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The Wishsong of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy #3)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  28,450 ratings  ·  355 reviews
Horror stalked the Four Lands as the Ildatch, ancient source of evil, sent its ghastly Mord Wraiths to destroy Mankind. Only Druid Allanon held the magic power of wishsong that could make plants bloom instantly or turn trees from green to autumn gold. But she, too, was in mortal danger, and Ildatch waited for Brin to fall into his trap....

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Paperback, 544 pages
Published December 12th 1987 by Del Rey (first published 1985)
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I've decided that I hate writing reviews for books I loved. Absolutely hate it. How can I describe my feelings when all I want to do is jump up and down, squeal, and then start reading the next book?

The Wishsong of Shannara is one of the best Fantasy books I've read in a long time. Every character became a favorite of mine, both POV's had me enthralled, nothing felt predictable, my emotions jumped all over the place, I could go on and on. I wanted to start reading it again before I even finished
If I lived in the Four Lands, I would build an underground bunker to retreat to whenever Allanon shows up looking for an Ohmsford, because there isn’t any way that it’s going to end well.

This time, when Allanon reappears [the Druid Sleep prevents him from aging once he enters it, in case you're wondering how he's lasted this long], it is because of Brin Ohmsford, Wil’s daughter. Because of Wil’s exposure to the magic of the Elfstones in the events of The Elfstones of Shannara, his children have
It is definitely not a sign of trouble when druid Allanon visits Ohmsford family; it is just a sigh that the end of the world is near. This time it is not an exception. An ancient (I mean: really ancient) evil raises its head in the Four Lands and Allanon alone cannot fight it. He needs help from Brin Ohmsford, a daughter of Wil Ohmsford from the previous book. Brin reluctantly leaves her brother Jair behind as she starts on a long and perilous journey with the druid.

What is really surprising a
Questo terzo volume della trilogia inizia esattamente come i primi due. Allanon va dagli Ohmsford e convince l'erede di turno - Brin - a seguirlo per salvare il mondo dal Male del momento, il libro che raccoglie tutta la magia nera, l'Illidatch.

La differenza rispetto ai primi due romanzi sta sostanzialmente nella sfiga della Compagnia, che viene decimata. Far finire un'era (e una trilogia) è un lavoraccio, devi ammazzare un sacco di personaggi. Sarà per questo che le "Compagnie" questa volta son
This book started much like the first two. Allanon, the Druid, returns to seek help from an Ohmsford in some sort of quest that will save the world. This time, he needed help from Brin, Wil and Eretria’s daughter. Brin and her little brother Jair inherited the Elven magic in the form of what they call a “wishsong.” Brin can use to wishsong to actually alter the world, whether it’s to change the color of the leaves on a tree, or as she comes to learn later, to kill in order to protect herself. Ja ...more
I wasn't a big fan of this third and final book in the Shannara trilogy. While it isn't necessary to read the first two books before this one as it can be read as a stand-alone, I would recommend reading them just for some background. Actually, I'd probably read the first two and skip this one as it is not nearly on level with them.

Brin Ohmsford and her brother Jair are greatly surprised when the mysterious and well known druid Allanon comes to their home to seek them out. You see, the two are a
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This is the last book in the original Shannara Series. In the last one, Wil Ohmsford knew that the magic he used had changed him, but it is his children, Brin and Jair, who manifest the change. They both have the Wishsong, Jair to create illusion, Brin to create reality. Once again, it is Allanon who comes for Brin, asking her to travel to the living forest of the Maelmord and destroy the Ildatch, the book of dark magic that has been the teacher of all the dark things threatening the world. Jair ...more
J Austill
"And grandfather will miss you, too. Won't you grandfather?" Cogline shuffles his sandaled feet uneasily and nodded without looking at the Valegirl. "Some, I guess," he admitted grudgingly. "Won't miss all that crying and agonizing, though. Won't miss that. Course, we did have some fine adventures, girl- I'll miss you for that."

