The Black Unicorn



[Epub] ➟ The Black Unicorn By Terry Brooks – E17streets4all.co.uk A year had passed since Ben Holiday bought the Magic Kingdom from the wizard, Meeks But unbeknownst to him, he has been the victim of a trap by Meeks, who has succeeded in stealing the Paladin and app A year had passed since Ben Holiday bought the Magic Kingdom from the wizard, Meeks But unbeknownst to him, he has been the victim of a trap by Meeks, who has succeeded in stealing the Paladin and appropriating his face Suddenly none of Ben s friends know him, but all of his enemies do He must win it all back again only this time on his own.The Black Unicorn

Terry Brooks was born in Illinois in , where he spent a great deal of his childhood and early adulthood dreaming up stories in and around Sinnissippi Park, the very same park that would eventually become the setting for his bestselling Word Void trilogy He went to college and received his undergraduate degree from Hamilton College, where he majored in English Literature, and he received his graduate degree from the School of Law at Washington Lee UniversityA writer since high school, he wrote many stories within the genres of science fiction, western, fiction, and non fiction, until one The Black PDF/EPUB or semester early in his college years he was given The Lord of the Rings to read That moment changed Terry s life forever, because in Tolkien s great work he found all the elements needed to fully explore his writing combined in one genreHe then wrote The Sword of Shannara, the seven year grand result retaining sanity while studying at Washington Lee University and practicing law It became the first work of fiction ever to appear on the New York Times trade paperback bestseller list, where it remained for over five months.

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  • 307 pages
  • The Black Unicorn
  • Terry Brooks
  • English
  • 01 April 2018
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10 thoughts on “The Black Unicorn

  1. says:

    The King of Landover has had his identity stolen by an evil wizard Everyone believes the wizard to be Ben Holiday, the King, and Ben Holiday appears to them as a stranger He is cast out of his castle by his friends Thus begins a journey searching for the woman, Willow, who in turn is on a journey looking for the Black Unicorn This is a tale of magic, demons, dragons, unicorns, self discovery and understanding, and love.This was a fun read When my ex s dad bought me the first book in the ser The King of Landover has had his identity stolen by an evil wizard Everyone believes the wizard to be Ben Holiday, the King, and Ben Holiday appears to them as a stranger He is cast out of his castle by his friends Thus begins a journey searching for the woman, Willow, who in turn is on a journey looking for the Black Unicorn This is a tale of magic, demons, dragons, unicorns, self discovery and understanding, and love.This was a fun read When my ex s dad bought me the first book in the series years ago, when I finished it, I had turned to my ex and said, Wow, that was campy fantasy I hold by that assessment It felt like fun, campy, classic fantasy.My favorite character by far, was a Prism Cat from the fairy realm, named Edgewood Dirk Ben Holiday is not the brightest crayon in the box, by a long shot and Dirk spends all of his time cat slapping sense into him Of course, this sense takes almost 220 pages to sink in I had the twist figured out pretty quickly Ben, however, had to have it kicked into him by a talking cat The themes were strong though, from time to time, I felt like I was being bludgeoned by said themes with a brick, because Ben was just so oblivious.Ben spends the entire book looking for this sylph, Willow He obsesses over her at every fucking turn and yet, it takes him until the very very end to admit to himself that he view spoiler is in love hide spoiler What a fucking moron Gods, it was a fun read but Ben really needed to have some sense knocked into him, hard

  2. says:

    RE The Black Unicorn by Terry Brooks I recently finished reading this book, the second in Brooks Landover series I have also read the first in the series, Kingdom for Sale, SoldI enjoyed following up on the characters and story from the first book It was fun to read, not as compelling as some other books I ve read, but fun to read just the same I took it a little at a time because at times the plot seemed to be a bit slow So I d close the book and go onto another book until I was ready RE The Black Unicorn by Terry Brooks I recently finished reading this book, the second in Brooks Landover series I have also read the first in the series, Kingdom for Sale, SoldI enjoyed following up on the characters and story from the first book It was fun to read, not as compelling as some other books I ve read, but fun to read just the same I took it a little at a time because at times the plot seemed to be a bit slow So I d close the book and go onto another book until I was ready to relax again with this gentle fantasy It s a friendly read I d call it gentle suspense I enjoyed all the characters as well as Brooks easy style, dotted with little sparks of humor

  3. says:

