- Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: Orbit; New Ed edition (5 Oct. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1841495506
- ISBN-13: 978-1841495507
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 3.6 x 20.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Wishsong Of Shannara: The Shannara Chronicles Paperback – 5 Oct 2006
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This is the final book in the Original Shannara Trilogy and whilst it went out with a bang and there were some big changes to the Shannara world this book is very unmemorable. This is very surprising as so many things happen in this novel that are important to the rest of the series but still this book lacks impact.
I think it may be because there were no really strong new characters in this book. In The Elfstones of Shannara, Wil Ohmsford and the other characters were so well written that you were eagerly turning over every page to see what would happen to them next but in this novel that didn't seem to be the case.
All the characters had only one dimension. Brin was the reluctant heroine who never believes in herself. Rhone the desperate lover and protector who will stop at nothing to protect Brin. Jair is the excitable youth that gets in over his head. Garet Jax the implacable warrior. Slanter the kind hearted outcast. All of these characters were stereotypes in their own right and though they moved the story forward, their characters did not move forward with it. By the end of the novel they were much the same as they had been before.
All in all this was the difficult third novel and it was also the last in the series (with the exception of the First King of Shannara) to work in the single novel format. I wonder if maybe the change to having multiple books with the same characters was for this very reason, so that Terry Brooks could spend more time on delving into his characters and making them more memorable.
Either way this is still a decent read but it is simply not quite good enough for five stars.
Something makes me keep coming back to Brooks's work each time he publishes a new book, that I can't explain (and it's not just the fact that my father loves him, buys his books and then passes them on to me). At this stage, I've simply become invested in his created world, but I know better that to enthusiastically recommend his work. The facts are twofold: 1. Brooks unmistakably bases heavily on Tolkien's work. 2. Some people don't care about that. You should know by this stage which category you belong to and whether you want to continue reading this review or not.
The great-granddaughter of Shea and the daughter of Wil (the protagonists of the first two books in the series), Brin Ohmsford is called upon by the Druid Allanon to undertake a mission for the sake of the Four Lands. Her father's use of the magical Elfstones in the previous novel had an extraordinary effect on the capabilities of his children: both Brin and her brother Jair have magical abilities based in song. Coining it "the wishsong", Brin and her brother simply have to sing for whatever they wish and it will occur. Brin is the stronger of the two since her singing actually causes reality to change, whereas Jair's is based in illusion, and so it is she that is called upon by Allanon.Read more ›
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I enjoy all the Shannara books and this is an excellent example.Published 6 months ago by Alan Willey
Just started to read expect it to be as good as terry brooks other books I have bought. Thank youPublished 6 months ago by John Patrick Fury
would have preferred the item had I ordered it by the correct publisher ie OrbitPublished 6 months ago by Bill Owen