From New York Times best-selling author Terry Brooks comes the final thrilling novel in a brand-new trilogy: The Dark Legacy of Shannara!
For centuries the Four Lands enjoyed freedom from its demon-haunted past, protected by magic-enhanced borders from the dark dimension known as the Forbidding and the profound evil imprisoned there. But now the unthinkable is happening: The ancient wards securing the barrier between order and mayhem have begun to erode - and generations of bloodthirsty, monstrous creatures, fueled by a rage thousands of years in the making, are poised to spill forth, seeking revenge for what was done to them.
Young Elf Arling Elessedil possesses the enchanted means to close the breach and once more seal the denizens of the Forbidding in their prison. But when she falls into the hands of the powerful Federation’s diabolical Prime Minister, her efforts may be doomed. Only her determined sister, Aphen, who bears the Elfstones and commands their magic, has any hope of saving Arling from the hideous fate her captor has in store. Meanwhile, Railing Ohmsford - desperate to save his imprisoned brother - seeks to discover if his famed but ill-fated ancestor Grianne is still alive and willing to help him save the world... no matter the odds or the consequences.
©2013 Terry Brooks (P)2013 Random House
Yes, the print version was just moving too slow for me.
Yes, a review at the beginning of the book would have been helpful.
Yes, narration was good, lots of description
Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy Terry Brooks books. This story was just a little slow for me. I started with the book and stopped. I had to start again with the audio and once it got going it really took off. Thats why I can give it a 4 overall.
Overall, there are a lot of good things going on in this Trilogy, but not all of it is Brooks "gold". (Rosalyn Landor does an excellent job of narration, so props there.)
Terry explores new ground in this latest Shannara iteration. Some of it feels a bit rehashed, some of it is new and exciting, and some of it in the end goes nowhere you expected. Terry starts out with his typical quest headed in one direction and becoming an entirely different one in the end. There are familiar love triangles and emotional conflicts to resolve, but there are some real plot twists that keep the story moving forward, although they don't always resolve in the way you'd expect or even like.
Overall, this trilogy feels like it is laying the groundwork for future works by Terry as opposed to trying to wrap up everything neatly in a 3 parter. If you like Brooks, this is a welcome addition to the series. Looking forward to where the Shannara legacy goes from here....
Very much enjoyed Landors narration.
Aphen. True to the Druid hardships, life, gifts and spirit.
The ease in which she became each character.
I played it every moment I could! Beginning to end.
Very much a Terry Brooks fan and now a Rosalyn Landor fan.
The story lines are basically rehashes from previous Shannara books. Regular characters suddenly are more powerful than the Druids. Everything felt very shallow, especially the Witch Wraith.
It just wasn't that interesting. If you haven't read any of his stuff before, maybe it would be ok, but if you have then everything is just a repeat of his previous books. Simple example, disguising yourself to get to the center of an enemy military camp to rescue an Ohmsford.
The super weak Druids were pretty annoying, but only slightly less then the walking coma.
She did a reasonable job with the characters, she just didn't have a lot of story to work with. All things considered I would rather not read a book where she is the narrator.
No character's were out of place, they were all just poorly written.
I've read the Shannara series since the mid 80's, this was probably my last book. I think Brooks is out of new stories that keeps the series in a fresh direction.
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