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Dark Wraith Of Shannara [Paperback]

Terry Brooks
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3 April 2008
The past is always with us, but sometimes we fail to recognise it for what it is.' These were Jair Ohmsford's final thoughts as he walked away from the carnage at Dun Fee Aran, having destroyed at last the book of dark magic known as the Ildatch. Following this great event, told in The Wishsong of Shannara, Jair discovers that he can draw on a form of magic that allows him to transform into other living creatures, both human and non-human. The magic is both powerful and seductive, for Jair can feel himself wanting to remain in each new form that he tries. Jair sets out for the family home of Shady Vale, seeking peace from the temptations of his unwanted gift. But fate has other plans for the heir to the elven magics of Shannara, and the shade of the Druid Allanon sets him, and his sister Brin, on a new path. The way is perilous, but Jair can provide protection with his new magical ability. Of course, that may be the most dangerous path of all . . .

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (3 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841496383
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841496382
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 279,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry Brooks was a practising attorney for many years, but now writes full-time. His first novel, THE SWORD OF SHANNARA, remained on the New York Times bestseller list for 5 months, and this was followed by 13 consecutive bestselling novels.

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Plenty to enjoy for readers of fantasy as well as comic books (Fantasy Book Critic )

A great way of attracting newcomers to Fantasy (SFFWorld )

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An original manga tale from the master of modern fantasy.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By Fiz
I am not quite sure how to start this review. This is a graphic novel told using pictures like a comic story book. Ok if you like this sort of thing. The illustrations are excellent but the story is lacking something probably because the Shannara books are so indepth and this seems to start in the middle of the story and doesn't seem to quite work as another Shannara story. I would describe this as a short story it only took me about 1 hour to read. There are some interesting bits at the end of the book about how the book came about and was made and some of the early artist's sketches. Worth reading if you are a big Shannara fan and wonder what the characters like Allanon look like in graphic pictures. Should be read after The Wishsong of Shannara.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Avid Terry Brooks Fan, but ..... 8 April 2008
Up front, I am a die hard Terry Brooks fan, but this did not work for me at all. I have the greatest admiration for Terry trying new things, although, I suspect, he was not the driving force behind this particular project. Graphics fabulous, story line good, but this is not Terry Brooks at his best, wrong medium. His fans are probably used to and love his in depth books, with emotion, heroic characters, complex plots,etc., etc.

To me, this was a Chinese take-away, eat one and you want another an hour later.

If Terry choses to do another graphic novel, like most fans, I will probably buy it, if only for interest sake.

Downside to this graphic novel, is that I now have a pictorial image of Slanter, Cogline, the Rets and Whisper, etc., but I will try to block this out, as it does not co-incide with my mental images.

However, if this book introduces a new audience to the wonderous World of TB, then the whole exercise will have been worth it.

I am really looking forward to reading the Gypsy Morph and, as Terry has said before, the book is better than the film and now the graphic novel.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars different but very enjoyable 19 April 2008
When i received the book i was surprised it was a comic book. Still being a die hard TB fan read it anyway,only took half an hour but thought it captured Terrys wonderful imagination perfectly. Read other reviews and people dont understand Terry has to write in detail because he does'nt have pictures to show detail. Story just needed to be longer though. Still Terrys work needs capturing by P Jackson in a film Elfstones would be amazing.Keep on Terry all your work is addictive
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why Why Why 28 Oct 2008
I have always said that a book is never finished, each person who reads it finishes it with their own imagination.

I bought this book believing it to be another terry brooks masterpiece, what I got was a cheap comic. If I wanted comics I would go get the Beano or Dandy, never been in to manga, never will. I had an image in my mind of what I believed rets, slanter, Brin and Jair, even paranor, oh my beautiful paranor, gone replaced by barbies castle.

Terry, mate, buddy, you blew it with this one, please never ever ever evr do this to us again.

I started and finished this book during my lunch hour today, I was left wishing I had brought the first Landover novel to work to start during the rest of my lunch.

Sadly it will cost me more to return this than to keep it as an item with which I can frame it and say "I now understand Terrys' theme, THE FOLLY OF MAN" sometimes an idea starts in your head and should stay there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Graphic disappointment 10 April 2008
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I'd just like to echo other reviews as I too was disappointed when the book arrived to find that it was a graphic novel. Not that I'm against graphic novels but it wasn't what I was led to expect. It wasn't advertised as such, otherwise I wouldn't have bought it. I returned it immediately.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dark Wraith of Shannara 10 April 2008
I also am an avid Terry Brooks fan, and I too was disappointed when the book arrived to find that it was a comic book. I returned it immediately.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I've always loved science fantasy reading, and this is a trilogy of reading that you would not want to put down. Loved it.
Published 1 month ago by Lambert John-Baptist
3.0 out of 5 stars not a bad read
The writing was to small and very hard to read took longer to read because of this, but apart from that not bad.
Published 12 months ago by linda erskine
4.0 out of 5 stars Shannara World
Its nice to see Terry Brooks writing about the wonderful world he created. The world and characters of Shannara have been a joy
to read and long may it continue.
Published 19 months ago by JOHN KYRIACOU
3.0 out of 5 stars Shannera and graphica novel ?
I hadn't noticed that it was a graphic novel when ordering so was a bit surprised. While not bad (graphics are fine, story is good) it didn't work out for me.
Published on 10 Dec 2010 by Andre
3.0 out of 5 stars shallow uninventive use of the medium graphic novel
Compared to Brooks' other Shannara books this addition does not add anything new or exiting. The storyline is flimsy, it does not add anything worthwile to the existing Shannara... Read more
Published on 24 Feb 2010 by K. E. Rowell
1.0 out of 5 stars dark wraith of shannara
I am a great fan of Terry Brookes and have every book he has written, so when I saw this book advertised I bought it immediately. Read more
Published on 24 May 2008 by C. Taylor
1.0 out of 5 stars Dark Wraith of Shannara
I am not at all into comic books and when I ordered it, assumed it was a normal novel. I returned it immediately. Only order if you want to read a comic type book!! Read more
Published on 4 April 2008 by Debbie
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