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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (2 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841495883
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841495880
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,655 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's place is at the head of the fantasy world (Philip Pullman, author of THE GOLDEN COMPASS)

If you haven't read Terry Brooks, you haven't read fantasy (Christopher Paolini, author of ERAGON and BRISINGR)

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The second book in the Legends of Shannara fantasy duology from international bestseller Terry Brooks

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S. Wilson TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Nov. 2011
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I've been a long time fan of Terry Brooks ever since my Uncle introduced his books to me in 1987 and although not my favourite 'mini series' in the Shannara world I did really enjoy this book and it's predecessor Bearers of the Black Staff. I absolutely loved the Word and the Void initial trilogy and was made up when the Genesis of Shannara trilogy was released as few years ago which tied the Shannara world with the Word's servants.

***Warning beginning of the book possible spoilers***
This book continues on from the Bearers of the Black Staff and picks up with Prue Liss trying to escape from the Trolls after Deladion Inch sacrificed himself to save her. There's a new 'player' in the book with a seemingly harmful rag-picker making an appearance which actually is a Demon in disguise. The Demon has sensed the magic from the Black Staff since the valleys protective walls have fallen and is determined to own that magic as his own as he had long thought he had rid the world of the bearers and their black staffs from him systematically hunting them down since the apocalypse. The Demon has also sensed some sort of magic from Prue Liss and is now quickly on her heels. Will Prue escape the Trolls and the Demon?
Panterra Qu has now taken up the black staff following Sider's death and has to make the decision between warning the people of Glensk Wood that the defences at Declan Reach have fallen or going after Prue Liss. He finally makes the decision to warn the people first and then continue on to save Prue not knowing that she has actually already escaped the Trolls camp with Deladion's help.
Phryne Amarantyne is locked up following her Father's murder and accused of being the perpetrator by her wicked Step-Mother Isoeld and the First Minister Teonette.
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By Terry D TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Oct. 2011
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I found it extremely difficult to write a review of this fantasy novel.

The storyline itself is taut and well-written and I was particularly impressed by the way Terry Brooks has absolutely no qualms about killing off one of his major characters three-quarters the way through the novel. The appearance of a dragon - who will only carry people it chooses - initially reminded me Scarlet in Terry Goodkind's 'Wizards First Rule' and 'Stone of Tears'. Then, of course, I remembered Strabo in Terry Brooks Landover series...

My problem with the novel is entirely with the ending. To me there is an overriding need for a further novel that will bridge the gap between 'The Measure of the Magic' and the first of the Shannara fantasies. I was extremely surprised to find that isn't the case, that this novel and 'Bearers of the Black Staff' are complete in their own right.

Various websites tell me that there will be three further novels published between 2012 and 2013 collectively entitled 'Legacy of Shannara' and will start with a fantasy entitled 'the Wards of Faerie'. The time-line of Mr Brooks writings has always been convoluted and confusing: I now understand that this forthcoming trilogy will be slotted in after the events chronicled in the 'High Druid of Shannara' trilogy...

If a logical sequence to 'The Measure of the Magic' was in the pipeline I'd have given the novel five stars. As it is - sorry Mr Brooks - it will have to settle for three.

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For the record, i absolutely adore Terry Brook's various works however there is no denying that this is not one of his better books. As usual Brooks creates some wonderful characters throughout this book and its predecessor, notably "the Ragpicker" who is possibly one of the strongest villains out of the entire Shannara universe, despite this the book seems to lack that defining edge that Brooks has installed in some of his previous books to make them pure class. Perhaps my expectatons for this book were set too high but I did not feel absorbed in the slightly mundane plot, there was no moment where I was desperate to read on and at times the different sub-plots simply did not fit in together.

Whilst reading it i felt like i was trying to balance out a lot of barely adequate moments with a few excellent moments, amongst the rare excellence were the build-up scenes involving the Ragpicker which were utterly chilling at time and I thought that the appearance of the King of the Silver River was brilliantly handled.

Looking back at the read i feel that the dissappointments and the enjoyments balanced each other out evenly, I recommend it to other readers as it is by no means a poor book just lacking in the raw quality of the Word and the Void series and the Shannara Trilogy.
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By SonicQuack VINE VOICE on 19 Nov. 2011
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Brooks was right in creating a duology to complete this phase of Shannara's history, which keeps it tight and controlled. The story is really a series of chase scenes, for there very few action orientated scenes which aren't as a result of the hunter and hunted meeting. Of course it's not as linear as that and there's a new villain in the mix to ramp up the danger, with which Brooks succeeds. The 'ragpicker' is a malevolent and wise creation, sowing disharmony and disrupting relationships in a manner akin to the horror wrought in Stephen King fiction. The chases take the characters in to new territory keeping the story fresh and unpredictable. The characters are well developed and there is a clear feeling of good versus evil, with a required wild-card to keep the intrigue flowing. A good entry in the series where the characters are as important as the plot.
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