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The Measure of the Magic: Legends of Shannara | [Terry Brooks]

The Measure of the Magic: Legends of Shannara

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.
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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.

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    Kelly 07-30-14
    Kelly 07-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    What disappointed you about The Measure of the Magic?

    The story was more than disappointing. Slow to start, dragged on and on, boring. The performance was mediocre at best. I expected more from Terry Brooks.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Terry Brooks again?

    Absolutely. Most of his books have hit the mark and kept my interest.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes. His characters voices were ... irritating.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Measure of the Magic?

    I couldn't listen to the whole thing. My mind wandered. I usually listen while working in the garden or doing house work and I found myself having to go back to re-listen because my mind wandered.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy W 10-07-11
    Amy W 10-07-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Nothing New in Shannara"

    This book was a disappointment. The two books that formed the Legends of Shannara could have been edited down to form one book. Too much romance and very little action or character development. SPOILER: The character that seemed to have grown the most and would have been interesting to watch in future novels was killed at the end of the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sunshine7 Dayton, OH United States 09-06-11
    Sunshine7 Dayton, OH United States 09-06-11 Member Since 2002

    knitting keeps me sane.

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    I read Terry Brooks when I was little. It was my first intro to fantasy, and I loved it. I tried again as an adult, and I found the slow and a bit dull. When the Hawke books came out, I gave them a try and liked them. I've been following that branch and enjoying the books. . . until this one. We are back to very detailed descriptions of gardens and very little action for huge sections of the book.

    Now that YA books like the Hunger Games are so popular, I think the distinction is becoming based dullness. These books could be labeled YA. The characters are YA. However, the YA crowd expects faster moving books with better character developments. Please, make sure the story deserves all the pages you give a book. more editting, please.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Whitehouse, TX, United States 09-25-11
    Amazon Customer Whitehouse, TX, United States 09-25-11 Member Since 2009
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    Would you try another book from Terry Brooks and/or Phil Gigante?

    Phil Rocks....until there's too many female characters....


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    uh....


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Stick to Reacher novels.


    Did The Measure of the Magic inspire you to do anything?

    Read more Jim Butcher books.


    Any additional comments?

    Can I get my credit back?

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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