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Duistere geest van Shannara: grahic novel (The Original Shannara Trilogy #3.5)

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Een nieuw verhaal in de Shannara-reeks. In de wonderbare wereld van de Vier Landen strijden nobele en duistere wezens om de macht in naam van Licht en Duisternis - en ze beleven vele mysterieuze en majestueuze avonturen. De jonge Jair Ohmsford bezit krachten die hij zelf nog maar ternauwernood kan bevatten. Toch moet hij de vernietigende maar verleidelijke magie van het we ...more
Paperback, 199 pages
Published February 2009 by Mynx (first published January 1st 2008)
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Oct 13, 2010 Jackie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Die-hard Shannara fans
Fast, easy read. I only liked it because it featured Jair from Wishsong. Elfstones and Wishsong are my favorite Shannara novels out of them all. So more Wishsong is always good. Very cool ability.
Too bad this graphic novel was in black & white, I'd have preferred color but I wasn't reading it for the graphics, just the story. Had it been in color, I might have appreciated the artwork more.

I must say I'm not thrilled how some of my favorite authors are jumping on the Graphic Novel craze. I'd
Apr 20, 2016 Scott rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brooks' first graphic novel. It's a fun interlude story set within the events of The Wishsong of Shannara. Fans of the series will enjoy revisiting familiar characters, as Jair, Brin, Garet Jax and even Alanon are all here. The introduction states that this can be picked up on its own and read independently of anything else, but I don't see that as being the case, as some threads of the story will be more rewarding and clear if having previously read Wishsong. The story moves along at a good cli ...more
I've been a Terry Brooks fan for near a decade, and most of his books have always entertained me. When I first heard of Dark Wraith a year or two ago, I was hesitantly excited. After it was released, I picked it up in the book store, browsed through it, and then decided that I didn't want to own this Brooks book. I forgot about it until I spied it at my local library the other day, whereupon I seized it and decided to read it.

The graphic novel is disappointingly short, and the story is just on t
Having read all of the previous Shannara books, I had to read this. Although I am not a reader of graphic novels (apart from the very occasional Sandman) I thought it had the potential to be better than some of Brooks' more recent books with its setting in the 'classic' Shannara period of the original trilogy. The Wishsong has always been a really interesting concept, especially what it can do to you and the dangerous nature of all magic. The story, then, appealed to me with its exploration of J ...more
Terry Brooks calls his foray into graphic novels a “grand experiment.” I think the experiment failed. It’s almost like he thought to himself “Gee, if I stuff enough pictures in the book, maybe it will distract the readers from the fact that there is no plot.” While I do find it comforting to revisit familiar concepts and characters in new guises, this attempt just left me cold.
Mark Adkins
Feb 07, 2016 Mark Adkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a graphic novel set in the world of Shannara by Terry Brooks. It takes place after the events of The Wishsong of Shannara and features Jair Ohmsford and the Gnome Tracker Slanter.

I rather enjoyed this graphic novel and the two issues I have with it are minor. The first is that I found it to be too short a novel, I wish that it had been a bit longer. The last third of the novel is just extra info showing design concepts which while interesting I would have rather the space be used towards
Conan Tigard
Nov 16, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Sword of Shannara has always stood out as my favorite Fantasy book of all time. I originally read it in high school a few years after it came out and quickly followed it with The Elfstones of Shannara. Unfortunately, The Wishsong of Shannara had not been published yet and I had to wait a few years, which was very hard to do, I'll tell you.

Images from this series have stayed in my mind for over 25 years. I still remember the dwarf swinging his double-edged battle axe and cleaving in half two
Brian Schiebout
Dark Wraith of Shannara by Terry Brooks is a graphical novel set in the Shannara universe. The story takes place after the short story Indomitable when Jair continues to have nightmares caused by his experiences in that story. He is again approached by the shade of Allanon who tells him that he is needed to rescue Kimber Boh and her protector Cogline. So he journeys back to Hearthstone taking for a companion Slanter the gnome. There using his magic he is able to track the girl with the help of h ...more
Timothy Stone
Feb 01, 2014 Timothy Stone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Terry Brooks was approached about the idea of writing a graphic novel taking place in the Shannara universe of his, he decided to base it shortly after the end of The Wishsong of Shannara, and use some of the characters in that book, particularly Jair Ohmsford and the Gnome tracker, Slanter. So was born The Dark Wraith of Shannara, and the first comic adventure of the Shannara characters.

