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The Talismans Of Shannara. Book 4 The Heritage Of Shannara (Heritage of Shannara #4)

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Although some of the goals to keep Shannara safe had been met, the work of Walker Boh, Wren, and Par was not yet done. For The Shadowmen still swarmed over the Four Lands, poisoning all with their dark magic. Each Shannaran had a special death waiting for him- at the hands of The Shadowmen-unless Par could find a way to free them all with the Sword of Shannara.
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Timothy Stone
The Talismans of Shannara, by Terry Brooks, is the fourth and final book in The Heritage of Shannara quartet of novels. All of the threads of the previous three novels are now coming to fruition, as the Elves lead by Wren Ohmsford Elessedil, the Druids resurrected by Walker Boh, and the Sword of Shannara, found by Par Ohmsford, are all converging on a final battle with the Shadowen-controlled Federation.

Of course, this is not even the most critical factor in the heroes' success. That distinction
I will admit I liked this book when I first read it, but I was young and foolish at the time. This book does NOT hold up on re-reading.

The promising parts aren't major players, alas. Wren becomes an idiot and barely has any screen time. Walker is still basically cool (at least in the first half of the book), but then gets infected with terminal stupidity in the ending ("I'm in such a damn hurry to rest I can't stop at the victory feast?"), not to mention abandoning the "Rargh I hate druids and t
Joey Reed
I should have added a reminder to all of the other Shannara reviews I've written the fact that these books are written for young people. When I originally read these books, they were astounding. But now they seem a bit hollow. Upon rereading the Talismans of Shannara, I've discovered that the depth is not nearly what I remember.

Nonetheless, a lesson is awaiting those who are willing to read it. And the characters come to the natural conclusion of the quadrilogy, although not necessarily the one
I read this when I was 13 or 14 years old... it was pure escapism, especially for an awkward teen who could not interact with the world very well. I was very drawn to the characters which I immediately connected with... The emotional investment that the plot required of the reader gave one amazing highs and lows and drew you further into the adventure... What a great and imaginative writer, thanks Terry Brooks...
Matteo Pellegrini
Gli Elfi sono tornati alle Quattro Terre. Paranor è tornata nel mondo dei mortali. Walker Boh ha ereditato i poteri di Allanon ed ora è l'utimo dei Druidi . La Spada di Shannara è stata ritrovata. Ma restano gli Ombrati. Coll Ohmsford è vivo e apprende che la Spada è destinata proprio a lui, ecco perché Par non potrà mai usarla. Intanto, Rimmer Dall e i suoi ombrati stanno sfruttando il loro esercito della Federazione per spazzar via gli Elfi dopo il loro ritorno alle Quattro Terre. Ma mentre g
It seems like in each book I read, Terry Brook's writing gets better. The descriptions are less repetitive and more evocative. The characters do seem to go round and round in their anxieties and ambivalence about who they are, what they're doing and who to trust, but then don't we all? Each time it doesn't seem like they're exactly at the same place. They do learn and grow - so all in all I'm very happy with this book. I need a little r & r from the intensity - so I'm going to read Terry Pra ...more
Eh, I didn't like it. I didn't like the series much. I didn't feel much was on the line and didn't root too much for the characters. I may pursue a "if you can't say something nice..." approach. Guess it just wasn't my series.

There were a couple redeeming moments with Coll actually being more than he appeared. Rimmer Dall was actually a pretty decent antagonist, but that couldn't hold it afloat. The fact that it took me so long to finish in spite of my normally quick pace tells me something abou
Ernie Jr.
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Il quarto e ultimo libro della seconda saga di Shannara.
Il compimento, il momento in cui tutti i tasselli si incastrano perfettamente al loro posto come un puzzle finalmente riuscito.
Mi fa sempre uno strano effetto leggere la conclusione di una saga; penso che sia principalmente perché se un lettore trova la pazienza di leggere quattro libri, vuol dire che qualcosa quella saga gli ha comunicato. E se l’ultimo libro, per un motivo o per un altro, arriva dopo anni, leggerlo è un’emozione unica: è
This is the last book in this series and fantastic in every way.

Walker Boh has brought back the Druid keep, but finds he has a high price to pay. Can he use his new found knowledge and wisdom to defeat the Four Horseman who have laid seige to the castle?

Wren Elessidil, newly Queen of the Elves, has also done what she set out to do, but now faces overwhelming odds as the Federation army sweeps down on them.

