A Princess of Landover (CompactDisc)

Author: Brooks, Terry

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Publisher Brilliance Audio
Mfg Part# 9781455826636
SKU 221181424
Format CD
ISBN10 1455826634
Release Date 8/30/2011
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Dimensions (in Inches) 5.5H x 5L x 0.25T
Author Info
Terry Brooks
Terry Brooks describes himself as "an adventure writer with fantasy trappings." His first novel, THE SWORD OF SHANNARA, became the first work of fiction to top the New York Times Trade Paperback bestseller list. Brooks began writing in high school, influenced primarily by Alexander Dumas and J. R. R. Tolkein, both of whom would remain important to his subsequent writing. He received an undergraduate degree in English in 1966 from Hamilton College and studied law at Washington and Lee University. After graduating, Brooks joined a family law practice and married Barbara O'Banion in 1972. The couple eventually had two children. In 1977, Brooks published THE SWORD OF SHANNARA, a fantasy epic modeled on Tolkein's THE LORD OF THE RINGS. The book became a best seller, remaining at the top of the charts for five months. It was followed by two sequels, THE ELFSTONES OF SHANNARA (1980) and THE WISHSONG OF SHANNARA (1985), which were also very successful. The next year, Brooks published MAGIC KINGDOM FOR SALE--SOLD!, a humorous fantasy novel about a depressed lawyer who purchases a used magic kingdom through a catalog. While on a promotional tour for that book, he met Judine Alba, a bookstore manager. He divorced O'Banion, and married Alba six months later. 1986 was also the year that he stopped practicing law to become a full-time writer. Though MAGIC KINGDOM FOR SALE--SOLD! was not quite as well-received as the Shannara trilogy, Brooks wrote several sequels to it before returning, in 1990, to his original series. THE SCIONS OF SHANNARA, the first of the Heritage of Shannara series, exploring the prehistory of the first trilogy. Four sequels later, Brooks wrote two more books in the Magic Kingdom series, before moving on to other realms. RUNNING WITH THE DEMON (1997) was a break from the straightforward fantasy of his previous books--it was set in the contemporary word--and, though the change cost him some longtime fans, it widened his readership considerably. His next books, STRANGE DELIVERANCE (also 1997) and KNIGHT OF THE WORD (1998), continued this move away from fantasy settings, while keeping the magical and supernatural elements from his earlier work. A consistently best-selling author, his writing is moving onto ground occupied by Dean Koontz and Stephen King, and with his already-huge fan base, Brooks has become a major contender to their thrones--and in 1999, Brooks's novelization of the eagerly awaited STAR WARS EPISODE ONE: THE PHANTOM MENACE, guarantees that his name will appear on the bookshelves of even more people.
Praise
"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...."
From the Publisher
Annotation Bestselling fantasy author Terry Brooks took more than a decade off between writing his popular WITCHES' BREW book in the Landover series and coughing up A PRINCESS OF LANDOVER for fans. And this novel shows that passage of time. Ben Holiday, the decidedly unmagical Chicago lawyer who became the ruler of the enchanted kingdom of Landover by overcoming numerous challenges magical and otherwise now has a teenage daughter (and he thought dragons were tough!). Mistaya Holiday has her father's rebellious spirit, and after getting expelled from her fancy school she decides that her chances are better on her own than suffering under her father's control. Father and daughter are thus thrown into a journey of epic proportions that only a veteran fantasy writer like Brooks could have come up with.
First Line 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.
Editors Note 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.
Product Attributes
Book Format Audio Cassette - Abridged / Audio CD - Abridged
Number of Pages 3
Publisher Brilliance Corporation

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