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Terry has been one of the big fantasy writers for a long time, and I've enjoyed reading his Shannara world as it has evolved. His early books were somewhat formulaic, but he managed to explore new territory by the time Walker Boh came along in his "Scions" series. The Dark Legacy trilogy explored some new ground with existing framework, and was somewhat of a departure from previous writing styles- a darker look at the Shannara world.
However, this book has some of the same flaws as the preceding one does (The High Druid's Blade). There just isn't really anything epic happening in this story. It's interesting on it's own right to see the descendants of the Shannara line and what they are doing, but they are rather "mundane" adventures compared to previous writings. The villain of the story, while he does horrible things to people at times, simply seems opportunistic as opposed to having grand ambitions for ultimate power- he isn't trying to destroy the know world or commit genocide on a people. In some ways you can relate to his line of thinking (why should the druid council be the sole wielders of magic?), which perhaps makes him a bit more real (if sociopathic at times). I suppose the characters are more real and deep in a sense than his earlier stories.
But the story itself just doesn't hold my interest like his earlier works do. I don't have the sense that existence of for the Four Lands (if that's still what we are calling it now) hangs in the balance. It does work as a standalone story; it just really isn't an engaging one, and I found my mind wandering a lot while listening to the book. This feels more like an "in between" book, which had epic things happening before it, and hints that epic things are coming; but both are only marginally connected to the story being told here.
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I ptetty much knew how the book would end after 4 chapters. Still, I did enjoy it.
Sometimes I really like Simon Vance, and sometimes I don't. He adds S's to words that don't contain any. Regardless, I finally learned how to enjoy his narrating consistently, and I thought I would share it. If you're having difficulty listening Simon Vance, just drop the speed to 0.5x. i wish Audible had a 0.75x speed, because his performance would have been even better, deserving 5 stars, instead of just 4.
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