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Wizard at Large (Magic Kingdom of Landover #3)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  11,181 ratings  ·  118 reviews
It all began when the half-able wizard Questor Thews announced that finally he could restore the Court Scribe Abernathy to human form. It was his spell that had turned Abernathy into a Wheaten Terrier - though still able to talk.

All went well - until the wizard breathed the magic dust of his spell and suddenly sneezed. Then, where Abernathy had stood, there was only a bott
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Meh. Just, meh. Definitely a low point in the series. As with the previous book in the series, there are two story lines going on throughout the entire book.

1) Quester, the wizard thinks that he has found the magic that allows him to turn Abernathy back from the dog form, in which he is stuck, to his natural human form. The catch? It requires Ben to give Abernathy the medallion that makes Ben king of Landover. Surprise, surprise, something goes wrong and Abernathy is transported back to Ben's
Wizard at Large by Terry Brooks was the third volume in the Kingdom of Landover series that began with Magic Kingdom for Sale: Sold. Until I recently read The Tangle Box, a later episode in that series, Wizard at Large had been the last book I had read in that series. I think I stopped reading the series because there was a sense of the formulaic being imposed upon the stories. In this one, the inept court wizard, Questor Thews, attempts to undo some of his previous calamitous efforts and, in so ...more
Really liked the book,it focuses more on a couple of surrounding characters.The main character(Ben Holiday)does have to go back into his old world which does make for some good and entertaining reading.
It's good to see that this series has remained consistent so far. I can think of a few that have gotten more and more disappointing as they carried on, but that's not the case with this one. If anything, it gets to be even more fun.

That's the good news...the bad news is, this thing is starting to feel formulaic. Uh oh! Ben has somehow lost the medallion again! We have to get it back! There's an evil creature on the loose in Landover! We have to stop it! Nightshade is making trouble again! Someth
Book Review: 2 Treasure Boxes

There is a lot going on and I found the story to be interesting, exciting and well written. All the characters are interesting, but I did not think there was much development in their characters, they all are pretty much what they are. I liked the ending of the story. The book had a good build up to the final conclusion. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

This is a stand alone story which I always find satisfying, yet it is also clearly part
Questor Thews' latest attempt to change Abernathy from dog to man succeeds in sending him to Earth with Ben's medallion! To make matters worse, Abernathy was swapped for a bottle containing an evil imp, one with the power to cause great trouble in Landover. Now it is up to Ben and Willow to retrieve Abernathy and the medallion from Earth, and for Questor Thews to limit the bottle's damage. But, it soon appears that neither side will find their tasks easy.

This is another great book, from a really
The huge upgrade in this book was the danger. It was a page turner because the enemy, Michel Ard Rhi, was SO evil and SO powerful. He overthrew governments and had his own army. Our heroes had no money, no weapons and no time. This makes a great conflict that makes the reader hungry to know what happens next.

There was a significant logic error in this book. Late in the story when Quester is going to find Strabo to ask his help, we review the fact that it is impossible to cross the mists without
A year has passed in Landover since the appearance of the black unicorn and the discovery of the long-lost hidden books of magic. Questor Thews, court wizard, shares the news that he has finally found a way to change Abernathy back into a man. Despite some skepticism, he is allowed an attempt. That is exactly when everything starts going wrong. Abernathy is sent to Ben's old world in exchange for a magic bottle that belongs to no other than Michel Ard Rhi, the evil son of Landover's former King. ...more
Easily the best one in the series so far, IMO. The hope I expressed in my review of the first book of getting to see more of Abernathy, was fulfilled at last! Gawd, I love that grumpy old dog. :p

No really, this book was exciting, filled with tension, and I couldn't read it fast enough to see what was going to happen next! Perhaps even one of my all-time favourites, but it'll have to be reread at some point to determine that for sure.
Mike (the Paladin)
Evil again stalks the Magic Kingdom of Landover and the king has been snatched away...of course I wonder why he keeps "trusting" Questor. To say his spells don't always turn out right is much like saying that bricks seldom fly on their own.

