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Straken (High Druid of Shannara #3)

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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,727 Ratings  ·  126 Reviews
The High Druid of Shannara trilogy draws to a thrilling close as a young hero nears completion of his trial by fire, a banished ruler fights for her life in a wilderness of dread, and forces of darkness and lightsquare off in a battle unto death for the right to absolute rule. Prepare to be spellbound by the masterly hand of bestselling legend weaver Terry Brooks, conjurin ...more
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Published September 6th 2005 by Random House Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2005)
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Markus
I'm feeling too bitter to write a write a proper review, but you should know that this rating has nothing to do with the quality of the book. The book was awesome, the trilogy was amazing, the entire story was great. And I hated the ending.
And don't mistake the meaning of that. The ending of this book is well written and exceptionally beautiful. I just hated what happened. Don't ever do something like this to me again, Terry Brooks.
Ronda  Tutt
Mar 15, 2010 Ronda Tutt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantacy
A very good ending for the "High Druid of Shannara trilogy" and a great addition to the Shannara Series.

So much happens with the journey that Penderrin makes in going to the Forbidding and bringing back Grianne (the Ard Rhys of the Third Druid Order) and discovering that Pen has use of the wishsong that was brought forth from the darkwand that Pen had gotten from Tanequil.

I found Pen's experience with the darwand and the dragon fasinating and would of liked to see more of a bond and relationship
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Jon Borah
Jan 09, 2015 Jon Borah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

SUMMARY:
The High Druid of Shannara trilogy draws to a thrilling close as a young hero nears completion of his trial by fire, a banished ruler fights for her life in a wilderness of dread, and forces of darkness and light square off in a battle unto death for the right to absolute rule. Prepare to be spellbound by the masterly hand of bestselling legend weaver Terry Brooks, conjuring at the peak of his skills.For reasons known only to himself, the King of the Silver River has charged young Pender

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Brian Schiebout
Straken by Terry Brooks is the third book in the High Druid of Shannara series in the Shannara universe. The book finishes the story began in the first two books in the series which the heroes and their attempts to rescue Grianne from her imprisonment in the Forbidding. The story mostly revolves around the actions in the world of Shannara however including the attempt by Pen Ohmsford to go to the Forbidding. He is aided greatly by the assistance of Khyber Elessedil. In many ways she becomes the ...more
Terri Kleinberg
This is the final book in one of the Shannara series. This takes place several hundred years after a global war has damaged the planet and nearly wiped out civilization. It is never openly stated that this is Earth, but it is implied.

Penn is a young man who has set upon the journey to bring his Aunt home from the place where she is held prisoner. It is the story of his coming of age, passing from a boy to a man. The reader is swept along with the stories of political intrigue, magic, and battle
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David
This is largely an example of Brooks' more recent work that validates the claims that he has been writing the same book over and over again. There is yet again another young Ohmsford clone and this book fails to have the endearing engagement of most of his work. The writing style is not as strong as usual, giving some credence to the claim that he employs a lot of ghost writers. This has to be the weakest novel of his that I have read, but most of them are amazing. It is also extremely referenti ...more
Kevin
Aug 19, 2014 Kevin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
So I am done listening to all of the Shannara audio books and while most of them were very enjoyable they started to get a bit predictable and repetitive. This final book included. It was a decent story and I do like how Brooks managed to continue to include elements from previous books in a mostly believable way. But this last story just wasn't all that gripping even though it was better than a couple of the others. I know the pattern by know and could almost predict exactly how this was going ...more
Clay Kallam
Oct 03, 2011 Clay Kallam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Terry Brooks wraps up his High Druid of Shannara trilogy with ‘Straken (Del Rey, $26.95, 368 pages),’ and, sadly, it’s not one of his better efforts. The plot strains credulity at numerous points, with the most egregious example being this one: A young teenage girl, bound hand and foot, is being taken by six armed and armored Goblin Hunter warriors (fearsome, by all reports in the book) to be executed. With nothing but a piece of metal to cut the ropes at her wrist, the young girl not only escap ...more
Eleclyah
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Zach
Oct 28, 2010 Zach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mia Darien
Since this book had the most activity in it, I think I liked it the best. If it were any author other than Terry Brooks, I probably wouldn't have liked the entire trilogy as much. It felt like a lot of what happened was written in there just to make the books longer. To flesh out a trilogy, where as one sleeker long single volume would have been much more engrossing.

