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Antrax (Voyage of the Jerle Shannara #2)

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Brave explorers led by the last Druid, Walker Boh, traveled across unknown seas in search of an elusive magic. But now it seems that Walker and his team were lured there for sinister, unforeseen purposes. As the crew aboard the airship Jerle Shannara is being attacked by evil forces, the Druid's protege, Bek Rowe, and his companions are being pursued by the mysterious Ilse ...more
Paperback, 405 pages
Published 2002 by Earthlight (first published 2001)
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Markus
Across fathomless seas, beyond the far horizon, the voyagers aboard the Jerle Shannara face the deadliest - and darkest - challenge of their lives.

The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilogy takes a new direction with its second book. Whereas Ilse Witch was an epic tale of adventure, Antrax is a story of a band of lost voyagers trapped on a mysterious peninsula where countless horrors await. This is where the new world of Shannara faces what is left of the old. Magic meets science while the crew of
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Peter
Jun 27, 2012 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I only discovered Brooks a few years ago, starting with the original Shannara series published in a single volume. At the time I remarked on how easy it was to see the progress he made as a writer from the first to the last of that series. The leap he made from those books to the Voyage of Shannara series is equally great. In these books the plot is more complex, the characters while still somewhat typecast are more interesting and the writing is smoother. My only gripe is with the names he give ...more
Mark
Jun 18, 2011 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I very rarely rate books as 5 stars on here, but Antrax was quite a treat. I was not expecting this book to take quite as many turns as it did, and the blend of Old World and New World fantasy of Shannara was exceptional. Sure, there were parts of the book that were predictable, but this was one storyline that had me hoping for different outcomes at almost every turn, never receiving them, but being content nonetheless. I'm sure a lot of fans were upset about how things ended up with this book, ...more
Richard
Mar 23, 2014 Richard rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
6.5/10

My initial review was deleted by mistake/my error and I don't have the patience to write it down again (especially for a book I am not that invested into and struggled through).

This was better than the first in the series but not great overall. Too many characters whom none of which I cared for.

I will finish the series but won't read anymore into the Shannara world. The saving grace of the last novel is it's the shortest of the three.
Jenn Andrew
Jul 24, 2008 Jenn Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This second book in the Jerle Shannara trilogy is a darker tale than the first. It has the ambiance of a Science Fiction and Fantasy mix by introducing machines and computers like the first book but more so in this second novel. There were certainly surprising twists that leaves the reader dumbfounded but eager to read on.

The team travels to the island that holds this mysterious magic while being pursued by the Ilse Witch in her goal to seek revenge on Walker Boh and to take possession of this
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Renay
Oct 11, 2010 Renay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i am pleased to say that for a sequel, this book does not start with a tonne of information retelling the story of the last book.
upon opening, it just gets straight into the next part of the story. by about chapter three or four, the briefest description of the previous books' most important follow on information has been given, and once again, one is lost and wrapped up in the wonders and pains of the voyage to uncover the mysterious magics that the remains of the party from book one have come
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Alyssa
Jun 03, 2011 Alyssa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is more fast-paced than the first in the series, Ilse Witch. We get to know more of the characters, Tamis and Quentin, Ahren, Ryer, and of course Bek, Truls, Grianne, and Walker. The biggest new character is terrifying and all too relate-able in our world.
My only trouble with this book is I don't see how all the characters are going to remain mentally intact after going through so many horrors. Sometimes it seems that Brooks throws too much at his characters and has you wondering if t
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Drew Warner
Antrax was much better than Isle Witch. While it still has the problems of a middle book, it leaves the reader with a sense that something was accomplished--oddly enough the very thing I felt was lacking in Isle Witch.

For Brooks fans who have struggled through Isle Witch Antrax is a breath of fresh air in this trilogy. The action is much better, though still not on par with his other, earlier novels, but the phrasing and vocabulary still seem out of place for his usual writing style.

