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Wizard at Large (Magic Kingdom of Landover, Book 3) (edition 1989)

by Terry Brooks

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Title:Wizard at Large (Magic Kingdom of Landover, Book 3)
Authors:Terry Brooks
Info:Del Rey (1989), Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
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This wasn't bad. I may not have "liked it" in the way the three star rating officially means, but I feel that the author needs some kind of prize for improving in a few areas. Don't spend it all in one place Mr. Brooks.

Wizard at Large finds Ben Holiday finally admitting he's in love with his child-like wonder sylph, improvement committees meeting, and the only two factions that matter/are ever mentioned hold to their grudging peace.

The plot starts with Questor figuring out a way to transform Abernathy from a talking man-dog thing into a human again. The transformation spell misfires, of course, and turns into a switch, and Abernathy is replaced with a bottle containing an evil genie-like entity known as a darkling. To complicate matters that bottle had been in the possession of the man who didn't want to be king of Landover in the first place and is a very bad man who lives back on Earth. The bottle is then stolen. Ben has to go to Earth to bring him and his medallion back.

So the plot isn't great shakes, but it doesn't have to be. By this point in the series, Brooks knows you have either made some dark compact to read these books as they appear in your life or you like them despite their flaws. So why is Wizard at Large better? The writing. In his treatment of the darkling, Brooks gives his villain a sinister creepiness that succeeds more then the hollow boasts of previous standalone villains or straw men Nightshade and Strabo. The way it feeds, its goals - actually evil. The other highlight was Abernathy's relationship with a girl over in Earth. There is little for the relationship to be built on, but that is a wonderful change from the over-burdened exposition of characters about their motives and relations with each other that it works.

There was a lot of other things going on in the plot, some real-world entanglements and misfires, but I wasn't feeling any of it. Particularly when Willow admits that she knew she'd be a liability away from her native soil, but she came anyway.

That's it. I'll try to avoid coming across The Tangle Box, but there's always that risk. Until that day, I'm done with Landover.

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  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
Questor Thews attempts to turn Abernathy back into a man, but bungles up as usual. As a result, Ben and Willow go back to Ben's world after Abernathy, while Questor must deal with a demon and Nightshade. Everything gets solved right at the end. I liked it much better than Black Unicorn. Just no character development though. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
Fun, easy read, another entertaining spin in the world of Landover. Brooks has developed these characters very well, which makes reading how they get into and out of trouble a lot of fun. ( )
  utbw42 | Dec 8, 2014 |
I'm more a fan of the Shannara books than the Landover novels, but I enjoy these novels also. They are very simplistic, Brooks has created a very small self-contained world for this characters to adventure in. This means there are no long journeys, but it also makes the setting feel artificial. In that way it reminds me of Piers Anthony's Xanth setting - a small, quirky setting that's a foil for the characters. What makes these books worth reading is the unusual characters he has created, and how he manages to keep them interesting in each new book. ( )
  Karlstar | Jul 4, 2013 |
A convoluted comedy of errors. Wizard Questor Thews tries to change Abernathy back into a man but sneezes and sends Abernathy to the US instead. And brings a demon in a bottle to Landover. Ben Holiday goes back to his world to rescue Abernathy and Questor goes in pursuit of the bottle. It had me totally sucked in and I didn't want to put the book down. Loved it! ( )
  jhmills | Sep 1, 2012 |
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At that word the young man let his glass slip through his fingers, and looked upon Keawe like a ghost.
'The price,' says he; 'the price! You do not know the price?'
'It is for that I am asking you,' returned Keawe. 'But why are you so much concerned? Is there something wrong about the price?'
'It has dropped a great deal in value since your time, Mr. Keawe,' said the young man, stammering.
'Well, well, I shall have the less to pay for it,' says Keawe. 'How much did it cost you?'
The young man was white as a sheet. 'Two cents,' said he.
'What?' cried Keawe, 'two cents? Why, then, you can only sell it for one. And he who buys it--' The words died upon Keawe's tongue; he who bought it could never sell it again, the bottle and the bottle imp must abide with him until he died, and when he died must carry him to the red end of hell.
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For Alex, who is something of a wizard at large himself...
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Ben Holiday sighed wearily and wished he were somewhere else besides where he was.
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Questor Thews is only a semi-competent wizard, but when High Lord Ben Holiday and his love Willow need use of his powers, he tries to comply. He tries, all right, but he doesn't have all that much faith in himself--not since he turned a terrier into an imp. Still, he'll do what he can....

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When a spell to change the dog Abernathy into a human goes awry, Ben Holiday and his wife, Willow, journey to Earth to rescue their friend while a mischievious imp is released into the Magic Kingdom.

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