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New York Times best seller

Hope blooms anew for the Four Lands in this riveting conclusion, not only to the Fall of Shannara series but to the entire Shannara saga - a truly landmark event more than 40 years in the making!

Since he first began the Shannara saga in 1977, Terry Brooks has had a clear idea of how the series should end, and now that moment is at hand.

As the Four Lands reels under the Skaar invasion - spearheaded by a warlike people determined to make this land their own - our heroes must decide what they will risk to save the integrity of their home. Even as one group remains to defend the Four Lands, another is undertaking a perilous journey across the sea to the Skaar homeland, carrying with them a new piece of technology that could change the face of the world forever. And yet a third is trapped in a deadly realm from which there may be no escape.

Filled with twists and turns and epic feats of derring-do - not untouched by tragedy - this is vintage Terry Brooks and a fitting end to a saga that has gathered generations of readers into its fold.

©2020 Terry Brooks (P)2020 Random House Audio

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The last of my Shannara

Wow I can’t believe this is the last of the Shannara ! I love my Shannara series of books from the sword and the first Druid to the Last Druid! From my high school to my retirement I have read Terry Brooks Shannara and will read them over and over. Always in my heart and I will always suggest for children all the way to adults to seniors❣️

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Not the finale you'd expect.

I've followed this series 36 years. Mr. Brooks has served the best series in his lifetime. That being said the story was good, but I myself thought there would be more to this fall of shannara. Other than that it really is just the conclusion of the Grianne ohmsford story. Still a good book and a must have.

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Unbearable narration

I’m not sure why most fantasy books or anything with a sword and magic in the story has to have a narrator with a British accent. These novels and the entire series was so much better with clear spoken non accented narration.. The narrator (Simon Vance) with all due respect (because I know he is a talented and well respected voice actor)makes the story difficult to follow. I had to slow the speed down to follow him and all of the characters seemed like they were 100 years old and exhausted while putting on some kind of weird blend of a Russian/Indian accent. He also seemed to be whispering the entire time I had to literally take breaks because it made me start to feel nauseous and give me headaches. I had to power through because I loved all of Terry’s work and needed to finish the Shannara books, but it really hurt the story. As for the content; I miss the simplicity of the older work with different races and large scale medieval type battles with a dark evil protagonist looking to end and enslave the realm, and Terry Brooks does those scenes soooooo very well. I have read many of these types of fantasy series with large scale battles and he does it in a way that makes you feel like you are in the middle of it. There were times while reading or listening that I would get goosebumps from the fear and excitement that one would feel if they were in the actual scene. I did not feel this in these last 3 books however I understand that you cannot write the same books over and over and a transition from magic to science seemed to be made as the books progressed. I would absolutely still recommend the Fall Of Shannara books though, and if the narration isn’t a problem for you then you will thoroughly enjoy this book.

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end of a era

I started reading shannara 34 years ago. a little underwhelming for the end of an era/series but good overall. still left some loose threads. thanks terry for all the amazing stories!

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Great story!

Exactly what we've come to expect from the mind of Terry Brooks. I just hope the Shannara stories haven't truly come to an end. Gotta be an offshoot somewhere.

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Shannara...

Loved it as I have loved all the Shannara books...wonderful story, characters, and hopefully not ending...

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Yawn

This book suffered from a major flaw, aside from Terry Brooks’ knack for deus ex machina magic — it was boring. A poor resolution to a mediocre series. Even Simon Vance couldn’t bring much life to this bread and mayonnaise sandwich of a book.

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Terry Brooks used to be my favorite fantasy author

I finished this series. While overall the series was very good, it seemed stretched. The story could have been shortened by a whole book. There were a few nice original sections (such as being stuck in the Forbidding), but much of this book had been telegraphed earlier. While I'm sorry to write this, but Shannara should be retired.

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Terry leaves the story open.

A few open threads have been tied up but several remain lose for perhaps each to write their own conclusions.

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Sad it is over

Another era of Druids. I started reading these books when I was 12. They have never disappointed. These works have actually inspired me to write my own books and the first one will be published in 2021. Thank you Terry Brooks for providing me years of entertainment and being an inspiration to me.