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The Magic Kingdom of Landover: Volume 1

(Magic Kingdom of Landover #1-3 )

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  2,871 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Capture the fantasy, thrills, and far-flung adventure of the first three novels in Terry Brooks’s enchanting Magic Kingdom of Landover series–now for the first time in one gripping volume.

Chicago lawyer Ben Holiday can’t fathom what lies ahead when he purchases Landover–a magical kingdom of chivalry and sorcery–from Meeks, the mysterious seller who placed the ad. Weary and
Paperback, 710 pages
Published August 18th 2009 by Del Rey (first published August 1992)
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An Odd1
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
"The Magic Kingdom of Landover" (V1: #1-3) by Terry Brooks all build up to bangup fight finales. I don't find humor in the gnomes eating dogs, cats, or trying to. Middle-aged male wish fulfillment night, bathing in a warm spring and meeting a lovely green fae who says "I am yours" (both in birthday suits) gives me a bad taste in #1, so I prefer #3 where he's more committed to all his friends.

"Magic Kingdom for Sale" #1 For $1M, Ben Holliday, 39, recently widowed lawyer, buys the crown of
Brent Brubaker
Nov 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The Magic Kingdom of Landover Volume 1 is an omnibus containing the first three novels in the Magic Kingdom of Landover series. The individual books that make up volume 1 are: Magic Kingdom For Sale-Sold, The Black Unicorn and Wizard at Large.

The book starts out really strong...a middle-aged lawer who lost his wife three years ago is searching for something in his life. He is tired of the day to day stress of a world without meaning and adventure. That is when he decides to buy a magical kingdom
Aug 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Total pulp fantasy. Nice and simple formula. Something bad happens. Things go from bad to worse. Something bad happens. (Again?) Things keep getting worse, (Really? They can’t be that dumb, and there’s only 20 pages left.) Dues ex Machina. All problems solved. Falling action. Happy Ending. -The End. First story was ok. Second, not event that good. Third was the best of the three. The third almost makes me want to keep reading the Landover stories. Almost. This is not necessarily a bad writing. ...more
The worst part about this series? The fact that I would have *loved* it as a kid, but I can't go back and do that. I'm reading it as an adult, and all I can see are the flaws, and they make me want to scream.

It's pulpy genre fantasy, the sort of really basic stuff that might have been hot stuff back in the 80s and the origin days of Dungeons and Dragons and Ultima and King's Quest and Ladyhawke and Legend and whatever else was happening back then (with pounds of glitter everywhere, if I
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2018, 2018-august
Confession, I didn’t actually read much of this book, because I read all three books separately. I got the first book from my uncle’s personal library and then this omnibus came a week or two after that. So I honestly planned on reading books 2 and 3 in this edition.

But then I realized that I had a copy of the second book that my mom had given me ages ago and I had to dig it out of my bookcase. And it turns out that my grandma on my dad and uncle’s side had given my mom that book for Christmas.
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read from a great writer. I particularly enjoy how grounded in reality it is (in that I could see a bit of myself in Ben Holiday, the idealism mixed with the cynicism and world weariness). This Kindle edition had all three of the first three books. The subsequent books are sequels and are set in the same world, but, if you haven’t read this sort of edition before, you might find the transition between books a little jarring. Personally, I prefer these types of bundles, as it means I get a ...more
Nov 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Magic Kingdom of Landover: Volume 1 contains the first 3 books of a currently 5 book series. I am going to give a general description of the main characters, then summarize my experience with each of the three books in this volume.

Ben Holiday: Usually the main protagonist, Ben is a trial lawyer from Chicago who, having lost his wife and unborn child to a car accident, and having seen an ad in a Christmas wish catalog, decided to purchase a magic kingdom called Landover for the sum of one
I loved the series as a youth. I always wished there had been more. Then there were and it took me forever to get around to reading the rest of them. By that, I mean I still haven't read "A Princess of Landover" but this is the first step in getting me there.