Thus Terry Brooks does me the kindness of summing up my feelings on his Shannara Trilogy. Which is why I like the third book the best of these, there are a couple of char
Andrew Webb
Hello normal person living a relatively happy life,

There is a great darkness rising. You must leave with me immediately if we are to stop it. I want to be upfront with you, you are likely to die and I'm not even going to pretend that I'm telling you everything I know right now. Nonetheless, we must depart immediately or your family and home will be horribly destroyed within the week anyway. I'm sorry but this is simply the state of things.


Yes, this book begins in a similar fashion to the
Jack Tyler
I'm using the Wishsong to represent all of Terry Brooks' work, as it remains my favorite of the lot. I used to be a huge fan until I discovered R.A. Salvatore's work, but that wasn't what caused Brooks to fall by the wayside.

Terry Brooks' first offering, The Sword of Shannara, was a straightforward tale of sword & sorcery, and I was willing to forgive the storyline that followed Lord of the Rings almost step for step, from flying black riders to the battle with a major monster on a bridge ab
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Like the previous two books in this trilogy it is possible to read the Wishsong of Shannara as a standalone novel, but it would spoil the outcomes to the previous two books in the trilogy. I would, at the very least, recommend you read Elfstones before reading this book, as that is a great individual book that shouldn’t be spoiled for anyone.

The Sword of Shannara Trilogy has been one of the most inconsistent groups of books in terms of quali
Matt H.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: the ancient Druid Allanon hurries to Shady Vale to recruit a young Ohmsford who is needed to save the world from certain evil doom. Yup, it’s essentially the same premise/plot as the first two books in this trilogy. Brooks is nothing if not consistent.

The story begins with Brin Ohmsford, a daughter of Wil, the previous book’s protagonist. Because Brin was introduced first and seems to have the attention of the writer through the first few chapters, I assu
Tom Seward
Terry Brooks has created an amazing world in the Shannara series. I have never come across a fantasy series I liked more. (Including Lord of the Rings.)

The first novel, Sword of Shannara is a masterpiece. It makes you cry for more. This is the 3rd in the Sword of Shannara triloy. Start with Sword of shannara, and follow through these others. If you liked LOR, you can't miss absolutely loving Sword of Shannara!

As always, the Shannara books are long. But this one was really good. I wasn't a huge fan of the entire ending, but overall I really liked it. Terry Brooks tends to have the endings be Shakespeare tragedy, and I don't like that. But that aside, I loved the book. The beginning was a little slow for me, but once the story picked up, I couldn't put it down! :D
Cathy Mardiguian
I liked the idea. This had a better connection between the magic source of the second book than there was between the magic sources of the first and second books. The wishsong was also a much more interesting and versatile source than either the sword or the elfstones. But, as with the rest of the trilogy, Terry Brooks' writing remains something I cannot read easily. It's not that he uses difficult words, he just seems to use too many of them. He makes things unnecessarily wordy in my opinion, w ...more
This was a very boring read. I don't know why I continued to read the trilogy after book one. The characters were ok at best, the writing style was repeititive and the story was simple.
Well, I do *remember* this one from when I was a wee geekling, which I guess is something. Good things: brother/sister plotline, big kitty, good guy goblin, and Cogline, who really sums up my feelings on the all-powerful, all-sulking Brin: "Won't miss all that crying and agonizing, though. Won't miss that. Course, we did have some fine adventures, girl - I'll miss you for that."

Brin's not too bad as leading ladies of fantasy go, but we don't know much about her or any of the characters really. A
Read in middle school. This was one of the first fantasy series I ever read and probably the one that got me onto an epic fantasy kick.
it's about here that the Shannara series starts to get a bit repetitive
Well, I finally finished the original Shannara trilogy. I have to say that I really enjoyed all three books. Although The Sword of Shannara was obviously derivative of Tolkien's work there are a couple of unique and intriguing elements. The post apocalyptic angle was quite brilliant. I know that more than just a few reviewers of the Shannara books have harped on that. The fact is that after the first book he just keeps getting better.

