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 ...
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."
Now that Mistaya is mentally an adult, but emotionally a child, and physically a teenager, the Landover series has a more serious feel to it. The focus is dimmed and shifted from Ben Holiday and the spotlight shines on Mistaya. Some of the quirky humor is mostly gone, but the dialogue of quick and witty remarks with fantastic characters keeps the once remembered good times going. Even though Questor and Abernathy still have a go at one another, they are more of a team now, really and truly working together. And what of the black bird with the red eyes, that just appeared out of nowhere in the zoo? It keeps watching as if it?s waiting for something.
Being a child of three worlds, the High Lord wants his daughter to be aware that she can?t always have her way through the use of her magic. When she is suspended from the boarding school in Ben?s world, she is convinced that she?ll be staying in Landover to never return to Ben?s world, and continue to learn magic from Questor. To make the father daughter relationship more volatile, Mistaya finds out from The Frog that she has been promised to marry him, the new Lord of Rhyndweir. Besides being uglier than a Frog, he is highly suspected, however not proven, of murdering his own brothers, wives, and sons, to secure his power as Lord. Now his amphibious eyes are set on the throne of Landover, as High Lord.
When running away to her grandfather, the River Master, doesn?t go as she planned and hoped, a familiar creature of fairy returns and guides her to the one place that her father wanted her to go to in the first place, instead of hanging around Sterling Silver all day. Once at Libris, the real danger and mystery unfolds. With the loyal but sometimes misguided companion Poggwydd, a G?home Gnome, Mistaya will have to prove to her friends, family, the kingdom, and herself that she is more than a creature of fairy and a teenager full of angst who gets anything and all she wants, but that she is ?A Princess of Landover? too!
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