Measure of Magic, The: Legends of Shannara (Legends of Shannara #2)
As it that was not enough, the first few chapters of the second book add a...more
For some reason this book felt like a YA novel to me (I have nothing against YA novels, I read them from tim...more
While Pan searches for her, Prue Liss searches for him. She strikes a deal which will enhance her innate ability to sense danger but the cost...more
The Measure of Magic picks up immediately after Bearers of the Black Staff (BOTBS), where the magical seal protecting a valley of humans, elves, and mutants has suddenly eroded, opening up passages to an outside world saturated with hardened creatures that have survived 500 years of post-nuclea...more
The hasty, fortuitous conclusion was the worst part. A great villain got a weak death, the protagonists seemed more lucky than anything else and their journeys taught them nothing that helped them in the end.
I'm pretty disappointed...more
I flew through this pretty quickly, as I'd wanted to do over the long weekend. One of the things Terry does well that I really appreciate is write strong...more
This book was not fun. 75% of what I read before I gave up, was internal monologue by characters stating obvious things. There is a really bad use of the deus ex machina with the King of the Silver River that is 100% a corner being written out of (same reason I stopped reading Hunger Games b...more
Sono passati cinque secoli da quando una catastrofica guerra scatenata dai demoni ha distrutto il mondo e sterminato quasi completamente il genere umano, avvelenando anche gran parte delle terre un tempo fertili e rigogliose. Da allora i sopravvissuti - umani, Elfi e le nuove razze mutanti - si sono rifugiati in una valle remota, protetta da una magia impenetrabile. Per cinquecento anni hanno goduto di una lunga pace, ma l'incantesimo che li isolava ha cominciato a svanire esponendo migliaia di...more
The Measure of the Magic is the second and final book in the Legend of Shannara duology. The first book is Bearers of the Black Staff. There are many books in the Shannara series beginning with the Shannara books and continued with the Heritage of Shannara books, The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilogy, High Dru...more
This is the second of a two book series that is a pre-history of Shannara.
The Sword of Shannara was one of my all time favorite books. This book does not share that distinction primarily due to an assumption that all readers are up to speed on this long running (1977) saga.
The story is well written with colorful prose and excellent characterizations but they are not characters I was familiar with. It was nice to see The King of the Silver River again bu...more
The plot (spoilery if you haven't read BEARERS): After BEARERS, Panterra Qu is left holding the black staff, with no training, while the rest...more
I read this latest book after just finishing "Bearers of the Black Staff" the first book in this short series. I quite enjoyed the first book which in many ways was standard Fantasy fare but written capably. Brooks is very good at creating solid characters that you care about and want to find out what happens next. "The Measure of the Magic" does...more
The story picks up where the first one left off but has a storyline all to its own that's captivating and (importantly) satisfying at the end. It stays focused on the saga of the Drouge troll army as it tries to invade the valley along with the political and social struggles of the valley's inhabitants and protectors. There's a new threat to t...more
In her dreams, she was flying again, borne on the back of the dragon, his great wings spread out beneath her, his body undulating as it soared over acre...more
Those words haunt Panterra Qu at the end of Bearers of the Black Staff. Alone, surrounded by enemies both known and unknown, and doubtful, Panterra finds it within himself to take up the black staff from the fallen Sider Ament. Faced with the task of learning how to use the staff to save his people, Panterra travels from his village to the Elves to the outside of the valley to seek out and eliminate the threats that close upon the Hawk's heirs.
Meanwhile, Prue Liss is far from safe...more
This review contains slight spoilers for The Bearers of the Black Staff.
The second half of the Legends of Shannara duology by Terry Brooks, The Measure of Magic continues the story begun by The Bearers of the Black Staff. Five hundred years after the events of the Genesis of Shannara trilogy, the barrier of magic hiding the survivors led to safety by the gypsy morph Hawk has fallen. With the fall of the barrier comes an entire new world filled with dangers...more
Brooks has always been iconic as a writer of epic fantasy. His works inspire others, and there are few that would argue that he deserves a place of recognition in the genre. This novel delivers aspects of his past works, but I found it to be shallow in st...more