This last one was, in my opinion, the best of the three. Alla
Justin Hall
Sep 17, 2014 Justin Hall rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lord of the rings fans
Recommended to Justin by: Wesley Leblanc
I'm giving it five stars because even though it took me forever to read I kinda wanted to keep reading it.
It is another trilogy that I have completed and it feels good.
I was called out to read this series by my friend Wesley and I am glad it was actually worth reading.
The series was different than most that I have read in that the whole set of characters changed from book to book with only one real constant...Allanon. He is a bad ass wizard of sorts and would give ole Gandolf a run for his money
Andrew Obrigewitsch
This one was the best of the original trilogy, which honestly is like saying it was the least smelly turd in the toilet. The second book was a broken record retelling of the first book, but the third was at list slightly different in it's formula. It was still very predicable, the characters where still whiny and foolish, and the druid was still mysterious and no one wanted to trust him, even though he is right every time.

Why should you read it?

Well if you like your books really predictable th
This lengthy fantasy quest does drag its feet here and there but Brooks can’t be accused of failing to entertain. The heroic characters are creatively different, their adversaries are inventively sinister and diverse, and the imaginative geographical features provide vivid settings to portray the tense life and death confrontations between forces of good and evil.

Continuing from the second book, ‘The Elfstones’, the storyline jumps ahead about twenty years, to follow Brin and Jair, the daughter
This is Terry Brooks' true masterpiece in my eyes, and still my personal favourite in the Shannara series. I would actually place it in the top three within the fantasy genre, and it even had a scene that put a tear in my eye (everyone who has read the book knows which one).

It started out quite weakly. As always, Allanon's appearance to an Ohmsford was repeated, and in contrast to the same scenes in the two previous books, this one was quite boring. Also, that the main "villain" of the story was
Ben Fleck
Having read the first two books in the Original Shannara series, I was interested to read the concluding chapter of the saga. Unfortunately, "The Wishsong of Shannara" did not deliver. It was pretty much a repetition of the previous two books, only dressed to look slightly different. I was more upset, than angry, about how this book so closely followed the same formula of the first two books: mysterious Allannon shows up and tells the unsuspecting protagonist(s) that they must go on a journey to ...more
Timothy Stone
The third and final book in the Original Shannara Trilogy, The Wishsong of Shannara, was quite different from the first two volumes. This novel had much darker themes, and at times came across as far more of a supernatural horror or supernatural suspense story, than a fantasy novel. Oh, to be sure, it had all of the familiar themes of the fantasy genre, which are present in the first two books, The Sword of Shannara and The Elfstones of Shannara, as well. The heroes are given their quest (in the ...more
Hmmm....This ones hard. It was basically a good book, I suppose....I felt though, that Brooks really shouldve ended the series at Elfstones. I know Brooks has always had a tendancy (one that really shows up in the begining of Sword of Shannara) to be long winded and boring, but this one really takes the cake. I stuggled through what could have been an amazing story! Dont get me wrong, still a good story, but...I dont know, it didnt work. Like I said, he really shouldve stopped after Elfstones. I ...more
Thea Wilson
I've been reading my way through the whole Shannara series a bit at a time, in chronological order as suggested by Terry Brooks himself. I first read the original trilogy when I was a teenager but since then Terry Brooks has written several prequels to the original series so I made the decision earlier this year to start reading them in order starting with The Word and Void trilogy, then The Genesis Of Shannara, followed by The First King Of Shannara which is the direct prequel to the original t ...more
Kelanth, numquam risit ubi dracones vivunt
Visto che si parla di un prossimo film della Warner su questo ciclo (di ben 14 libri!!) e la Mondadori ha appena stampato un volumone che racchiude i primi tre romanzi di questa saga, mi permetto di recensire i primi tre episodi tutti insieme. Prima di tutto spero mi perdonerete se non entrerò specificatamente nelle tre trame delle opere proposte, in quanto questa fu una lettura di tanti anni fa. Posso però esprimere un giudizio globale su questi tre primi libri (Spada - Canzone - Pietre) che pu ...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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The Original Shannara Trilogy (7 books)
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  • The Elfstones Of Shannara  (The Original Shannara Trilogy, #2)
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