Long ago, the wars of the ancient Evil ruined the world. In peaceful Shady Vale, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knows little of such troubles. But the supposedly dead Warlock Lord is plotting to destroy everything in his wake. The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness is the Sword of Shannara, which can be used only by a true heir of Shannara. On Shea, last of the bloodline, rests the hope of all the races.More
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Not really suited for audio format
I enjoyed the scope of the world, and the ambiguity of how magic works the most in this book. What kept me from enjoying the story fully was how glacial and repetitive the writing became.
I doubt that I will listen to more written by Terry Brooks. The Scott Brick deserves so much credit for turning something cumbersome and slow into a tolerable read.
Brick's ability to convey the range of emotion needed to connect with some of the characters was vital to making this read through possible.
I believe that this is Terry Brooks' first published novel, and unfortunately it shows. The plot moves at a snail's pace, and also suffered from unnecessary repetitions of both character situation and character exposition. By the end of the novel, I was at a point where I could no longer take the seemingly endless repetitions, and skipped forward in the performance. I resumed play mid-conclusion and I didn't care enough about how the fight between protagonist and antagonist began to rewind the audio for fear of more of the dreaded repetition. Brick's performance was incredibly solid throughout the story, and it was the only thing that kept me invested in the book past the second chapter. When I read this book for the first time 20 years ago, I remember it as an epic fantasy that pulled me along like a fallen leaf on a stream. Unfortunately, time has changed my taste in fiction and writing style.
- Craig Lewis