Fun reads, and meant to be fun.
This wasn't bad. I may not have "liked it" in the way the three star rating officially means, but I feel that the author needs some kind of prize for improving in a few areas. Don't spend it all in one place Mr. Brooks.

Wizard at Large finds Ben Holiday finally admitting he's in love with his child-like wonder sylph, improvement committees meeting, and the only two factions that matter/are ever mentioned hold to their grudging peace.

The plot starts with Questor figuring out a way to transform Ab
Brooke Banks
This is now getting very old. The series uses all the stereotypical fantasy tropes, is very predictable and uninspiring. However, I thought the books were okay because it was light, easy, made fun of itself and more serious fantasy books and was at least enjoyable. The series isn't making enough fun of itself and making light as much as before, which leads it to be tedious. It's not very involving. I don't actually care about any of the characters because they are mostly just caricatures of comm ...more
Gareth Otton
It is a shame that Wizard at large and the whole Magic Kingdom series is included in the body of work created by Terry Brooks. When compared to his Shannara series and even the Word and the Void trilogy, the Magic Kingdom of Landover series is left severely wanting.

This series started off with Magic Kingdom for Sale/Sold which was to be honest quite a rocky first novel into a new series. The second book felt like little more than a retelling of that first tale with the same characters, similar
The story of Ben Holiday continues in the 3rd book, Wizard at Large. Questor insists he has found a way to turn Abernathy back into a human. Reluctantly, they all agree to let him try and he is sent back to Ben's world, along with his medallion, right into the hands of their worst enemy, the old Prince of Landover, Michel Ard Rhi. In exchange for Abernathy, the bottle containing the evil demon, the Darkling, is sent back into Landover. Now it is a quest to get Abernathy and the medallion back to ...more
I really, really enjoy these books. In this one, Questor tries to turn Abernathy back to human instead of the dog he turned him into long ago. But, as usual, the spell goes wrong. Abernathy disappears and a painted bottle is left in his place. To make things worse, he was wearing the medallion of power that makes Ben king and that brings the power of the Palladin to his call. The bottle is also part of the mystery, and only when that has gone too does Questor remember that it contains a Darkling ...more
Brian Schiebout
Wizard At Large by Terry Brooks is the third book in the Landover series. The story begins when Questor Thews, the somewhat incompetent royal wizard announces that he has come up with a spell which will reverse the transformation of Abernathy, the court scribe who has spent a good part of his life transformed into a dog. The spell however requires that Abernathy wear the medallion which truly grants Ben Holiday the kingship of the land but the parties are agreed and the ritual is performed. Howe ...more
Charles Shingledecker
*****Minor Spoilers*****

Another solid book from Terry Brooks! The Landover books are very different from his Shannara books. They have fun with fantasy tropes, poke fun at themselves and while not laughter out loud funny, do have a bit of humor within them. Think of them as Oz books combined with Middle Earth and the Shannara world rolled into one. Nothing ground breaking here, but they are entertaining, and this book in particular developed relationships further than I expected. Even Questor gr
Rebecca Porter
The third in the Landover series, and Terry Brooks is back on track. I was a bit worried because I loved the first, a bit iffy on the second, but I love the characters enough to continue. I'm glad I did.

