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A Princess of Landover
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A Princess of Landover
Magic Kingdom of Landover Series, Book 6
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
  • "Sweet, charming and skillful . . . an enjoyable journey, a helluva ride."—January magazine
    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 sorcery from court wizard Questor Thews—whether her parents like it or not. Then, horrified that a repulsive Landover nobleman 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 into the thick of a mystery that will put her mettle to the test—and possibly bring the kingdom to its knees.
    BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Terry Brooks's Bearers of the Black Staff.
    "Fans of Brooks's magic kingdom of Landover will welcome this title. . . . There are plenty of treats."—Publishers Weekly
    "Fun and engaging."—Kirkus Reviews
  • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
  • "Sweet, charming and skillful . . . an enjoyable journey, a helluva ride."—January magazine
    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 sorcery from court wizard Questor Thews—whether her parents like it or not. Then, horrified that a repulsive Landover nobleman 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 into the thick of a mystery that will put her mettle to the test—and possibly bring the kingdom to its knees.
    BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Terry Brooks's Bearers of the Black Staff.
    "Fans of Brooks's magic kingdom of Landover will welcome this title. . . . There are plenty of treats."—Publishers Weekly
    "Fun and engaging."—Kirkus Reviews
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    • Chapter One Chapter One


      It’s All Happening  at the Zoo  


      The crow with the red eyes sat on the highest branch of the farthest tree at the very back of the aviary, dreaming its dark and terrible dreams. Had there been substance to those dreams, they would have scalded the earth and melted the iron bars and steel-mesh netting that held it prisoner. Had there been substance, they would have burned a hole in the very air and opened a passage to that other world, the world to which the crow belonged and desperately needed to return. But the dreams were ethereal and served only to pass the time and grow ever darker as the days wore on and the crow remained trapped. The crow was Nightshade, Witch of the Deep Fell, and she had been absent from Landover, trapped in her current form, for more than five years. She thought about it every day of her captivity. She sat on this branch, aloof and apart from the other birds, the ones that lacked the capacity for critical thinking, the ones that found some measure of happiness and contentment in their pitiful condition.


      There was nothing of either happiness or contentment for her, only the bitter memories of what had been and what might never be again. Her lost world. Her stolen life. Her true identity. Everything that had been hers before she sought to use the girl child of the King and Queen for her own purposes. Mistaya Holiday, Princess of Landover, was the child of three worlds—and of parents who knew nothing of what she needed or what she could become, who knew only to keep her from a destiny that would have made her the witch’s own. Even the sound of her name in the silent roil of the witch’s thoughts was like the burn of acid, and her rage and hatred fed on it anew. It never lessened, never cooled, and she was quite certain that until the child was dead or hers once more, it never would. She might be kept a prisoner in this cage for a thousand years and might never regain her true form, and still there would be no peace for her. In her tortured mind, the witch replayed the last moments of her old life, the way it had all been, had all ended, and had suddenly become the nightmare she now endured. The child had been hers: subverted and won over, committed to her new teacher of dark magic.

      Then everything had gone wrong. Set against the girl by circumstances and events beyond her control, she had tried to make the child understand and had failed. Confronted by the child’s parents and allies, she had fought back with magic that had somehow been turned against her. Instead of the child being sentenced for insubordination and disobedience to banishment in a foreign world, she had been dispatched instead, made over into the form of her familiar. She had tried endlessly to reason out what had happened to make things go so wrong, but even after all these years she could not be certain. The other birds avoided the crow with the red eyes. They sensed that it was not like them, that it was a very different species, that it was dangerous and to be feared. They kept far away from it and left it alone. Now and then, one of them erred and came too close. That one served as an object lesson to the others of what might happen if they failed to be careful. It was never pretty. It was seldom even quick. The other birds tried not to make mistakes around the crow with the red eyes. Which was the best that Nightshade, Witch of the Deep Fell, could expect if she failed to escape.

      Vince stood at the edge of the enclosure and studied the odd bird just as he had been studying her for the better part of the five years following her abrupt and mysterious appearance. Every day, right...

