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The Wishsong Of Shannara: The Shannara Chronicles Paperback – 5 Oct 2006

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  • 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)

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A marvellous fantasy trip (Frank Herbert)

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The third book in the internationally bestselling Shannara series.

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I confess to being a full on Terry Brooks addict. I will read anything he publishes confident in the knowledge that it will be interesting, well crafted, creative, exciting and plausible. I use the last word advisedly. I read a lot of Science Fiction/Fantasy and many of the books I am recommended by Amazon are laughable. They are so badly written that you cannot immerse yourself in the worlds they create and feel any real fear or anticipation on behalf of their protagonists. Not so with Brooks. Even though I have read this series on a number of occassions, I keep coming back to it. The only other author I have found to compare with him is David Eddings and his Belgariad series. If you like Brooks you will like Eddings.
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It's strange that even though there was nothing overly wrong with this novel, I always find it very unremarkable after I have finished reading it.

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.
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I've now listended to all three of these books (unabridged). I enjoyed the first two, but with the best will in the world, the third was a struggle. The most glaring problem is that all three books appear to have the same plot - grand evil, a big quest to get it sorted and a member of the Ohmsford family. There's no attempt at a sub-plot or any real complexity and by the middle of book 3, you're ready for a change. I'm going to park the Shannara series here I think - it's not awful, far from it, but there's much better fantasy out there...
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Out of the original trilogy of Shannara novels, "The Wishsong of Shannara" is possibility the best of the three, though certainly not Brooks's best overall (not that his best is groundbreaking literature anyway). As one of the early detractors of Tolkien, Brooks's "Shannara" series caters to the fantasy buffs that just can't get enough of noble quests against evil - but with likeable characters, fast-paced narrative and some genuinely intriguing components stirred in Brooks's works aren't a complete plagaristic waste.

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.
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Similar themes to other books - I like the style and easy to read way Terry brooks writes. These books have similar themse and characters and have good stories - not that original but I enjoyed this. I read the first three books one after the other but don't recommend this - they are better with a gap between
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