Trouble is brewing as soon as Quester Thews starts waving his arms around. Abernathy knew better than to trust the wizard's inept magic, but he gave it try. However, this time Quester needed a generator to change the dog back into a man. Ben was foolish to give it up, but the book needed a catal
Jewell Moreno
This one was really fun. Questor the wizard tries to change Abernathy the dog back into a human. Of course instead of transforming him, Abernathy is transfered into Ben Holiday's old world AKA our reality. Great adventure when Ben and company return to our world to save Abernahty, and Questor is left to watch over Landover who is facing it's own threat. This is the third in the Landover series, and I'm really enjoying them. Fantasy and reality meet, with fun results. You can't go wrong with thes ...more
Matteo Pellegrini
Forse per Ben Holyday non è stato proprio un buon affare comprare il magico regno di Landover. Draghi e malvagi stregoni continuano infatti a imperversare indisturbati e i maghi di corte si dimostrano soprattutto dei grandi pasticcioni. Ben farebbe meglio a imparare un po' di magia per prendere in mano la situazione, ma non è una cosa facile. Il libro è il terzo del fantasioso ciclo di Landover. ...more
Калин Каменов
Terry Brooks manages once more to craft a most wonderful tale, this time based on the questionable exploits of one Questor Thews, the inept Court Wizard of Landover. I should say, I was rather impressed with the outcome of events - in the end, it is Questor's audacity and bravery that eventually save the day, rather than Ben Holiday's, who is our hero archetype. The book is not without a few minor flaws, however - some of the plot threads were easy to unravel, mostly because the use a certain tr ...more
It was nice that some of the other, more lovable characters were front-and-center in this installment of the Magic Kingdom series. It was refreshing to read both Abernathy's and Questor Thews' perspectives. However, the plot was a little hare-brained, and required even more suspension of belief than the prior books. These books are certainly driven by story, and they do offer some surprises and interesting solutions to the problems faced by the characters.
Mykell Lewis
Wizard at large is an okay book, if you like some what funny/ old timed fiction books then this the book for you. I gave this book two stares because it didn't really catch me. It seemed to cheesy, and some of the little problems they would encounter on their journeys seemed to be over worked.

Dont just take my word for it. read it your self and find out.
I have to admit, I find myself more interested in the plight of a talking dog in our weird than concerned by the imp in the bottle in Landover. That said, another enjoyable read by Brooks - fun, funny, and well written!
Jun 11, 2012 Turtle rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy Fans
Shelves: fantasy, reviewed
The Wizard at Large was an interesting look at Questor and Abernathy. I sort of saw this book as an attempt to redeem them both for their actions in the previous book. Abernathy used to be one of my favorite characters until he was an jerk in The Black Unicorn. It was an interesting story. I liked Elizabeth. And Michel Ard Rhi seemed a truly formidable opponent even though we are never show why exactly. By the way it was hinted at, it made me think that Michel raped dogs. Disturbing as that thou ...more
Debating between 3 and 4 stars for this one. I would like to read the next books in the series, though I think this one has a good ending I would not want to ruin.

The Court Scribe Abernathy is teleported with the High Lord's medallion (and proof of office) to Earth when the Wizard Questor sneezes in the middle of an attempt to turn him back from dog to human. Abernathy is captured by the previous prince of Landover, an arrogant and cruel man who would love to take back the medallion. Ben Holiday
Timothy P Edmonds
A nice setting change by returning to the "Real" world for the majority of the action. I also enjoyed the ongoing saga with the antagonists in the "Fantasy" world.
I've read this before but it's something I would like to revisit all the books in the series if I can find them. Abernathy is an all time favorite.
Leland Gilsen
3rd book in series... kept the book but almost no fantasy in my library so that says it all
The third book in Terry Brooks' Magic Kingdom of Landover series, this book centers around bumbling wizard Questor Thews' attempt to change Abernathy from a dog back into a human, and the disasters which follow.

This was a very entertaining story, both light-hearted and serious in just the right amounts. As always, Terry Brooks writes with a clear, flowing style, and his characters are fully realized and well-developed; so much so, you may forget they are not real people!

Recommended for all fanta
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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)
  • The Tangle Box (Magic Kingdom of Landover, #4)
  • Witches' Brew (Magic Kingdom of Landover, #5)
  • A Princess of Landover (Magic Kingdom of Landover, #6)
The Elfstones Of Shannara  (The Original Shannara Trilogy, #2) The Sword of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy #1) The Talismans Of Shannara (Heritage of Shannara #4) The Wishsong of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy #3) Magic Kingdom For Sale/Sold (Magic Kingdom of Landover, #1)

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