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Wizard at Large by Terry Brooks

Wizard at Large (edition 1989)

by Terry Brooks (Author)

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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.
Title:Wizard at Large
Authors:Terry Brooks (Author)
Info:Del Rey (1989), Edition: Reissue, 320 pages
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It is such a feel-good experience to read one of his books. We all need a break from serious fantasy sometimes, right?

You can read my full review over at the John C Adams Reviews website.

https://www.johncadamsreviews.com/single-post/john-c-adams-reviews-wizard-at-lar... ( )
  johncadamssf | Jun 21, 2021 |
  5083mitzi | Apr 25, 2020 |
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  SamanthaRaciti | Feb 25, 2020 |
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 meet, 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 it is such 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 next book, but there's always that risk. Until that day, I'm done with Landover.


Previous: 'The Black Unicorn'

Next: 'The Tangle Box' ( )
  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 |
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'The price,' says he; 'the price! You do not know the price?'
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