The Measure of the Magic (Legends of Shannara #2)
Sider Ament was the survivors’ only hope for salvation. He was bearer of the last r ...more
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
Until I hit Chapter Twenty Nine.
The u ...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
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
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
I do wish this were a trilogy and not a duology. I feel like there is much more left for Panterra and Prue, and I would really like t ...more
I've been a long time fan of Terry Brooks ever since my Uncle introduced his books to me in 1987 and although not my favourite 'mini series' in the Shannara world I did really enjoy this book and it's predecessor Bearers of the Black Staff. I absolutely loved the Word and the Void initial trilogy and was made up when the Genesis of Shannara trilogy was released as few years ago which tied the Shannara world with the Word's servants.
***Warning beginnin ...more
This novel was a decent read but there are better novels in this universe. Usually when I read a Terry Brooks' novel I expect the tension to be built up and when we get to the ending it all comes together and explodes. I never had that anxiety of tension from this novel. ...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
Pale characters that border on generic. Confrontations that had massive lead ups last less than a paragraph. And Phryne. (view spoiler)[Especially, ESPECIALLY Phryne and the dragon, which sadly is probably the most awkward, pointless and almost stupid thing I've ever read from Mr. Brooks. That part actually made me cringe, and it may have even i ...more
Picking up where the first book left off, this story doesn't leave much room to hold back. It picks you up and carries you along as the consequences of previous choices begin to take ho ...more
Each character gets their own coming of age arc. Prue has her senses enhanced at a very personal cost. Pan is forced into the Service, tasked with leading the people out of the valley, and in t ...more
Terry, Terry, Terry - maybe it is just me - probably is just me...but dang it I wish there was more historical continuity in the Shannara books. I know, real life isn't that neat...history forgets itself. But geez, that's why I read fiction and I love serials (or in the case of Shannara, kind-of-but-not-quite-serials)! I want things to connect! I want to feel like I know how things are connected through history, even if the characters don't. I live for a good origin story! That's one of the thin ...more
Terry Brooks is inspiring in the way he weaves a scene in your minds eye and reading one of the Shannara books is akin to stepping into the world as an i ...more
Finally, after a book of preparation, there is some action and some magic. Finally, some of the elements th ...more