Book three of the Magic Kingdom of Landover series.
It all began when the
half-able wizard Questor Thews announced that finally he could restore
the Court Scribe Abernathy to human form. 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, who soon escapes.
MY RATING: 3 STARS
My review as posted on GoodReads, etc.
It's good to see that this
series has remained consistent so far. I can think of a few that have
gotten more and more disappointing as they carried on, but that's not
the case with this one. If anything, it gets to be even more fun.
the good news...the bad news is, this thing is starting to feel
formulaic. Uh oh! Ben has somehow lost the medallion again! We have to
get it back! There's an evil creature on the loose in Landover! We have
to stop it! Nightshade is making trouble again! Something must be done
about this! We must call... *moment of breathless suspense* the Paladin!
kept this from dragging down for me was the focus on Questor and
Abernathy. When the attempt to turn the scribe back into a man backfires
catastrophically, the wizard tries to set things right, and it's HIS
turn for some self-discovery (which is good, because if I had to sit
through Ben trying to figure himself out again, it wouldn't have ended
well. It's getting old.) And we finally learn a little more about
Abernathy, and that information just popped him up to the status of my
favorite character so far. He's only in this mess because a long time
ago, he tried to do the right thing. Now he's stuck as a talking dog on
Earth in the company of his worst enemy. Not good!
another appearance, and while I like the dragon's sarcasm and
irritability, I could see that surprise coming just by reading the
summary. I'll admit, I was cheering Questor on in his attempt to
persuade Strabo to help him save Ben and the others, and frankly that
scene was the highlight of the whole book for me. It was just too funny!
The other bit that stuck out was the climactic battle in which we may
or may not have seen the last of Nightshade. Really, it's too soon to
tell. Anyway, how she was defeated was pure genius.
Can I just
say that I might have predicted by the end of the book that Questor
would suggest trying to change Abernathy back again? I think I'm too
attached to him as a dog to want him changed back.
Your humble book nerd,