    This is the last book in this series I ll read I really don t like the MC Ben Holiday is whiny and too stupid to have the history his author claims I coped with this during the first book because he has quite a lot to whine about, and while there s nothing novel about the concept of a hidden fantasy world that exists alongside our own, the setup was still mildly amusing In this book the whiner is back He s been king of Landover for a year In the time, he s learned nothing He s done nothin This is the last book in this series I ll read I really don t like the MC Ben Holiday is whiny and too stupid to have the history his author claims I coped with this during the first book because he has quite a lot to whine about, and while there s nothing novel about the concept of a hidden fantasy world that exists alongside our own, the setup was still mildly amusing In this book the whiner is back He s been king of Landover for a year In the time, he s learned nothing He s done nothing He s just as stupid and just as whiny The plot of this novel involves him losing his identity to an old magic and with it the throne of Landover sigh Better than half of the content of this book involves Ben Holiday, High King of Landover and former high power attorney from Chicago whining at and arguing with a cat Ben s problem a bad, bad man convinces him that he isn t himself The MC suffers from a run of the mill identity crisis rooted in nothingmagical than simple anxiety The cat outright tells him that every sapient being creates its own reality Ben can t figure out what that means He s supposedly managed to get through law school, and has founded a successful law firm, yet he doesn t know that if he goes into court believing himself a failure, he will lose And the tedium grinds on for another 250 or so pages after this gem is dropped I could also note that this is yet another fantasy series with one female character to serve as bucket and prop for the hero, but what s the point I could grow old and die having done nothingthan inventory victims of the male ego.That I didn t tear my hair out is the only thing good I found about this book And that wasn t about the book, at all So, yay Go me I still possess enough patience to spare a bit for bad fiction

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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here The Landover series continues in the mode of the first book, right down to the cast There s only one new character of real consequence fortunately it s a wonderful one The prism cat Dirk, with his aloof, obtuse, disdainful, maddening catness, upstages even Questor The latter has a few good moments accidentally on purpose producing a shower of poseys and butterflies and allowing the elusive unicorn to escape But when the inept wizard challenges the dragon to a contest of magical skill, the The Landover series continues in the mode of the first book, right down to the cast There s only one new character of real consequence fortunately it s a wonderful one The prism cat Dirk, with his aloof, obtuse, disdainful, maddening catness, upstages even Questor The latter has a few good moments accidentally on purpose producing a shower of poseys and butterflies and allowing the elusive unicorn to escape But when the inept wizard challenges the dragon to a contest of magical skill, the duel fails to deliver its potential hilarity.As for the rest the writing ranges from fair to terrible the tenacity of gastric induced stress There s a big information dump at the end, the Important Stuff is handled cheesily, and the characters spend a lot of time pondering the obvious One cannot help but feel a bit of Dirk s disdain for such bumbling bipeds Not even the all knowing cat remarks on just how shallow they all are There s a great little moment when the reluctant canine Abernathy is faced with destroying the magical books that may return him to his human form, but past that crisis, you realize that was the only interesting thing about him Brooks has wrung all of his characters dry And though Landover s future stretches out before it, there s nothing left to tell

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    Because I live in a house with a science fiction fantasy library in the living room, I challenged myself to read the following three books 1 One Piers Anthony novel2 One Star Trek novel3 One Terry Brooks novelI started with this book and about 25 pages into it, I wondered about this challenge I wondered why I was wasting my time reading bad books when there are so many good books on my list I want to read.And this is a bad book Really poor writing Predictable character types, cliche meta Because I live in a house with a science fiction fantasy library in the living room, I challenged myself to read the following three books 1 One Piers Anthony novel2 One Star Trek novel3 One Terry Brooks novelI started with this book and about 25 pages into it, I wondered about this challenge I wondered why I was wasting my time reading bad books when there are so many good books on my list I want to read.And this is a bad book Really poor writing Predictable character types, cliche metaphors, you name it.I got about a third of the way through and realized it just wasn t worth the unicorn book merit badge on my Nerd Scouts sash

