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Publisher's Summary

In the 300 years since the death of the Druid Allanon, the evil Shadowen have seized control of the Four Lands. If they are to be saved, the black Elfstone must be retrieved, at whatever cost to life or love....

©2016 Terry Brooks (P)2016 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"If Harry Potter has given you a thirst for fantasy and you have not discovered the magic of Terry Brooks, you are in for a treat." ( Rocky Mountain News)
"If you were delighted and entranced by Michael Ende's The Never Ending Story, you will definitely want to sample one of more of Terry Brooks's books." ( Santa Cruz Sentinel)

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Lot if filler

I like the books but it has a lot of filler material like he was going for page count hope the next ones better

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So, so, err, yeah, not sure

Any additional comments?

So, first the performance is very good. Second the story, viewed from beginning to end, is also very good, and well thought out. Third, it annoys the hell out of me at times. Now, this could be a reflection of personal taste, so your interpretation may differ, but, the story is very "overly wordy/pompous/full of itself" at times. "He took a step forward, not because that is how one walks, but because that was the force of man to the world, the weight of existence in a single step that would have meaning for a thousand, thousand years...if not for the second step, which thundered in the minds and body of the million souls that watched from the woods of damnation...but then came the third step" .....so if, you can ignore each step of the 1000 mile journey, the story is quite pleasant. If you can not, then save the credit. If you can sorta ignore it on and off, then do so. I can only hope that book three eases up on the preaching.

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magical!

It was a joy to listen to this book. Terry Brooks did it again. Bravo!

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great series

i enjoy all of Terry Brooms books. Heritage is the best series out of all of them.

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Pretty Good

Great performance from John Lee, however the story is decent. Like some have said before, this story felt like filler content. I never really felt the urge to continue listening after the breaks I took from the story. The only reason I continued through this book was to get to the next one. The characters that were specific to this book were ok. None felt memorable or very impactful. This story could have been played out much better, but unfortunately the majority of the story was predictable.

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Best book of the series so far

Could not stop listening to this one. Same way it was reading the story in 93. Already looking fed to the elf queen. Hope the story is just as good.

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Great performance, well written

John Lee does a great job. Moves between characters seamlessly and brings them to life. Brooks creates a great story with rich layers and characters. Great listen.

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Terry Brooks and John Lee: Great for Shannara!

I am thoroughly enjoying Shannara by Brooks, as read by John Lee. Great Audible Experience!

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magical

An intriguing paradox of destiny. one that leads you on an immeasurable quest for the whole truth.

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Great story continues...

Terry Brooks continues the fantastic trailer he had started in the previous book. And like the previous book, it ends without an ending, but perhaps with a bit more closure than the Scions of Shannara.

Surprising to me was how much of the language Terry had borrowed from the Bible. As someone who reveres the Word of God, it made me feel a little uneasy. The story, too, had many Christian tones and shades. Which is both fantastic and annoying. Annoying because the "higher purpose" in Terrys' stories is attributed to evolution or the world... Why? Why can't there be a will of good apart from just material or the elements. Ahh well, this is strictly my own misgivings' and do not, at all, diminish the fantastic story. The way I see it is that all good stories tend to have tones and shades, types and shadows, of the story of our Lord, weather the author meant it or not. Again personal opinion.

As for John Lee, he had my ear. What a great narrator! Loved listening to his voice. Amazon please pay him well, because he's gold 😀.

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