Horris Kew, conjuror and confidence-trickster, had returned to the Magic Kingdom of Landover, and a chorus of disapproval rang in Ben Holiday's ears. Both Questor Thews, the Court Wizard, and Abernathy (the Court Scribe who had magically been transformed into a dog) urged Ben to lock him up or send him away. Fair as ever, Ben decided to consider ...
Horris Kew, conjuror and confidence-trickster, had returned to the Magic Kingdom of Landover, and a chorus of disapproval rang in Ben Holiday's ears. Both Questor Thews, the Court Wizard, and Abernathy (the Court Scribe who had magically been transformed into a dog) urged Ben to lock him up or send him away. Fair as ever, Ben decided to consider the problem rather than act immediately. Alas, this led to disaster, for Horris had not returned of his own volition, and been Holiday soon found himself in deadly danger to which only his lady, Willow, held the key. But Willow had disappeared on a mysterious mission of her own ...
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?The Tangle Box? was not my favorite of the series, so far. To me it did not live up to the quirky fun and exciting danger of the first three books in the series. It seems to me that the story of Landover may be taking a turn in a different direction. It seems less fun and very much more serious. However, I still really enjoyed and liked this book, a lot! (Confusing, huh?)
Horris and Biggar are exiles from Landover, and when their scam of a wise man backfires, they are forced to return back to Landover. It seems that Skat Mandu, their made-up, imaginary wise man turns out to be for real!
Willow tells Ben that she is pregnant, reluctantly. She is fearful that he will not understand a fairy birthing is not what he expects.
Now Skat Mandu has his plans for the kingdom of Landover, and it?s involving the Tangle Box. The Tangle Box is something that the meager and lousy wizard Horris has had for a very long time, but has never been able to open.
The elemental, Earth Mother tells Willow that her child is important and special. The baby will have the heritage of three worlds; Landover, Ben?s world, and that of the fairy mists. Willow must collect soils from all three worlds to ensure her babies safe birth.
By capturing the three powers of the kingdom not only into the trap of the Tangle Box, but giving them new identities such as the Knight, the Lady, and the Gargoyle, Skat Mandu is able to open the kingdom to the demons of Abaddon!
Publishers Weekly, 1994-04-04 Brooks continues the magical adventures of Ben Holiday, ex-trial lawyer and now the reigning ruler in the Magic Kingdom of Landover. This latest installment in the series is slower and less charming than its predecessors ( Magic Kingdom for Sale--Sold! ; Wizard at Large) , but it is still likely to please readers already hooked. Horris Kew and his talking avian sidekick are brought back from Earth to Landover, where Horris is tricked into letting the Gorse, an evil spirit, out of the Tangle Box, where it has spent a very long time dwelling on its entrapment by the fairies. Now the Gorse wants to overrun Landover and manages to imprison Ben Holiday, the witch Nightshade and the dragon Strabo inside the Tangle Box. Holiday's wife, the non-human Queen Willow, is pregnant and must perform her own difficult quest to ensure a healthy birthing for the child. Meanwhile, with Holiday out of the way, the sinister Gorse coerces Horris into creating serious mischief in the Kingdom. This rather haphazard tale liberally inserts many of the characters made popular in previous books, which may be an asset for hardcore readers who like their fantasy lite. Author tour. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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