The recently released A Princess of Landover (despite the title), caught me instantly: had I been reading too much of the epic recently? Oh, yes! And was I interested in one of Terry Brooks' lighthearted comic fantasies? You bet! And like Brooks' other Landover novels, A Princess of Landover succeeds in its goal: to entertain.
Ben and Willow have sent their only daughter, Mistaya, back to Earth - for some education. Unfortunately, unleashing a magically-gifted teenager into the usually-mundane private education system may not have been quite as good an idea as it sounded. Pressed by the school bully, Mistaya conjures a dragon - not the anticipated reaction. Nevertheless, Mistaya is suspended by the school authorities to make her way back to Landover - and her parents.
Equally unfortunately, Ben Holiday isn't happy about Mistaya's own attempts to administer justice in school - but what could be a suitable punishment for the magical daughter of the King? Oh, yes. A library. A library that Ben Holiday had not heard of until that same day. Clearly, this is not one of the King's few successful ideas. Naturally, Mistaya runs - meeting, on the way, the enigmatic Edgewood Dirk, a Prism Cat. This time, however, curiosity can't kill the cat. And Edgewood Dirk is very curious...
It may seem a conventional plotline, but far from it. Twists are executed with Brooks' usual comic flair, and although lacking in conventional hilarity, Brooks' own style is prevalent here. It's brilliant, and additions (like Laphroig) to our eclectic cast, aside from the usual mix, only make it more so. A few twists are anticipated, admittedly, but there are few flaws in this polished novel - and the finale makes it clear that Landover still has stories to tell.
My Conclusion: 7.5/10
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