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The Magic Kingdom of Landover series is a quintet of fantasy novels by Terry Brooks following the adventures of Ben Holiday, a trial lawyer who goes into a depression after the death of his wife and unborn child. He finds that he is no longer motivated by justice and feels that the legal system is profoundly flawed. This leads him to respond to a fantastic advertisement for a "Magic Kingdom" which he purchases, suspecting some deception behind it; he is shocked to find that the kingdom is real, and in a state of collapse. Ben Holiday takes the job of king and finds himself having to meet many unforeseen challenges.

The books in the series are:

The books

Magic Kingdom For Sale -- Sold! (1986)

The first novel is about the main character, Ben Holiday, and his discovery of a magic kingdom named Landover. He is soon crowned king, and must deal with a host of problems to solidify his throne.

The Black Unicorn (1987)

In the second novel, Holiday is disguised, supposedly by a magic used by the evil wizard Meeks. He must figure out how to restore himself to the throne, meanwhile saving Willow in her dangerous quest to find the Black Unicorn.

Wizard at Large (1988)

Abernathy is accidentally transported to Earth by one of Questor's ill-conceived spells. Meanwhile, a demonic imp is unleashed upon Landover; Ben and his friends must find a way to get back Abernathy and stop the evil creature.

The Tangle Box (1994)

An inept old wizard, Horris Kew, accidentally releases upon Landover an evil creature called the Gorse. The creature soon imprisons Ben, the dragon Strabo, and the witch Nightshade in a device known as the Tangle Box. They must find a way out while Ben's allies find a way to handle the new threat from the Gorse.

Witches' Brew (1995)

A usurper who claims to be from another world calls for Ben's abdication from the throne, and begins to send evil, magic creatures against him. Meanwhile, Nightshade kidnaps Ben and Willow's new child, Mistaya, in a dangerous attempt to subvert her and use her innate magic. Meanwhile Questor and Abernathy are stuck back in Earth to meet up with an old friend, leaving Ben and Willow alone to deal with the new threat.

A Princess of Landover (2009)

Princess Mistaya Holiday hasn't been fitting in too well at Carrington Women's Preparatory. People don't seem to appreciate her using her magic to settle matters in the human world. So when she summons a dragon to teach a lesson to the snotty school bully, she finds herself suspended. But Mistaya couldn't care less - she wants nothing more than to continue her studies under Questor the court magician and Abernathy the court scribe. However, her father Ben Holiday, the King of Landover, has rather different plans in mind for her. He thinks he'll teach her about perseverance and compromise by sending her to renovate Libiris, the long-abandoned royal library. How horribly dull. But before long, Mistaya will long for the boredom of cataloguing an unfeasible number of derelict books - for deep within the library there lies a secret so dangerous that it threatens the future of Landover itself ...

Future Writings

Terry Brooks plans to write another (so far unnamed) novel in the Magic Kingdom series later this year, after he finishes writing the third volume in Genesis of Shannara trilogy.

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