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

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,466 Ratings  ·  261 Reviews
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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Nov 04, 2010 Dawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2010
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
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
Aug 19, 2009 Micheal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 06, 2009 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
One of the better Landover books. Thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to more Lanover novels, now that my interest is piqued once again.
Aug 09, 2009 DavidO rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-or-5-stars
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
I couldn't decide whether to give this 2 or 3 stars. I ended up going with 3 stars because I liked the rest of the series so much. I didn't really feel this was a fantasy novel, this was more like a coming of age novel about Mistaya. It was filled with a bunch of teenage angst and nothing really fantastical. My hopes started to lift when I realized a good deal of the story was going to be set in a magical library but they were quickly dashed. I followed through with this book because I wanted to ...more
Sparrow Knight
Listened to this. Great reading. Fun for what it is.
I've read a lot of Terry Brooks books over the years. I think the first one I ever read was his adaptation of the film Hook way back in 6th grade, and I didn't realize until years later that he had written it. I think I made him sign my copy at my first Dragon Con in 2000, or in 2001 and he was un-amused because he wasn't very proud of having written it. I went through a period of reading all his Shannara books in high school and I also read two or three of the original Landover Magic Kingdom no ...more
Apr 21, 2014 Katy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mark Adkins
Jul 20, 2015 Mark Adkins rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Landover series of books.
This book is what I would call a mindless popcorn book, one that you can just relax and read, does not involve a lot of thinking. If you have read any of Terry Brooks' "Landover" series then you know what to expect from this book.

This book is centred on the Daughter of Ben Holiday and she is the main character of this novel (hence the title) unlike the previous books in the series where the King of Landover, Ben Holiday is the main character.

As with all of Terry Brooks' books this one is family
Nov 07, 2014 Elisabetta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 13, 2014 Riana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 22, 2014 Pat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Millie Taylor
Like the rest of the books in this series, the characters were interesting and some were fun. Unfortunately, also like the rest of the books in this series, the pacing was horrible. I enjoyed the story, but I felt that it could have been either a lot shorter or just had more to it. It basically goes like this: Ben Holiday is frustrated...touches on other characters...Mistaya is annoyed about something or other...Ben is frustrated and Questor is confused, and Abernathy is annoyed at ...more
Aug 08, 2009 Justina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!

Nov 27, 2010 Neil rated it it was ok
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.
Apr 22, 2011 Adam K. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
*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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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
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Oct 11, 2012 Maera rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
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
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
Sep 21, 2009 Doug rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mar 29, 2011 Bev rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 21, 2010 Alice Janell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
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
Sep 23, 2011 Connie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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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Magic Kingdom of Landover (6 books)
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