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Straken (High Druid of Shannara #3)

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In the epic conclusion of the High Druid of Shannara trilogy, a young boy embarks on a perilous mission that could cost him everything, while the tattered remnants of the army confront an invincible death machine, and the entire world must deal with the coming of a demonic entity. Reprint.
Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2005)
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Markus
I'm feeling too bitter to write a write a proper review, but you should know that this rating has nothing to do with the quality of the book. The book was awesome, the trilogy was amazing, the entire story was great. And I hated the ending.
And don't mistake the meaning of that. The ending of this book is well written and exceptionally beautiful. I just hated what happened. Don't ever do something like this to me again, Terry Brooks.
Carmine
Mar 14, 2016 Carmine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Figliolo, puoi concludere il libro mentre vado al gabinetto?

Tralasciando il personaggio di Grianne, forse unico elemento positivo e degno di nota, "La regina degli Straken" chiude malamente la quarta saga di Shannara.
La storia vive di dinamiche ripetitive e già viste nei volumi precedenti, mentre i personaggi in scena rimangono ancorati alle limitate dimensioni di partenza.
Da reflusso gastroesofageo il finale.

Ronda  Tutt
May 17, 2009 Ronda Tutt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantacy
A very good ending for the "High Druid of Shannara trilogy" and a great addition to the Shannara Series.

So much happens with the journey that Penderrin makes in going to the Forbidding and bringing back Grianne (the Ard Rhys of the Third Druid Order) and discovering that Pen has use of the wishsong that was brought forth from the darkwand that Pen had gotten from Tanequil.

I found Pen's experience with the darwand and the dragon fasinating and would of liked to see more of a bond and relationship
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Martti
May 10, 2016 Martti rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Again we're back to lack of surprises. Premonition or a "oracle" telling the future. Do this, then that, was difficult, but managed nonetheless. Fine, this too shall come to pass. Can we move on to the next topic now? No, we obviously need to endure another shitty trilogy.
Then there's some business with elves and "the Federation" that no one really cares about. Oh wow! Much worldbuilding, such storyline! Ensuring us there are actually other people supposed to live in this world than the main pro
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Katrin
Feb 08, 2017 Katrin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a somehow difficult book. I have read a couple from Brooks before and also the others were not my favourites. I know, reading a book of a series out of context and not in the right order always is complicated and since I have done this so many times before, I try not to judge this at all. But this book was very difficult, to understand all the terms and happenings that are only hinted at. The story is gripping enough and well constructed and I did like it. Sometimes it seemed to be too ...more
Squire
Feb 14, 2016 Squire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#23/29 in my Epic Shannara Quest.

Exciting conclusion to what has been, for me, the most consistently entertaining Shannra series to date. The dark tone slowly gives way to an ending that was in no way unexpected, but mostly satisfying. A descendant of Leah played no part in the trilogy, though it was stated that Quentin Leah (from The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilogy) died 18 years after the adventures in Parkasia, which would have put just shy of 40--maybe he didn't leave an heir. I also wo
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Shane Noble
An underwhelming finish for the series. It was oddly paced and the epic conclusion was over in quite the rush.
Geoff
Jan 04, 2017 Geoff rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the last book of the High Druid of Shannara trilogy. Terry isn't a complicated writer and his books could be considered high school readings. Nevertheless I started reading him at about age 10 and have continued to this day. This last book was an okay end to the trilogy. There were some great parts with the battle between the Federation, but the actions of Grianne, who was trapped in the Forbidding seemed to be lacking. There could have been so much more to say but there wasn't. And some ...more
Geoff Battle
Straken has me undecided about it's qualities. It has all the required elements of a magical Terry Brooks read, but it does fail to entrap you in the world of Shannara. It has less of the typical intrigue and emotion and more action and pace. Is that a good thing? There's my dilemma. I love Brooks for the former, and he rarely employs the latter. So, about two thirds through, caught up in terrific pace, you'll not want it to end, pleading that there'll be another book - there seems so much to co ...more
guy
Jun 08, 2017 guy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terry Brooks is a great writer. But I hated this series compared to the other trilogies before it and especially compared to the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara series. I thought this series had far too much filler - less interesting characters and very predictable outcomes. I thought the final battle was anticlimactic and I really thought Grianne's character was wasted. I especially disliked the ending. I love Terry Brooks' books and I was pretty disappointed with this series. I recommend the Voya ...more
Rebecca
The ending was rushed compared to the rest of the books. I felt like it was let's just wrap up all loose ends quickly. Compared to all the descriptive words throughout the book, it was short and precise. If the rest of the book had been written that way it would have been shorter and a better read.
T Sunclades
Mar 15, 2017 T Sunclades rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A satisfying conclusion to this trilogy.

After the morass of nothingness that was Tanequil, this book had plenty of action, suspense and likable characters. Not just the "good guys" either, the villains were fun to hate and watch be destroyed.

If you were bored to death by Tanequil, rest assured Brooks is back in near top form with this effort.
Rose Boyer
Jun 07, 2017 Rose Boyer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful little series. It has been great to continue the story over several series. Very enjoyable.
Terri
Nov 26, 2016 Terri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fitting ending to this trilogy, dramatic and heart warming.
Eleclyah
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Luca Mollo
Jul 30, 2016 Luca Mollo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La saga del Druido Supremo di Shannara è stato, sin dalla prima lettura, la mia saga preferita tra quelle ambientate nelle Quattro Terre. Gli elementi per una storia epica ci sono tutti: intrighi di Druidi, tornati finalmente ad essere più di uno, lande inesplorate, tra cui il Divieto, nemici potenti e un Ohmsford che deve aggiustare le cose.
Purtroppo, però, la realizzazione, soprattutto nell'ultimo libro, non è stata all'altezza delle aspettative.

