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on 21 November 2014
As with the previous novella in the Paladin's Of Shannara series, Allanon's Quest this is a tiny novella of less than 40 pages but it's full of lush imagery and re-introduces us to one of the more intriguing characters (in my opinion) from the world of Shannara and that is weapons master extraordinaire Garet Jax.

We find Jax at the beginning of this novella in the woods minding his own business. It is there that a strange woman stumbles upon him, a strange yet very attractive woman named Lyriana who is in desperate need of help. Her people are under attack by a 'dracul', a magical being that can literally suck the life force out of person, leaving behind nothing but a dry husk. After some considerable thought Jax agrees to help her and travel to her home but, unknown to Jax, her people are not what they initially seem but he helps them nonetheless.

This is a brilliant story about the simple prejudices we, as people, carry about with us on a daily business and about how you should never, ever judge a book by it's cover.... a lesson that Jax is forced to learn firsthand. This story fits firmly and neatly into the Shannara series and gives us further insight into Garet Jax and shows him to be much deeper personality that I previously thought. This is a tale of doing the right thing for the benefit of other without prejudice or fear, it shows that everyone is still just a human being at the end of the day regardless of their circumstances, a lesson we should all learn from!

Final Thoughts:

The Weapons Master's Choice is a superb addition to the Shannara timeline and while it had no firm basis anchoring it into the series like Allanon's Quest does that doesn't mean that it doesn't have it's place as it does, it just means that this novella can sit as a standalone by itself if needed.

Brooks has written a lovely lush and rich novella, he doesn't skimp on the detail even in a piece as short as this is and that shows a deft hand at writing to the extreme to cram so much into such a small space. Fans of Shannara will love this but hopefully those who want to take their first steps into Shannara without having to face the heavier tomes in the series can use this novella as a springboard into one of the best and one of the most expansive fantasy series out there. Worth a go at least don't you think?
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on 23 February 2013
I have been a avid fan of Terry Brooks' Shannara series since "The Sword of..." was released back in the seventies and I have continued my interest with his nearly created novellas for the Kindle. As other reviewers have stated, these are excellent introductions to the series as a whole. My only criticism is that they leave me wanting more in themselves. Having said this, I look forward to other offerings in the "Paladins of Shannara" series.
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on 10 July 2013
Terry Brooks' books are always enjoyable whether they are long or short. Always amazes me how he can squeeze so much into the story. It's a nice little gap filler about Garet Jax and shows he does have a human side as well as being an outstanding Weopons Master who is really interested in the challenge. Didn't take me too long to read but a nice little story.
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on 12 September 2013
Terry Brooks' books are always enjoyable whether they are long or short. Always amazes me how he can squeeze so much into the story. It's a nice little gap filler about Garet Jax and shows he does have a human side as well as being an outstanding Weopons Master who is really interested in the challenge. Didn't take me too long to read but a nice little story.
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on 8 March 2013
This was my first toe-dip into the world of Shannarra and a big disappointment: cardboard cut-out characters, a so-predictable beginning, middle and end...just nothing original. Of course, even these faults can be hidden by good writing. Mr Brooks left them very clearly exposed.
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on 6 February 2013
Terry Brooks is a genius what a twist, what a story and you cant help but love Garet Jax he is so cool; plus he’s my favourite character. The story is great and you feel as though the city is pure misery, it’s a great adventure to add to Mr Brooks’ Four Lands universe.
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on 3 March 2013
that could have served as a prologue to The WishSong of Shannara (the book he originally appeared in).
I have enjoyed all the Shannara books and maybe I am expecting too much from a short story, but enjoyable as they are, I feel let down at the end.
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on 16 April 2013
I love Terry Brooks and have read almost everything he has written, but was a little disappointed with this short story.
I felt it never really got going and when I arrived at the end it left me feeling a little flat.
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on 27 June 2014
If you have never read any of Terry Brooks books this is a good introduction to his world of stories. It generates interest from the very beginning and holds to the very end, highly recommended
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on 15 June 2015
This book is such a great read for any fantasy fan, but especially so for Terry Brooks' fans! This is a must have! I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to any epic fantasy fan!
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