Measure of Magic, The: Legends of Shannara
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Measure of Magic, The: Legends of Shannara (Legends of Shannara #2)

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For five hundred years, the survivors of the Great Wars lived peacefully in a valley sanctuary shielded by powerful magic from the blighted and dangerous outside world. But the enchanted barriers have crumbled, the borders have been breached by predators, and the threat of annihilation looms large once more. Sider Ament, bearer of the last black staff and its profound powe...more
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Ryan Lawler
I have always been a big fan of Terry Brooks. The Shannara novels were amongst the first fantasy books that I read, and I have always turned up to the book store every August to purchase the latest offering from Brooks. There has been plenty of reason for optimism over the past 5 years – the new Landover novel and the Genesis of Shannara novels have been some of Brooks’ best work, and my expectations for concluding novel in The Legends of Shannara series were very high. Unfortunately The Measure...more
The Measure of the Magic begins exactly where Bearers of the Black Staff ended, which is basically where everything fell to pieces. The last descendant of the Knights of the Word lies dead, fallen to the poison of a treacherous troll. Phryne Amarantyne has been imprisoned in Arborlon, framed for the murder of her own father. And the Drouj army stands on the doorstep of the valley, threatening to invade and conquer it all.

As it that was not enough, the first few chapters of the second book add a...more
I usually don't bother writing reviews for books. Normally I check reviews on books before I read them before I decide if I want to invest any time into them. That is, unless it's an author I have been reading for a long time. I've read pretty much every book Terry Brooks has written (and own most of them). This is the first time I've been disappointed, and was compelled to write about it.

For some reason this book felt like a YA novel to me (I have nothing against YA novels, I read them from tim...more
Il secondo volume della minisaga Le leggende di Shannara, Il potere della magia, prende le mosse esattamente da dove L’ultimo cavaliere si era interrotto: Panterra è chino sul cadavere di Sider Ament, chiedendosi se può e deve accettare l’eredità magica che lui gli ha offerto, il bastone nero. Un demone molto potente, celato nei panni di un vecchio Stracciaiolo, è intanto sulle sue tracce intenzionato a nutrirsi della sua magia. Prue è assediata dai troll da cui è riuscita a sfuggire grazie all’...more
With the death of Sider Ament, Panterra Qu becomes the new Bearer of the Black Staff. Pan doesn’t know what power the Staff holds or how to call upon its magic but he has to trust that he will know what to do when the time comes. He has to because he must rescue Prue from the Trolls, he must protect the valley from invasion, and he must help Phryne . . . .

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
This Legends of Shannara duology is a prequel to the classic Shannara trilogy but a sequel (about 500 years after) to The Genesis of Shannara trilogy, which is several decades after the Word/Void trilogy.

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
Albert Riehle
An uncharacteristically weak ending to this set of books. That may say more about where Brooks has set his own bar than this book though. The Measure of the Magic had some great characters and scenes that will have fans clapping, but overall it failed to measure up.

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
Well, things make a little more sense now, since discoverying this is the 2nd of 3 books. I was under the impression this was a two-book set-up, so as I'm running out of pages and wondering how this is going to get all neatly resolved in a short amount of time, I did a little recon and found out there's still one more book to go. Which is good.

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
Jeramy Smith
Shannara is franchise fiction from Terry Brooks. Shannara readers go to that world for a familiar set of powers, beings, elements, etc. You are not reading this for literary value, you are reading it for fun.

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
Bonnie Colvert
Terry Brooks has a way about his style with the magic he infuses into his epic fantasy books, no doubt about it. I have just finished reading the Measure of the Magic: Legends of Shannara that I won as an ARC here on Goodreads. Fantastic story! It is the book after the Bearers of the Black Staff. Now I must go retreive his other series! No questions asked. I love human, elves. fae, trolls, etc. different races some coming together in time of need, others selfish only concerned with what they can...more
Renée Korver-Michan
It is quite a ways from the modern day world to the fantasy realm of Shannara. Through the Word and Void, Genesis of Shannara and Legends of Shannara series Terry Brooks attempts to relate how one led to the other throughout a series of events. Legends of Shannara is the last of the prequel series, and I am sorry to say it is not as good as the first two prequel series. The characters in it are less rounded, and the plot seems less well thought through. Terry Brooks has the tendency to write "th...more
Libby Chester
Great read!!! As for the critique that Brooks' plots are formulas, I've only read two, so I can't speAk to that yet. I thought the opening of the two books, 'The Bearer of the Black Staff' interesting to compare with 'The Measure of Magic.' Both books start with a descriptive passage of a traveling isolated figure. There is mystery surrounding this solitary character which compels the reader's attention. When I started the second book, I thought yeah that seems very similar. Then I was very surp...more
Matteo Pellegrini

