Wizard at Large

Wizard at Large

Audiobook CD - 2008
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It all began when the half-able wizard Questor Thews announced that finally he could restore the Court Scribe Abernathy to human form. It was his spell that had turned Abernathy into a Wheaten Terrier - though still able to talk. All went well - until the wizard breathed the magic dust of his spell and suddenly sneezed. Then, where Abernathy had stood, there was only a bottle containing a particularly evil imp. It had been in the collection of Michel Ard Rhi, former King of Landover, now exiled to Earth. Abernathy must now be a part of that collection! High Lord Ben Holiday set forth for Earth, taking his green but beautiful love, Willow, with him. Unfortunately, they were long in returning. And without the soil of Landover in which to root as a tree at times, Willow could not long survive. That left it up to Questor Thews to save them. Grimly he set out to seek help, knowing himself to be incompetent. And to make things worse, the imp had escaped and sought the help of the evil witch Nightshade, now back from exile in Faerie. Questor's only idea seemed impossible, but . . .
Publisher: Grand Haven, MI : Brilliance Audio, p2008.
Edition: Library ed.
ISBN: 9781423350316
1423350316
Call Number: BROOKS
Characteristics: 9 sound discs (10 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Subjects: Fantasy fiction.
Compact discs, Book.
Witches -- Fiction.
Wizards -- Fiction.
Magic Kingdom of Landover (Imaginary place)
Magic -- Fiction.
Additional Contributors: Hill, Dick

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ZenSojourner
Oct 12, 2013

I'm not sure who is writing these descriptions, but this is even more wrong than the description for The Black Unicorn (2nd book in this series).
Wizard At Large is the 3rd book in the Landover series, in which Questor Thews has actually improved considerably in his wizardly ways. However, while trying to return Abernathy to his original form, Abernathy becomes impatient and tries to leave the pentagram while the spell is in progress, stirring up magical dust, which causes Questor Thews to sneeze and mispronounce his spell (ala The Evil Dead, and given TB's habit of "borrowing" ideas from elsewhere I would hazard a guess that that was not a coincidence). Abernathy (advisor to the king) ends up on Earth. Things devolve from there as, in typical TB fashion, everybody goes rushing off without first thinking a few things through. A particularly obnoxious plot hole is created when the Landover folks make use of a 12-year old girl to save themselves and then leave her unprotected and in danger so that, predictably to everyone but TB it seems, she shows up later clearly having been brow-beaten if not actually tortured into bearing false witness against Our Heroes (sort of). In fact, in true TB style, the whole premise of pulling someone over without cause and hauling them in to court on the say so of one person who isn't even present is just totally unbelievable. I can believe in wise-cracking flying dragons before I would be able to buy that whole convoluted thing there at the end, the only purpose of which was clearly to get everybody in one place for some spectacular special effects. In short the story suffers for the sake of tying up loose ends in an unnecessarily neat bundle - loose ends which would not have had to be tied up at all were it not for the ham-handed way TB chose to have our protagonists hauled in by the boys in blue for an illegal detention. Now I remember why I stopped reading Terry Brooks novels ...

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