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
it wasn't terrible, but it only gets 1 stars from me because it gives you no real motivatoion to keep reading.
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
The writing style isn't one I prefer, but the story was such that I kept on, even when I didn't really want to read some of the very long, descriptive paragraphs. I don't have a problem with longer paragraphs, but combined with the style it was, at times, difficult for me to read.
But I did like the story.
Terry Brooks easily weaves us into this alternate world where men ride large birds called Rocs from one location to another, where ships don't sail the seas but the air, and where Elves and Dwarves exist.
I'm not a huge fan of fantasy, but enjoyed the world I was transported to. We begin with Hunter Predd, a Wing Rider, who spots a...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 mysterious...more
Also, other than Walker and Bek Rowe, I really don't care if any of the other characters die. I don't feel anything for them. There were also far too many of them. I get that it's an ensemble cast, but if I can't care about any of them, then their dangers and victories are meaningless.
The plotline itsel...more
It was recommended on Terry's site to first read The First King of Shannara and the Word and the Void Trilolgy before reading this. I have not read either of these, but I did read the Sword of Shannara Series...more
This book brings me back to why I love Terry Brooks and it makes me excited to re-read the rest of the Shannara books.
Ilse Witch is slow to develop, but moves along, I believe, quickly after that. Brooks draws you in, getting you close to all the main characters and heavy foreshadowing of events to come. If you are a fan of Shannara, it is great to get to know the newest generation of Leahs, Rovers, Elves, and stay connected with Druid Walker Bo...more
The last book I read, Talismans of Shannara only received a three-star rating from me, and I was in no hurry to start the next trilogy. This book is back up to four-stars for I liked this generation of char...more