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Ilse Witch (Voyage of the Jerle Shannara #1)

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A new novel by Terry Brooks is always a cause for celebration. For more than twenty years, the" New York Times" bestselling author of the classic Shannara epic has proven himself one of the modernmasters of fantasy, winning the hearts and minds of devoted readers around the world. In his last acclaimed novel, "Ilse" "Witch," a brave company of explorers led by the last Dru ...more
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Published September 7th 2000 by Random House Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2000)
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"Listen to me. Listen to what I have seen in my dreams. You will make your voyage across the Blue Divide in search of something precious - more to you than to any who go with you. Those who accompany you will be both brave and strong of heart, but only some will return. One will save your life. One will try to take it. One will love you unconditionally. One will hate you with unmatched passion. One will lead you astray. One will bring you back again. I have seen all this in my dreams, and I am m ...more
Feb 10, 2014 Richard rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy

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-
Jan 13, 2010 Cody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a good fantasy book, it is very fun to read and has good imagery. If you enjoy fantasy then you'll most likely like this book. It is fairly easy to read but to not easy for advanced readers.I recommend reading any of Terry brooks' books. They are all very interesting and all throughout will keep you glued to the pages. In my opinion it is much better then a lot of fantasy books and if you're looking for a good series to read then this is a book for you. This is the first book of the Voya ...more
Jan 22, 2015 Sallee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
The first in a trilogy this book is an introduction to a fantastical story. When an elf is found floating on flotsam in the sea with a map with mysterious symbols, a thirty year mystery is brought to light. The elven king's brother has gone on a expedition in search of ancient magic but never returned. Walker Boh, the last remaining druid persuades the current elven king to finance a new expedition. The people he has chosen to go with him have special skills of their own. The Ilse Witch also wan ...more
Sep 06, 2013 Dark-Draco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brooks is such a good author and no matter how many times I read his books, I always enjoy them.

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
Feb 03, 2012 Eric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was ready for some light reading after dredging through David Copperfield for the better part of November and December, and thought, "why not read some more of those Shannara books I used to read back in Jr. High?" So I did. The result? Lukewarm at best.

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
Drew Warner
Where to start?

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
Nov 10, 2008 Woodge rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Since it's been 24 years since I last read a fantasy from this popular author, I thought I'd give him another go. This is the first book of a trilogy which finds a motley crew of adventures on a mission to find out what happened to an earlier mission and to recover some artifacts and hopefully get their greedy little hands on some new magic. There are elves, a druid, a seer, "Rovers" (like a gypsy), and all sorts of magic aboard the airship Jerle Shannara. It's an easy read but moves at a glacia ...more
Joe Talbot
Apr 16, 2012 Joe Talbot rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For those who love Terry Brooks this book does not dissapoint. The entire series takes the reader on a journey to the far reaches of the fourlands and beyond, and displays some of the most provocative writing in this series to date. The basic elements of a good Shannara tale abound, but the twists its twists and turns definately keep the reader from dozing off into rehersed repetition. It is a wonderful storyline, and it brings to light some of the practical dilemmas of a character whose persona ...more
Jun 18, 2011 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brooks really took a change of pace with this novel, as it's pretty clear from the outset that the trilogy is more or less an adventure on a whim. Sure, there are reasons for all the characters to be involved in the journey, but it's not an immediate need as in almost all of Brooks' other novels. It was quite refreshing to see the characters conduct a bit more planning and have a bit more preparation - as the successes seem more earned rather than luck. That, and Walker, one of my favorite chara ...more
Jan 08, 2016 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brooks once again hits a home run. Not only does he bring some humanity to a typically cold character, he also humanizes someone that appears quite detestable. I am admittedly biased with the Shannara world, as I have enjoyed the Four Lands and all of its tales thus far. I do not anticipate falling away from this world any time soon.
Conan Tigard
Nov 15, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Isle Witch takes place 500 years after the original Trilogy that started with The Sword of Shannara. In this time, Walker is the last Druid and sees the chance to have a new Council of Druids. To do this, he must retrieve three keys from three different islands. These three keys were made over 2000 years ago, before the great war wiped out the world as we know it. The keys must be used at a fourth location. But to do this, he has to gather a force that cannot be stopped.This is the Terry Brooks ...more
Jim McPherson
I've a mental category for books that make for reliable reading on the beach, or at least outdoors. They're the kind of book I probably wouldn't use to read myself to sleep because it works so well I'd never finish it. But if you've ridden your bike to a park or somewhere with a view, walked to a beach or perhaps rented a cabin with lights but no U-Tube or TV, they're ideal.

