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Witch Wraith: The Dark Legacy of Shannara, Book 3 | [Terry Brooks]

Witch Wraith: The Dark Legacy of Shannara, Book 3

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    William Carlinville, IL, United States 02-12-14
    William Carlinville, IL, United States 02-12-14 Member Since 2006

    I love books!

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    "Great closing to a great series."
    What did you love best about Witch Wraith?

    This book was a great ending to a wonderful series, well, this particular trilogy, and you will not be disappointed. I have read many Terry Brooks books and even within this trilogy this one was pretty good.


    What does Rosalyn Landor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She did a great job with changing characters and was pleasant to listen to.


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

    No, sorry, I can't cry. Tear ducts were removed when I joined the Army. :P


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Southlake, TX, United States 09-12-13
    Christopher Southlake, TX, United States 09-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A welcome addition to the Shannara world..."

    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....

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Rockville, VA, United States 09-01-13
    Brenda Rockville, VA, United States 09-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Another Brooks favorite."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Witch Wraith to be better than the print version?

    Very much enjoyed Landors narration.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Aphen. True to the Druid hardships, life, gifts and spirit.


    What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

    The ease in which she became each character.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I played it every moment I could! Beginning to end.


    Any additional comments?

    Very much a Terry Brooks fan and now a Rosalyn Landor fan.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mz Kim ohio 09-30-13
    Mz Kim ohio 09-30-13 Member Since 2013

    Mz Kim

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    "Slow at first ....."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Witch Wraith to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the print version was just moving too slow for me.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Yes, a review at the beginning of the book would have been helpful.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, narration was good, lots of description


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Micky G Keck Cincinnati 08-16-13
    Micky G Keck Cincinnati 08-16-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Back to the Future, you've read this before"
    What disappointed you about Witch Wraith?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about Terry Brooks’s story?

    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.


    Did Rosalyn Landor do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    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.


    What character would you cut from Witch Wraith?

    No character's were out of place, they were all just poorly written.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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