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The Measure of the Magic Audiobook

The Measure of the Magic: Legends of Shannara

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For 500 years, the survivors of the Great Wars lived peacefully in a valley sanctuary shielded by powerful magic from the blighted and dangerous outside world. But the enchanted barriers have crumbled, the borders have been breached by predators, and the threat of annihilation looms large once more.

Sider Ament, bearer of the last black staff and its profound power, devoted his life to protecting the valley and its inhabitants - and, in his final moments, gave stewardship of the black staff to the young Tracker Panterra Qu. Now the newly anointed Knight of the Word must take up the battle against evil wherever it threatens: from without, where an army of bloodthirsty Trolls is massing for invasion; and from within, where the Elf king of Arborlon has been murdered, his daughter, Princess Phryne Amarantyne, stands accused, and a heinous conspiracy is poised to subjugate the kingdom. But even these will pale beside the most harrowing menace Panterra is destined to confront - a nameless, merciless figure who wanders the devastated land on a relentless mission: to claim the last black staff... and the life of he who wields it.

©2011 Terry Brooks (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    tony 01-31-17
    tony 01-31-17
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    "great book!!"

    I have been a fan of Terry for many years. this is another great book!

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    Travis Ferch 10-03-16
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    "of the four lands before"

    this story is extremely valuable for land to explain the times before four land became what they were. this was an Exquisite writing and I am pleased to have lived in the world before the 4 lands

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    Jordan 07-28-16
    Jordan 07-28-16
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    "Incredible"

    This book blew my mind! This whole series starting with Word and Void has just been incredible. Terry does it again!

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    Tammy 04-14-16
    Tammy 04-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good story - but"

    I liked the story, but almost cast it aside. It took a while to get used to the narrator who didn't seem very engaging. He failed to grab my attention for the first half hour, which is when I would give up on a book. It was only because I was stuck in a vehicle with nothing else to do that I kept listening. Eventually the storyline caught my attention. Not a terrible narrator, just took some getting used to.

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    Raf in LA 04-02-16
    Raf in LA 04-02-16
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    "loved it"

    it was a story like I would expect from terry Brooks, good and thrilling

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    Jeffrey United States 01-12-16
    Jeffrey United States 01-12-16
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    "The Magic Has Been Lost"

    I want to start with the statement that I grew up an avid fan of Terry Brooks and have loyally bought each book and listened to over half of them through Audible, so it pains me to write this review. I have never been more frustrated with a book than I have with this one and its predecessor. I picked up this new series to get an understanding of the transition from the old world to the world of Shannara but am only finishing this book out of stubbornness. I have never experienced such a weak cast of characters, 90% of the dialogue consists of the characters sobbing over their fears and unworthiness to the point it pained me. I truly have no idea how anything was accomplished with the time spent by the characters talking themselves down, if they had whips I wouldn't doubt we would have lost more time with them flogging themselves.

    As for the reader, it was a Gigante failure. If I have learned one thing it is to avoid any books read by Mr. Gigante. While it pains me, I am sorry to say I will not be buying anymore Terry Brooks books as I do not want to lose the fondness for his earlier works.

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    Stephen 09-29-15
    Stephen 09-29-15
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    "Great book, great reading."

    Almost perfect reading. Some of the female characters were quite a bit louder than the rest though, it can make me jump haha, but otherwise perfect.

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    larry peninger 09-07-15 Member Since 2017

    I enjoy science fiction and fantasy, but also am interested in homebrewing, anything crafty really .

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    "huge fan"

    huge fan of the shannara series .I am working my way through the series in chronological order . Probably not the way Brooks would recommend. enjoy

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    Ransdal United States 04-17-15
    Ransdal United States 04-17-15

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    "once you get started..."

    I just have to say, Terry Brooks is a great story teller! And Paul Gigante is a perfect compliment to it with his good command of different voices and accents. I keep thinking, this will be the last book I read and move on....

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    Tim U. Oregon, United States 01-21-15
    Tim U. Oregon, United States 01-21-15
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    "could have been better"

    I am so not a fan of this guy trying to sing or do female voices, had to skip through a lot of that. Also not sure the point of reading the description of a laugh if you're just going to give your own poor approximation of it immediately after.

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