I had re-read the first book a few years ago so I just looked at a Wiki to refresh my knowledge. I found the Black Unicorn hard to read. I kept skimming. Ben seemed irritatingly dense in this book and when the reader knows what needs to go
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
So this is the first three Landover books. All of them are pretty good, still, the best of them is the first. Magic Kingdom for Sale/Sold. This book brings you to a new world and it is all fresh and unexpected. A man on Modern day Earth decides that his life has to change and he finds a catalog of Xmas wish products that are one of a kind and it has the Magic Kingdom in it for a large amount of money. He decides to take the chance and everything flows from that decision. The next two books, ...more
Megan Volk
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Loved the story line.... Absolutely loved the supporting characters.... The main character however was dumb as a box of rocks. I figured out on chapter 2 what took him and additional 10 to get his simple mind around. Hard to read when your waiting on the main character to through his internal dialogue and figure it.
Jun 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books
This was a great book. I found myself getting a little lost sometimes due to the over descriptive nature of parts, but that was probably just my own focus issue. I can not wait to read more from Terry Brooks.
It a lifetime fave

I really like this storyline growing up and enjoyed reading it as and adult for different reasons. I like a good story of self discovery especially with wizards and dragons
David Diaz
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great for young readers

This was one of those books that you start to read and don’t want to but down. I have been aTerry Brooks fan for many years and I am glad I picked this up out if a whim
Amy Gentilini
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this series I've read it over and over again. If you want a world to escape to with all the things you know in epic fantasy this is the one to read.
Thomas Rowe
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice trilogy

While this trilogy doesn't compare to the scope and depth of Brooks other work, Shannara, this was a compelling and entertaining read.
Rizwana Groover
It was ok for me. Was a bit slow
Greg Herman
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series is one of my all time favorites. If you're looking for a great fantasy read than you should give this a try.
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
The 3rd book started out a little slow. I couldn't face the gnomes again, so I stopped for a quick read of something else. Luckily when I went back. I truly enjoyed the end of this book.
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Great fun. The last book in this omnibus, "Wizard At Large" was possibly my favorite
On to volume 2
Chuck Zeitvogel
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Fun and Entertaining Read

The Landover series is a fun read. If you like both fantasy and comedy, you will enjoy this light hearted series. I look forward to Volume 2.
Paxton Holley
Jan 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Surprised how much I liked this series. Omnibus contains the first three books, I read them each separately.
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very much enjoyed this book. It was a fun read.
Vitaliy Hristyuk
Very good!

If you broke through somewhat stiff wording of this book, it could be pretty good. I've quite enjoyed this fantastic adventure.
Garrett Polson
Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
It's not a Lord of the Rings knockoff like his Shannara series and it's less of a slog, but it is still slow.
Jan 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed, abandoned

Uggh. Boring and not my style at all. Characters were boring, situations were boring, and so much inner dialogue - also boring. I really wanted to like this book, but I finally had to give up.

An altogether mediocre book, which I purchased only because it came packaged 3-books-in-1

The premise is great - a jaded lawyer, unable to overcome his sorrow over his late wife's untimely death, comes across an ad selling a magical kingdom for ONE MILLION DOLLARS (fufufufu). Skeptical, he nevertheless decides he has nothing else to lose. He purchases it and finds that, indeed, there is a magical kingdom called Landover, full of unicorns and lions and tigers and bears oh my! Unfortunately for Ben
Dusty Craine
Sep 10, 2010 rated it liked it
How do you review an omnibus of three books without giving away any spoilers? I don’t know so I’m not going to try. These are the first three books in the Landover series of fantasy novels by Terry Brooks. It is a story that is continually crossing over between our real-world Chicago and a magical Kingdom named Landover.

Book one opens with Ben Holiday, a successful lawyer and partner in a law firm who still grieves the loss of his wife, Annie. He opens a holiday catalog that is exclusive to
B.J. Kurtz
Feb 19, 2012 rated it liked it
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Jun 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The first omnibus (#1-3) was done a day or two ago. The first book was okay. The second was slightly better, but I'm no fan of the unicorn concept so I was enjoying it but feeling uneasy at the same time. The third book was the best of the three.

Some comments on the characters:

- My favorite ones are Strabo (he's so grumpy!) and Dirk. I liked a great deal of Questor and Abernathy also.

- Ben was not up to my expectations. First of all, I don't like his name. Second, I don't like him, for no
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is pretty straight up fantasy. It's definitely family friendly fare with a lot of magical creatures and setting do. They are pulpy and fun. The secondary characters are far more interesting although the Paladin twist is fun.
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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

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