In the 300 years since the death of the Druid Allanon, the evil Shadowen have seized control of the Four Lands. If they are to be saved, the black Elfstone must be retrieved, at whatever cost to life or love....
©2016 Terry Brooks (P)2016 Random House Audio
"If Harry Potter has given you a thirst for fantasy and you have not discovered the magic of Terry Brooks, you are in for a treat." (Rocky Mountain News)
"If you were delighted and entranced by Michael Ende's The Never Ending Story, you will definitely want to sample one of more of Terry Brooks's books." (Santa Cruz Sentinel)
So, first the performance is very good. Second the story, viewed from beginning to end, is also very good, and well thought out. Third, it annoys the hell out of me at times. Now, this could be a reflection of personal taste, so your interpretation may differ, but, the story is very "overly wordy/pompous/full of itself" at times. "He took a step forward, not because that is how one walks, but because that was the force of man to the world, the weight of existence in a single step that would have meaning for a thousand, thousand years...if not for the second step, which thundered in the minds and body of the million souls that watched from the woods of damnation...but then came the third step" .....so if, you can ignore each step of the 1000 mile journey, the story is quite pleasant. If you can not, then save the credit. If you can sorta ignore it on and off, then do so. I can only hope that book three eases up on the preaching.
John Lee does a great job. Moves between characters seamlessly and brings them to life. Brooks creates a great story with rich layers and characters. Great listen.
Terry Brooks continues the fantastic trailer he had started in the previous book. And like the previous book, it ends without an ending, but perhaps with a bit more closure than the Scions of Shannara.
Surprising to me was how much of the language Terry had borrowed from the Bible. As someone who reveres the Word of God, it made me feel a little uneasy. The story, too, had many Christian tones and shades. Which is both fantastic and annoying. Annoying because the "higher purpose" in Terrys' stories is attributed to evolution or the world... Why? Why can't there be a will of good apart from just material or the elements. Ahh well, this is strictly my own misgivings' and do not, at all, diminish the fantastic story. The way I see it is that all good stories tend to have tones and shades, types and shadows, of the story of our Lord, weather the author meant it or not. Again personal opinion.
As for John Lee, he had my ear. What a great narrator! Loved listening to his voice. Amazon please pay him well, because he's gold 😀.
I liked the first book and absolutely loved the second book. John Lee's performance adds depth to an already well written story. It pretty much picks up where book one left off but the story line becomes much more intense, more focused. I found myself on the edge of my seat at times. Classic epic fantasy with magic and evil creatures and mystical spirits and so on. But, the characters really are the focus of the story. They experience loss, heartache, suffering, uncertainty...but there is a bond that develops that will clearly endure through the remainder of the series. A bit violent but nothing over the top. Definitely recommended.
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