Among the Canadians I consider reliable reads in the fantasy genre I include Guy Gavriel Kay (although he's been going thro
Jon Borah
Jan 09, 2015 Jon Borah rated it it was amazing

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

Jul 30, 2015 Nigel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another gripping novel by Terry Brooks in the Shannara series. Despite have Walker as the only link to the Heritage of Shannara he once again manages to pull the reader not only into a fresh tale but joins it to the previous ones.
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
Rocky Sunico
The Jerle Shannara books are somewhat refreshing but somewhat unfocused in terms of direction. I appreciate the efforts for Terry Brooks to take the Shannara series in a new direction, I'm not entirely comfortable with where he's taken the series so far.

The concept behind the Jerle Shannara reeks too much like the Weatherlight from Magic: the Gathering fame. Maybe it's just me, haha.
Johanna Panko
I was handed this series by a friend and told to try it out. It seems we don't have the same taste in books. I read the whole book but it moved so slowly in my head and glacial pace by the end. I borrowed that from another It's very much a journey, and the Druid Walker selects a group of people very carefully to make this long journey from which no one has come back from. Ever. I will finish the series because I like to broaden my reading and a friend asked me but if it were up t ...more
Apr 08, 2012 sonicbooming rated it really liked it
It's Terry Brooks. You know you'll be in safe hands when you read a fantasy novel by him. A bit of whimsy, wonder, magic, & daring adventure await. Elves, dark-beings, stones of power, a mysterious Druid, they're familiar and yet Brooks makes them entirely his own with each series he continues to write. :)
Jul 04, 2012 Indeneri rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This book is really boring. I know Brooks plot is is signature (it never changes), so I was prepared for the whole 'druid turns up out of the blue etc etc'. but the storytelling is monotonous, the characters are boring and the whole thing drags on and on.
Anna Zollinger
the storyline was decent, but I felt like I had to force myself to read it after 3 chapters. I didn't end up finishing the book.

it wasn't terrible, but it only gets 1 stars from me because it gives you no real motivatoion to keep reading.
Oct 25, 2015 Betty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
I had seen the Shannara books for a number of years before I decided to give them a try. I read all of the previous novels up to this point and really enjoyed the tales of fantasy and magic. They lived up to all that I had heard about this series. While I enjoyed this book, it seemed like a retelling of the previous books with a Druid, a Leah, and an Olmsford venturing forth on an adventure, with the Druid keeping most things usual. Shannara fans will hate all the review that needs t ...more
Nzinga Foster-Brown
This the first instalment of the Voyage of Jerle Shannara trilogy. I will definitely continue with these books. It is the usual Tolkien inspired fantasy affair. A group of mismatched people in a pre-industrial style fantasy land go on a seemingly impossible quest. Old guy with magical powers insists young lad goes on quest even though he doesn't appear to have anything to offer but he turns out to be pivotal to the success of the mission. Good vs. Evil etc. It may be nothing new, but Brooks spin ...more
Sep 18, 2015 Aurora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OH MY GOD ! OH WOW ! let me just say that ending ?! fucking EPIC !
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
Sep 16, 2015 Amelia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Potete trovare la recensione anche sul mio blog:

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
Nov 09, 2015 Monique rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amazing, own-book, fantasy
This novel is the first in the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara Trilogy. What first caught my interest in this trilogy was the plot. A crew goes halfway across the sea to investigate an unknown technology. They believe this technology is found in spells and books and therefore can benefit all of mankind. I really enjoyed the suspense element to it and the ties to the "old world".

The characters in the novel were quite unique and interesting. I loved reading about the Rovers and the shapeshifter. It
mi scuso per il disordine dei titoli non ordinati bene per saga per saga.... tutte le edizoni si sottointendono di lusso... ma la Shannara che preferisco si ferma ai primi 8 libri!
Per chi non conoscesse i libri di Terry Brooks, metto di seguito la cronologia di Shannara (fonte: wikipedia):
Cronologia [modifica]

-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

Jenn Andrew
Jul 24, 2008 Jenn Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As usual, Terry Brooks entertains his fans with another spectacular tale. He keeps you wanting to turn the pages to find out more. This is a great first book in the beginning of the series.

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
Tra le onde dello Spartiacque Azzurro, un cavaliere alato sul suo Roc s’imbatte in un naufrago in fin di vita che reca con sé una mappa e un braccialetto della casata degli Elessedil.
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
Jennifer Locke
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Aug 27, 2010 Donald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I suppose I was due for something like this—a sci-fi fantasy. I think I was focused on the "Ilse Witch" part of the title when I put it on hold at my library's web site.

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
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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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