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Preview — Allanon's Quest by Terry Brooks
Allanon's Quest (Paladins of Shannara #1)
The history is thus: The once-Druid Brona, seduced by his pursuit of dark magic, was forever transformed into the Warlock Lord—whose e ...more
I admit it. I'm a Shannara fan, for all its blatant borrowing from The Lord of the Rings, for all its cliched and predictable plotlines, I can usually find a lot to enjoy in Terry Brook's fertile imagination. I've read more than my far share of the Shannara series in all its spin-offs and sideways travels, and though it's far from great literature, or even great fantasy, this short ebook reminds me of why I had such fondness for this author, and thi ...more
Allanon is and always has been my favorite character in all of fiction, and I would have been happy to read a story about him when he was younger and less indomitable...but that story should NOT take place right before The Sword of Shannara. The Allanon from whose POV we see this story has very little resemblance to the Allanon whose POV we get a few glimpses of in Sword.
In fact, you'd think that if an author was going to write a story that takes place immediately before one of his previous book ...more
Repetitive and lacklustre are the two words that come to mind when I think about the w ...more
Brooks continues to squeeze the Shannara grape for every last drop he can get...but sadly that grape ran out of juice about 6 or 7 books ago. Now it's just this barely moist, mushy pulp stuff and it's gone sour...not pleasantly fermented...just sour.
Brooks can be such a great writer. I just wish he could come up with a new world and a new story.
Half of this brief tale it’s just a summary of the previous events that you can read in “The first King of Shannara” or in “The Sword of Shannara”.
Praticamente inutile: si tratta di una manciata di pagine relative alla ricerca di Allanon dell'erede Shannara che potrà brandire la Spada contro il Signore degli Inganni appena risorto.
Metà del ...more
It's a 3 star story with mediocre writing but if you've read Brooks before or are in any way invested in the Shannara history it's probably 4 stars because it fills in some of the gaps specifically how Allanon found the heirs of Shannara.
Recommended only if you are invested in the story and have read the other books
This is going to be just a mini review as it's hardly right to put out a full size review of a book that's only 40 pages long, not that this book is anything less than great as for a book so small it packs a punch for fans of Shannara. This short novella tells of events directly before Allanon's appearance in Shady Vale looking for Shea Ohmsford in The Sword Of Shannara.
Allanon is the last of the Druids and is desperately searching for the last heir of Shannara, the one p ...more
I liked this quick story as the reader gets to visit with Allanon once again. It was a quick read that shows how Shea was hidden and how Allanon discovers his identity. Being a short story, I wasn't expecting much depth but this novella had some and fans of this series will enjoy this book.
A short story linking existing novels, the author manages to imbue suspense and convey character into a tale that primarily is an explanation of how Shea Ohlmsford comes to take on the quest of the Sword of Shannarah. If you are familiar with the novels, the name dropping is gratifying, but if you haven't read the novels, the story stands on its own merits.
By Terry Brooks
I had read some of the Shannara series years and years ago, and enjoyed them; then I particularly loved Terry Brooks’ “The Word and the Void” series. Going through a long period of avoiding fantasy, I had forgotten how excellent is Mr. Brooks. Only a few sentences of this novella put me back in the fantasy spirit. The Last Druid Allanon is on an almost impossible quest to find someone, anyone, with Shannara lineage, because the ...more
It may be a short story, but it explains the plot point of how Allanon knew to seek out Shea Ohmsford. Brooks is able to continue to build Shannara's world and to write another good fight scene. I wonder, since this is an ebook, will it be ea ...more
This story breathes new life into a long lived literary world. The Shannara series is a fixture in the fantasy world. Unfortunately with some long running series, some parts can be repetitive or stale. This story injects a new spark into a venerable body of work.
This story is a prequel to the original trilogy and tells how the not-so-old wizard type character locates the inevitable farm boy/hero. It's a very good little story. Even if you've never read the Shannara series, this short story is a...more
I think it does not surprise any fan of Terry Brooks that it begins with Allanon entering a tavern.
This short story was nice to read, and Brooks way of writing is always pleasant, but it did not feel necessary to the story of Shannara or Allanon's.