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
More than thirty years and twenty volumes later, though... well, Brooks...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
But that said, this one is enjoyable. There are a few characters that stand out as particularly interes...more
Over time though, I...more
It's a good story, an informative telling of the eve...more
Sider Ament, the last Knight of the Word, is the first to discover that the barriers are dissolving. Tra...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
Sono passati cinquecento anni dalle Grandi Guerre, fomentate dai demoni, che avevano lasciato solo morte e rovina, sterminando quasi completamente il genere umano. I superstiti, un piccolo gruppo di Uomini e di Elfi, fuggiti sotto la guida del giovane Falco avevano trovato rifugio in una valle remota e inaccessibile che lo stesso Falco era riuscito a isolare dai pericoli esterni con la magia, esaurendo tutto il suo potere. Uomini, Elfi e mutanti avevano trovato un luogo che credevano sarebbe sta...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.
Bearers of the Black Staff is the first book in the Legends of Shannara dualogy. The Measure of the Magic is due out later this month. This is the first book I have read by Terry Brooks and not having read any of the others in the Shannara series there were times where I am sure I missed some things due to refere...more
Since it has been so long since I travelled to Shannara, I was a little afraid that the whole world would be too foreign to follow. I couldn't remember much of the last book I'd read, I just remembered that th...more
I decided this time around to read the entire series in chronological order (as opposed to publishing order). I did the same thing with the Narnia series when I was in middle school. This is going to take a while because there are TWENTY THREE books currently in the series (with more on the way), and this is book 7. The problem with reading things as they a...more
I'd put this book in that former category. It's a good book and it serves a good function in the canon of the Shannara world. It just doesn't jump out as one of the best. That may change when I read the sequel (Measure of the Magic). It seemed like...more
All of these themes were applied except for the happily ever after part, which I assume will come in th...more
I'm not going to review Elfst...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”