    About the Author-
    • Terry Brooks has thrilled readers for decades with his powers of imagination and storytelling. He is the author of more than thirty books, most of which have been New York Times bestsellers. He lives with his wife, Judine, in the Pacific Northwest.
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    • Publisher's Weekly

      July 20, 2009
      Fans of Brooks's magic kingdom of Landover will welcome this title, the first new book in the series since 1996's Witches' Brew
      . Ben Holiday's daughter, Mistaya, is now 15 and currently suspended from her private girl's school on Earth for scaring a classmate with magic. Her father—at wit's end despite having defeated many more fantastic challenges—decides to teach her responsibility by sending her to the remote royal library, Libiris. Mistaya runs away, but winds up in Libiris anyway, trying to hide in plain sight. There she discovers a suspicious character called His Eminence, a mysterious voice crying for help and a vast evil threatening all of Landover. The lighthearted story, as with the earlier volumes, can be serious without the convoluted grittiness of Brooks's Shannara saga, and there are plenty of treats for returning readers.

    • Kirkus

      June 15, 2009
      A new installment in The Magic Kingdom of Landover series (Witches' Brew, 1995, etc.).

      Former lawyer Ben Holiday purchased that magical world and became its king, but experienced many challenges to his power and his kingdom. This latest installment, set several years after the events in Witches' Brew (1995), focuses on Holiday's rebellious 15-year-old daughter Mistaya, whose mother is a sylph, one of the numerous magical beings in Landover. After Mistaya is expelled from an Earth-based boarding school, Holiday puts her in charge of renovating Libiris, the abandoned royal library. She refuses and briefly runs away; when finally, reluctantly, she arrives at Libiris, she hears a mysterious voice calling for help from the stacks. Her investigations uncover a plot to dethrone her father involving an evil army of demons. Brooks's Landover proves to be a fun and engaging fictional universe, and much less daunting for newbies than the wide-ranging Shannara mythos (The Gypsy Morph, 2008, etc.).

      A pleasant fantasy romp.

      (COPYRIGHT (2009) KIRKUS REVIEWS/NIELSEN BUSINESS MEDIA, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)

    • School Library Journal

      December 1, 2009
      Adult/High School-Mistaya Holiday has some problems, and her biggest isn't that she is being expelled from Carrington Women's Preparatory. No, her biggest problem as the hybrid child of Ben Holiday, a human, and Willow, a sylph, is returning to Landover and explaining to them what she intends to do with the rest of her life. Her father's advisers suggest that he send Mistaya to the royal library, Libiris, to help with its reorganization and reopening. Before the king has a chance to offer this suggestion to his daughter, Laphroig, a local baron who resembles a frog, asks for Mistaya's hand in marriage. When she gets wind of the proposal, she flees to her maternal grandfather, the River Master, to ask for his protection. He is not happy that his crossbreed granddaughter hasn't been around to see him for over a year, and Mistaya leaves him to strike out on her own. Luckily she has many magical friends, including prism cats, mud puppies, G'home Gnomes, and Throg monkeys to help her on her quest. Brooks's fans have waited years for him to return to the magical kingdom of Landover, and they will enjoy this latest effort."Joanne Ligamari, Twin Rivers United School District, Sacramento, CA"

      Copyright 2009 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

    • Booklist

      June 1, 2009
      After almost 15 years, Brooks returns to magical Landover in this sequel to Witches Brew (1995) thatcontinues the adventures of Mistaya, daughter of Landovers high lord, Ben Holiday. Suspended from her boarding school for not conforming, the 15-year-old comes home to fall at odds with her father, who, thinking she needs to learn discipline and responsibility, sends her to reorganize and reopen Libris, the long-abandoned royal library. Considering the isolated, rundown institution the backside of beyond, as well as beyond help, Mistaya runs away to her grandfather, the River Master. But he plans to send her home again. With the help of the magical prism cat Edgewood Dirk, Mistaya escapes once more and ends up at Libris, the last place Ben would think of looking for her. Unfortunately, evil magician Craswell Crabbit is in charge there, and Mistaya is soon embroiled in foiling a plot to release the demons from the underground to wreak havoc on Landover. As is his wont in this series, Brooks spins an exciting tale laced with a generous dollop of humor and a touch of romance, and, as usual, the characters are well limned and appealing. The fact that Nightshade, witch of the Deep Fell, lurks on the sidelines, hoping to get back at Mistaya, suggests yet another episode may be in the works.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2009, American Library Association.)

    • January magazine "Sweet, charming and skillful . . . an enjoyable journey, a helluva ride."
    • Publishers Weekly "Fans of Brooks's magic kingdom of Landover will welcome this title. . . . There are plenty of treats."
    • Kirkus Reviews "Fun and engaging."
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