The charact
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Rick Piatt
Jun 18, 2012 Rick Piatt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such an unexpected gem. The first book started out formulaic but by the end Brooks had pulled it all together to make it a 4 star read. Typically 2nd books in trilogies are just setup books and as a result are the worst of the set. Well that does not apply to Antrax. This book started out ok and in no time at all it kicked into a higher gear than I've seen since Elfstones of Shannara. There was so much character development I had doubts this was a Shannara book at all. Brooks' books are ...more
Sallee
Dec 19, 2014 Sallee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
This is the middle book of a trilogy and I haven't read either the first or the third yet. This book did stand on its own but I felt that I was missing the whole picture so I have reserved 1 and 3 from my library. Terry Brooks is a great writer but like all series some of the books are better than the others. This one I feel is not one of those. It was interesting enough that I do want to read the others to see the whole picture.
Samantha
Nov 10, 2008 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I loved this book. It took me since last Thanksgiving to finish it though, since I would start and stop it as I picked up and finished other books. It was a little long winded, but in a good way, as Terry Brooks always is (more so in the middle of this book).
I described it to a friend up in Virginia as "the druid is captured, the elf missing, the shapeshifter and boy are running for their lives and...man, I AM reading a D&D book! At least it sounds like it." But I do love Terry's books. Pro
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Squire
Jun 05, 2016 Squire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#19/29 in my Epic Shannara Quest.

One of a small handful of great Shannara books. Unusually dark and well-told tale about a meeting of the Old World before the Great Wars and the World of Shannara. Technology and magic collide in this middle section of The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara that is full of terrific character embellishments and unforseen events to make for an exhilerating read. Imaginatively, intellectually and emotionally satisfying, this is the "better story" I hoped Brooks was lookin
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Brian Schiebout
Antrax by Terry Brooks is the second book of the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara series set in the Shannara universe. The heroes have reached Castledown only to be ambushed and scattered. Bok finds himself captured by his twisted sister the Ilse Witch who wants t believe that he is merely a dupe in the druid Walkers goals. At the same time the elven prince Ahren has fled the ambush and soon finds himself trying to discover his courage again while exploring the underground tunnels of Castledown with ...more
Eric
Feb 03, 2012 Eric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So where were we? Ah, yes, a giant, weather-controlling, all-powerful, almost-as-smart-as-Mike-Thayer, computer vs. the forces of both good and evil. The book starts off with our heroes in distress and scattered to the four winds. The book then proceeds to proceed for several hundred pages, and ends rather dramatically by leaving our heroes distressed and scattered to the four winds.

The End.

So what do I do? On to book #3!
Nigel
Oct 01, 2015 Nigel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good outing by Mr Brooks, ending on a cliff hanger to await resolution in Morgawr. As the crew of the Jerle Shannara had become separate towards the end of Isle Witch, the story in Antrax was necessarily a series of adventures concerning the different groups and their struggles to complete their mission and re-unite. Despite the necessary jumping from one storyline to another the author manages to keep all the threads going coherently and the book doesn’t suffer from a disjointed feelin ...more
Nate
Aug 02, 2010 Nate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this sequel to Ilse Witch, Brooks doesn't disapoint. Stranded on the island, the survivors of the first book attempt to stay survivors. But is that possible, when the land contains vicious monsters, and twisted robots constructed of the body parts of humans?
John Arnold
May 29, 2012 John Arnold rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started off thinking technology in the fantasy world would be blah, until I realized the tie in. It is amazing that a person wrote a book decades ago and tied it in so well in this series and Armageddons Children! Abosolutely worth the read
Child_reborn
Feb 13, 2012 Child_reborn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Niiiiice concept. A very powerful druid, entering a lair of a modern age computer complex, Guarded by droids and indestructible cyborg killers. All overseen by a computer...

great thrill
Brett
Apr 14, 2009 Brett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-epic
This is Brooks at his best. What more can you ask for in an epic fantasy novel? I am excited to read the conclusion of the series.
Kate
Jan 06, 2009 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book just shows the depth of imagination that Terry Brooks has...absolutely blew my mind!
Johanna Panko
Mar 16, 2014 Johanna Panko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reminded me of steampunk, which made the book better than the first by far. So Walker is still on his journey and this time many more of his crew is killed battling the witch, and the Antrax. There's a lot of deception going around and the adage of machines in this book has caught my interest. Antrax builds machines from body parts of the deads....hehehe.Isle witch learns her brothers existence and still seeks to remove him from her presence so she can find the answers. Hell.... Answers are star ...more
Savi
Feb 17, 2012 Savi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
exciting and adventurous read as usual, not my favorite Brooks book though.
Jon Borah
Jan 09, 2015 Jon Borah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

