Since the death of Allanon, life in the Four Lands has drastically changed. Yet Par Ohmsford still has some power of the Wishsong. And when a message from the ancient Druid, Allanon, reaches them, Par is ordered to recover the long-lost Sword of Shinnara and the glory that once was the Four Lands....
"If Harry Potter has given you a thirst for fantasy and you have not discovered the magic of Terry Brooks, you are in for a treat." (Rocky Mountain News)
"If you were delighted and entranced by Michael Ende's The Never Ending Story, you will definitely want to sample one of more of Terry Brooks' books." (Santa Cruz Sentinel)
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The best of Shannara.
Self doubt is the main trait of all the characters
If you took out all of the self doubt, unwarranted negativity, pointless arguing and overall mistrust among supposed friends in this book it would half as long.
Every quest in the story is a let down. Even the whole goal of the book is to get the sword of Shannara and (spoiler alert) when he finally gets it instead of being the most powerful magic talisman of the lost ages it has no magic at all and does nothing.
The author only tries to make one character, the hero, likable but even he is so full of self doubt and self blame that even he is not heroic. Instead he's just pitiful. I love fantasy and have read many, many books in this genre, but the more I read this book the more the story and characters just aggravated me to the point that I could barely finish it and when I did I was sorry that I had wasted my time.
- Meglyn Huber