I never really felt Pen's emotional connection with Cinnaminsin developed, felt like I was told what was there and then had to acce
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Donna Pelletier
Jul 31, 2011 Donna Pelletier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book as I do all of Terry Brooks books. I do have one complaint, a complaint that could be said of many mystery, sci-fi and fantasy writers. During the whole book the writer will pay great attention to minute details, great character development, smoothly forming the story line. Then when it gets close to the end of the book or in this case a series, things get hastily thrown together, there is a climax and then the end of book. Sometimes the coming together of many different stor ...more
Dark-Draco
Sep 06, 2013 Dark-Draco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great end to the trilogy. Pen has sacrified a lot to get the Darkwand, but now faces capture by the Druids he has managed to evade for so long. But being back at Paranor gives him the best chance to use the magic to return his Aunt from the Forbidding. He goes in search of her and finds out that his inate magic is linked to the wand and is a lot more powerful than he thinks.

Grianne struggles to escape her prison and keep the darkness inside her at bay, while Bek and Rue find unexpected help in
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Al
SUMMARY:
The High Druid of Shannara trilogy draws to a thrilling close as a young hero nears completion of his trial by fire, a banished ruler fights for her life in a wilderness of dread, and forces of darkness and light square off in a battle unto death for the right to absolute rule. Prepare to be spellbound by the masterly hand of bestselling legend weaver Terry Brooks, conjuring at the peak of his skills.For reasons known only to himself, the King of the Silver River has charged young Pender
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jubal harshaw
Mar 21, 2015 jubal harshaw rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terry Brooks has given me peace.Serenity in the midst of sadness.Respite.Relief.

There is nothing greater than hours stolen from the aching anguish th at life brings.I have delivered 27 babies in my life and half of them were born to drug addicts with no prenatal care. I consider it a metaphor for the pain th at is unavoidable.being in the world is inherently painful but there are moments of joy as well. Thank you Terry for giving me many moments of joyous oblivion.
Adam K.
Jul 09, 2014 Adam K. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brooks ties up every loose end in his trilogy in a very satisfying manner that is often typical of him. Readers tend to give his books a lot of grief simply because they found The Sword of Shannara too derivative of The Lord of the Rings. I read Sword before I ever read Tolkien, so my experience was unadulterated delight, but I can understand their misgivings. However, there's always some cynical jerk who's going to find every fantasy derivative of Tolkien. They'd probably accuse Tolkien of plag ...more
Dan Rheingans
Sep 05, 2015 Dan Rheingans rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic ending to this trilogy! The second book dragged so much I didn't have super high hopes for Straken, but Brooks did an excellent job with this final installment. Straken is fast-paced, a number of good twists, and he really brings the characters into their own and keeps the story moving while wrapping up all the loose ends you really care about. Definitely the best book of the trilogy and makes having read it worthwhile.
James Hurley
Apr 27, 2015 James Hurley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a good read, not as good as some of his other work, but still, he's an excellent storyteller, and I enjoy reading his work. I'd love to sit and pick his brain on the mechanics of creating another world. I am curious how much he preplans, and how much comes to him as a writer in the middle of writing. I will be looking for another book to tackled before the years end of this writer, he's worth the time and effort to find.
Jeffrey Koh
Feb 25, 2015 Jeffrey Koh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the dare devil witch, her fears are known but she goes against all obstacles anyway because the is fire and ice come alive. Burn, burn, burn. She is flaming hot and yet colder than liquid nitrogen. She never melts. She is a mystery that readers will fall in love with. Each page that is flipped takes one further into the world that Terry brushes with his creativity. He walked away from legal profession and brought the world joy. Or me.
David Pankey
May 08, 2008 David Pankey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
This book is a wonderful closure to the trilogy. The book begins where the last one left off just after Pen recieves the staff that would allow him to cross the Forbidding. As his friends are captured by his enemy he allows himself to be caught so that they may be spared. This is were the novel begins. As with all the novels in this series the book relies heavily on the cooperation of the characters.

