History Literature / MagicKingdomOfLandover

4th Aug '16 2:59:57 AM PaulA
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* AbhorrentAdmirer: In ''A Princess of Landover'', Mistaya is proposed to by the odious Lord Laphroaig, who has been nicknamed "The Frog" for his habit of darting his tongue out of his lips when nervous and his squat body. Besides being ugly, Laphroaig's wives and children have a habit of dying from "mysterious illnesses". Correctly, Mistaya assumes Laphroaig only wishes to marry her in order to have access to Landover's throne.



* DarkWorld: Abaddon is this to Landover.



* EvilIsNotAToy: In ''The Tangle Box'', Horris Kew and Biggar release the Gorse from its prison, and it enslaves them with the intent to send them down the Box when they are no longer useful.



* FakeKing: In ''The Black Unicorn'', King Benjamin is replaced by a doppelganger with evil intentions.



* FisherKing: Something of this comes through in the connection between Sterling Silver and the kings of Landover--since after being left abandoned, without a proper ruler on the throne, she ends up suffering from the Tarnish, an effect which not only turns her into "Castle Dracula" as Ben puts it, but spreads out into the countryside, killing the Bonnie Blues and generally poisoning the land. It fades and she is restored to her former glory when all the threats to Landover are ended or neutralized and Ben has proven his worthiness for the throne.

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* FisherKing: Something of this comes through in the connection between the palace Sterling Silver and the kings of Landover--since after being left abandoned, without a proper ruler on the throne, she ends up suffering from the Tarnish, an effect which not only turns her into "Castle Dracula" as Ben puts it, but spreads out into the countryside, killing the Bonnie Blues and generally poisoning the land. It fades and she is restored to her former glory when all the threats to Landover are ended or neutralized and Ben has proven his worthiness for the throne.


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* GeniusLoci:
** The castle Sterling Silver is alive and aware, its purpose in life to shelter and protect the High King and his household.
** The royal library Libiris has similar properties, being descended, as it were, from Sterling Silver.


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* MagicLibrarian: Craswell Crabbit in ''A Princess of Landover''.
* MagicMisfire: This happens all the time to Questor Thews.


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* MultiversalConqueror: In ''Witches Brew'', Rydall of Marnhull claims to be one of these, planning to make Landover his next conquest. [[spoiler:Turns out he's actually a local nobleman, working with Nightshade to overthrow Ben]].


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* SecretHandshake: In ''A Princess of Landover'', the two G'home Gnomes have an elaborate secret handshake so that no one else can pretend to be them (leading Mistaya to wonder why anyone would ''want'' [[ButtMonkey to be them]]).


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* SpookySilentLibrary: Libiris.
4th Aug '16 2:35:28 AM PaulA
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* RightForTheWrongReason: In the first book, Ben is initially convinced that the advert to purchase a magic kingdom is a scam for the obvious reason. He eventually learns that it is a scam -- not because the kingdom doesn't exist, but because it's beset by enemies and what he's bought is less "permanent vacation to fairyland" and more "full time job that will kill him if he doesn't do it exactly right". Each time the seller simply waits the new king to be killed and puts it back on the market.

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* RightForTheWrongReason: RightForTheWrongReasons: In the first book, Ben is initially convinced that the advert to purchase a magic kingdom is a scam for the obvious reason. He eventually learns that it is a scam -- not because the kingdom doesn't exist, but because it's beset by enemies and what he's bought is less "permanent vacation to fairyland" and more "full time job that will kill him if he doesn't do it exactly right". Each time the seller simply waits the new king to be killed and puts it back on the market.
4th Aug '16 2:32:04 AM PaulA
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* AmnesiacDissonance: The Knight and the Lady in ''The Tangle Box''.



* BadLiar: Gnomes are incredibly bad liars.



* TheBluebeard: Laphroig.

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* BilingualBackfire: In the first book, Ben is negotiating with the leader of a tribe of dangerous and brutal crag trolls, using his court wizard Questor Thews as a translator. When negotiations go badly, he's forced to threaten to summon the king's champion, the Paladin, to defend his party. When Questor voices doubt about this, Ben angrily insists that a bluff is their only chance to escape at this stage--and Questor notices that although the troll leader doesn't ''speak'' Landoverian, he apparently ''understands'' it. And then things get bad.
* TheBluebeard: Laphroig.Lord Laphroig. Like Henry VIII, it was in order to produce a male heir. (And then he killed the heir and the mother when he found a better match in the daughter of the king.)