SUMMARY:
As the crew aboard the airship Jerle Shannara is attacked by evil forces, the Druid’s protégé Bek Rowe and his companions are pursued by the mysterious Ilse Witch. Meanwhile, Boh is alone, caught in a dark maze beneath the ruined city of Castledown, stalked by a hungry, unseen enemy. For there is something alive in Castledown. Something not human. Something old beyond reckoning that covets the magic of Druids, elves, even the Ilse Witch. Something that hunts men for its own designs: Antr

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April
Jun 20, 2016 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, favorites
Terry Brooks second installment of The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara continues the adventure begun by Walker, Beck, Quinten and the others. The party has been devastated by the security of Castledowns and separated. Bek is alone with the Isle Witch, Walker missing and Quinten alone with some Elven hunters. The party must find a way to save themselves from the new perils offered by this ancient and unknown city from the Old World. Can they save themselves from the new and terrible challenges?
The
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Carmine
Mar 14, 2016 Carmine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Il romanzo centrale della trilogia de "la Jerle Shannara" si dimostra un adeguatissimo proseguimento del primo volume, con l'ulteriore arricchimento di un antagonista (Antrax) veramente indovinato nel suo essere atipico e fuori dagli schemi.

Leggendo Moorcock -riferimento a "i mari del fato", secondo volume della saga di Elric- viene immediatamente spontaneo associare l'essenza di Antrax con Agak e Gagak, i due stregoni amorfi ultra-dimensionali.
Di fatto sono tre antagonisti completamente opposti
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Patrickderaaff
Jun 19, 2012 Patrickderaaff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shannara
Heb je een hekel aan open eindes? Lees dan vooral dit boek niet. Houd je van een goed boek? Lees dan dit boek vooral wel.
De vijand blijkt een hele andere te zijn dan we dachten in het eerste boek. En het is afkomstig uit de Oude Wereld van voor de Grote Oorlogen. De manier waarop het jaagt op prooi om zijn voortbestaan te garanderen is gruwelijk en de reden waarom het dat doet is wrang.
Het tempo zit er goed in en we hoeven niet te wachten op onthullingen, deze komen op regelmatige goedgekozen
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L.Y. Levand
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Gere Lewis
Jun 02, 2015 Gere Lewis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the typical second book in a trilogy, meaning that everything goes to hell in a hand basket. The main characters are up against creepers, fire threads, mwellrets, a witch, and AI gone wrong. It's very exciting. Characters you have come to know and love in the first book seem to be dropping like flies now. Upon finishing this book, I launched immediately into the next one. That is how good it is.
Dark-Draco
Sep 06, 2013 Dark-Draco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the second book of the trilogy, things are going from bad to worse. Walker is trapped in the maze-like fortress of Castledown, trying to find the treasure and unaware of how much trouble he is in. Quentin and his elven hunters are being tracked by a creature that is half machine and half friend. Ahren is struggling with his fear and cowardice, but agrees to help the Seer find Walker. And Bek tries to confront his sister, only to be captured and left voicless.

Another great adventure that leads
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Angela
Nov 10, 2010 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book #2 in a 3 book series, this starts up right where it left off. It doesn't spend a lot of time rehashing what happened previously, which I liked. However, like the first, this also ends with you needing to read the next book.

It's an interesting read and you can really get a Star Wars feel from this one, technology and man intertwined in a way that makes you step back and think about where our current civilization is headed.

Honestly, if you take the first 3 Star Wars movies and read in a min
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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

Voyage of the Jerle Shannara (3 books)
  • Ilse Witch (Voyage of the Jerle Shannara, #1)
  • Morgawr (The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara, #3)

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