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The Jerle Shannara Trilogy (Voyage of the Jerle Shannara) Paperback – 3 May 2005


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  • Paperback: 1280 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (3 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416502041
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416502043
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 5.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,247 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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Terry Brooks first novel, THE SWORD OF SHANNARA, began the post-Tolkien huge boom in epic fantasy in 1977. It was a NEW YORK TIMES bestseller for five months. Since then he has written seven more SHANNARA novels, five MAGIC KINGDOM light fantasies and the KNIGHT OF THE WORD dark fantasies series. Terry Brooks divides his time between Seattle and Hawaii with his wife, Judine.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By V. Sully on 6 Dec 2005
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed reading this and as a 'follow on' to all the other Shannara books it was good. Lighthearted and unputdownable and I drove my family mad until I had finished it, as I always end up doing with the Shannara series!!
I had always been aware that at some point Brooks would make some reference to 20th/21st Century in the books(I think it was a metal monster or something similar that was referred to in a previous book) and was dreading it!! However this was actually quite painless and it was interesting to see how the magic vs. technology aspect worked out. Also thankfully it was only a small amount of the trilogy that actually dealt with said technology and it worked really well.
Highly recommendable for all Terry Brooks fans and newcomers to the Shannara series would probably enjoy it as well, although some references may be somewhat strange. Has definitely made me what to read the all the Shannara stories again!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "kurtius" on 11 Mar 2006
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This is probably the best book I have ever read. It was so epic, there was so much depth. I could feel the pain the characters were going through, and there were so many twists and turns and revelations I was completely gripped all the way through. The description is vivid, the action is gripping, the suspense is wonderful. Fantabulously written!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. L. Barker on 15 Feb 2010
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I first started reading the Shannara series a couple of years ago with The Sword of Shannara and was initially put off by its standard fantasy tropes: elves, dwarves, a secretive magician caste (in this case, the Druids), the farmboy-hero concept. It was all very derivative stuff.

The Elfstones of Shannara was a marked improvement on the first book, but subsequent volumes seemed to fall back on overused fantasy cliches: "look - the farmboy now has magic!" "The bad guys are evil magicians and wear black robes!" "The good wizard falls!" And so on.

Still very readable - but there's a lot of other can't-put-downable fantasy out there experimenting with mind-bogglingly original concepts and written in a truly jaw-dropping way, and Brooks' work just sort of paled in comparison. After The Heritage of Shannara I felt I should give Brooks a bit of a break. The quartet had a few interesting twists and turns but still...it felt that the author couldn't recapture that Elfstones magic.

Until now.

From the start, the writing In The Voyage of The Jerle Shannara is sparse and pacy. No time is wasted on overwrought descriptions, we're straight (within 2 pages) into the action, and before you know it, 100 pages have passed and you're head over heels swept up in the tale.

There's a tight plot, Brooks feeding us just the right amount of titbits amid the pages to keep us wanting more. The story follows the Druid Walker Boh and a cast of colourful characters on the trail of a mysterious lost magic from the Old World. The introduction of airships and islands far off the coast of the Blue Divide lifts (no pun intended) the story from the standard "hike through the Four Lands" that we have seen time and time again.
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I actually meant to order the Sword Of Shannara Omnibus originally and actually ordered The Heritage of Shannara Omnibus by mistake. I remembered reading the Shannara series when I was a child, and wanted to buy the original series (Sword of Shannara, etc) but messed up and ordered the Heritage by mistake. However, it was one of the best mistakes that I ever made, although a damn expensive one (as I'll explain in a moment), as it let me know about the sequels to the orginal series that weren't around when I first read the Shannara series.

The reason why I said that it's turned out to be an expensive mistake to make is that I have become addicted to the Shannara series again, forcing me (completely against my own will - ok maybe not, but I am sticking to my excuse here to explain why I've spent much more money than I orignal meant to) to buy the entire Shannara series, along with the Word and the Void series too (as, once you have read through most of the series, you begin to realise that the two series, although apparantly completely unrelated to begin with, are related after all - I won't say anymore, as I don't want to ruin the plot for anyone or to ruin the wonderful suprise of finding the link for yourself). Where I originally thought I was just buying a series of three books that were a great read when I was a kid, I have now ended up buying the entire series of 21 books in the Shannara and The Word and The Void series.

To give you an example of how good these books are (and I hope that I don't get into trouble for saying this, in case it is taken as an accusation of some kind when it is really just meant as a compliment about how good the books are), I am a disabled person, and require regular medication of morphine to control my pain.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Tate on 28 Mar 2005
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I have never read a Terry Brooks book before, I picked this hefty book up and could not put it down. There is a number of characters so everyone will have a favourite they can bond with. The story is good and wholesome, no dilemma is "too easy get outable" but doesn't go on forever that you get bored with it like some books I have read. Three novels in one to get lost in and really enjoy.
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