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A Princess of Landover

(Magic Kingdom of Landover #6)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  5,998 ratings  ·  322 reviews
Ben Holiday, mere mortal turned monarch of the magic kingdom of Landover, has grappled with numerous contenders for his throne, but nothing could have prepared him for the most daunting of challengers: his headstrong teenage daughter, Mistaya. After getting suspended from an exclusive private school in our world, Mistaya is determined to resume her real education—learning ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 367 pages
Published July 27th 2010 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2009)
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Darla Stokes I think it probably stands on its own, since the focus changes in this book to the younger generation. Characters and events from previous books are w…moreI think it probably stands on its own, since the focus changes in this book to the younger generation. Characters and events from previous books are well enough explained that even though it had been a very long time since I'd read the earlier books, I didn't have any trouble following it.(less)

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Apr 23, 2010 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
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooksiown
When Mistaya is kicked out of Carrington private school, she runs home to her parents in the magical land of Landover just to be reprimanded for what she loved to do. Upset, she runs away from home. Can she survive the land of Landover and the dangers within? Read on and find out for yourself.

This was a pretty good fantasy story. Be sure to check this book out at your local library and wherever books are sold.
Caleb M.
3.5 total stars.

This book was a lot of fun. Not in a, "OMGsh! It's the best book ever," kind of way, but in a comfort food kind of way. I was instantly comfortable with the characters, having read the rest of the series back in middle school. It was a pretty awesome feeling to hang out with Ben Holiday, Abernathy, and most important, Quester Thews again. It was a fun experience for me.

But overall this book isn't super amazing. Sure, it's good enough, but it doesn't capture the magic that I remem
Oana Birtea
Jan 09, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book has one of the most annoying main characters i've read in a long time. Not only was the plot and characters really weak, but the writing sounded like something a 15 year old would write.
I do not recommend this book to anyone above the age of 10.
Aug 19, 2009 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
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
Jun 20, 2009 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.
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Enjoyable book,more about Mistaya than her dad.And we meet new characters and re-visit some of the older ones we've met.
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, 2018-august, fantasy
I liked this one a lot better than the earlier ones. I still feel like there is a deeper level that is missing and there were some times that I wanted to smack the characters over the head. But it was pretty close to a Mighty Girl story, even if she was a bit whiny at times.

Strabo is still best. I think Strabo is the real hero of this series.
Kristen Lancia
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall I liked this book. It started a little slow, but I feel like it came into its own once the setting moved to Libiris. However, the conclusion was summed up a little too quickly leaving me feeling somewhat unsatisfied. I did enjoy the open ending and hope there will be another in the series so I can find out what happens to the characters next.
Emilee Powell
I had such high hopes for Mistaya after her showdown with Nightwish, but unfortunately all her growth and development from the previous book magically disappeared and she became a insufferably bratty princess once more. I spent half of the book wanting to give her a good slap. It gradually improved as Mistaya once again learned that she isn't the infallible center of the universe, but at the end of the book it still feels like she would go back to her self entitled ways given the slightest imagi ...more
Sarah Sammis
Aug 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sarah by: Nicole Wonderlin
Shelves: read-in-2011, pc
Jordan Darymple introduced me to the Landover series in eighth grade when he reviewed Magic Kingdom, For Sale, Sold! by Terry Brooks. All these years later I have just finished book six of the series, A Princess of Landover.

Princess Mistaya has been sent to King Ben's world to attend a boarding school. There's just a few problems with that, she has an adult mind thanks to her mother's faery heritage and a teenage body, thanks to Ben's genes. She gets herself expelled as quick as she can and goes
Jul 31, 2009 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
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I loved this series. Hopefully it's not over - there are enough hints that it might pick up again...

The other 4 books were about a guy from Chicago who buys a magic Kingdom (and then has to fight for it). Now that he's married a magical wife, saved the kingdom numerous times, fought of Demons, a witch, and old Wizards, and made peace with a Dragon (somewhat?) - It's time for his daughter to grow up and his true life struggles as a parent to rise to the top. Refreshingly, this book is mostly abou
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.
Kelsey Hanson
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Jonathan Koan
Terry Brooks has done it again!

I went into this book not knowing what it's plot would be, and judging by the blurb, thought it would be a generic book. I thought it would be one of his more throwaway books.

Boy was I wrong.

