Thursday, October 21, 2010

Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold

Magic Kingdom for Sale--Sold (Magic Kingdom of Landover, #1)
Magic Kingdom for Sale – Sold – Terry Brooks
Evan’s ESS = 9 out of 10
Erin’s ESS = 3 out of 10
Content = PG-13 (Mild Language, Some Violence, Adult Concepts, Overpriced Medieval Castles)

Why:  So maybe this one IS a little obscure and we promise we won’t waste anyone’s time endorsing Terry Brooks, “Shannara” series, but this novel holds a special place for us (okay, only one of us).  Magic Kingdom for Sale – Sold was the first book we (Evan) read to balance the real world with a magical kingdom lurking in the shadows.  I know that CS Lewis did this exceptionally well with his Narnia series, but it was not the first of its kind that we read, so it doesn’t receive the same distinction. 

When an advertisement boasting the sale of a magical kingdom comes across the desk of Ben Holiday, the offer is too tempting to refuse.  Not surprisingly, the once depressed trial lawyer quickly finds that he got more than he bargained for.  Will Ben be able to restore the kingdom of Landover to its former glory?  Don’t ask us, go read it!

Actually, if you don’t already enjoy fantasy, we’ll give you permission to skip this one.  It probably won’t appear on any “best of” list and hasn’t produced any noteworthy derivatives.  If you do enjoy fairy folk, wizards with questionable magic skills, and indifferent cats, then add Magic Kingdom for Sale – Sold to your list.  The even better news is that five additional books await in the Landover series!
Finally, if all else fails, Magic Kingdom for Sale – Sold proves that with enough money you can buy anything and with enough perseverance anyone can come to trust a talking dog!

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