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Bearers Of The Black Staff: Legends of Shannara: Book One by [Brooks, Terry]
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Chronicling another piece if the amazingly extensive Shannaran history . . . Light, enjoyable reading that keeps a good pace, it's a great fantasy read for diehard fans aNd newcomers alike (WATERSTONE'S BOOKS QUARTERLY)

Exciting and engrossing (SCIFINOW)

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Chronicling another piece if the amazingly extensive Shannaran history ... Light, enjoyable reading that keeps a good pace, it's a great fantasy read for diehard fans aNd newcomers alike WATERSTONE'S BOOKS QUARTERLY Exciting and engrossing SCIFINOW

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 627 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (2 Sept. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0043VE51W
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 94 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,298 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
I thought the book was absolutely brilliant, hence the title, and I think, in my humble opinion, that it was one of Terry's best ever books, although there are so many wonderful books to choose between. I thought the way he tied the Genesis series, via this instalment, towards the start of the main Shannara books was extremely clever. We now know the fate of Cat and Panther or do we ? Loads of new, complex and interesting characters (goodies and baddies).

No spoilers here and I cannot wait for the next instalment.

Rest assured, if you like this genre, you will absolutely adore this book.

Big plus to Amazon, I received the book two days earlier than I expected it, so a huge bonus.

Regards.

Paul
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Format: Hardcover
Terry Brooks brings all the threads from his previous novels together, not as complex as his others but just as enthralling as usual.
Would definately recomend for fans and novice Terry Brooks readers alike!
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Format: Hardcover
firstly i must make it clear i have read every book in the shannara catologue and have either loved them or liked them ,so i am one of the converted.but this book reeks of how can i make some more money and eak out the shannara series.i thought the last books tied up all the other stories quite nicely.but this one just dosent do it.its supposed to be set hundreds of years before the sword of shannara but every one seems just as advanced as latter storys ,so no evolution during that period then.also just a personal feeling .the elves are so ordinary ,wheres the mystique.i half expected them to be walking round in hoodys.this book just plods trough with far too much depth put into every character,which i feel is just a filler so he can tack on that extra volume,there is nothing new in this book and i personally couldnt wait to finish it.sorry all this book has done is spoil a great series,please dont write any more shannaras terry,put your great story telling into something new.i must reiterate this i loved all the other books but this is just one too far
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Format: Paperback
It pains me to say so but I was so incredibly disappointed with this book.
It has all the lightness and easy prose that hallmark Brooks' work, but it just felt a little two dimensional and lacked in complexity and scope despite the fact that every single character seemed to be a character from a different Shannara book but renamed. I didn't really feel I got to know the characters on a personal level and I honestly didn't really feel like it brought anything new to the Word and the Void/ Shannara series. After the absolute brilliance of the Genesis of Shannara series I genuinely expected more.
I know this may not be clear to readers but it just felt a little... rehashed to me. This is a real shame because this could have been one of the most exciting series in a long time.
Despite all of that, I can't pretend it wasn't an enjoyable read, if a little 'light'. I will definitely get the next installment because I do think there is potential in the series and I hope it will improve. Knowing how prolific Brooks is, there will probably be a few more series to come and so in the bigger scheme of things if you're a Shannara fan it's probably worth a read to make sure you don't miss anything that might be important later on.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I loved this, it has everything I've come to expect from Terry Brooks and he brilliantly pulls together all the spare threads from the Shannara mythology, leaving me wanting more, to the extent that I've just bought the next one! Going to start it now!
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Format: Hardcover
Dear all,

I bought another Terry Brooks book, I will be honest, I haven't read all his book, but about 6-8, and then mostly the sword of Shannara series.
I also read the previous trilogy playing down before this book, which is probably a must read as it will add that little bit of extra spice that the book desperately needs especially in the beginning.
Terry Brooks is definitely not my favourite fantasy writer, I think his writing style is not great and it always revolves around a bunch of kids that discover they have secret powers and then decide or a reforced into, rescuing the world. Nothing wrong with that, but it gets repetitive, and nothing new with this book , although the world in this case is the secluded Valley that they live in.
I will not discuss the plot here, as a review could serve as a basis for buying this book.
I did find however that the beginning was slow, very very slow, and that nearing the end with some intigues happening, betrayals and fast action the book was finally taking off and I devoured the final 50 pages as opposed to forcing myself through the start of the book.
I am looking forward to the second part and if you like Terry Brooks and if you like his previous books then you should not miss this one as it fits the series perfectly IMO.

Kind regards,

Pieter
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Having read all of the Shannara books including the preceding trilogy I awaited this offering eagerly. I am a fan I have to admit however the more I read this book the more I had a feeling that it wasn't ever going to go anywhere. It merely lays down the necessary bones of the plot in readiness for the other works to come. We are,as usual, introduced to Elves, Men and Lizards who having been led from the wastelands and into a valley protected by magic against the outside world still live lives apart from one another and still suffer internal corruption and political infighting in a struggle for power that is frankly ageless. We meet the latest Knight of the Word, whom to me seems the weakest of his kind yet and who, rather than being the last bastion of mankind against the hordes of evil just seems more interested in looking for his replacement from the outset.We are introduced to a man from the outside world, a mercenary with a heart who was for me the most interesting character of the book, the one character I wanted to see fully fleshed out but rather than expand on him and bring him to the fore the whole character is ultimately just thrown away, I couldn't get my head around the reason for that. One thing I wish Terry would do is make the fight scenes last a little longer, he seems to take an age to build up to them then once the excitement has reached fever pitch the actual fights are over in seconds. This isn't the book to begin your journey upon, you must read the previous books first right back to the Word and Void or you just will not get it so I suggest to anyone wanting to read this Brooks offering as their first to look further back to Armageddons children or even further back to Running with the demon trilogy just to get the necessary grounding on the story.
I will buy the next book no doubt there but I hope it is the book it deserves to be.
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