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

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  35,062 Ratings  ·  509 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 April 12th 1985)
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Dec 02, 2015 Danae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 11, 2013 Evgeny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jul 09, 2016 Squire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#12/29 in my Epic Shannara Quest.

The Druid Allanon shows up unexpectedly again in Shady Vale twenty years after the events of The Elfstones of Shannara with another dire prediction of evil plotting against the Four Lands.

The conclusion of the Shannara trilogy begins like the other two, which is probably why Brooks doesn't spend much time in getting his questers on the road to Culhaven--we've seen this before. But this time around, Brooks is more confident in his storytelling--the scene that see
Chris Thomas
Oct 14, 2016 Chris Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best of the original trilogy. Unpredictable, good characters and action all the way. Had me hooked from the start. If Brooks can just go back and edit out all of the "wordlessly's" "soundlessly's" and "abruptly's" and make the writing style a little less like a 10th grader then this book would have got 5*
Mr. Brooks' challenge: write a worthy follow-up to The Elfstones of Shannara.

Challenge: met.

The next generation of Ohmsfords produces their best fighter yet - the tough-as-nails Brin, who follows in her father's footsteps and goes on another epic quest to save the world. This time, though, the forces of evil will come this close (picture my thumb and forefinger a millimeter apart) to corrupting her beyond repair, should they have her way.

It's the end of the original Shannara trilogy, but not the
Gabriela Paige
Oct 02, 2016 Gabriela Paige rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I don’t think that any of these books fully lived up to the first book in the trilogy. Or maybe it’s just at the time I’m reading them.

The Ildatch has been found. The one thing behind all the evil and dark magic in the world. Now it has brought the Mord Wraiths who will bring down the destruction of all mankind. Allanon, protector of the Races, has come to Brin. Her magic, known as the wishsong, may be the only power that can help him destroy the Ildatch once and for all. So off they go,
Jun 01, 2016 Abigail rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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So it took my husband and I a year to read this out loud together...oops.

Anyway, I have now read through the original three Shannara books and I still think The Elfstones of Shannara is the best. I could see myself re-reading that one. The characters are just great. But you came here to read a review of this book, not that one.

This is my least favorite book of the original trilogy. It just wasn't as compelling as the other two, the characters weren't as well developed and the story wasn't as gri
An enjoyable finish to the original Shannara trilogy! Once again the atmosphere, characters and action scenes were great and enjoyable to read. The only downside I'll mention is that these books do follow a similar template which is fine. It wasn't quite as epic as Elfstones either but again, just a minor thing.

Something quite sad happened halfway through the book which was a shock to readers who have followed the series. It ended nicely but with an ominous cast....which the next set of books w
May 04, 2016 Evelina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It is quite interesting how all Shannara books in Brook’s direction start in a same way.
1. Allanon “unexpectedly” comes to a village.
2. Allanon takes Jerle/Wil/Brin & Jair from the village on an adventure because only them have a special, unique power which will help the world to disentangle from the troubled spider web it has gotten itself into and slay a few demons along the way, solving various quests as they advance.
3. Allanon is Gandalf!
Joke aside, apart from that predictable settin
Jonel Boyko
May 01, 2016 Jonel Boyko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Brooks’ vivid yet clear writing was the perfect backdrop for this epic story. The graphic yet picturesque action sequences came to life throughout. The intertwining storylines add a complexity to the novel that changes it from a simple tale to an epic journey and the adventure of a lifetime. Brooks takes his readers on an epic journey across a vivid world that comes to life as if you were looking at an interactive 3D map. Not only does Brooks bring the story to life, he also brings some well-dev ...more
Diego González
Jul 15, 2016 Diego González rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While I harbor no great dislike of Terry Brooks, I think he is an author best enjoyed in early adolescence. Any later, and you are liable to see through the lack of imagination in his world building.
That said, I think this third and final Shannara book (of the original trilogy at least...) stands among the best fantasy novels, displaying his most original work and highest level of writing. The atmosphere alone is worth experiencing. Creepier than the previous two, primarily by having the opponen
Jan 31, 2011 Melissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
Apr 22, 2010 Luna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 06, 2013 Dark-Draco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Andrew Webb
Nov 27, 2011 Andrew Webb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kelsey Hanson
Actual rating: 2.5

