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The Wishsong of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy #3)

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Horror stalked the Four Lands as the Ildatch, ancient source of evil, sent its ghastly Mord Wraiths to destroy Mankind. Only Druid Allanon held the magic power of wishsong that could make plants bloom instantly or turn trees from green to autumn gold. But she, too, was in mortal danger, and Ildatch waited for Brin to fall into his trap....
Paperback, 498 pages
Published May 1st 1985 by Del Rey Books (first published 1985)
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I've decided that I hate writing reviews for books I loved. Absolutely hate it. How can I describe my feelings when all I want to do is jump up and down, squeal, and then start reading the next book?

The Wishsong of Shannara is one of the best Fantasy books I've read in a long time. Every character became a favorite of mine, both POV's had me enthralled, nothing felt predictable, my emotions jumped all over the place, I could go on and on. I wanted to start reading it again before I even finished
It is definitely not a sign of trouble when druid Allanon visits Ohmsford family; it is just a sigh that the end of the world is near. This time it is not an exception. An ancient (I mean: really ancient) evil raises its head in the Four Lands and Allanon alone cannot fight it. He needs help from Brin Ohmsford, a daughter of Wil Ohmsford from the previous book. Brin reluctantly leaves her brother Jair behind as she starts on a long and perilous journey with the druid.

What is really surprising a
This is the last book in the original Shannara Series. In the last one, Wil Ohmsford knew that the magic he used had changed him, but it is his children, Brin and Jair, who manifest the change. They both have the Wishsong, Jair to create illusion, Brin to create reality. Once again, it is Allanon who comes for Brin, asking her to travel to the living forest of the Maelmord and destroy the Ildatch, the book of dark magic that has been the teacher of all the dark things threatening the world. Jair ...more
Questo terzo volume della trilogia inizia esattamente come i primi due. Allanon va dagli Ohmsford e convince l'erede di turno - Brin - a seguirlo per salvare il mondo dal Male del momento, il libro che raccoglie tutta la magia nera, l'Illidatch.

La differenza rispetto ai primi due romanzi sta sostanzialmente nella sfiga della Compagnia, che viene decimata. Far finire un'era (e una trilogia) è un lavoraccio, devi ammazzare un sacco di personaggi. Sarà per questo che le "Compagnie" questa volta son
Andrew Webb
Hello normal person living a relatively happy life,

There is a great darkness rising. You must leave with me immediately if we are to stop it. I want to be upfront with you, you are likely to die and I'm not even going to pretend that I'm telling you everything I know right now. Nonetheless, we must depart immediately or your family and home will be horribly destroyed within the week anyway. I'm sorry but this is simply the state of things.


Yes, this book begins in a similar fashion to the
I enjoyed Jair Ohmsford and his adventure and cast of characters. I liked having the split perspective, Jair and his adventurers versus Brin and hers. She didn't gather as much of a following and wasn't as interesting, although Cogline may be Terry Brook's most interesting character in this series.

In this book, Jair and Brin are the children of Wil and have inherited magic - the Wishsong. If they make a wish and sing it, it comes true, through Elven magic (which means it carries some price). Bri
Read in middle school. This was one of the first fantasy series I ever read and probably the one that got me onto an epic fantasy kick.
This book started much like the first two. Allanon, the Druid, returns to seek help from an Ohmsford in some sort of quest that will save the world. This time, he needed help from Brin, Wil and Eretria’s daughter. Brin and her little brother Jair inherited the Elven magic in the form of what they call a “wishsong.” Brin can use to wishsong to actually alter the world, whether it’s to change the color of the leaves on a tree, or as she comes to learn later, to kill in order to protect herself. Ja ...more
I wasn't a big fan of this third and final book in the Shannara trilogy. While it isn't necessary to read the first two books before this one as it can be read as a stand-alone, I would recommend reading them just for some background. Actually, I'd probably read the first two and skip this one as it is not nearly on level with them.

