Indomitable Hardcover – 31 Mar 2012
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The evil Illdatch, a book of evil sorcery was once thought destroyed by the descendant of Shea Ohmsford, by Brin Ohmsford. But, there was a page she didn't know about that was missing. It is up to her brother Jair, to destroy it once and for all. Can he do it without dying? One can try.
The old school Shannara books are arguably the best I've read by Terry Brooks, the new ones after like 2005, aren't really that good. When I bought this short novel on Kindle, I was hoping the magic from the old series would come back.
And come back it did.
The novel takes place two years after the events that unfolded in The Wishsong of Shannara. Brin Ohmsford has grown up, and is now out of Shady Vale, is now married to Rone Leah and is pregnant. Jair on the otherhand is still in Shady Vale, working in the family Inn. His life is vey peaceful, and all of it is shattered when Kimber Boh, grandaughter of the Druid Cogline, comes and tells Jair to come with her to destroy the last page of the Ildatch, that is locked up in the Fortress Dun Fee Aran.
The plot really isn't surprising at first. Just classic Terry Brooks. I was reminded why I like him. I love quest stories. So if you hate it, stay away. Brooks is back!
The characters are realistic , and are exactly how I remembered them, except for Jair. Jair is no longer a whiner, he is tough and has grown up. He is far more fun to read about now.
Writing quality is wordy at times. Thank Amazon for putting a dictionary easy to get into on the Kindle. His writing is reminiscent of Tolkien and if you hate Tolkien, again stay away. I also like the fact it's a short novel, or novella. No eat, fight, sleep pattern that plague many an epic fantasy.
5 out of 5 stars! Grab it, it's worth the whole $2.99!
Also available in print in the Legends II Anthology and Nook!
Jair, Kimber, and Kimber's grandfather Cogline set out for the prison fortress of Dun Fee Aran, home of the missing page. Jair has the gift of the wishsong like Brin did, but his verison is not as powerful. Upon reaching the fortress, Jair puts medicine in the drinks of Cogline and Kimber so they will stay asleep while he searches for the missing page alone. Will he survive to find the page, or will the evil Mwellrets who guard the Ildatch stop him?
I've been a fan of Terry Brooks for many years, and I've read all of his previous works. It's been several years since I've read "The Wishsong of Shannara", but this fine short novel does a good job of bringing the early Shannara stories to a conclusion. It was fun to read about Jair Ohmsford again and see how he deals with the realization that his magic power is much different than he thought. This story is a quick read and it is packed with action. Brooks fans won't want to miss "Indomitable".
I had not predicted this book would be so good.
I guess when Terry Brooks takes a chance, and strays away from his preconceived writing "formula" he can produce some pretty intriguing work. He can actually take interesting ideas, which he had not dealt with before and lay them out in unexpected ways. If there is one thing about Terry Brooks which is always predictable, that is the fact that he is always predictable.
But, when you think about it, this book, like the other three, starts the same way. I guess Terry is predictable after all. Still, this book is a lot different from any of his works before, as it deals with some unexplored territory. You can tell it is quite a stretch for him, and it is quite refreshing after having just read 'Wishsong.'