When I first read this series, I was in middle school. I'm now rereading them with an adult eye, and I will admit theses stories don't hold up as well after you read Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and other more "epic" fantasy series. However, I still enjoy them and their characters. My memories of my first reading of these books is a bit fuzzy, but I did remember disliking this book. Now that I reread it, I remember why. This book is one of the weaker books in the series.
Kruizzer Alvarez
Apr 19, 2016 Kruizzer Alvarez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
04/19/16 - Finally finished rereading it! Haha. Same thoughts. :D

04/13/16 - Will have to reread this next time- but I enjoyed it overall! Kinda repetitive though, (Allanon goes to these people because only their power can bring down the evil > they all go on an epic adventure > Allanon hides something from them > Happily ever after ..... until the next book lol). They did bring that idea up in this book though haha. I love these books, this trilogy overall. It deserves more attention th
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.
Stefanos Charalampous
This book follows the children of Will Ohmsford -I won't tell you the name of his wife 'cause that will spoil the ending of The Elfstones of Shannara, I think that I've told you enough spoilers about Will living already lol- ..

Any way, this book was good at the beginning, keeping me curious and engaged but towards the middle, it just kept dragging and I'll explain why in a little bit. The ending was really nice and at the same time happy and sad too! So overall I gave this book a 4/5 stars (a so
Apr 17, 2016 Conally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 15, 2010 Shannon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
This book was EXCELLENT! It definately stuck out in my mind as my favorite Terry Brooks book that I've read thus far. Something about this storyline and the characters really just grabbed a hold of my heart! Brin and Jair are my favorite Shannara protagonists so far, espescially Brin. Her journey was so touching and really believable (as weird as that may sound for a fantasy book!).

One of the most amazing things I find about this series is how much I find myself caring for the characers. And Mr
Sep 16, 2015 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoyed Jair Ohmsford and his adventure and cast of characters. I liked having the split perspective, Jair and his adventurers versus Brin and hers. She didn't gather as much of a following and wasn't as interesting, although Cogline may be Terry Brook's most interesting character in this series.

In this book, Jair and Brin are the children of Wil and have inherited magic - the Wishsong. If they make a wish and sing it, it comes true, through Elven magic (which means it carries some price). Bri
Mikel Murillo
Oct 05, 2016 Mikel Murillo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una misión peligrosa que gira en torno a un libro de magia negra tan poderoso que dominó durante muchos años al malvado Señor de los Brujos. La trama es adictiva desde las primeras páginas, una gran diferencia con respecto a las anteriores partes. Mucha más acción. Volverán a sorprendernos los giros argumentales durante toda la lectura.
Feb 24, 2016 Elar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The story was decent one and Star Wars like balancing between good and evil was alright too. But what made this book above average was Gnome Slanter - he is like Tyrion Lannister kicked by everybody, loved by few, but with heart in right place, witty humour and working brain makes him excellent character.
Oct 20, 2016 Agnes rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I have read this book series about 20 years ago. Well, can't believe I am that old :D Feel I would like it much more reading it in highschool. After reading so many great fantasy books since then, this left me feeling nothing much. It is not bad, but not good either. 3,5 stars cause it was a bit better then the first two.
The best book of The Orgininal Shannara Trilogy, this one goes out with a bang and some more unique storylines. I loved how the wishsong came about because of events in book 2 and that the decendents are the ones that pay the price of our decisions (life lesson anyone?). I also enjoyed how similar the siblings were, but at the same time those similarities came across in different ways to make the very unique.

There were still some very classic fantasy elements worked into the story. We have our g
May 31, 2016 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book wasn't bad, but I found myself not caring. Brin was far better a protagonist than Amberele and Wil from the last book, but still not developed enough. When certain people died, I felt like I was supposed to care but I genuinely could not remember who one of them was. The climax was also lacking for me... so much build up for not much, and everything throughout the story was of course near and tidy and worked out so well. All that being said, this wasn't a bad story, and it's worlds bet ...more
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Fantasy Book Club...: shannara #3- The wishsong of Shannara 7 28 Sep 02, 2015 04:43PM  
Terry Brooks 22 115 Jun 13, 2012 07:02AM  
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Original Shannara Trilogy (3 books)
  • The Sword of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy, #1)
  • The Elfstones of Shannara  (The Original Shannara Trilogy, #2)

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