Oh, what a tangled web . . .
Everything should have been quiet and pleasant for Ben Holiday, the former Chicago lawyer who became sovereign of the Magic Kingdom of Landover. But it wasn’t.
Horris Kew, conjurer, confidence-man, and trickster, had returned to Landover from Ben’s own world. 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 from the magic Tangle Box, where it had long ago been imprisoned by the fairy folk. Now it had returned to enslave those who had once dared condemn it. But first, it would 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 and its labyrinthine ways. 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. . . .
Brooks's 1994 novel creates a vast imaginary world telling the tale of the mysterious Tangle Box that threatens the Kingdom of Landover. With his trademark straightforward approach, Dick Hill brings this story to life in a realistic and believable reading that is wonderfully underplayed yet subtly wondrous and otherworldly. Hill's characters are real and honest, his omniscient narrator a guiding light for this complicated fable. Once again displaying his massive dialectical pallet, Hill offers memorable characters sure to entertain and enthrall listeners for hours. A Del Rey paperback (Reviews, Apr. 4, 1994).