Ilse Witch (Voyage of the Jerle Shannara #1)
I've had this on my shelf for a while now so in a conscious effort to try and clear the old books to replace with new ones I thought I would tackle this trilogy which had gathered large amounts of dust.
The synopsis on the back of the book was appealing, a half drowned elf is found with his tongue chopped off and his eyes pierced but he holds a mysterious map to mysterious lands which hold magic of which the "world" has not seen before. Then add in the fact that to get to this land with mega- ...more
This series takes place a hundred or so years after the last. A man is found floating near the shore, his tongue and eyes cut out. He carries a map and the ring of the ruling family of the Elves. Walker Boh, only Druid of the four lands, is asked to translate the map and finds that it points to the location of a powerful magic, far across the sea. So he sets about gathering a group to go find it, all ...more
While I certainly purchased "Isle Witch" as part of a trilogy, I still expected it to be largely a stand-alone novel. So it wasn't until after nearly 300 pages of the druid gathering the group together for an epic quest in search of some all-p ...more
Expecting the first book of a trilogy to be anything other than lead up was my own fault I suppose. Isle Witch starts with an interesting discovery, propels to a great adventure, and then stalls after about one hundred pages.
Brooks tries to jump start the novel at a few dramatic/action-packed points which really aren't action packed or dramatic feeling at all.
It's hard to believe that anything of great importance will happen to any of the important characters in the first book s ...more
Among the Canadians I consider reliable reads in the fantasy genre I include Guy Gavriel Kay (although he's been going thro ...more
It has been 130 years since the events of the Heritage of Shannara series, and the Free-born and the Federation are still at war. The story follows a quest organized by Walker Boh, the last surviving Druid. Thirty years ago, the Elven prince Kael Elessedil led an expedition in search of a legendary magic which was said to be the most ancient and powerful in the world.
Thirty years later, Kael is found floating in the sea of the Blue Divide; a map is found with him, covered with mysterio
IT follows the usual Brook’s formula of a quest for a mysterious artefact(s) that involves a race against time as elements of evil, in this case the Isle Witch of the title, to secure the artefact for the force of good. As with other books in the series the group und ...more
The concept behind the Jerle Shannara reeks too much like the Weatherlight from Magic: the Gathering fame. Maybe it's just me, haha.
it wasn't terrible, but it only gets 1 stars from me because it gives you no real motivatoion to keep reading.
okay, okay, deep breath, exhale and inhale, let's start from the beginning.
the book starts with a Wing Rider Hunter Predd finding, after thirty years, the half drowned body of the elven prince Kael Elessedil floating in the seas of the blue divide, the prince who led an expedition in search of a very old and powerful magic, an expedition in which no one survived until now, until the appearance of the half dead prince who has the p ...more
Dopo moltissimo tempo sono nuovamente approdata nel mondo creato da Brooks, tornando a farmi coinvolgere dalle sue storie.
Voci e recensioni mi erano giunte su come lo stile del grande scrittore, che tanto leggevo diversi anni addietro, si fosse evoluto, cambiato, portando il fantasy in una sorta di dimensione fantascientifica.
Così, immergendomi nella lettura, mi vedo ben e felicemente costretta a sfatare qu ...more
The characters in the novel were quite unique and interesting. I loved reading about the Rovers and the shapeshifter. It ...more
Per chi non conoscesse i libri di Terry Brooks, metto di seguito la cronologia di Shannara (fonte: wikipedia):
-Il ciclo di Shannara
La Spada di Shannara (The Sword of Shannara, 1977)
Le Pietre Magiche di Shannara (The Elfstones of Shannara, 1982)
La Canzone di Shannara (The Wishsong of Shannara, 19
Thirty years ago, the elves sent an expedition to retrieve a powerful legendary magic that would aid the four lands in the fight with the Federation and the Free-born. An Elven prince led the expedition with the aid of the Elfstones. The Elfish people thought all was lost when one member from the expedition i ...more
Walker, l’ultimo Druido, sembra convinto che la mappa conduca a un tesoro inestimabile: un nuovo tipo di potere, una magia fatta di parole, che condurrebbe le Quattro Terre a una nuova era. In seguito a un accordo con il re degli elfi, che spera di recuperare, oltre alla magia, le pietre magiche appartenute al frate ...more
If I had known that there were flying ships in the story I might have cringed, but these are given credibility by description of operation. Sure, the description seems fulfilling, but it is vague nonetheless. The sails are light sheaths, the lines running from them are called radian draws which send the captured heat to parse tub ...more