This is the first book of a new series by Terry Brooks, and was published in 1986.
It the story of a U.S lawyer named Ben Holiday, who is going through a troubled time in his personal life, and decides to deal with this troubled emotional state by answering an ad in the newspaper that offers to sell a magic kingdom. By rights he should have been scammed out of all his money, but it turned out that he really had purchased the rulership of a magical kingdom called Landover.
Now he just has to figure out how to be a king. Oh and a whole bunch of people, including a very scary demon king, want him dead. Did I mention that the kingdom is practically falling apart?
This is what you would call a ‘portal fantasy’, a person from our world goes into a fantasy world. But the way it’s done was clever and quite funny. No one ever got to Narnia by answering an ad in the paper.
This book and this series is much better than Brooks previous Shannara series, in my humble opnion. The writing is great, the scope is much smaller, the characters are less serious and humorous, and the plot is much more entertaining. This isn’t the tale of an epic quest to save the land from an invading troll army led by a cliché villain, this is one mans struggle to make a choice between going back to his old broken life and dedicating himself fully to this new fantastic land he found and moving on.
This book is also much smaller than Brooks usual books, but that only improved the book.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy stories or just an enjoyable story. This book is a lighthearted and fun read.