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Straken (High Druid of Shannara #3)

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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, conjuri ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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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.
Ronda  Tutt
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
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
So I am done listening to all of the Shannara audio books and while most of them were very enjoyable they started to get a bit predictable and repetitive. This final book included. It was a decent story and I do like how Brooks managed to continue to include elements from previous books in a mostly believable way. But this last story just wasn't all that gripping even though it was better than a couple of the others. I know the pattern by know and could almost predict exactly how this was going ...more
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
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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
Donna Pelletier
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
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
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
Adam K.
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
David Pankey
May 08, 2008 David Pankey rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
Dee Renee  Chesnut
I'm finished! I finally read all of the 27 books of the Shannara shelf in our home library! Will I read the next trilogy Brooks already published since I started this project? Perhaps, but I plan to borrow them from the local library and let them store the books until HikerDon is ready to read them.

This book does what a good third book of a trilogy does: it wraps up the quest. I downgraded my usual rating of 4 stars to 3 stars because the last three chapters seemed rushed when compared to some
Finale abbastanza insipido per quella che risulta la peggiore trilogia mai partorita dalla mente di Brooks. Tutto va come deve andare, c'è persino un bel happy ending (l'unica piccola sorpresa del libro è come avviene questo finale) e tutti vissero felici e contenti. Beh, purtroppo c'è poco altro da aggiungere, tutti i personaggi sono insipidi, i cattivi sembrano insormontabili ma poi vengono sconfitti con facilità estrema. Inoltre, come nel caso della trilogia della Jerle Shannara, Brooks butta ...more
I have some mixed feelings about Straken. I think that overall, Mr. Brooks did a great job wrapping up the trilogy. The journey that Grianne Ohmsford took over the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara and High Druid of Shannara trilogies ended beautifully. What sort of bothered me about the book was the love story between Pied Sanderling and Troon. It just felt contrived and as if it were thought up at the last minute. I think Mr. Brooks could have built it up more during the previous books. Also, the l ...more
marie j parker
Excellent as usual

Excellent as usual


glad to see
Terry Brooks is working to have a tv series made
l liked it all
I was kind of lukewarm about the fist two books in this series. They were fine, but I didn't love them. But I quite liked this last one. Those of you who know my taste in literature and film know I generally like happy endings. Brooks rarely does happy endings, that is part of his charm. Things almost always work out, but generally not in the way that you expect. The book did not really turn out how I expected, but I liked the ending. I know I have read too much of Brooks though, since I did ant ...more
Frank Waits
Good ending to the trilogy, but felt a little rushed to wrap up all the various arcs that were going on. I would have liked to see a bit more detail and struggle with certain parts, particularly in the final chapters. All in all still an entertaining book and series as a whole.
Dave Jorsch
A thrilling conclusion to a fun series to read. I would give this book 4 1/2 stars. Several comparisons to characters and themes found in The Lord of the Rings especially as it applies to a certain talisman, the power it contains and how people who wield it are powerless over its lure. Also the character with similar traits to Gollum. You can always find a character or plot theme in any of Brooks's books similar to something from The Lord of the Rings and that is cool because I love both series. ...more
Jim C
The conclusion of a trilogy set in the world of Shannara. The first two books must be read to understand what is going on in this book. This trilogy wasn't his best trilogy although I did like the conclusion of it. I believe that these three books could have been one epic book and would have been more enjoyable. I think the problem was that there were some storylines I enjoyed but they seem to be touched upon instead of thoroughly explored. If you enjoy the author's work, I would say go on and r ...more
The trilogy was well-written overall. I liked the happy ending. The only thing that was slightly bothersome was Brooks' overuse of "the former....the latter..." sentences. Those always make me have to think too hard to remember which character was explained in which order. I know that 'latter' means the most recently mentioned thing and 'former' means the first mentioned thing, but my problem comes when I don't remember what thing, in the sentence before, came first and which thing was second. I ...more
Er gebeuren een aantal onlogische dingen in dit boek, zoals het gemak waarmee men Paranor in en uit weet te sluipen. Je kan net zo goed meteen een draaideur installeren. Verder hebben Druïden bar weinig door van wat er zich in hun eigen burcht afspeelt. En waar zijn ze eigenlijk allemaal? Behalve gnomenjagers kom je bar weinig wezens tegen op Paranor.

De zaken worden wel tot een redelijk bevredigend einde gebracht. Er vindt aan het einde van het boek een transformatie van één van de hoofdfiguren
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Nicole Acheson
This book is packed full of adventure and ends this trilogy well. But it is important to read the first two books in this series, otherwise you will have no idea what is going on in this series. Penderrin Ohmsford completes his quest to rescue his aunt Grianne from the forbidding, and also sending back the moric to the forbidding, who was released into Shannara when traitorous druids sent Grianne into the forbidding. Grianne also finds a way to release cinnaminson, Penderrin's girlfriend from th ...more
Decent finish to a solid if somewhat predictable trilogy from Brooks. The plotting isn't bad and the action is handled well, but there's nothing particularly new here. The series and the world could probably use a bit of a shakeup; how many more times is Brooks going to run us through the same basic plot? (Realm is in danger from a supernatural threat, young member of the Ohlmsford family line must go on a heroic journey and learn his family's magical heritage, rinse, repeat.)

It's not terrible,
An outstanding conclusion to the trilogy; I was fortunate enough to have the time to read through it in two days. As was the case with earlier trilogies in the series, many threads were woven together well, some with ends and some left open.

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This one stalled a bit for me. I pushed on through it to finish it but it got very rushed and predictable as the finale wound to a close. Several of the escapes and near misses also felt more unbelievable than the worst episode of MacGyver. Looking back on the Shannara books so far, Brooks has gotten very formulaic over the years. I still have one more trilogy (Genesis of Shannara) to go but I'm reading "Word and the Void" first since they apparently tie in with the Shannara stuff.
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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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