Witch Wraith (The Dark Legacy of Shannara #3)
Witch Wraith is the final installment of the trilogy that put a closure on the Dark Legacy series while continuing the spirit of Shannara stories. However, as much as I was looking forward to this book, I found myself disappointed by Terry Brooks style of writing and despit ...more
Warning, there might be one or two spoilers ahead...
Longtime fans of Terry Brooks won't be surprised when I say that this trilogy is pretty much a resurrection of things we've read about before--reminding me of a hybrid of The Elfstones Of Shannara and Straken.
That being said, there was enough going on, and presented in a slightly different way, to make the trilogy enjoyable. Once again Terry Brooks inundates the reader with fantastic names for characters and places. This is just my op ...more
The growth in the writing style, is that people do die including people you do like, and druids are not as infallible as they were in the original trilogy. Which is important considering t ...more
As much as I love Terry Brooks, I have to admit, I was disappointe ...more
Having said this, Terry is no Tolkien, and I think this has become painfully obvious with the more recent series. The characters lack depth and follow the b ...more
And there are certain things you expect to see in a Shannara book (at least the main books). There are going to be Ohmsfords, at least one Leah, an Elessedil and Elf Stones. Dark Legacy takes that up a notch though and it's almost a Shannara greatest hits with the return of demons, Grianne Ohmsford ...more
To me, this trilogy was a rehash of older material. Same story, different day. There was not really anything new except in the cruel way he brought back Grianne Ohmsford.
The introduction of new disposable characters did not ...more
For centuries the Four Lands enjoyed freedom from its demon-haunted past, protected by magic-enhanced borders from the dark dimension known as the Forbidding and the profound evil imprisoned there. But now the unthinkable is happening: The ancient wards securing the barrier between order and mayhem have begun to erode—and generations of bloodthirsty, monstrous creatures, fueled by a rage thousands of years in the making, are poised to spill forth, seeking revenge for what was done to ...more
One thing that Terry Brooks seemed unable to understand as he wrote this is that “bittersweet” means that the ending is still a good one, albeit with some poignant examples of sorrow. But these sadder elements are not supposed to threaten to ...more
First of all, if you have not had the pleasure of reading the Shannara novels, you should, in my opinion. Brooks creates they type of world where anything is p ...more
As a whole, there were instances in the series, and throughout Witch Wraith where it seemed as if there was simply too much going on, and too much left for it to all wrap up neatly. This left me worried that the conclusion would be rushed, and not at all satisfying. However, I’m glad t ...more
Exciting and distrubing finale to The Dark Legacy of Shannara trilogy brings the four seemingly aimless storylines together in a clash of good verses evil that really resonates. Breathless to a fault, Brooks' easy and relaxed prose is juxtaposed to the dire events in his story. A great ending to the trilogy with the potential for a great new beginning for the Shannara Saga.
(view spoiler)[ By the end of this book, the bloodlines of the Ohmsfords and the Leahs have ...more
First, before I begin, I have with held reviewing any of the Dark Wraith of Shannara until I have read the entire series. Much like Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings", one book within one of Brooks' series cannot be separated from the other when they are in sets of three.
I will start from a bird's eye view, then try to narrow down to the in particulars. Overall, I was a bit disappointed with this series. I have seen Terry Brooks in person, and many times he has articulated that people ...more
From New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks comes the final thrilling novel in a brand-new trilogy—The Dark Legacy of Shannara!
For centuries the Four Lands enjoyed freedom from its demon-haunted past, protected by magic-enhanced borders from the dark dimension known as the Forbidding and the profound evil imprisoned there. But now the unthinkable is happening: The ancient wards securing the barrier between order and mayhem have begun to erode—and generations of bloodthirsty, monstrous c
Death. Destruction. Demons. Despair. Doom. Oh yeah, and a Dragon.
That's a lot of Ds. Through the first two volumes of The Dark Legacy of Shannara (WARDS OF FAERIE and BLOODFIRE QUEST), Brooks has literally shredded our heroic band of adventurers, subjecting them to all manner of horrors, and then displacing them through the Four Lands and beyond the Forbidding. Now, with WITCH WRAITH, the final volume in this epic, the story of the broken heroes comes to it ...more
I'm giving this series a low 3 stars. Barely 3 stars. I'm giving the book t ...more