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Witch Wraith (Dark Legacy of Shannara) Mass Market Paperback – 31 Dec 2013

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 499 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey Books (31 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345523547
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345523549
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.9 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 671,409 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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If you haven't read Terry Brooks, you haven't read fantasy (Christopher Paolini, bestselling author of ERAGON and BRISINGR)

Terry Brooks is a master of the craft and a trailblazer . . . Required reading (Brent Weeks, bestselling author of the Night Angel trilogy)

I can't even begin to count how many of Terry Brooks's books I've read (and re-read) over the years (Patrick Rothfuss, bestselling author of THE NAME OF THE WIND)

Terry's place is at the head of the fantasy world (Philip Pullman, author of NORTHERN LIGHTS) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The third title in a new Shannara fantasy series - from the international bestselling author who began the modern fantasy phenomenon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris on 14 Aug. 2013
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I have read every one of the Shannara books and loved them all. I was therefore understandably thrilled when the third book of the latest trilogy was released - downloading the lot to read in one sitting. Sadly the book let itself down.

The ending was poor, with far too many loose ends and convenient fixes. The beginning was also poor and far too drawn out, with a focus on word count, rather than quality. The middle was better written, but sadly only to the point of mediocre.

The biggest let down though was the complete absence of plot - new plot, anyway. It seemed more like a mail-merge of the previous books than anything vaguely original. I have read the other books. If I want to read them again, then I can. I do not need to read what seems like a schoolchild's attempt to combine them into a new trilogy.

Disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 9 Nov. 2013
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I came to read my first Terry Brooks book, when a friend at work loaned me Magic Kingdom For Sale - Sold. For my then young daughter. My daughter did not bother to read it, so I did. I was hooked I have read every book he has written and am always impatiently waiting for the next volume to appear. Following on from the Shannara books, Terry writes in sets of three, each book as compelling as the one before and always leaving you eager to read next.
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By S. Wilson TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Aug. 2013
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*Warning Potential Book 1 & Book 2 Spoilers*
I have read and can fully agree with a lot of the other reviews in that this book did seem a bit rushed and in particular especially at the end where I felt it could have probably done with a few more chapters to tie everything up better but I still absolutely loved this book and the storyline in general. Yes the plot line is still very very similar to previous Shannara books and in particular the High Druid of Shannara trilogy but I did still enjoy it and another main positive was that the books were all only six months apart as opposed to the normal twelve months and so I still felt very connected to the first two books. For me the sign of an excellent book is where you are still sitting up in the early hours of the morning reading it when you were meant to be trying to get an early night and that was exactly how I was with this book so a definite five star marking from me. I've been a long time fan of Terry Brooks ever since my Uncle introduced his books to me in 1987 and the Shannara series and his excellent writing and story lines are what keeps me reading and what makes Terry Brooks my longest standing favourite author. I agree with a lot of the other reviewers in that his books do seem to be shorter than they used to be when compared to the likes of The Sword Of Shannara: Number 1 in series and it would be very nice for him to go back to writing a 'chunkier' read, but as he is releasing this trilogy a lot faster than normal (normally a book a year rather than every six months as with this series) I suppose you have to weigh up having a thicker book against being able to continue with the story line faster.
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This is the first series by Terry Brooks that I've ever read and will certainly not be my last. There were so many things that I loved about this trilogy that I don't even know where to begin.

The story was engaging and enthralling. There wasn't a single moment in this trilogy where I felt the urge to skip past a boring bit or consider taking a break from the book. I just couldn't put it down.

The characters were the highlight of the series, though. They were memorable, likeable and relatable. I found myself genuinely caring about what happened to them. I was very pleasantly surprised when I began reading and found out that the main character was a woman that could defend herself. Used to fantasy books that revolve around men that save the damsels in distress, this made a very nice change. Aphenglow is a strong, talented woman who's brave, proficient in magic and cares deeply about those close to her, while still being a realistic, relatable and three dimensional character.

Another reason that I was so impressed with this book is that it made me cry like a baby. Any author that can make me cry as much as J K Rowling did in The Deathly Hallows must be doing something right. The Dark Legacy of Shannara is an emotional journey, and it's a journey that I look forward to taking again and again as I read Terry Brooks' other series.
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Been a Terry Brooks fan since his first outing with 'S word of Shannara', but I had enough now of the same old, same old.
I was enthralled through the 'Word and the void' series, and frankly enraptured to find ' Armagedon's children's following on (frankly Mr Brooks best works I believe).
So sorry, whilst Terry seems to be writing for his publishes pocket book, rather than our enjoyment, I for one will not be coming along for the ride.
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After having recently finished reading this book my initial response was one of disappointment. The Elfstones have been lost yet again and the Witch Wraith has been banished into the Forbidding despite her all too swift triumph over Tael Riverine. Which means that the events of the Trilogy have essentially been for nothing. Or have they? I can't help but wonder has Terry Brooks deliberately allowed these events to unfold so that something more exciting can transpire in a sequel? The Witch Wraith was once an Ohmsford, which means she should be able to utilise the magic of the Elfstones that are now in the Forbidding with her. Perhaps we will finally learn what their magic is capable of. Then of course there is the possibility of the Wishsong evolving further after the use of the crimson Elfstones by Redden Ohmsford. I also vaguely remember from the High Druid Trilogy that Weka Dart believed that the Jarka Ruus had not been imprisoned by the Elves and that it was infact the other way around. If that were true then it would provide an incredible twist to the origins of the Forbidding. Hopefully some of these issues will be addressed and something truly remarkable and unexpected will occur in any following novels!
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