As the story begins, Jair Ohmsford is remembering his experiences at the end of the previous adventure (
This book should have emblazoned on its cover "Warning, contains spoilers in the forward which will tell you the details of the entire Shannara series." As someone who has had Sword and others on his "to read" list for years, I was a little dumbfounded that this graphic novel would catch you up by telling you all the deets.

Beyond that, I enjoyed the book. I thought the manga style wasn't bad, and the way the story was told worked. I'm sure there were tons of edits considering these books are hu
It was a fun read for me because I've read and enjoyed all the other Shannara books, most more than once, and appreciated the references and characters in it. I could see how many of those references would seem extraneous to someone new to the series, though. In some ways I didn't want to see an artist's depictions of the characters and landscapes, though, because they differed from my mental pictures (much the same type of let-down as one often gets when favourite books are made into movies). I ...more
Jan 21, 2011 Patrick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
A diverting coda to the original Shannara trilogy, though the story doesn't add much to the series' overall narrative. Great artwork, but would have looked even more marvelous in color instead of black and white.
Jul 14, 2008 Sara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The tale was OK, but one of the things I love about Terry Brooks is his ability to draw you into the story with amazing descriptions and details. I thought the graphic novel took away from his story-telling skills.
Aug 08, 2014 Ana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I learned upon starting this graphic novel that it was based after a decently sized book series. After I finished with this book my response was “Great, now I have to go and get myself the books.” And if that doesn’t tell you my opinion let me make myself clear.
I loved it.
The story of Jair and his past dangerous quest to save his world that resulted in the death of a close friend drew me in from the start and left me desperately wanting more at the end. I don’t know if there is a sequel to this
Feb 20, 2009 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
A good fantasy manga. I really enjoyed the 17 hours i put into it......
Artful Existence
I was completely blindsided when I received this book and realized it was in comic book form with photos and those white bubbles indicating speech. I guess I should have researched more. I was just getting the next book in the series. Anyway, it wasn't bad because Terry Brooks helped write it. He's an astounding author, but I wasn't a fan of this book. It was an easy read in the form it is written, taking only a few hours to get through, if that. The scenes were okay, some of them corny. I would ...more
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Jul 23, 2010 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark Wraith of Shannara is the first ever graphic novel set in Terry Brooks epic fantasy world of Shannara. It takes place in the years following The Wishsong of Shannara and features Jair Ohmsford, who along with his sister Brin, is the of the first generation of Ohmsfords to posess magic. The book opens with a dream, a nightmare really, in which Jair remembers what happened to him the last time he used the Wishsong. Distraught over these recurring nightmare, he goes to his sister for advice. U ...more
Come spiega lo stesso Brooks, la storia si svolge alla fine della prima trilogia di Shannara. Protagonista è Jair Ohmsford, uno dei due fratelli che, nel libro La canzone di Shannara, mostravano di possedere la canzone magica, conseguenza dell’utilizzo da parte del padre delle pietre magiche elfiche (nel libro precedente, Le pietre magiche di Shannara).
Brin si è sposata e ora vive a Leah, mentre Jair ha continuato a vivere la sua vita, benchè lontano da Kimberly. Si scopre però che in qualche mo
Jul 30, 2013 FantasyWereld rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Terry Brooks is ondanks (of dankzij) zijn succesvolle Shannara-serie niet bang om af en toe te experimenteren met andere uitingsvormen voor zijn verhalen. Zo verleende hij zijn medewerking aan een adventurespel voor op de PC, dat zich afspeelt tussen Het zwaard van Shannara en De Elfenstenen van Shannara, en schreef hij voor deze graphic novel een geheel nieuw verhaal rondom Jair, die met zijn Wenslied de magie heeft om illusies te doen opwekken en zelfs tot leven te laten komen. Maar voegen dez ...more
I only bought this, new, a couple of days ago, but just had to sit and read it. It is the first Shannara Graphic novel, and is set at the end of the first Shannara series.

