Bearers of the Black Staff: Legends of Shannara (Legends of Shannara #1)
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Five hundred years have passed since the devastating demon-led war tore apart the United States and nearly exterminated humankind. Those who escaped the carnage were led to sanctuary in an idyllic valley, its borders warded by powerful magic against the horrors beyo ...more
But not all dangers are in the world without. Some have been festering in the valley for centuries.
Terry has done a great job developing his characters in this first book. I guarantee Ter ...more
More than thirty years and twenty volumes later, though... well, Brooks ...more
Another good story, if superficial, in fashioning the world of Shannara into what the original trilogy depicts it as. But this time around, Brooks lapses into the standard fantasy formula. And he seems to be repeating himself here: most noticeably with his Elven brothers Tasha and Tenerife mirroring the elven brothers Durin and Dayel from The Sword of Shannara and Deladion Inch subbing for Panamon Creel from TSoS. But it is engrossing and well-written.
Another clif ...more
Sider Ament, the last Knight of the Word, is the first to discover that the barriers are dissolving. Tra ...more
But that said, this one is enjoyable. There are a few characters that stand out as particularly interes ...more
I pref ...more
"Hi, is this faithful reader?"
"Hey, this Terry Brooks calling, just wanted to let you know I'm phoning it in on this one... Probably for now on really... Anyway, thought you should know."
Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.
Over time though, I ...more
It's a good story, an informative telling of the eve ...more
Five hundred years have passed since the devastating demon-led war that almost exterminated humankind. Those who escaped the carnage were led to sanctuary by the boy saviour known as Hawk: the gypsy morph. But now, the unimaginable has come to pass: the cocoon of protective magic surrounding the valley has vanished. When Sider Ament, last surviving Knight of the Word, detects unknown predators stalking the valley, and Trackers from the human village of Glensk Wood, find two of their o ...more
The Bearers of the Black Staff is a very well wri ...more
BotBS isn't one of his best but only because it's part one in a two part duology and I just can't bring myself to call an unfinished work one of his best when he regularly closes his stories with such grace and power. That said, I'm hooked. The setup is amazing and having to wait for the resolution ...more
As much as I hate to admit it, I think eve ...more
I can say that I loved the original Shannara series, but didn't care as much for the Heritage, Voyage and High Druid series, as I felt they were too dark and depressing. This book is more upbeat and interesting, as all of hi ...more
Ultimately, the mists come down and the men and elves of the valley must d ...more
Bearers of the Black Staff brings us 500 years after Hawk shielded his convoy in the mountain valley. Now the magical barrier is gone, the survivors are forced to face the unknown world outside. In a way, it takes me back to Running With the Demon, because it reacquaints us ...more
The plot follows different charac ...more
SUMMARY: Five hundred years have passed since the devastating demon-led war that almost exterminated humankind. Those who escaped the carnage were led to sanctuary by the boy saviour known as Hawk: the gypsy morph. But now, the unimaginable has come to pass: the cocoon of protective magic surrounding the valley has vanished. When Sider Ament, last surviving Knight of the Word, detects unknown predators stalking the valley, and Trackers from the human village of Glensk Wood, find two of their own...more
Brooks misses out on showing us, rather than telling us, about the great survival skills ...more
It feels like I am reading a book Brooks copied and pasted from a previously published book with some white wash. The author has fallen and produces drab work I can barley stomach getting through. I was temped to stop reading after the first 20 or 30 pages.
This is my fist Shannara book, my first Terry Brooks book as a matter of fact and I don't know why it waited so long on my shelf to be read. I know I should have started with "The Sword of Shannara" or even the "Genesis of Shannara" trilogy but obviously I didn't . This book was on sale in a local store so I bought it. No one has recommended it ...more
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I think maybe we learn a few things each time that we don't forget. A few things that stick with us. It's just hard to pass those things on to those who come after us because if they didn't live through it, they don't view it the same way we do. If you don't experience something firsthand, it's a lot harder to accept. Terry Brooks, Bearers of the Black Staff, p 89”