From this novel i learned that personnel sacrafice is not always as bad as it sounds. I also lea
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Brian
Enjoyable Brooks, Brutal Narration

Unfortunately, we don't get to hear Scott Brick's great narration on the 3rd and closing book of the High Druid series. Some artistic license is fine to give it your own flair, but the constant pausing when no comma, hyphen, colon etc. are there is ridiculous.
Stewart
Mar 23, 2012 Stewart rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Maybe a bit better than the other 2 books in the series, but not by much. The writing remains mediocre. In fact some of the passages become unnecessarily long winded and repetitive in this book. The major plot pieces remain telegraphed well in advance. The one area where things are improved slightly from the previous books is in the results for minor characters as there are some unexpected twists and some of these are affecting.

Overall the series has a number of flaws the make this nothing more
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Gere Lewis
Jul 07, 2015 Gere Lewis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first two books of the trilogy leave the reader with high expectations and Straken certainly delivers. With darkwand in hand, the battle isn't even half over for Pen and his friends. Elves, Dwarves, Trolls, Druids, Federation, Freeborn, demons, and the Ohmsford family; this book has it all.
Dee Renee  Chesnut
I'm finished! I finally read all of the 27 books of the Shannara shelf in our home library! Will I read the next trilogy Brooks already published since I started this project? Perhaps, but I plan to borrow them from the local library and let them store the books until HikerDon is ready to read them.

This book does what a good third book of a trilogy does: it wraps up the quest. I downgraded my usual rating of 4 stars to 3 stars because the last three chapters seemed rushed when compared to some
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Jacob Withers
Oct 29, 2015 Jacob Withers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great book and a fantastic ending to an epic quest. This is the end of Pen Ohmsford's adventures and the climax of the High Druid of Shannara trilogy. It concludes the quest to find the missing Ard Rhys and return her to the Four Lands.
Karmakosmik
Jun 29, 2014 Karmakosmik rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Finale abbastanza insipido per quella che risulta la peggiore trilogia mai partorita dalla mente di Brooks. Tutto va come deve andare, c'è persino un bel happy ending (l'unica piccola sorpresa del libro è come avviene questo finale) e tutti vissero felici e contenti. Beh, purtroppo c'è poco altro da aggiungere, tutti i personaggi sono insipidi, i cattivi sembrano insormontabili ma poi vengono sconfitti con facilità estrema. Inoltre, come nel caso della trilogia della Jerle Shannara, Brooks butta ...more
Cheryl Shorter
Aug 18, 2015 Cheryl Shorter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brooks
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Neil
Apr 27, 2015 Neil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic-fantasy
Good ending to the series. Must read the 2 before coming to this book. It was typcal Terry Brooks story but I read all 3 in the series back to back and really enjoyed them all. Recommeneded if you are a Shannara fan
Dan
Apr 10, 2015 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, epic-fantasy
I have some mixed feelings about Straken. I think that overall, Mr. Brooks did a great job wrapping up the trilogy. The journey that Grianne Ohmsford took over the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara and High Druid of Shannara trilogies ended beautifully. What sort of bothered me about the book was the love story between Pied Sanderling and Troon. It just felt contrived and as if it were thought up at the last minute. I think Mr. Brooks could have built it up more during the previous books. Also, the l ...more
Antonio
Not Brooks' greatest work, I found the trilogy formulaic. Nevertheless, I have known the Shannara series since I was 12 and will read whatever Terry comes out with even if it is drivel, which this is not, but also it is not his best writing.
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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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