Jair Ohmsford is having dreams about the death of Garet Jax and the desruction of the Ildatch, a page of which escaped and is being worshipped by the Mwellrats. Jair goes to destory it and in turn, finds that the magic of the wishsong can actually transform him into Jax. Scared that he is losing himself, he swears off the new
May 02, 2008 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
I finished reading Dark Wraith a day or two ago. First let me say/acknowledge that I've been a Brooks fan for, wow, about 20 years now. I've read all of his books except two -- First King, which for some reason I just cannot get into -- and Elves of Cintra, which is on my reading list for the summer. Except for First King, I've thoroughly enjoyed them all (the movie adaptations are a little iffy, yes). Terry has a great way of creating worlds and characters that are very believable and accessibl ...more
Feb 19, 2014 Cinnamon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I downloaded the book in the "recommended reading" order, and was disappointed to find it being a graphic novel. The best thing I can say about it was that despite its full novel price tag...I was finished with it by the end of the flight I was on while reading it. Terry Brooks can be very wordy, and theatre are times that narrative drags out more than I'd like, but he paints wonderful detailed images that are worth reading through. A graphic novel doesn't do it justice.
Lee Cuppett
A shannara book is always a good thing. A shannara graphic novel is an ok thing.

The best thing about Mr. Brooks is his incredible way with words. Words that paint pictures of such vividness no visual media could compare.

So while this was an interesting foray into the darker parts of what the wish song could be/become. It was the lack of word painting that I missed.

While I will eagerly await and grasp any Brooks shannara book, I find the graphic novel to limiting for his story tell, for a picture
Debra Meyer
I didn't realize it was going to be a graphic novel or so short. If the author would have put indomitable and this one together it might have helped a smidge. I like graphic novels but I have to be in the mood for them since they are such a fast read an when I want a book to read I want a book that is going to take a few weeks to read not a few hours *sigh*. It wasn't bad for a graphic novel but short too too short.
May 28, 2012 Kellan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok really quick book to get through, probably due to the fact it was a grafic novel.
It was a good read and I liked how it joined straight on from where Idomitable left off andhow they brought Garet Jax back into the story through Jair's wishsong, Garet and Jair being my favorite characters and bringing Slanter back in again with the same relationship with Jair as it was in the wishsong.
I didnt really like how some of the characters were drawn though I thought they would of been differant to how
Sa'id Cortijo
While I thought at first this was just a regular book, I was surprised to see it is a graphic novel. Having read the Watchmen, I was excited to hopefully put a visual image to the descriptions Terry Brooks gave of so many characters. I have one word for it. Meep. I wasn’t impressed. It was far to comic book style type. Kimber had a pair of jungle panties on. I am not going to go into it. It is just the typical comic book images, not a knock against the people who drew it, but not my cup of tea. ...more
Matteo Pellegrini
Dopo la graphic Novel del ciclo di King La torre Nera, anche Brooks ci cimenta in questo formato e con dei risultati più che soddisfacenti
La graphic novel di Shannara è molto buona e a differenza di quella della Torre Nera, costruita su un romanzo gia' pubblicato (il 4 del ciclo per essere precisi) qui ci troviamo di fronte ad una storia completamente nuova, un storia che si ricollega agli avvenimento accaduti nel terzo libro del ciclo (La canzone di Shannara) ed è ambientata 3 ani dopo la fine
Dee Renee  Chesnut
Feb 19, 2013 Dee Renee Chesnut rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the series who enjoy graphic novels
Shelves: 2013, shannara
Dark Wraith of Shannara is a graphic novel, in the chronological Shannara order after Indomitable. So far, I have read sixteen books in my project to read the Shannara books in their chronological order, with ten from our home library to go before I start buying any of the current Dark Legacy of Shannara trilogy.

If I liked graphic novels better than I do, I might rate this story of Jair Ohmsford's third quest higher than the three stars. Character development is hard to accomplish in graphic no
Nov 11, 2015 Daniele rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Due stelle è anche troppo per una graphic novel che punta più su effetti di mezze tinte che su buoni disegni. Qui e là la narrazione è molto arrangiata. Lo stile dei disegni ricorda troppo i manga, che non trovo per nulla adatto a un fantasy del genere.
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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 (3 books)
  • The Sword of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy, #1)
  • The Elfstones of Shannara  (The Original Shannara Trilogy, #2)
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