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Das Zauberlabyrinth (Magic Kingdom of Landover #4)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  11,326 Ratings  ·  139 Reviews
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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Aug 02, 2010 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
Jul 31, 2015 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
Nov 25, 2010 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
Kelsey Hanson
I liked the plot of this story considerably more than the previous installment. Maybe it's because characters like Strabo and Nightshade had a more prominent role. I found Horris very interesting in an I-can't-stand-him sort of way. I also liked that the G'home gnomes actually helped out this time instead of just getting in the way or complicating the situation. This book did seem a bit dialogue heavy in a few places, especially towards the end, but it brought back most of the characters that I ...more
Jun 14, 2010 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.
Oct 21, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, novel
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quarto appuntamento con le magiche avventure di Ben,il re di Landover che si ritrova nei guai sempre per colpa di altri.
Questa volta lui,la strega e il drago, verranno intrappolati in una magica scatola appartenuta ad un essere scacciato perfino dalle fate e rinchiuso lì per l'eternità;solo che ci mettono lo zampino un pennuto e il suo padrone mago pasticcione e quindi il Gorse si aggirerà per il regno alla ricerca di vendetta.
I nostri,nel frattempo, vagheranno sperduti,anche della propria ident
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Best fantasy story Ever. A Dragon, a Witch, a Wizard or two, a scribe who's a Dog, a talking bird, an awesome magical Cat, a beautiful woman who keeps turning into a tree - and has a baby tree (Yes, I think it was years before The Guardians Of The Galaxy), some nasty Demons, a Victorious Knight and King, and lots of annoying peasants and strange creatures. And a Kingdom they are all fighting For and Against.
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
Cheryl Landmark
Jul 27, 2011 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
Aug 11, 2011 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
Jeremy Manuel
I'm a big fan of Terry Brooks and enjoy the Magic Kingdom of Landover series, but I found The Tangle Box to be not one of my favorite works. In part I think this comes from the struggle to find a suitable enemy for Ben Holiday and crew to face. With Landover restored from the first book and the two major figures behind the selling of Landover dealt with in The Black Unicorn and Wizard at Large where do you go next. How about another exile from Landover who is a bumbling con-man of a conjurer Hor ...more
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
****** Contains Minor Spoilers ******

As simple as this world of Landover is and the small number of characters involved in Landover, Terry Brooks somehow finds a way to make yet another interesting story to the Landover series. The voice acting is done by Dick Hill who had done all the Landover audio books up to this point and has done yet another good job, and because Dick does all the Landover books it brings a welcomed sense of familiarity.

The story brings another character from Earth that wa
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brooks is a masterful storyteller, and this fourth installment of the Magic Kingdom of Landover series doesn't fall short. A contemporary fairy tale filled with endearing characters, The Tangle Box follows a similar formula as the previous novels in the series - something goes awry in the Magic Kingdom, and each character has to overcome an obstacle or two to put things back in their place.

The Magic Kingdom of Landover series is definitely a foil to Brooks' Shannara series; whereas the Shannara
May 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So this is #4 in a series of 7, the 7th of which was supposed to have been done in 2009 and still is not out. I think this one is it for me. It seems redundant. Same things happen over and over. Ben is in trouble. Questor Thews screws something up with magick, someone wants something Ben has, someone is plotting against Ben. Not a lot of creativity or surprises left in the series. And the writing has been going down hill steadily. There's so many good books out there waiting to be read to be was ...more
Anne Schelhorn
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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M Nyberg
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A few new characters and another page turning story. Only one left in series :(
Brian O'Leary
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good, quirky, fantasy book.
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably because I hadn't read any of the first three books, but this one just seemed to be all over the place.
Rose Boyer
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These books make me smile. a lot!
Feb 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting and unexpected turn of the overall "Landover" plot. And the mind's eye crystal pandemic was downright creepy.
Emilee Powell
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy this book as much, if not more, than the first book in this series. For anyone familiar with my reading preferences, this is a difficult and rare accomplishment to achieve.
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Tangle Box by Terry Brooks was a good continuation to the series.
Ariana Fae
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terry Brooks is one of my favorite authors and I have every book he has published, many of them still waiting to be read. It pains me to give THE TANGLE BOX 3 stars. The main reason for such a low rating was due to repetition in the book. I was annoyed with the frequent long passages reminding the reader about the history of Landover, the characters' special talents and back stories. Also the characters' endless ruminating about their problems or worries, it seemed at times we kept going in circ ...more
Jan 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy
I like the changes that the Tangle Box causes people. I feel bad for Nightshade in this one.
Scott Holstad
Apr 24, 2014 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
Apr 19, 2010 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
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
Aug 02, 2012 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
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
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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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