Oh, What A Tangled Web...
Everything should have been quiet and pleasant for ex-laywer now sovereign of the Magic Kingdom of Landover, Ben Holiday. But it wasn't. Horris Kew, conjurer, more recently confidence-man trickster, had returned to the Magic Kingdom from Ben's own world, where he and his sidekick in crime, the talking bird Biggar, had gotten in just a spot of trouble with the former "faithful" of their scam cult.
"Throw him into the deepest prison and throw away the key!" insisted Questor Threws, wizard and advisor to Ben. "Send him away immediately," echoed Abernathy, the court scribe who, by an unfortunate magical mishap, bore an uncanny resemblance to a Soft-coated Wheatin Terrier. "Horris was the one who found a way to organize cats into packs to hunt mice, but it backfired and they ended up hunting dogs."
Nevertheless, a fair and just ruler, Ben decided to consider the repatriation of Horris and Biggar to Landover. Alas, Horris had not returned of his own volition – he had been sent by the Gorse, a sorcerer of great evil, whom Horris had unwittingly freed. Now the Gorse planned to use Horris and Biggar to help enslave the fairy folk who had once dared condemn it.
But first it had to rid Landover of all who could stand in its way. Soon Ben found himself imprisoned within the gloom of the Tangle Box, lost in its mists, its labyrinthine ways, along with a despairing lady, who might once have been the Witch Nightshade, and an unhappy gargoyle, that might once have been the dragon Strabo.
The path to the throne was clear for the Gorse. And the only one who could free Ben from the Tangle Box was the lady Willow. But she had disappeared, was gone from Landover on a mysterious mission of her own...
Terence Dean "Terry" Brooks (born 1944) is is a writer of fantasy fiction. Terry Brooks writes mainly high fantasy, and has also written two movie novelizations.
Terry Brooks was a practising attorney for many years, but now writes full time. His first novel, The Sword of Shannara (1977), remained on the New York Times bestseller list for 5 months.