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The first book of the triumphant and epic four-part conclusion to the Shannara series, from one of the all-time masters of fantasy.

Through 40 years of New York Times best-selling Shannara novels, Terry Brooks always had an ending in mind: a series that would bring it all to a grand conclusion. Now that time is here.

The Four Lands have been at peace for generations, but now a mysterious army of invaders is cutting a bloody swath across a remote region of the land. No one knows who they are, where they come from, or what they are after - and most seem content to ignore these disturbing events. The only people who sense a greater, growing threat and wish to uncover the truth are society's outcasts: an exiled High Druid, a conflicted warrior, a teenage girl struggling to master a prodigious magic...and a scrappy young orphan, improbably named Shea Ohmsford.

©2017 Terry Brooks (P)2017 Random House Audio

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Noooooo!

I listened to this all the way through. barely taking time to sleep! It is bitter sweet to see it all come to an end as all things muust! I have been a Shanara fan since High school! Loved this book!

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Book has potential.

I thought the book was good. I had a little trouble getting into it in tbe beginning but the story got a little better later on. I found that unlike some of Brooks' prior books, it was not childish as there was a bit of gore and darkness. Overall, not his best but it was good. Maybe i am more positive because after following Brooks and Shannara for so many years, this series represents the end of the Shannara saga.

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this audio book is skipping not coming in clearly

Would you try another book from Terry Brooks and/or Simon Vance?

probably not

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

anger because i spent a credit on an audio book that doesnt work right

Any additional comments?

before you sell anything you should check the quality i have no issues with any of my other books

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A solid comeback after the last several books

This is obviously the start of a longer series- the book leaves a lot of unanswered questions and does a lot of character development in this book, but shows a lot more of the "old" Terry Brooks in the setup. While not everything was gold, I genuinely liked the characters he is developing, and am intrigued to see what happens in the next book. He did a pretty good job of building both the world that the story takes place in, as well as tension in the story without really revealing much as of yet; but there is a lot of promise here!
I gave the story 3 stars instead of 4 because, as I said above, there is a lot of setup here and not quite the action- even the danger is veiled for a large portion of the story. This does not follow a typical Brooks formula where an enemy is known and a significant victory is awarded the protagonist by the end- instead, we get a cliffhanger and a continued escalating of the plot. I rather liked it despite the cliffhanger. At only 10 hours though, I wonder if this should have simply been "act 1" of a longer book, as Sword of Shannarra was. Still, I can't fault Brooks for working the system to bring in the $$- as long as he keeps writing good stories like this one and not the crappy "defenders" series that came before, I'll keep buying!

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Great Read!!

The Sword of Shannara was my first fantasy novel, and I have not been disappointed by Terry Brooks since...Although I'm sad to see the Shannara series go, can't wait until the next one!

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Excellent!!

Great start to this series. I'm sure the rest of the series will be just as good.

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Great Story

Great Read. Great characters, development, plot. In keeping with the best in the series.

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Will This Really Be The End?

I like this very much now I just can't wait till I get the next installment. I will be sorry and miss this series ofthe Shannara stories. Terry Brooks is a great author.

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well done

seemed a bit shorter than it could have been. still a good start to developing a new set of characters.

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Narrator drives me nuts.

I got both the physical book and the audible book so that I can read and listen back-and-forth. This latest installment from Terry Brooks is wonderful, and even stronger than the last few books in the Shannara series. The narrator drives me crazy, though. He is British, and speaks with that exaggeratedly refined style in which he gets quiet at the end of every sentence. Unfortunately, Terry Brooks often writes with the most important part of the sentence at the end, such as a name or place. When I'm listening in the car, I miss so many important points. I don't want to turn up the volume because the beginning of every sentence is loud, in the end is too soft!Once I noticed that speech pattern after about three chapters, it drives me crazy! It happens constantly, so I can't ignore it.

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