* CatsAreSnarkers: Edgewood Dirk.
* CatsAreSuperior: Edgewood Dirk.



* TheChessmaster: Edgewood Dirk in ''A Princess of Landover''. After Princess Mistaya gets expelled from school, her father King Benjamin decides to send her to Libiris, a place she is so desperate not to go that she runs away from home instead. Along the way, she meets Edgewood Dirk, who, for reasons of his own, offers to help hide her from her father. He explains to her, the only way to hide her from the King, who, after all, has a magic device that lets him scry on almost any place within the kingdom, is for her to go to the absolutely last place where her father would think to look for her: Libiris--where, it turns out, Dirk wanted her to go for those aforementioned reasons of his own.



* CrystalPrison: One of the books had Ben trapped in a crystal.
* CuckooNest: One of the books has Ben being told that all of his fantastical adventures were a hallucination and that he is crazy. It's presented as kind of a "last temptation" kind of thing, but you never know...



* DownTheRabbitHole: ''Magic Kingdom for Sale -- SOLD!'' takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to this trope. Ben learns about a magic kingdom via a real estate ad. Rather than a rabbit hole, he has to wander headlong into a train tunnel to get there.



* TheFairFolk: The series runs the gamut from the fairies of the mists, who, while more or less benevolent, are also {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, to the fairies who actually live within the Kingdom itself, who in turn range from Willow's mother, a wild, amoral free spirit, to Willow's father, who is sort of lawful goodish with serious {{jerkass}} tendencies, to Willow herself, who is clearly good and benevolent. Oh, and then there's [[BigBad Nightshade]].



* HotWitch: Nightshade. The first thing that King Benjamin notes about her when they first meet is that "what[ever] artist had created the witch, whether god or devil, [had put] some thought...into the sculpting. Nightshade was a striking woman." Note that Nightshade is also a seriously evil WickedWitch, and even though she is perfectly willing to pretend to be someone's friend in order to manipulate that person, she never attempts to be seductive or otherwise use her beauty as a tool of manipulation.



* LandOfFaerie: Faerie is a sort of inter-dimensional nexus between universes.



* MagicalGirlfriend: Willow is not only protagonist Ben's ideal woman (and a green-skinned forest babe), she's also essentially destined to "belong" to him. Cue "I'm not worthy" monologues and skeptic waiting for the catch.



* MegaNeko: Edgewood Dirk, the prism cat.



* MixedAncestry: Willow, born of two different kinds of faerie, whose status complicates both her relationship to Ben Holiday, and later their child's gestation and birth -- as the child of a wood nymph, she has to spend part of the time as a tree.



* NakedOnArrival: Willow's introduction

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* NakedOnArrival: Willow's introductionNakedFirstImpression: Ben first encounters his future wife, Willow, while she is naked and bathing. At least he has the decency to be somewhat put off by her opening line, "I am for you!", brought on because she has a prophecy that says [[BecauseDestinySaysSo she'll meet her true love this way]].



* NeutralNoLonger: Nightshade was always evil, but was not actively opposed to King Benjamin at first. In fact, they first met when Ben insisted on going to meet her, over the strong objections of all his friends, in hopes of recruiting her to his side against the Iron Mark, the Big Bad of the first book. Questor, Ben's court wizard, pointed out to him that this was a terrible idea and that even the last real king of Landover had wanted nothing to do with Nightshade, but there was nothing to indicate that Nightshade had ever been in open conflict with the kings of Landover. Ben's meeting with her, however, did not go well: Nightshade banished Ben's friends to Abaddon, home of the demons, so Ben retaliated by banishing her to the Mists, which was much the same thing for her. After that, Nightshade would remain one of Ben's enemies.



* PlantPerson: Willow is a woman who periodically transforms into a tree (no points for guessing what variety of tree). Even in humanoid form, she has green skin and hair and absorbs sunlight for energy. When she and Benjamin have a daughter, said daughter initially takes the form of a seed who must be planted in soil. Once she is finally born, however, she is much more human, but still has a magical connection to plant-life.