This is definitely the best plot of the "serious" Landover books(2-6). I loved the expansion of the worldbuilding and the excitement of all the different plotlines. For being a simple book(having 1 main protagonist with everyone revolving around them), there are a lot of comple
Jeremy Manuel
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
I wound up enjoying A Princess of Landover more than the first part of the book made me think I would. It seems to me that sometimes the Landover books rely on terrible decision making on the parts of the characters to initiate the plot. This is largely a weakness of many of the books in the series. This one is no exception. Everyone seems to be all about making the worst possible choices. Mistaya's attitude, Ben's reaction and handling of his daughter, everything just seems blown way out of pro ...more
Who doesn't want to read a story about a magic library?

i struggle a little with the magic aging of Mistaya. the physical aging is less a problem than the mental. thy claims she's even more knowledgable than her appearance of 16 or so, but then sahe is behaving like a sixteen year old (and occasionally a bit younger) throughout the whole book. She never once acts older than that. It's even harder to swallow when combined with her rapid aging where she seems to be againg well in pace with body and
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
This takes place five years after the events in Witches' Brew. Princess Mistaya is now fifteen years old, headstrong and opinionated. When she is expelled from her boarding school in her father's homeworld of Earth, she makes her way back to Landover, only to find herself confronted with an unpleasant choice: be courted by the repulsive Lord Laphroig, or reorganize the royal library at the castle of Libris. Not liking either alternative, Mistaya runs away. First she goes to her grandfather, the ...more
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I first read the Landover books as a teenager when they originally came out, but hadn't thought of them for years until I was adding books to my Goodreads account and discovered that Terry Brooks had released a new entry in the series. I was excited cause I remembered how much I had enjoyed them, even if my memories of anything but the foggiest dimensions of the stories had been lost over the past couple of decades. What I discovered upon returning to the series was that this book was decidedly. ...more
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In this 6th book of the series, Mistaya, the Princess of Landover, is a 15 year old going through her rebellious phase. The world revolves around Mistaya, as she finds many allies; some very powerful, and others quite irksome. She becomes entwined in a predicament and must overcome her challenges without the use of her magic or the help of her parents.

Princess of Landover is PG young adult fantasy, the protagonist doesn't have any lasting repercussions for her actions, and the bulk of the story
Geoff Battle
Princess is a well known tale, using a well known formula. Picture a rebellious teen, who has a journey in which she develops an awareness of self and a respect for those around her. It's been seen a hundred times in trashy teen movies and the formula has now had a fantasy make over, in the familiar Landover world. Princess is mostly a story by the numbers, never really getting out of first gear. The characters are stereotypical and the plot is straight as an arrow, the only real diversion is th ...more
Dec 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
A welcome return to Landover, but one that comes with some serious plot holes. Among them:
- How has Libiris existed, unseen and I identified by Ben Holiday when he has scoured the countryside OFTEN in precious books using the Landsview?
- The Landsview suddenly can’t see into the Deep Fell, but it could in previous books

I’ll just stop cuz it becomes nit picky. Let’s say that, all in all, Terry Brooks has squeezed all he can from this venue. Which is a shame, because he has teased us with Abernath
Kevin Walsh
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My second time reading this made me realize just how little I remember about the first time I read it, other than that I liked it a lot. Returning to it was like catching up with an old friend, and the characters are welcoming. The Princess, who insists on getting her own way without using the proper channels could be annoying as heck, but Brooks makes her endearing enough that I enjoyed it when she was kicking ass as well as when she gets a taste of her own medicine and learning her lesson the ...more
this book was a light-hearted fantasy book. a little action, adventure budding romance, and magic. the princess is a typical 15 year old, she doesn't want her parents controlling her every move, but they really do know best! she has a good heart and helps stop an evil wizard while meeting up with a nice guy who has some secrets he doesn't tell her.
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was a fun read
I just ordered the first 5 books in the series (this one being #6)
It has been a while since Terry Brooks wrote this book, and I wonder if there will be another installment - as the book ended kind of open-ended (I am sure that he intended to).
Robin Winter
I loved the Landover series, and have read it many times over the years, but this late addition is rubbish. If I could figure out how to remove it from my kindle I would and pretend the series ended at 5 books.
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terry writes the best books!

I absolutely love this whole series! There is nothing better than Magic Kingdoms, Dragons, and a very smart princess! I am hoping for at least one more book to finish this off. Maybe make a bad witch good!
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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 his ...more

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