I've been working in bookshops nearly all my life, and Terry Brooks is one of those pillars of fantasy sections- a mental bookmark that helps you reshelve as you alphabetize, anything after 'br' can go past the huge colourblocked swathe he takes up on the shelf. I sort of mentally had him categorized in with Robert Jordan or Anne McCaffrey, so when I finally picked up Wards of Faerie I was surprised how little it stirred a chord in me.
It felt... adequate. Derivative of JRR Tolkein in such a serious way that it never really sparked my imagination. I've been told that the sequels get better about that, and turn into their own thing, but it doesn't come through in this book. I wish I loved it, because Brooks is pretty prolific, but for me this one was a non-starter. I finished the book but I won't pick up the next one in the series- but if you liked Mercedes Lackey or LE Modessit, Piers Anthony or anyone in that kind of big pulpy fantasy era it might be worth a go!
Ive listened to all the audiobooks in the Shannara series up to this point, and this was just as good as the rest. This is the first book in the series to have a female narrator, and she did it very well!
I'm not sure why, but Terry Brooks seems determined to crush the intelligence out of the world of Shannara. With each successive book the main characters make more ridiculous decisions and show even less foresight. When a fantasy book, which by definition has a wide margin for suspension of disbelief, leaves you thinking that you "can't believe" anyone would be that stupid, it might just mean the author isn't trying as hard to make the decisions plausible.
I've read or listened to every Shannara book up to this point. I'm giving him one more book to fix the trend. I can't keep reading a series in which the protagonists are complete imbeciles.
I am walking to my computer to get book to now, I only wish the books or longer they seem to end just when I'm getting into it.
The story is great but the heavy British accent takes a little getting use to, but not a negative. The drop in stars has to do with flaws in story I found but won't share to save the entertainment for others.
Anything terry brooks is a greatread
British easy clear
Definitely worth your time.
The narrator sounds like she should do professional lullabies. I couldn't listen for longer than 30 min at a time because she lacked the necessary animation and enthusiasm all great narrators exhibit.
No. It takes a ton of patience befor it even starts getting slightly interesting.
She lacks personality.
Nope. I've heard enough. It's too hackneyed of a story anyway. Give me characters that are unique.
Save your credits for something else.