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5.0 out of 5 starsI really loved this series of the three original Shannara books
Reviewed in the United States on May 27, 2016
I really loved this series of the three original Shannara books, The Sword, The Elfstones and The Wishsong. I read them when I was in high school for the first time. I enjoyed them just as much this time. I always get to the end and cannot decide which in this series is my favorite. That being said, The Wishsong is another wonderful dimension to the series. Terry Brooks does a wonderful job at unfolding the events in way that makes you want to keep turning the pages. The journey is an adventure you'll not soon forget. I know that some criticism comes from the parallels people draw from Tolkein, but really take the time to read Brooks. There are some parallels, but he does develop a wonderful and imaginative story that is all his own work and one I really loved. Great characters, he develops wonderful heroes and heroines that you can believe in.
Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2018
After "Elfstones" I was greatly looking forward to "Wishsong". Wow was I disappointed. This book feels like the author just added sentence after sentence to stuff pages. Characters' dialog goes on and on restating the same thing over and over....This one slogs along with almost no surprises and a completely predictable plot. I found myself skimming ahead. It's been a long time since I've done that...determined just to get it over. Go back and read Elfstones again, and skip this one.
2.0 out of 5 starsStory: Good. Physical Quality: Bad.
Reviewed in the United States on July 31, 2020
Pros: -It's Terry Brooks. -It's the third book in a great trilogy. -The cover is shiny.
Cons: -The binding is coming off on the first reading.
This is the third book in the Sword of Shannara trilogy, so if you're interested in this book, you probably already have some idea what it's about. This review won't talk about the story, but about the physical condition of the book. I purchased this book brand new, and as I began to read it, the first 50 pages or so came undone from the binding! This is frustrating. I like to keep my books in good condition, so it frustrates me to have one start falling apart on the first read. The reason I gave it two stars is because I like Terry Brooks and the series. Do not buy this version of the book. Choose a different one.
Another excellent Shannara book by Terry Brooks. Brin and Jair Ohmsford, children of Wil Ohmsford and the Rover girl, Eretria, are young adults with the power of the Elfstones that Wil carried on his journey to help Amberle Elessedil find the Bloodfire and restore the Ellcrys and the Forbidding that held the demons sealed up from the old world, transformed into a different power, that of the Wishsong. For Brin, it eventually becomes something that is almost terrifying as she travels with the Druid, Allanon and the Highlander prince, Rone Leah, to destroy an evil book called the Ildatch. For Jair it becomes a means to help his companions on a quest that he had not known he was to undertake, to save Brin from herself and her wishsong. Traveling companions that neither of them could foresee join them along the way, and both question whether they are capable of the tasks assigned them. A must read for any fantasy fan!
If you know Brooks, there is an urgent journey and dark magic involved. I wasn’t too crazy about Brin. She wasn’t what I thought but overall I liked Jair and Slanter. There were some great elements in the story. I enjoy these books because Brooks leaves out sex. I prefer that because enough books have that. I’m here for the adventures and the voyage across the lands. Also kick butt fight scenes and soul searching.
4.0 out of 5 starsVERY ENTERTAINING CONCLUSION TO THE ORIGINAL TRILOGY
Reviewed in the United States on June 20, 2015
Overall a well-written conclusion to the original trilogy, although it lackS Brook's usual wrap-up of the post-drama character's lives. I believe he was already setting the stage for the next set, The Scions of Shannara. Highly recommended to all Shannara fans, and if you have read the two prequel sets, The Word and the Void and the Children of Armageddon trilogies, go back to the origins of the entire world created by Brooks, written some twenty-five years prior to those volumes, for the opening of the world of Shannara set up by those more recent works. It is very interesting to see the evolution of Brook's writing style. I highly recommend the 35th Anniversary Annotated issue of the Sword of Shannara, the book that started it all, for both new and previous readers.
Is this the last of these stories? It was a great ending. Lots of them. Love the last twist on the last page. But will miss lots of the heroes. Still think more stories of Whisper and His family. Very interesting family . A wish for all happy endings.
I couldn’t stop reading this one! The characters took me in. I loved Slanter. He was a tough grizzled old gnome. The mysterious weapons master, the gentle giant, the Elven prince and the Druid. This would make an awesome movie. I loved this
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 6, 2016
Enjoyable book. Brooks introduces the powerful wishsong, elven magic born in the children of Wil Ohmsford a bi effect of Wil using the elfstones. Brooks however is too quick like most of his books to kill of too many of his interesting characters. All that's missing is the red shirts!! It is obvious this book was meant to tie off the series as 'spoiler alert' he seals the fate of Edain Elessedil the only son of Ander Elessedil. However Brooks brings back the Elessedil family in the next series! Whilst Brooks is a great story writer, he tends to fall down on details such as features and race. Like most of his books Brooks description of landscape features are incredibly detailed, I just wish he would not leave so much untold about the main characters by skipping years at a time
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 20, 2017
The third Shannara book is the best so far. This time Allanon persuades the children of Wil and Eretria to embark on a quest to destroy a book of dark magic. The inclusion of more main characters gives the storyline a busy and diverse feel. As with the other books, the central characters spend as much time battling their own demons, as they do battling the bad guys, but this gives depth to their personalities. For me this was the best book so far and characters such as Slanter and Cogline made the journey even more enjoyable. There are two short stories that follow on from this one, but they are not easy to find. The story 'Indomitable' is part of the Legends II short stories and 'Dark Wraith of Shannara' is a small graphic novel.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 15, 2013
I confess to being a full on Terry Brooks addict. I will read anything he publishes confident in the knowledge that it will be interesting, well crafted, creative, exciting and plausible. I use the last word advisedly. I read a lot of Science Fiction/Fantasy and many of the books I am recommended by Amazon are laughable. They are so badly written that you cannot immerse yourself in the worlds they create and feel any real fear or anticipation on behalf of their protagonists. Not so with Brooks. Even though I have read this series on a number of occassions, I keep coming back to it. The only other author I have found to compare with him is David Eddings and his Belgariad series. If you like Brooks you will like Eddings.
I watched the Shannara Chronicles, season 1 on Netflix and loved it so much that I had to buy the books. They are all brilliant and a must read for anyone who likes this genre. As is usually the case, the books are sooo much better than the TV programs or films.