Per prima cosa possiamo parlare di come, ancora
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Jon Borah
Jan 09, 2015 Jon Borah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

SUMMARY:
The High Druid of Shannara trilogy draws to a thrilling close as a young hero nears completion of his trial by fire, a banished ruler fights for her life in a wilderness of dread, and forces of darkness and light square off in a battle unto death for the right to absolute rule. Prepare to be spellbound by the masterly hand of bestselling legend weaver Terry Brooks, conjuring at the peak of his skills.For reasons known only to himself, the King of the Silver River has charged young Pender

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Al
SUMMARY:
The High Druid of Shannara trilogy draws to a thrilling close as a young hero nears completion of his trial by fire, a banished ruler fights for her life in a wilderness of dread, and forces of darkness and light square off in a battle unto death for the right to absolute rule. Prepare to be spellbound by the masterly hand of bestselling legend weaver Terry Brooks, conjuring at the peak of his skills.For reasons known only to himself, the King of the Silver River has charged young Pender
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Brian Schiebout
Straken by Terry Brooks is the third book in the High Druid of Shannara series in the Shannara universe. The book finishes the story began in the first two books in the series which the heroes and their attempts to rescue Grianne from her imprisonment in the Forbidding. The story mostly revolves around the actions in the world of Shannara however including the attempt by Pen Ohmsford to go to the Forbidding. He is aided greatly by the assistance of Khyber Elessedil. In many ways she becomes the ...more
Zach
Oct 13, 2010 Zach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jeremiah Johnson
This book finally redeemed the series a bit for me. If a few parts of the first 2 books had been included in this one and those other books not written, I would have enjoyed this much more. Then again, if that happened, we'd probably just have a rewrite of Elfstones...

Things actually started happening in this book. Instead of a bunch of scenes of wandering around being chased, we finally get some movement on the actual plot.

The inclusion of the Federation/Free-born war is finally explained. It w
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Clay Kallam
Oct 03, 2011 Clay Kallam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Terry Brooks wraps up his High Druid of Shannara trilogy with ‘Straken (Del Rey, $26.95, 368 pages),’ and, sadly, it’s not one of his better efforts. The plot strains credulity at numerous points, with the most egregious example being this one: A young teenage girl, bound hand and foot, is being taken by six armed and armored Goblin Hunter warriors (fearsome, by all reports in the book) to be executed. With nothing but a piece of metal to cut the ropes at her wrist, the young girl not only escap ...more
Donna Pelletier
Jul 15, 2011 Donna Pelletier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book as I do all of Terry Brooks books. I do have one complaint, a complaint that could be said of many mystery, sci-fi and fantasy writers. During the whole book the writer will pay great attention to minute details, great character development, smoothly forming the story line. Then when it gets close to the end of the book or in this case a series, things get hastily thrown together, there is a climax and then the end of book. Sometimes the coming together of many different stor ...more
Dark-Draco
Sep 06, 2013 Dark-Draco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great end to the trilogy. Pen has sacrified a lot to get the Darkwand, but now faces capture by the Druids he has managed to evade for so long. But being back at Paranor gives him the best chance to use the magic to return his Aunt from the Forbidding. He goes in search of her and finds out that his inate magic is linked to the wand and is a lot more powerful than he thinks.

Grianne struggles to escape her prison and keep the darkness inside her at bay, while Bek and Rue find unexpected help in
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Mia Darien
Since this book had the most activity in it, I think I liked it the best. If it were any author other than Terry Brooks, I probably wouldn't have liked the entire trilogy as much. It felt like a lot of what happened was written in there just to make the books longer. To flesh out a trilogy, where as one sleeker long single volume would have been much more engrossing.

I never really felt Pen's emotional connection with Cinnaminsin developed, felt like I was told what was there and then had to acce
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Terri Kleinberg
This is the final book in one of the Shannara series. This takes place several hundred years after a global war has damaged the planet and nearly wiped out civilization. It is never openly stated that this is Earth, but it is implied.

Penn is a young man who has set upon the journey to bring his Aunt home from the place where she is held prisoner. It is the story of his coming of age, passing from a boy to a man. The reader is swept along with the stories of political intrigue, magic, and battle
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Adam Nelson
May 20, 2014 Adam Nelson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brooks ties up every loose end in his trilogy in a very satisfying manner that is often typical of him. Readers tend to give his books a lot of grief simply because they found The Sword of Shannara too derivative of The Lord of the Rings. I read Sword before I ever read Tolkien, so my experience was unadulterated delight, but I can understand their misgivings. However, there's always some cynical jerk who's going to find every fantasy derivative of Tolkien. They'd probably accuse Tolkien of plag ...more
justin crooks
Feb 11, 2017 justin crooks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best one yet.

Loved it. My favorite so far in the Shanars series. These books keep getting better. I hope this trend continues.
David Pankey
May 08, 2008 David Pankey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
This book is a wonderful closure to the trilogy. The book begins where the last one left off just after Pen recieves the staff that would allow him to cross the Forbidding. As his friends are captured by his enemy he allows himself to be caught so that they may be spared. This is were the novel begins. As with all the novels in this series the book relies heavily on the cooperation of the characters.

From this novel i learned that personnel sacrafice is not always as bad as it sounds. I also lea
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Stewart
Mar 23, 2012 Stewart rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Maybe a bit better than the other 2 books in the series, but not by much. The writing remains mediocre. In fact some of the passages become unnecessarily long winded and repetitive in this book. The major plot pieces remain telegraphed well in advance. The one area where things are improved slightly from the previous books is in the results for minor characters as there are some unexpected twists and some of these are affecting.

Overall the series has a number of flaws the make this nothing 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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