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The Tangle Box (Magic Kingdom of Landover #4)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  8,478 ratings  ·  86 reviews
Book Four in the Magic Kingdom of Landover series

Everything should have been quiet and pleasant for Ben Holiday, former Chicago lawyer become sovereign of the Magic Kingdom of Landover. But it wasn't. Horris Kew, conjurer, confidence-man, and trickster, had returned to Landover from Ben's own world. Alas, Horris had not returned of his own volition - he had been sent by th
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Published May 17th 2008 by Brilliance Audio (first published January 1st 1994)
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Matteo Pellegrini
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.
Considering it was the first Terry Brooks' book I read, it was pretty much like starting to watch a movie 40 minutes from the beginning.

Basically, Ben Holiday - the lawyer - has already been taken from his boring reality of Chicago and transported into the magic world of Landover; he's already fought against the evil guy and defeated him; he's already got the beautiful sylph Willow as his bride and he's already been made king of that mysterious, fantastic world of Landover.

By the time I start re
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.
Annie Eddy
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!
Rodie King
I'm a woman but here is a man who falls in love with a Sylph
who also spends time as a Willow ( the Tree ).
Rachael Kamm
One of the best in the series. :)
Best of the series so far.
A fairly interesting read at times, one that goes into Willow's way of life a little more and it does fill in some backstory for Landover, but aside for Willow's story (which is very important for the series), it's not anything more than a fairly good read. It didn't really make me laugh as some earlier books did, it didn't really draw me in either - plus 'our' world was involved again, though thankfully only for brief periods.

Will definitely continue with the series, but The Tangle Box isn't pa
I do like the Magic Kingdom series from Terry Brooks, although upon re-reading it, it feels more like young-adult science fiction.

However, this is probably my favorite of the series. It has a few deeper subtleties than the others. I like the mystery around the conflict the main characters have to deal with and work out. The problem I have with it is the solution was a little too simplistic for me. But maybe that is because of the young-adult fiction genre more than anything else.
There were several threads to this story: Ben and his 'traveling' companions' journey (what is WITH the 'Lady,' anyway?); Willow's quest; and Abernathy's travels with the cause of all the hullabaloo, Horace Kew and Biggars. It was slow at times, but interesting, nonetheless. After a few years together, I get frustrated at them when they don't communicate as they should. Lots of problems would be avoided if they would just speak to one another! haha.
Susan Henn
3/1013 This book is fourth in a humorous fantasy series that was written as a trilogy in the 1980’s. At first the story seemed trite and to lack a strong plot. However, I was enjoying a nostalgic return to Landover and revisiting the characters so I persevered. As the story progressed the plot picked up speed and the book ended up being a fun read in the same style as the original Magic Kingdom for Sale trilogy.
Millie Taylor
While still a good book, it's not my favorite in the series. It was fairly slow to get into, for one thing. I didn't expect it to grab me right away, but for the first third of the book, it just dragged on with no real purpose in mind. The characters were still engaging and fun, but the pace left something to be desired. I'm hoping the rest of the series gets back to the pace I've come to enjoy.
Penny Juhasz
Never disappointed with Mr. Brooks!!
Elizabeth Barone
Jun 11, 2011 Elizabeth Barone rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Terry Brooks, fantasy readers
The Tangle Box is my favorite yet of the Landover series. It was really interesting seeing how some of the main characters acted and interacted without their labels, and it was nice to get to know Strabo and Nightshade better. Read my full review on!
Con man Horris Kew is tricked into letting an evil spirit called the Gorse out of the Tangle Box, where it has spent an eternity imprisoned by fairies. The Gorse intends to take over Landover. He traps Ben Holiday, the witch Nightshade and the dragon Strabo inside the Tangle Box, where they forget everything. Meanwhile, Ben's wife, Queen Willow, is pregnant and on her own quest to ensure a healthy baby.
Dec 03, 2007 Megan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Adventure Fans
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Book 4 in the Magic Kingdom of Landover series. This one was also a little slow for me at times when Ben Holiday is trapped in the Tangle Box, and you just want to scream you the king now freaking GET OUT, which was VERY annoying, but it continues the story, so it is important to read in order to fully enjoy the series. But besides those parts, the rest of the story is enjoyable.
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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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  • The Black Unicorn (Magic Kingdom of Landover, #2)
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