Brin Ohmsford and her brother Jair are greatly surprised when the mysterious and well known druid Allanon comes to their home to seek them out. You see, the two are a
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J Austill
"And grandfather will miss you, too. Won't you grandfather?" Cogline shuffles his sandaled feet uneasily and nodded without looking at the Valegirl. "Some, I guess," he admitted grudgingly. "Won't miss all that crying and agonizing, though. Won't miss that. Course, we did have some fine adventures, girl- I'll miss you for that."

Thus Terry Brooks does me the kindness of summing up my feelings on his Shannara Trilogy. Which is why I like the third book the best of these, there are a couple of char
The best book of The Orgininal Shannara Trilogy, this one goes out with a bang and some more unique storylines. I loved how the wishsong came about because of events in book 2 and that the decendents are the ones that pay the price of our decisions (life lesson anyone?). I also enjoyed how similar the siblings were, but at the same time those similarities came across in different ways to make the very unique.

There were still some very classic fantasy elements worked into the story. We have our g
Conan Tigard
I first read The Wishsong of Shannara back in the 1980's and didn't think it was quite as good the previous two book in this series. So, when I sat down to read it again with the intention of writing a review, I was pleasantly surprised. I found like liked this book more than I thought I would because I rated it an 8 years ago, and here I have giving it a 9 now, which it just short of the best rating I can give. I guess it is funny how your tastes can change over the years.

The artwork on the cov
Shannon Abdul
This is the first book of Terry Brooks that I had ever read. It was my first fantasy novel aside from the Chronicles of Narnia and was my first adult fantasy. I still remember finding a torn old copy with yellowed pages in an old box that the previous owners left behind in the basement of our housing unit. I was twelve years old. The cover was intriguing and I was an avid reader, so I thought to myself, why not? I couldn't put it down. I even took a flashlight to bed with me that night and read ...more
Jack Tyler
I'm using the Wishsong to represent all of Terry Brooks' work, as it remains my favorite of the lot. I used to be a huge fan until I discovered R.A. Salvatore's work, but that wasn't what caused Brooks to fall by the wayside.

Terry Brooks' first offering, The Sword of Shannara, was a straightforward tale of sword & sorcery, and I was willing to forgive the storyline that followed Lord of the Rings almost step for step, from flying black riders to the battle with a major monster on a bridge ab
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Like the previous two books in this trilogy it is possible to read the Wishsong of Shannara as a standalone novel, but it would spoil the outcomes to the previous two books in the trilogy. I would, at the very least, recommend you read Elfstones before reading this book, as that is a great individual book that shouldn’t be spoiled for anyone.

The Sword of Shannara Trilogy has been one of the most inconsistent groups of books in terms of quali
Matt H.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: the ancient Druid Allanon hurries to Shady Vale to recruit a young Ohmsford who is needed to save the world from certain evil doom. Yup, it’s essentially the same premise/plot as the first two books in this trilogy. Brooks is nothing if not consistent.

The story begins with Brin Ohmsford, a daughter of Wil, the previous book’s protagonist. Because Brin was introduced first and seems to have the attention of the writer through the first few chapters, I assu
Tom Seward
Terry Brooks has created an amazing world in the Shannara series. I have never come across a fantasy series I liked more. (Including Lord of the Rings.)

The first novel, Sword of Shannara is a masterpiece. It makes you cry for more. This is the 3rd in the Sword of Shannara triloy. Start with Sword of shannara, and follow through these others. If you liked LOR, you can't miss absolutely loving Sword of Shannara!