* RightForTheWrongReason: In the first book, Ben is initially convinced that the advert to purchase a magic kingdom is a scam for the obvious reason. He eventually learns that it is a scam -- not because the kingdom doesn't exist, but because it's beset by enemies and what he's bought is less "permanent vacation to fairyland" and more "full time job that will kill him if he doesn't do it exactly right". Each time the seller simply waits the new king to be killed and puts it back on the market.



* SecondLove: Willow to Ben.

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* SecondLove: Ben is devastated by the loss of his wife which kicks off the depression and restlessness that leads him to purchase Landover. In fairy lore, the first man a sylph lays on eyes on will be her true love, and Ben is the man Willow to Ben.meets. He has a devil of a time moving on from his first wife's death, never mind accepting Willow's fairytale attitude towards their future. Willow's loyal persistence eventually defeats Ben's brooding despair.


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* SheatheYourSword: In ''Witches Brew'', one of the champions sent by Lord Rydall, the fake BigBad of the book, is a knight resembling the Paladin. The Paladin fights the knight but finds his opponent can perfectly match him blow for blow. The knight is only defeated when the Paladin sheathes his weapon and disappears, causing his doppelganger to do the same.


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* SinisterGeometry: The Tangle Box.


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* SummonEverymanHero: Played with in the first book, where the everyman hero is summoned by the genre blind villain with the expectation of being useless as a hero, complete with a job interview designed to ensure uselessness. The hero is just the latest in a long line of summoned everymen who were until then as useless as expected.
4th Aug '16 1:57:03 AM PaulA
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''Magic Kingdom for Sale-- SOLD!'' (1986)

After the death of his wife, Chicago attorney Ben Holiday purchases a magical kingdom from a Christmas catalog for one million dollars. When he gets there, he finds it is in shambles. The court wizard can't make his magic work, the royal scribe is a talking dog, and the King's living castle is dying. Worse yet, Ben's vassals refuse to acknowledge him as King, and a dragon is raiding the countryside. Ben has his work cut out for him, and he has to do it without the aid of The Paladin, the king's legendary champion!

''The Black Unicorn'' (1987)

The evil wizard Meeks returns to Landover and magically steals Ben's identity, and giving Ben the appearance of a peasant. Ben wanders Landover in search of a way to break the spell, while also looking for the missing Willow.

''Wizard at Large'' (1988)

Questor Thews tries to transform Abernathy back into a man, [[IneptMage but his spell goes awry]], transporting Abernathy (and Ben's medallion of kingship) to Earth. Ben and Willow travel to Earth to rescue Abernathy. Meanwhile, an evil GenieInABottle is causing trouble in Landover-- especially when the witch Nightshade gets her hands on it.

''The Tangle Box'' (1994)

Ben, Nightshade, and Strabo are all trapped, with no memories of themselves, inside the magical Tangle Box by an evil spirit who plots to hand control of Landover to the demons.

''Witches Brew'' (1995)

Ben must find his daughter, who has been kidnapped by Nightshade, as well as defend his right to the Kingship of Landover in a series of duels against a challenger's magical champions. Meanwhile, Questor and Abernathy are trapped on Earth, and must find a way to return to Landover.

''A Princess of Landover'' (2009)

After running afoul of the rules one too many times at her Earth boarding school, a teenage Mistaya comes home to Landover, only to run away when she believes her father is going to send her back and generally control her life without her input. This leads her in roundabout fashion to the ominous Royal Library of Libiris, a meeting with a cute pageboy who is more than what he seems, and a plot by an EvilSorcerer to yet again allow the demons of Abaddon into Landover.

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* ''Magic Kingdom for Sale-- Sale -- SOLD!'' (1986)

(1986): After the death of his wife, Chicago attorney Ben Holiday purchases a magical kingdom from a Christmas catalog for one million dollars. When he gets there, he finds it is in shambles. The court wizard can't make his magic work, the royal scribe is a talking dog, and the King's living castle is dying. Worse yet, Ben's vassals refuse to acknowledge him as King, and a dragon is raiding the countryside. Ben has his work cut out for him, and he has to do it without the aid of The Paladin, the king's legendary champion!

