For 500 years, the survivors of the Great Wars lived peacefully in a valley sanctuary shielded by powerful magic from the blighted and dangerous outside world. But the enchanted barriers have crumbled, the borders have been breached by predators, and the threat of annihilation looms large once more.
Sider Ament, bearer of the last black staff and its profound power, devoted his life to protecting the valley and its inhabitants - and, in his final moments, gave stewardship of the black staff to the young Tracker Panterra Qu. Now the newly anointed Knight of the Word must take up the battle against evil wherever it threatens: from without, where an army of bloodthirsty Trolls is massing for invasion; and from within, where the Elf king of Arborlon has been murdered, his daughter, Princess Phryne Amarantyne, stands accused, and a heinous conspiracy is poised to subjugate the kingdom. But even these will pale beside the most harrowing menace Panterra is destined to confront - a nameless, merciless figure who wanders the devastated land on a relentless mission: to claim the last black staff... and the life of he who wields it.
©2011 Terry Brooks (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I want to start with the statement that I grew up an avid fan of Terry Brooks and have loyally bought each book and listened to over half of them through Audible, so it pains me to write this review. I have never been more frustrated with a book than I have with this one and its predecessor. I picked up this new series to get an understanding of the transition from the old world to the world of Shannara but am only finishing this book out of stubbornness. I have never experienced such a weak cast of characters, 90% of the dialogue consists of the characters sobbing over their fears and unworthiness to the point it pained me. I truly have no idea how anything was accomplished with the time spent by the characters talking themselves down, if they had whips I wouldn't doubt we would have lost more time with them flogging themselves.
As for the reader, it was a Gigante failure. If I have learned one thing it is to avoid any books read by Mr. Gigante. While it pains me, I am sorry to say I will not be buying anymore Terry Brooks books as I do not want to lose the fondness for his earlier works.
I enjoy science fiction and fantasy, but also am interested in homebrewing, anything crafty really .
huge fan of the shannara series .I am working my way through the series in chronological order . Probably not the way Brooks would recommend. enjoy
I just have to say, Terry Brooks is a great story teller! And Paul Gigante is a perfect compliment to it with his good command of different voices and accents. I keep thinking, this will be the last book I read and move on....
I am so not a fan of this guy trying to sing or do female voices, had to skip through a lot of that. Also not sure the point of reading the description of a laugh if you're just going to give your own poor approximation of it immediately after.
Excellent narration! He makes the good story even better.
Leaves off at a good please for a continuation. Ending is more pat than the other trilogy of his that I read. It's worth while reading first the trilogy with the gypsy morph to understand.
I am a Terry Brooks fan and I have read or listened to a majority of his books and I can usually count on an enjoyable story. I did not like this book because it is way to wordy. I wonder If he didn't have enough story to make a full length book and so added in some filler. I usually listen at 1 x normal speed. When I listened to this, I would often turn it up to 3 x speed just to get through the wordier parts. I could not wait for this book to finally end. The characters were very whiney, a trade mark for Brook's heroes, but these went over the top. I was quite disappointed.
The redundant descriptions and character wordiness.
The, pace was a little slow, and I'm wondering if maybe the Shannara series has seen its better days
Yes, I'm sure I will after having read I think nearly everyone of his books
Sadly none, but not the performers fault
It needs a quick conclusion
I really like the series and hope that Mr. Brooks can breathe some new life into it.
I'm the most boring person on the planet.
Not a bad listen, but don't expect this sophomoric conclusion to the Bear of the Black staff to be as good as it was. This is not within the top 50% of Terry Brooks' best works.
Phil Gigante does a great job.
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