Christine C
Despite being the same story as its previous two predecesors, I really did like this story much better than the previous two. I do like that mr Brooks doesn't shy from nixing main characters, and love that he can do so elegantly. The story brings you in, the characters develop in a fashion that is believable and stay true to their personalities. All in all, good book and a wonderful conclusion to the series.
While mercifully shorter than Sword of Shannara, this felt like a remix of that book and the vastly superior Elfstones of Shannara. The opening act felt far too familiar, and once the adventure got going, I just couldn't find anyone to really latch onto from a character perspective. Of special note, Rone Leah was a total wet blanket whose emotional reaction to everything was cranked to 11. I can't believe that Brin decided to stay with him at the end of the book, and the writing of slang like "f ...more
Whew! 504 pages. Reading this book was a chore. However, I was drawn in by the characters and their individual journeys. You can see Brooks coming into his own and trying new things in this book, but he also leaned on some comfortable devices. If you're already a fan, it's worth the read.
As always, the Shannara books are long. But this one was really good. I wasn't a huge fan of the entire ending, but overall I really liked it. Terry Brooks tends to have the endings be Shakespeare tragedy, and I don't like that. But that aside, I loved the book. The beginning was a little slow for me, but once the story picked up, I couldn't put it down! :D
I really have to commend Terry Brooks for his wonderful way of writing fantasy. He was the one who had introduced me to the genre. Unlike some fantasy novels, the world isn't jam packed with hundreds of different names and places, which despite its length, makes it more approachable than some of the other big fantasy series like Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings. The story revolves around Brin Ohmsford and her companions, and her brother Jair and his. Although Brin was made out to be the main ...more
Cathy Mardiguian
I liked the idea. This had a better connection between the magic source of the second book than there was between the magic sources of the first and second books. The wishsong was also a much more interesting and versatile source than either the sword or the elfstones. But, as with the rest of the trilogy, Terry Brooks' writing remains something I cannot read easily. It's not that he uses difficult words, he just seems to use too many of them. He makes things unnecessarily wordy in my opinion, w ...more
This was a very boring read. I don't know why I continued to read the trilogy after book one. The characters were ok at best, the writing style was repeititive and the story was simple.
Well, I do *remember* this one from when I was a wee geekling, which I guess is something. Good things: brother/sister plotline, big kitty, good guy goblin, and Cogline, who really sums up my feelings on the all-powerful, all-sulking Brin: "Won't miss all that crying and agonizing, though. Won't miss that. Course, we did have some fine adventures, girl - I'll miss you for that."

Brin's not too bad as leading ladies of fantasy go, but we don't know much about her or any of the characters really. A
it's about here that the Shannara series starts to get a bit repetitive
Derde deel van deze trilogie. De Shannara-trilogie gaat over het naspel van de oorlogen met een eeuwenoud kwaad, waarin gnomen, elfen, heksenmeesters, druïden en magische voorwerpen een grote rol spelen. Opeens is hij weer terug: de druïde Allanon, de man die Shea hielp de Tovervorst te verslaan. Hij komt voor de liefelijke Brin Ohmsford, die - net als haar broer - de macht kent van het wenslied: een eeuwenoude elfenmagie. Allanon ziet hierin de enige kans om de eeuwenoude bron van kwaad, de Ild ...more
Well, I finally finished the original Shannara trilogy. I have to say that I really enjoyed all three books. Although The Sword of Shannara was obviously derivative of Tolkien's work there are a couple of unique and intriguing elements. The post apocalyptic angle was quite brilliant. I know that more than just a few reviewers of the Shannara books have harped on that. The fact is that after the first book he just keeps getting better.

This last one was, in my opinion, the best of the three. Alla
Justin Hall
Sep 17, 2014 Justin Hall rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: lord of the rings fans
Recommended to Justin by: Wesley Leblanc
I'm giving it five stars because even though it took me forever to read I kinda wanted to keep reading it.
It is another trilogy that I have completed and it feels good.
I was called out to read this series by my friend Wesley and I am glad it was actually worth reading.
The series was different than most that I have read in that the whole set of characters changed from book to book with only one real constant...Allanon. He is a bad ass wizard of sorts and would give ole Gandolf a run for his money
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Terry Brooks 22 112 Jun 13, 2012 07:02AM  
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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

The Original Shannara Trilogy (7 books)
  • The Sword of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy #1)
  • The Elfstones Of Shannara  (The Original Shannara Trilogy, #2)
  • Мечът на Шанара. Част 1
  • Das Schwert von Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy, #1, part 1 of 3)
  • The Druids' Keep (The Sword of Shannara, #2)
  • Der Zauber Von Shannara. ( Fantasy)

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