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''The Black Unicorn'' (1987)

(1987): The evil wizard Meeks returns to Landover and magically steals Ben's identity, and giving Ben the appearance of a peasant. Ben wanders Landover in search of a way to break the spell, while also looking for the missing Willow.

Willow.
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''Wizard at Large'' (1988)

(1988): Questor Thews tries to transform Abernathy back into a man, [[IneptMage but his spell goes awry]], transporting Abernathy (and Ben's medallion of kingship) to Earth. Ben and Willow travel to Earth to rescue Abernathy. Meanwhile, an evil GenieInABottle is causing trouble in Landover-- especially when the witch Nightshade gets her hands on it.

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''The Tangle Box'' (1994)

(1994): Ben, Nightshade, and Strabo are all trapped, with no memories of themselves, inside the magical Tangle Box by an evil spirit who plots to hand control of Landover to the demons.

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''Witches Brew'' (1995)

(1995): Ben must find his daughter, who has been kidnapped by Nightshade, as well as defend his right to the Kingship of Landover in a series of duels against a challenger's magical champions. Meanwhile, Questor and Abernathy are trapped on Earth, and must find a way to return to Landover.

Landover.
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''A Princess of Landover'' (2009)

(2009): After running afoul of the rules one too many times at her Earth boarding school, a teenage Mistaya comes home to Landover, only to run away when she believes her father is going to send her back and generally control her life without her input. This leads her in roundabout fashion to the ominous Royal Library of Libiris, a meeting with a cute pageboy who is more than what he seems, and a plot by an EvilSorcerer to yet again allow the demons of Abaddon into Landover.
9th Mar '16 2:13:10 PM Hossmeister
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A series of fantasy novels written by Series/TerryBrooks.

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A series of fantasy novels written by Series/TerryBrooks.
Creator/TerryBrooks.
9th Mar '16 2:07:57 PM Hossmeister
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A series of fantasy novels written by TerryBrooks.

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A series of fantasy novels written by TerryBrooks.
Series/TerryBrooks.
5th Jan '16 10:15:07 AM Radhil
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* ThePowerOfHate: Nightshade's entire personality in a nutshell. [[spoiler:Her magic may be based on it, in fact.]]
5th Jan '16 10:04:00 AM Radhil
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* LotusEaterMachine: The mind's-eye crystals. They show people what they most want to see. Those who bought one gradually became addicted and spent hours gazing into them.

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* LotusEaterMachine: The LotusEaterMachine:
**The faerie mists. By default appears as an endless fog-filled forest. In truth, reality is so soft in the mists that it will reconstruct iself around you, conjuring your basest fears or desires so strongly that most cannot keep their mind long enough to escape.
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mind's-eye crystals.crystals in Tangle Box. They show people what they most want to see. Those who bought one gradually became addicted and spent hours gazing into them.them.
**The tangle box itself, intended as a prison for the Gorse, contains both a section of faerie mist, and other enchantments to seal memories and reinforce the illusion.
**In the same book, the faeries offer one outright to Willow and her inbound child - to stay in the mists in an imagined paradise, forever. When she declines, they are either put out enough to almost trap her in a worse one, or make her deperate enough to reach Ben and break him out of his own. [[BlueAndOrangeMorality Their motives are as clear as the mists.]]
30th Nov '15 2:41:37 PM Ingonyama
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* SealedGoodInACan:
** The books of magic turn out to be this for [[spoiler:the unicorns]].
** Applies to Ben when he's trapped in the Tangle Box, and to some degree Strabo. Nightshade, on the other hand...


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* SoulJar: It turns out the books of magic are a variant of this: [[spoiler:one contains the bodies of all the unicorns, [[PhantomZonePicture preserved as drawings]], while the other contains all their souls which collectively manifest as the black unicorn whenever they escape]]. It is this separation which allowed Meeks and all the wizards before him to control and draw upon the magic within them.


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* UnicornsAreSacred: Utterly, and justifiably, played straight, even (and ''especially'') the black unicorn. What Meeks and the wizards before him did to them shows exactly how corrupt and wicked human magic-users were before Questor came along (although the act is repugnant enough it would likely still be an InUniverse MoralEventHorizon even were unicorns not involved).
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