Sunday, May 30, 2010

A Princess of Landover by Terry Brooks

Product Description
After fourteen years, New York Times bestselling fantasy master Terry Brooks has returned to the magic kingdom of Landover. The remarkable realm of dragons, demons, wizards, and wonders that wove an irresistible spell in five classic novels throws open its gates at long last for a brand-new adventure featuring a dazzling cast of characters and creatures.
Ben Holiday, Chicago lawyer and mere mortal turned monarch of enchanted Landover, has grappled with scheming barons, fire-breathing beasts, diabolical conjurers, and extremely wicked witches. None of whom have prepared him for the most daunting of challengers–a teenage daughter. Sent by Ben and his beloved sylph bride, Willow, to an exclusive girls’ prep school, headstrong (and half-magical) Mistaya Holiday has found life in the natural world a less than perfect fit. And when her latest rebellious antics get her indefinitely suspended, she’s determined to resume her real education–learning sorcery from court wizard Questor Thews–whether her parents like it or not.
But back home in Landover, Mistaya’s frustrated father is just as determined that the precocious princess learn some responsibility, and he declares her grounded until she successfully refurbishes the long-forsaken royal library. Mortified by the prospect of salvaging a king’s ransom in moldy books–and horrified by word that repulsive local nobleman Lord Laphroig seeks to marry her–Mistaya decides that the only way to run her own life is to run away from home.
So begins an eventful odyssey peppered with a formidable dragon, recalcitrant gnomes, an inscrutable magic cat, a handsome librarian, a sinister sorcerer, and more than a few narrow escapes as fate draws Landover’s intrepid princess to the last place she expected to go, and into the thick of a mystery that will put her mettle to the test–and might bring the kingdom to its knees.

My Thoughts:
This book was ok. I am a big fan of the Landover series by Brooks, but this one did not have the same appeal as the others. The main focus of the book is the daughter of the 'high lord', Mistaya, whom has some significant issues including a dragon, nobleman, crow, and several other bizarre things. She doesn't fit in with the world of her father, she doesn't want to follow the rules her parents set for her in Landover, and she decides the only way to proceed is to run away and live her own life without their interference.
A lot of the characters you know and love from the first books of the Landover series are back but in limited ways as the main focus is the king's daughter and her struggles. Mistaya seems like a typical teenager, rebellious and coming across as annoyingly self absorbed most of the time. She does come out of that and do well with her life but the main drama in the book was from her not doing what she was told because she didn't want to. It was a little taxing to deal with the teenage drama of the book but overall it was a good addition to the series. Not to mention Brooks set it up perfect to continue the series!
Overall, I give this a 3/5. If you are a fan of the Landover books, it is worth the read. If you haven't read any of the series, this one could stand alone but you would probably get confused on some of the character interactions.


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