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A strong new addition to the Shannara series,
This review is from: The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara: Antrax Bk. 2 (Paperback)This books carries on from the cliffhanger ending of The Isle Witch with more background on the Isle Witch herself. This book tends to be a bit darker, a bit more focused than most of the previous Shannara books - in style I found it closer to the Word and Void series. There is more introspective commentary from the characters which fleshes them out, giving us a better understanding of why they do things, which is nice.
This book also expands on the history of the world of Shannara by showing us things from the far past and introducing technology for the first time. Thankfully the technological side of things is not explained in too much detail - enough so we can see whats happening but not to much to drown the story in technobable.
We find out much more about most of the characters in this book, the pasts of the Isle Witch, Ryer Ord Star and Truls Rohk coming to full light. The characters develop as we find out about the secret that is Antrax and the treasure it guards, all coming to a number of climaxes which lead to a number of new surprises which bring up interesting questions for the next book.
All in all a great read, pleanty of action and surprises along the way. The only problem I have is having to wait a year for the next one.