Witch Wraith: Book 3 of The Dark Legacy of Shannara Paperback – 31 Dec 2013
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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)
The third title in a new Shannara fantasy series - from the international bestselling author who began the modern fantasy phenomenonSee all Product Description
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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.
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.Read more ›
Another good story from a stalwart writer. I heard some reviews say that this story was slow. I haven't found this to be the case.
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.
I really wanted to give this book a higher star rating, even now I am hovering over the next star wanting to at least give it a four but I simply can't. Even though I read the book in one sitting I have put it down and I am very unsatisfied feeling as though I need at least another hundred pages to properly polish off this series. It seemed that I kept flicking over the pages hoping that the story would some how rise from the ashes like the proverbial phoenix, that Mr Brooks would
somehow spin his usual magic and bring about a brilliant and hugely satisfying ending but alas that was not to be.
The story was filled with characters who continue on personal quests in spite of countless warnings not to, love stories that are so awkward that they belong in a high school soap opera and so many story lines it is impossible to get into any of them. Constantly the user is being pulled away from one story arc to the next and with each one it is hard not to scream at the page as you might at a bad horror movie as the characters constantly stumble into situations they really should have avoided.
One of the most frustrating elements of the book however, is the rehashing of plot lines we have read before. This book... this entire series, was an amalgamation of The Elfstones of Shannara, the First King of Shannara, The High Druid of Shanara and the Voyage of the Jerle Shanara series.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a Terry Brooks fan very pleased to have this book to add to my collection. Received quickly.Published 2 months ago by Corrine
At last.Having read the first 2 books it wasllike trying to win the lotto finding the final book.Thanks TonyPublished 4 months ago by Anthony mc veigh
It brought together the story but there was a lot of repetition as it went on. Nevertheless I enjoyed it and would recommend others read it also.Published 4 months ago by Pat J.