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The Measure of the Magic (Legends of Shannara #2)

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Five centuries ago, a catastrophic demon war left the world in ruins. Since then, the survivors - humans, elves and other mutants - have found sanctuary in a mountain valley protected by magic. But now these protective wards have failed, and a ruthless troll army is on the brink of invasion.

Sider Ament was the survivors’ only hope for salvation. He was bearer of the last r
Kindle Edition, 391 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Hachette Digital (first published 2011)
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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
May 15, 2015 Markus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 29, 2011 Rose rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 14, 2011 Lighthearted rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Feb 14, 2016 Squire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The final volume in Brooks Legends of Shannara series is a meatier story than the previous book. While not as complex as the previous two pre-Shannara series (Word and the Void and Genesis of Shannara), it takes the fantasy tropes Brooks has lapsed into (his ripoffs of his own works were out of the picture for the most part) and tweaks them just enough while adding layers to established characterizations. All of this added up to a four-star experience for me.

Until I hit Chapter Twenty Nine.

The u
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
Sep 06, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mar 01, 2012 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Dec 19, 2012 J. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
It took me awhile to finish this book. I would read a few chapters, then pick something else up, and then the book would be due back at the library, a few months would go by and I would check it out again and repeat the process. I had a hard time staying engaged in the story, it is not that it was not good, it is just that the "hook" never felt like it really set.

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
Bonnie Colvert
Jul 16, 2011 Bonnie Colvert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Mrs Wilson
Feb 27, 2016 Mrs Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Legends of Shannara: The Measure of the Magic

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
For over 30 years, Terry Brooks has been entertaining readers of fantasy with the epic tales of the world of the Four Lands and, specifically, of the family line of Shannara. Within the many pages of histories he lays down, fans have followed the Third War of the Races, trans-oceanic quests, and have been taken back to our modern world and seen its destruction and transformation into the Four Lands. With THE MEASURE OF THE MAGIC, Brooks completes the Legends of Shannara duology and continues to ...more
Jeffery Moulton
I'm a huge Terry Brooks fan, but this really wasn't his best. The story was traditional Shannara with few surprises or turns and then there were some things that weren't resolved or just didn't make as much sense. A character who is so exhausted she can barely put one foot in front of another is suddenly fine after a brief chat with a friend and things like that. It just didn't seem to have been edited as much as needed. And I've never been a fan of the King of the Silver River Deus Ex Machina. ...more
Apr 28, 2014 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Items of note – Master fantasy author Terry Brooks adds another significant piece to the foundation and backdrop of his epic Shannara tales, with what appears to be a two-book effort titled Legends of Shannara. Typical Brooks style and detail permeate from the pages as his small band of underdogs takes on the Demon known as the Ragpicker. Personally, I wasn’t happy about him throwing a demon in the mix because the previous series was all about wiping them out. Oh, and the trolls – you’ll witness ...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
Mar 03, 2014 Libby Chester rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jim C
Jul 16, 2014 Jim C rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel is the second book of a duology. The first book must be read before this novel. In this book, we continue the story of Pan, Prue and Phryne. This book is about young people having to grow up and accept responsibility.

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.
Matteo Pellegrini
Jan 22, 2014 Matteo Pellegrini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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

I quickly read Bearers of the Black Staff and was happy to be back in the Shannara world. I have not read the Word and the Void series, or any storie preceding the timeline of The First King of Shannara. While I was able to begin to see hints of the world of Shannara to come, this story somehow left me with a sense of not being quite complete. No cliffhanger to make me expect another story, with issues being concluded within this two story collection. The story had some exciting scenes that I wo ...more
It kills me to give this only two stars, but I can only give it that many because I managed to finish it. I heart Terry Brooks, but this book. This book.

Pale characters that border on generic. Confrontations that had massive lead ups last less than a paragraph. And Phryne. (view spoiler)
Oct 08, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Pan is now the last bearer of the last black staff and the magic it holds. His life is in great danger from a demon who wants the staff and will kill anyone to get it. As Pan moves about with the staff he helps a princess who has been accused of murdering her own father. That accusation being made by her hateful stepmother. Pan is not sure how to use the staff but use it does, to save the lives of Phrynn, the princess and Pru, a friend and fellow tracker. By the end of the book he knows a fair b ...more
Penney Nile
Jun 06, 2015 Penney Nile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like all of the other books of the Shannara by Terry Brooks, this one is well worth the read. It is the sequel to the ‘The Bearers of the Black Staff, and follows the event in that book. It tells of how Panterra Qu, one of the protagonists of the previous book takes up the black staff that had previously belonged to Sider Ament with the intent of following in the Knight of the Word’s path, though he is still very young, and his relationships with the people he knows and love must change in some ...more
R.J. Seymour
May 04, 2016 R.J. Seymour rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great edition to Terry Brooks Shannara collection. Finishing the first set of tales that bridge the gap between The Word and Void Series with the Original Shannara Series, I found the finishing tale satisfying yet very familiar. It truly begins to meld the world of now with the world of his created future.

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
Sep 05, 2015 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Regrettably, I found this conclusion to the Legends of Shannara a bit underwhelming. As the concluding novel, I expected action and quick pacing, but instead found the complete opposite. There seemed to be more things to do, a higher sense of urgency in the preceding novel than what I found in the second.

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
Jan 05, 2015 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Greg Dragon
May 24, 2014 Greg Dragon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a Shannara fan since forever, I found The Measure of the Magic to be a fine addition to the series. It had lovable--and memorable--characters (Prue Liss and Xac Wren), frightening bad guys, and the typical clueless, young hero. All of which made for a nice journey into fantasy that ended in true Terry Brooks fashion, with an epic throw down.

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
This is the necessary chapter that concludes the chapter of the "Legends of Shannara". It is interesting that the word Shannara is used to define the saga, when nothing explicit is said about it, so it is a bit unclear which is the connection with that - it is surely clear that this is a sequel to the last trilogy, where the worl is on the verge of being devastated by humanity and not only.
Finally, after a book of preparation, there is some action and some magic. Finally, some of the elements th
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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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