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Witch Wraith (The Dark Legacy of Shannara #3)

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  3,855 Ratings  ·  283 Reviews
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, f ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published July 17th 2013 by Del Rey
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Syahira Sharif
May 22, 2013 Syahira Sharif rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley
NOTE: Fine, now thats cleared up, but the star sticks. As a reviewing reader, I still find its disgusting for a writer to flame his own readers merely over a critisizing feedback. They aren't for you. They are for the readers.

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
Sam Charlton
Jul 18, 2013 Sam Charlton rated it liked it
Well - I've finished the series... For me, this trilogy started off weakly, improved a little in the middle and ended disappointingly. The third book really seemed like a rehash of the Elfstones - but without the sense of wonder, excitement and adventure that I loved about Brooks' earlier work. If this book hadn't been written by one of my favourite authors, I may have given it only one star, but in this case I just couldn't bring myself to!

Warning, there might be one or two spoilers ahead...

Feb 03, 2014 Artemas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
*Quickie review for the whole Dark Legacy of Shannara trilogy.

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
Jul 09, 2013 Dov rated it it was ok
I have to admit I am very disappointed with the series. The plot and story has been predictable. Part of me wants to have an epilogue where you can see 6 months later where people are. There are characters you care about, but there is only enough closure for another series to be made about 2 generations later.

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
Gareth Otton
Jul 17, 2013 Gareth Otton rated it liked it
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Jul 24, 2013 Lighthearted rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Centuries ago, the Elves used magic to banish demons and their like to a harsh land called The Forbidding. The health of the Ellcrys tree maintains a wall between the Forbidding and the Four Lands; while the Ellcrys, a product of magic herself, is long-lived, unfortunately she is not immortal. The demons resent their banishment and are constantly testing her defenses — and there’s evidence everywhere that the Ellcyrs is weakening.

As much as I love Terry Brooks, I have to admit, I was disappointe
Aug 04, 2013 Tpmac21 rated it it was ok
I'm a Terry Brooks fan and have read, and in fact, own every Shannara and Word and the Void Book. I enjoyed certain aspects of this book that have enhanced our knowledge of the four lands and their history. In the dark legacy series, I particularly enjoyed the background that we get on the history of the forbidding and the missing elfstones.

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
Eoghann Irving
Jun 25, 2013 Eoghann Irving rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
_Witch Wraith_ concludes _The Dark Legacy of Shannara_ the latest Shannara trilogy by Terry Brooks. The first Shannara book came out in 1977 so Brooks has been writing about this world for a long time.

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
Jul 23, 2013 R rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've enjoyed Brooks' Shannara series for almost 30 years, but sadly, this book was lacking. Anyone familiar with the works of Brooks knows he follows the same basic formula with each of his books. I am not saying that is a bad thing, it just makes for some predictable reads.

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
Sep 16, 2013 Drew rated it liked it
The action is, as it always is, terrific. Terry is still a reliably engaging writer - but it is becoming increasingly honest that he's running out (if he hasn't already) of steam on Shannara stories. Which is a shame, all things considered. Why not strike out to expand the map? Send us somewhere new with completely new things and teach us more about the world. Don't include an Ohmsford. Give us something new next - because I can only get behind "reliably engaging" so many more times before I'll ...more
Aug 11, 2013 Alantie rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
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May 09, 2013 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, own, netgalley
Book Blurb:
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
Jan 31, 2014 MC rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really tried to like this final book of the Dark Legacy of Shannara trilogy, I really did, but I can't find the ability to enjoy this grimdark waste of paper. The previous two books were dark, but still hopeful, and then Witch Wraith went off the deep end.

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
Jul 23, 2013 Ionia rated it it was amazing
I come back to Terry Brooks again and again for reliable storytelling, strong characters you can forge a bond with and his manner of making you forget everything else in your life whilst reading his novels. This book is no exception to that rule and I was thrilled to see that the series continued to stay strong and interesting throughout.

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
Rebecca Lovatt
May 09, 2013 Rebecca Lovatt rated it really liked it
Witch Wraith by Terry Brooks - book three of The Dark Legacy of Shannara, and the 30th installation to the Shannara series is an enthralling and captivating read — a thoroughly satisfying conclusion to the trilogy.

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
The Elfstones of Shannara meet the High Druid of Shannara trilogy in The Dark Legacy of Shannara series, especially in the last two books of this trilogy (Bloodfire Quest and Witch Wraith). This series was in overall a nice story but there was too much repetition of the old story, the characters and the situations they were facing (not only from The Elfstones of Shannara and the High Druid of Shannara trilogy but from other works of Terry Brooks for the Shannara world as well). The new character ...more
Feb 14, 2016 Squire rated it it was amazing
#26/29 in my Epic Shannara Quest.

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.
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Dusty Craine
Jan 31, 2013 Dusty Craine rated it it was amazing
I read some of the negative feedback on this book but upon completion I don't understand it at all. I've been fairly critical of Brook's last several books. I liked them but they didn't do much for me. I never really felt invested or like too much was at stake. This book felt different. This book did a good job of keeping you invested in the characters of the first two books and Witch Wraith just delivered an exciting book all around. It seemed like once I got to the halfway point I didn't want ...more
Feb 16, 2014 Stephen rated it liked it
A sense of de ja vu seems to accompany this particular series and the finale almost feels like a poor man's version of the original 'Elf Stones' saga. As a long term fan of Brooks work, I feel somewhat short changed and I just hope his next offering recaptures some of the essence of what made his books so great. Must try harder!!!
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Curtis Brophy
Jul 03, 2013 Curtis Brophy rated it liked it
*Spoiler Alert*

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
Jefferson Coombs
Jun 29, 2017 Jefferson Coombs rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is a good book but I didn't think this entire trilogy was as good as some of the other Shannara books. Too much of the story are things that have happened before. The first book is the best of the trilogy. Still a good story and worth the read.
David Kowis
Jun 21, 2017 David Kowis rated it liked it
A pretty good read, but the ending left me saying, "that's it?" it feels like there was a lot left unhandled a lot left unaddressed.

Ended with a whimper to me :(
Joann Bloxsom
May 15, 2017 Joann Bloxsom rated it liked it
A good conclusion to the trilogy.
Rose Boyer
Jun 24, 2017 Rose Boyer rated it it was amazing
Surprises at every turn. Exciting page turner.
Mar 22, 2017 Joel rated it it was amazing
This is a return to form and didn't have the issues I was concerned about in the previous two. I recommend this book for any fans of the series. There are lots of gut wrenching moments that you don't see coming. There are a couple that you do.
Jon Borah
Jan 09, 2015 Jon Borah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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

Ruthie Van alstine
Terry Brooks always a great read!
Oct 29, 2015 Steve added it
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Terry Brooks has made a mess of things.

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
Albert Riehle
Mar 15, 2013 Albert Riehle rated it liked it
Well. After book 1 was excited and looking forward to seeing where things went. After book 2 I was less excited and worried that the series had turned into a half-assed Elfstones of Shannara retread. Now, I've read the 3rd and final book in this series and I can judge it both on it's own and as a whole and frankly, I feel like the fears I had after book two were more thoroughly realized than the hopes I had after book 1.

I'm giving this series a low 3 stars. Barely 3 stars. I'm giving the book t
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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 Dark Legacy of Shannara (3 books)
  • Wards of Faerie (The Dark Legacy of Shannara, #1)
  • Bloodfire Quest (The Dark Legacy of Shannara, #2)

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