Landover series being among my all time faves. I have waited many years for A Princess of Landover to come out and move the series forward...that being said while reading this book I felt a bit of disappoinment and I'm not really sure why. If this would have been a stand alone book and not set in Landover I would have said it was a pretty good read.
The first few chapters had me thinking "Oh boy, we're going to have some
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Vincent Wood
This is a series I enjoyed many many moons ago when I was still in high school and I am glad to see Terry Brooks revisit it. I enjoyed the book, it was a good light read. It has most of our favorite characters from previous books mentioned at some point or another, and some of them more than others. It also has some of our, or at least my, less than favorite characters mentioned as well. I really wonder if Edgewood Dirk is a cat. Perhaps he should remind us of that fact another couple thousand t ...more
Alice Janell
Terry Brooks is one of those authors whose books I see all the time on bookshelves but have never read.

On the return trip from my honeymoon, I realized sitting in the airport that I had run out of books. I packed eight books for a seven day trip, and I had read all of them! So, I picked out A Princess of Landover while in the airport.

It was only after reading this novel that I learned that it's actually book six in a series that came out more than a decade ago! Having no knowledge of Landover or
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Connie
A PRINCESS OF LANDOVER by Terry Brooks is 400 pages in paperback form. This is #6 in The Magic Kingdom Of Landover Series.

I really enjoyed this book and it is the last in this series so far. It is considered young adult fantasy, but I don't think this is age biased. I think in you believe in magic, you can believe in this book of fantasy.

Mistaya is expelled from boarding school in the "real world" and goes back to Landover to tell her father and mother she just doesn't fit in and would like to
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Jeffrey
Sep 29, 2009 Jeffrey rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fans of Brooks, but others as well
Shelves: read-in-2009, fantasy
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Wren
This is the first new installment in this series in 14 years. I read the first five books when I was much younger, so I'm now left wondering: is this one not as good? Or is it me that's changed? In any case, I found this book tedious.

Princess Mistaya is an annoying brat; kicked out of the girls' school she'd been sent to in our world, she heads back to Landover in the early chapters (although the 'Carrington Preparatory School' gate and school desk on the front cover led me to believe that at le
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Cindy AL
First thanks to GoodReads and DelRey for the contest that allowed me to get this ARC copy. I enjoyed the book, and my family thought getting it early was very cool, thanks again.

It has been 10+ years since Terry Brooks last took his fans to the Magic Kingdom of Landover. Those of you who haven't read these books don't have to go back to the beginning to enjoy Princess. Brooks gives a synopsis of the Landover story in the first few chapters, and most of the back story needed to understand the cha
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Michael
This is a very fun return to the Magic Kingdom of Landover series. We meet many old friends, as well as some new ones. Ben Holiday, king of Landover has sent his daughter back to the human world, where he came from, to study at a boarding school. When she returns to Landover to report she has been expelled from the school, Ben is troubled. His daughter Mistaya is not an ordinary 15 year old girl. Since her mother was a fairy, Mistaya is also a creature of magic...at least in part. She is also ve ...more
Dark-Draco
I have not read this before and was pathetically excited to begin it. The action starts off in our world, with Misty being suspended from Prep school for conjuring a dragon to frighten the school bully. Unable to accept that she did anything wrong, she returns home determined that things will return to normal. But Ben doesn't want to let her get away with it, suggesting that she be sent to the Royal Library, Libris, to sort it out. Equally determined not to do what he wants, she runs away in the ...more
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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)
  • Witches' Brew (Magic Kingdom of Landover, #5)
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