The Black Unicorn

The Black Unicorn

A Magic Kingdom of Landover Novel

Book - 2007
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'Terry's place is at the head of the fantasy world' Philip Pullman

An outcast king fights for his throne!

A year has passed since Ben Holiday bought the Magic Kingdom and claimed the throne despite the machinations of the wizard Meeks. Three loyal friends had come to his aid: the incompetent Court Wizard, Questor Thews; the court scribe, Abernathy, a talking dog; and the lovely willow, who was sometimes a tree.

Now Ben dreamt of a former partner, Miles Bennett, in grave trouble. But when he returned to Earth, Miles was in the best of spirits. His home-coming to Landover was shattered by the disappearance of Willow and the partial destruction of Questor's books of magic. Not only that, no one seemed to recognise Ben himself. And Meeks had taken on Ben's appearance, and the role of king. Ben Holiday and his kingdom were in deep trouble.

Praise for Terry Brooks:

'A master of the craft . . . required reading' Brent Weeks

'I can't even begin to count how many of Terry Brooks's books I've read (and re-read) over the years' Patrick Rothfuss, author of The Name of the Wind

'I would not be writing epic fantasy today if not for Shannara' Peter V. Brett, author of The Painted Man

'If you haven't read Terry Brooks, you haven't read fantasy' Christopher Paolini, author of Eragon

Publisher: London : Orbit, 2007.
ISBN: 9781841495583
Characteristics: 286 p. : map ; 20 cm.


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Oct 12, 2013

The premise of this novel is that 3 of the main characters from the first novel - Ben Holiday, the nymph/sylph/tree sprite/faerie creature Willow, and the Wizard Questor Thews - are the recipients of simultaneous "prophetic" dreams. Which, in true TB hero style, of course means that they all have to go charging off into danger with little or no forethought. Naturally this leads to unnecessary and mostly unbelievable complications for all. Given how ham-handed Holiday is about everything he does, one has to wonder why the entire kingdom of Landover hasn't long ago dissolved into chaos. In fact, given their propensity for impulsive action in dangerous situations (impulsive actions which, in fact, CREATE dangerous situations), it's a miracle that any of his protagonists survived childhood!

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