Par and Coll Ohmsford have to find each other, face the truths of what they are, but Rimmer
Gordon Gammell
This book was in a collection of 4 titled "The Heritage of Shannara". I read the first two. "The Scions of Shannara" and "The Druid of Shannara". The stories are slow moving. The action, which is mainly traveling over bad terrain and being chased by mostly invisible bad guys is little and far between. If you like a page of story progression, then a page of travel notes and then a page or two of characters analyzing why they feel about the other characters and why they are even doing what they ar ...more
Brian Schiebout
The Talismans of Shannara by Terry Brooks is the fourth book in the Heritage of Shannara series set in the Shannara universe. This book concludes the series and so answers many of the questions which the other books opened up. While all of the main characters from the series have a role to play in this book, the focus is on the two Ohmsford brothers, Par and Coll. They are on a quest to find any magical device as Par already has the sword but instead to discover who they are and what they can do ...more
Neill Smith
Allanon's demands are being met: Walker Boh struggles to fulfill the return of Paranor to the Four Lands, Wren fights to repurpose the elves, and Par Ohmsford has possibly found the legendary Sword of Shannara. It is still unclear how these accomplishments are to mesh into a strategy to fight the Federation and the Shadowen. As their enemies use their strength and guile against them it seems that they are becoming their own worst enemies as they fight against self-betrayal and the powers of thei ...more
Not a bad series. I enjoyed it for the most part but by this time the stories are getting a little stale. However, I am still continuing in my quest to read (listen on audiobook) to all of them. Still have quite a few to go. My biggest complaint with the Hetritage of Shannara series was the over and over explanation of things that were made clear in the first couple of books. Sometimes it just felt like padding to ensure a high page count. Oh and Parr was a bit too whiny. Okay very whiny, but no ...more
Jon Borah

Although some of the goals to keep Shannara safe had been met, the work of Walker Boh, Wren, and Par was not yet done. For The Shadowmen still swarmed over the Four Lands, poisoning all with their dark magic. Each Shannaran had a special death waiting for him- at the hands of The Shadowmen-unless Par could find a way to free them all with the Sword of Shannara.

This novel did a really good job of tying up all the plot lines from the Heritage of Shannara series. I was terrified that the ending was going to be a remake of the Sword of Shannara ending but it took a different, unexpected ending. The characterization in the novel was okay, in some parts I felt that the characters feelings and inner conflicts was explained too much. Yes, we get the point - Par is unsure about his magic and just wants an answer as to why he is as he is. I also felt that there ...more
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Angie Excell
It's been a while since I have read this book, but I still remember the way it made me feel. Like magic is real, it drew me in and it still brightens my day when I think of this wonderful story even years later. Beautiful story, beautiful characters. A story no one should miss!
I really would have given the end of the Heritage of Shannara series 4 stars, but Brooks screwing up Walker's character at the end and having NUMEROUS times where two hands are being used when he definitely only has one was just poor editing. It was clear that the ending was written before several of the events of the series, that, or the editing was so slipshod that a 10 year old could have done better. (I remember being bothered by this on my first reading as a kid as well).

Other than a few fl
This drew the whole series together but it felt too long and drawn out. I started to lose the enthusiasm for the series that the earlier books had generated.
Mark Austin
Not great reading it now, but was one of the first fantasy series I read and shaped my reading (and writing) greatly.
Terry Brooks has such a wonderful and poetic way of telling a story. He makes the characters your friends. You see yourself in their struggles with these "imaginary" forces that translate into these universal things that we all do battle with. My life is more meaningful and poetic having read this series.

My favorite quote of the whole series:
"What...had {been} left behind was not meant to be kept secret or hidden. It was meant to be shared. And memories, he knew, were not glass treasures to be k
Austin Bessey
Absolutely perfect ending to the series. These bonked are great
A fitting close to the quartet that is the "Heritage of Shannara". Once again, Brooks characterizations are among the best in the epic fantasy tradition. Walker Boh becomes fully realized as the inheritor of Allanon's powers as a druid, Wren Ohmsford fully steps into her role as the Queen of the Elves, Par and Coll Ohmsford are reunited as brothers, and the entire group confronts the looming evil of Rimmer Dall and the hordes of shadowen plaguing the Four Lands. Looking forward to hitting the n ...more
Kimmy Yates
My fav series of all time. Its got it all in fantasy.
Staci Lynn
I have this in first edition copy, haven't read yet.

this was quite good, and a great resolution to all of the storylines we'd been following.

That said, it suffered a bit in comparison to Mockingjay. Although they are completely different books, after being achingly sent through the ringer of Mockingjay, I had a hard time accepting the "easy" resolution of all of the characters in Talismans.

But I will certainly read on in the world of Shannara, regardless.
Dee Renee  Chesnut
The Talismans of Shannara is the 21st book I read in my quest to read the Shannara books in chronological order.

This is the fourth book of The Heritage of Shannara; and so, a conclusion to the quests of Walker Boh, Wren Elessedil, Par Ohmsford, and Coll Ohmsford is to be expected. I dropped my rating from the usual 4 stars because the last two chapters seemed to be rapid responses to possible questions the readers may still have.

I recommend it to fans of the series, rather than a first-time re
Ties up all the loose ends of the previous three books nicely. Enjoyable.
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Terry Brooks was born in Illinois in 1944, where he spent a great deal of his childhood and early adulthood dreaming up stories in and around Sinnissippi Park, the very same park that would eventually become the setting for his bestselling Word & Void trilogy. He went to college and received his undergraduate degree from Hamilton College, where he majored in English Literature, and he received ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Heritage of Shannara (5 books)
  • The Scions of Shannara (Heritage of Shannara, #1)
  • The Druid of Shannara (Heritage of Shannara #2)
  • The Elf Queen Of Shannara (Heritage of Shannara #3)
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