This book was well written. it is, however, a little too similar to LOTR. Erily too similar. I shouldn't have been able to predict almost every outcome, just by having seen the LOTR movies.
I have seen so man books written by Terry Brooks and Shannara is so famous that I assumed it had to be good. It wasn't. It was incredibly boring. The only thing that got me through to the end was the fact that I could then write this review.
If Terry Brooks could use 5 words to describe something, he will instead use 90. My time was wasted with so much unnecessarily repetitive and slow writing. I think it was meant to build suspense? But instead it just frustrated me by being boring.
He also creates a world that is neither unique or interesting. The world is divided into elves, men, dwarves, gnomes, and trolls. Sound familiar? But then he doesn't actually create any real reason for it. None of the races are particularly different from the others (except the gnomes are smaller and yellow and the trolls are big and strong.)
I'm so bored with this book that I'm done even writing this review.
If you've read the Lord of the Rings and Eragon, skip this book because quite a few concepts are borrowed from them. If not then you'll still find a story that has the barebones of a good book but is missing the depth of the books mentioned above.
The prequel to this book however is pretty good so to go from that book to this one is pretty disappointing.
I might try the next book in the series to see if it gets any better. I will read it instead of listen to it.
The accents fade in and out. Sometimes the characters speak with a sort of British inflection, but it isn't consistent. It takes you out of the story.
At the time of this review there is a TV series on now called Shannara.
The story is almost character for character like LoTR and unfortunately, this makes the story very predictable and painful when characters make the obvious incorrect choice.
The Narration was the only thing that disappointed me about this book. Narrator was very robotic and predictable. I've heard may narrators on audible, but this one is by far the worst I've heard. He never changes his excitement level, pitch, timbre, or inflection throughout the story. It was so bad, I couldn't even get to the halfway point of the book. I LOVED the book itself as well as Terry Brooks' writing style. I just could not handle listening to this narrator. Hopefully the series will be read by a different person in the future and I can re-purchase it then.
Character development and the authors descriptions...
I could not tell what the characters were feeling since the narrator had trouble conveying the appropriate emotions in his voice.
It's not inherently bad, it's just that there are hundreds of fantasy books just like it. Nothing sticks out and grabs you. I didn't care about the characters at all and there are many moments that are so cliché that they are cringe worthy.
Probably best suited for a younger audience who are novice fantasy readers. I'm sure I would have loved it when I was a kid, but if you are an adult who has read plenty of fantasy move along, nothing to see here.