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

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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
It took me a month to get through this book! I fell in love with Terry Brooks in his urban fantasy books (The Word & Void novels and Genesis of Shannara), but the books that followed return to his more classic fantasy roots. In "The Measure of the Magic" there was entirely too much inner dialogue by characters either reiterating events that just happened or pining of their feelings. I'm amazed anyone in the book survived to the end as much time as they spent examining their feelings instead...more
William Bentrim
The Measure of the Magic by Terry Brooks

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
As much as I enjoyed BEARERS OF THE BLACK STAFF after a short hiatus from Brooks' novels, this sequel to it was a bit of a disappointment. Part of it might have been the narrator, Phil Gigante, who did just fine with the male voices, but whose female voices were all whiney and falsetto-high and thus annoying, but I'm not sure all the blame can fall on him.

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
Jeff Miller
This is the second book in the Legends of Shannara duology which is another of the prequel series that takes place before the original Shannara trilogy.

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
Mike Ogilvie
This was the 2nd book in the Legends of Shannara. (It wasn't until after I was done reading that I realized that "Legends" is a duology and not a trilogy.)

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
A fairly standard Brooks novel. Nothing especially mind blowing or exciting but came with the expected death and hardship. The only character that really drew me in was Prue Liss. The other characters came across as quite flat, such as Panterra Qu who seemed quite dull in his personality. Phryne was slightly more compelling but I was not too invested in her character and was not moved by her fate. I found the Ragpicker to be an especially flat villain in this story as in his other appearances.

Alexander Draganov
Solid, if maybe not spectacular "Shannara" novel. Brooks puts his main character Panterra in an impossible situation, as he becomes the new bearer of the black staff after no training and is against terrible villain including a traitorous troll, a fundamentalist leader and his insane assassin and a horrifying demon of the old world, who is intent of killing him and taking the magic of the staff for himself. Pan has to develop quickly his skills and is aided in this by his childhood friend Prue a...more
The measure of magic is book two of the legend of Shannara series by fantasy novelist Terry Brooks. The Measure of Magic follows the struggles of protagonist, Panterra Qu, as he comes to accepting his fate as the new bearer of the black staff. In the meantime, his companion, Prue Liss, faces her own demons in coming to terms with what she must sacrifice in order to protect the greater good. Everything is not as it seems when a strange old man with uncanny powers come and cause trouble for Pan an...more
For five hundred years, the survivors of the Great Wars lived peacefully in a valley sanctuary shielded by powerful magic from the blighted and dangerous outside world. But the enchanted barriers have crumbled, the borders have been breached by predators, and the threat of annihilation looms large once more. Sider Ament, bearer of the last black staff and its profound power, devoted his life to protecting the valley and its inhabitants—and, in his final moments, gave stewardship of the black sta...more
Branwen Targaryen *the blood of the dragon*
Holy crap was this book good! Usually Terry Brooks' arcs fall into the three book range, not the two book range, so in this case there was SO MUCH that happened in this book, since it was the last and final one in the 'Legends' series. This was an excellent, excellent seriesm and I would reccomend it to any epic fantasy fan. A beautiful story!

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
Jed L
Brooks has a tendency to allow his second book in a series be a let down. Perhaps it is because he is best at setting the stage, introducing characters and developing the plot(s). But when it comes to adding depth, introducing new characters and trying to keep multiple plot lines coherent, it begins to unravel a bit. The last criticism I will leave is that Brooks consistently reminds his readers of plot elements from his first book. Perhaps it is because I just read the first one in that series,...more
Tricia Kristufek
Take the staff.

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
I find that I don't understand what exactly Terry wants to accomplish with his latest efforts in the Shannara universe. I ask myself if it serves any purpose to read about what happened so many centuries before the original trilogy. Much of the story that forms the basis for this book and Bearers of The Black Staff was only implied in those three volumes. After reading this latest duology, I'm convinced that the story/universe would have been better served if these books had not been written and...more
Ranting Dragon

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
Preface: I haven't read a Shannara book in about three years, and I didn't have much time to prepare before picking this up as an advanced copy so this is a review based on remembrance of past works and a reading that was lacking a full picture.

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
Dusty Craine
If you’ve read any of Terry Brooks’ books then you know what to expect. Great characters. Great adventures. There will be some humans, some elves. Elfstones or a Bearer of the Black Staff. And mainly that is my problem with the series at this point. It feels like there is very little fresh to discover. This book had a dragon in it, which I believe is a first for Brooks. How that dragon plays into the story is fascinating but otherwise I felt like I knew what to expect. Despite the some of the vi...more
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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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