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    Originally posted on SpecFic Junkie.In this book, everyone holds the idiot ball And so a lot of bad things happen Somehow, that s not entirely enjoyable There are mild spoilers in this review Look Exclamation marks So, the first thing Ben Holiday is told about being King of Landover is that the magical king amulet thing can t be taken away from him He has to give it away voluntarily So when bigBadEvilWizard says that he gave it away in a dream that Holiday can t remember, he just believes Originally posted on SpecFic Junkie.In this book, everyone holds the idiot ball And so a lot of bad things happen Somehow, that s not entirely enjoyable There are mild spoilers in this review Look Exclamation marks So, the first thing Ben Holiday is told about being King of Landover is that the magical king amulet thing can t be taken away from him He has to give it away voluntarily So when bigBadEvilWizard says that he gave it away in a dream that Holiday can t remember, he just believes him So now bigBadEvilWizard is doing bigBadEvilWizard things and Holiday is just out of luck because no one recognizes him.In fact, no one recognizes that the person they think is Holiday, who they think is a pretty rad king, is doing bigBadEvilWizard things, rather than rad King things And Holiday can t figure out that when everyone tells him the magic that s making him not recognized as King of Landover is his own doing, all it means is that he s not confident in himself.So, why is that really fucking annoying Because the entire last book s premise was that he couldn t truly be King of Landover until he believed in himself Oh, hey, look Recycling The only person who s not holding the idiot ball the entire fucking time is Abernathy, the court scribe and resident dog Well, and maybe Willow, but we don t see her much until the end, where everyone figures everything out at once Okay, to give the plot some credit his biffles figure out the whole not King thing a bit before everyone figures out the sort of central plot McGuffin Abernathy, see, had the right mind to think that three people who feel compelled to do things they ve dreamed might be being manipulated and shouldn t immediately run off to do shit they dreamed Ha So clever, that dog Scribe.Blah, blah, blah unicorns and magic Seriously, though Who makes a unicorn a fucking McGuffin Unicorns totes deserve better.Readers deserve better Do yourself a favor skip this one I might have found it good when I was a teenager, but I know I can and will read better books Well, unless I start a bad one Also, there s a better book called Black Unicorn anyway

  7. says:

    Originally read Many years ago around 1998 Re read May 2016 4 1 2 stars Review in progress I really do love this series Easy and enjoyable Lots of magic, a bit of action and comedy and lots of terrific story and fantastic creatures We get a new character in this one Dirk the Prism Cat He is one of my new favorites in this series A cat and Fae creature in every way Ben is a bit dense in this one and he really plays the poor victim card but at least he doesn t fully give up This book Originally read Many years ago around 1998 Re read May 2016 4 1 2 stars Review in progress I really do love this series Easy and enjoyable Lots of magic, a bit of action and comedy and lots of terrific story and fantastic creatures We get a new character in this one Dirk the Prism Cat He is one of my new favorites in this series A cat and Fae creature in every way Ben is a bit dense in this one and he really plays the poor victim card but at least he doesn t fully give up This book focuses on several different members of the core group, which was different from the first book where all we see is Ben s perspective Although Willow s timeline seems off from other members for the first 1 2 of the book which bothered me a bit Meeks is a sneaky but cowardly man who drives me nuts And what is up with the River Master in this book I have no idea what to think of his character anyThe cover I almost hate First off, Willow s shade of green is too bright I think Unnatural A pale green is how I envisioned her but this image tries to ruin that And the unicorn looks like a donkey Why Just.No

  8. says:

    I have figured out why I am so so on these books I mean, it is good fantasy, but some part of me goes eh and that is because the characters are not growning They are pretty much unchanging and they are also not really nice They don t listen to each other at all.

  9. says:

    I really liked this book,and thought it was as good if not better than Magic Kingdom For Sale Sold.More story lines going on at the same time and just a touch of intrigue.

  10. says:

    After waking from vivid dreams Ben, Quester, and Willow set off individually on quests prompted by their dreams Though they don t know it their quests are connected, and not in a good way.I love Edgewood Dirk who doesn t love a fae cat p and am glad that now Willow is out doing her own things even if for male driven reasons , and I have to say the general concept of a black unicorn is really cool, plus the unicorn related revelation at the end of the book is actually pretty damn cool.I just After waking from vivid dreams Ben, Quester, and Willow set off individually on quests prompted by their dreams Though they don t know it their quests are connected, and not in a good way.I love Edgewood Dirk who doesn t love a fae cat p and am glad that now Willow is out doing her own things even if for male driven reasons , and I have to say the general concept of a black unicorn is really cool, plus the unicorn related revelation at the end of the book is actually pretty damn cool.I just sort of felt it was too obvious from too early on that view spoiler the cursed medallion was actually still Ben s medallion, just glamoured It was also a touch too contrived that Quester Thews wouldn t even consider the possibility that he wasn t the impostor, like we needed Ben out of the castle so suddenly Quester became a dumbass which he isn t, he s a little old but mostly just makes mistakes with magic and is over confident in it but comes across as otherwise fairly savvy It just felt too driven by the needs of the plot, not actual character behaviour, maybe if there had have been a hint that Quester had been addled by drink or some such so I could buy him totally dismissing claims of magic shenangians hide spoiler There are a few pacing issues, but generally it s another nice quick read with a good few laughs thrown in though to be honest it s just humour in the writing now, I wouldn t say the book is trying to be a comedy overall like the first

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