‘The Tangle Box’ by Terry Brooks

It’s nice to read a story from the beginning. Even if it might be difficult to find the first chapter of some long fantasy sagas, or the first of many adventures of that witty detective your friend is so fond of.

Personally, I enjoy the chase. My friends apparently don’t. Or at least they didn’t when they gave me ‘The Tangle Box’, the fourth book of Terry Brooks’ fantasy saga.

Reading that book was pretty much like starting to watch a movie 40 minutes after it started.

Basically, Ben Holiday – the lawyer – has already been taken from his boring reality of Chicago and transported into the magic world of Landover; he’s already fought against the evil guy and defeated him; he’s already got the beautiful sylph Willow as his bride and he’s already been made king of that mysterious, fantastic world of Landover.

By the time I start reading, it’s already time for the bad guy to try once again to get revenge.

Seriously guys, I never appreciated more the long paragraphs of explanation that writers kindly put at the beginning of the novel.

A little footnote for the readers: the italian translation comes with a title that sounds something like ‘The Magic Box’.

How misleading could that be? Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great.

Thinking about a magic box, you picture something enchanting, magically beautiful.

You don’t usually picture a foggy, endless nightmare. Which it could easily be, if you happen to piss off the wrong trickster, who joins forces with an evil wizard, who eventually traps you in the aforementioned box, while he gathers his army to attack your castle and take over your kingdom.

To be honest, I got lucky. This is a stand alone story, anyone could ready it and enjoy it – as I did, so much.

Of course, it would have been much better to meet the characters at the very beginning. Nevermind, there’s always time to catch up with it!

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