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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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    Darren Carlsbad, CA, United States 10-05-11
    Darren Carlsbad, CA, United States 10-05-11 Member Since 2009
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    Really love the whole series from the Sword til now. However, I was left wishing for more in this latest episode. Would have loved to learn more about the Ragpicker. Where was he during the time of the Hawk? This just seemed to gloss over each subplot during the story. Glad I listened, just not the best of the series.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Alex CA, United States 03-17-13
    Alex CA, United States 03-17-13 Member Since 2015

    I love fantasy and science fiction.

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    "Well done"

    Not as good as the first book (Bearers of the Black Staff) but a job well done in following up with the characters. Intrigued me enough to want to hear more about Shannara.

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    Eric Charlotte, NC, United States 09-05-12
    Eric Charlotte, NC, United States 09-05-12 Member Since 2015
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    What did you love best about The Measure of the Magic?

    Both this story and the bearer of the black staff are great stories. I loved the flow of the stories, the characters, and the plot development. I've read other reviews about these stories, and they criticize the storytelling, author, and his characters. If you have read all of the shannara series then you know Brook's style of writing, his characters growth and progression throughout the story, and basic storyline. Reading one of these books does not make you qualified to comment on terry brooks or his books. These two books are yet another wonderful start to another shannara series. Can't wait for the next book. Great job Mr. Brooks, you haven't lost any talent.


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    Leslie sanger, TX, United States 08-16-12
    Leslie sanger, TX, United States 08-16-12 Member Since 2010
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    "mores miles down the road"
    Would you listen to The Measure of the Magic again? Why?

    yes, keeps me interested, and on the edge of my seat


    What other book might you compare The Measure of the Magic to and why?

    the first one


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when they fight all sences


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    both


    Any additional comments?

    no

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James FLOWER MOUND, TX, United States 02-13-12
    James FLOWER MOUND, TX, United States 02-13-12
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    "Terry Brooks does it again- great story."
    Would you listen to The Measure of the Magic again? Why?

    Yes, I like the story enough that I will re-listen again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Terry often is very hard on the heroes and is very believable even though we all know the whole thing is pure fiction.


    Which character – as performed by Phil Gigante – was your favorite?

    Great performance Prue and her partner. Gray man the main character was second.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes the battle with the Trolls. The bold move to save Prue from the Trolls camp, followed by the stand off at the fortress.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Port Richey, FL, United States 09-29-11
    Diana Port Richey, FL, United States 09-29-11 Member Since 2011
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    "shades of gray in bright colors"

    I enjoyed this story very much. Easy to be in Shannara. I like the charaters, they where well read and easy to see.

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    Ransdal United States 04-17-15
    Ransdal United States 04-17-15 Member Since 2011

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    "once you get started..."

    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....

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    Amazon Customer milton-freewater, or United States 01-21-15
    Amazon Customer milton-freewater, or United States 01-21-15
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    "could have been better"

    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.

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    Amazon Customer 01-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent narrator"

    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.

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    rambler-6 08-09-14
    rambler-6 08-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Not up to Brook's usual standard."
    What would have made The Measure of the Magic better?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Phil Gigante’s performances?

    Good performance


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

    The redundant descriptions and character wordiness.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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