Terry Brooks, the master of fetch quest stories, continues on with the start of another Shannara trilogy, and once again, I am go 3.5 stars if I could.
Terry Brooks, the master of fetch quest stories, continues on with the start of another Shannara trilogy, and once again, I am gobbling it up like candy. I just can't help myself.
I have been reading Terry Brooks since...well...since I learned how to read books on my own. This man, this author, has been a part of my childhood and now a part of my adulthood my entire life. I have grown up with Shanarra and the Four Lands have always been there for me, because of this, these books will forever hold a very special, very magical, place in my heart.
That said, I have to admit that this first volume in The Dark legacy trilogy is pretty friggin generic. The villain(s) is bland and completely forgettable, most of the cast of characters are shallow and underdeveloped and overall the majority of the plotline is transparent and predictable.
Did I still enjoy it? HELL YEAH I DID! Despite all the obvious flaws, there is some real gold in here. There are some great action scenes and some pretty awesome environments. This is only the opening chapter in a three-part story structure and I have some very high hopes for the second book. Most importantly, however, is that this is a Shannara book in a traditional fantasy setting, and after the last handful of Brooks books (mostly post/pre-apocalyptic), it's really good to be back!
I know this isn't the most glowing review, but if you are reading this and have the same love for Shannara as I do, you would be doing yourself a disservice by ignoring this offering from an author who has, over the years, almost single-handedly shaped the fantasy genre that we all so love and adore.
Okay, so here's the thing, Blood Song was a pretty freaking Whoa.
That. Was. AWESOME!!
Seriously? Did all that just happen? I mean ...
Whoooooa. Fuck me.
Okay, so here's the thing, Blood Song was a pretty freaking great book, right? It just swept ya off your feet and made you turn those pages until there were no more pages left to turn. Amiright?
Well I'll be damned if Tower Lord doesn't manage to do that too...but yet in a wholly different way. While Tower Lord is a direct sequel to Blood Song, its a completely different kind of book - a whole different beast. The feeling of it, the vibe, even the points of view - its all very different than what Blood Song was ... and yet it all fits together so perfectly.
I don't even know what to say. I'm book drunk! Flabbergasted! This book had so much to it. There was a little bit of everything. Fights in the jungle, assassins in the streets, naval warfare, sieges, harrowing escapes, mountainside chases, epic-mysterious-magics...I literally never knew what Anthony Ryan's was going to throw at me next! The character development was phenomenal and I really liked how this book had differing viewpoints rather than just following Vaelin around. It opened up the story and blew the world wide open! I don't even think I could be pressed to name a favorite character - I just enjoyed them all so much!!
I'ma start rambling soon if I don't stop myself.
Read this book. Read it now.
I'll be over in the corner there...stunned, staring at the wall and mumbling incoherently to myself from having just finished this.
Another Terry Brooks book down, and once again I was not disappointed. The man sure can tell a heck of a story!!
This was easily my favorite out of the Another Terry Brooks book down, and once again I was not disappointed. The man sure can tell a heck of a story!!
This was easily my favorite out of the Genesis/Legends books. I really enjoyed it and found it to be a fitting conclusion to the beginning of the Shannara world! I am actually kind of sad that this draws the end of the beginning. I would like to follow these characters some more. Still - onwards and upwords, there are more Shannara adventures to be had, and for that I am one helluva happy camper! ...more
Everything that I loved about the first book is back in this second one. I cant say enough good things about the wit and banter between these characteEverything that I loved about the first book is back in this second one. I cant say enough good things about the wit and banter between these characters, its full of awesome one-liners and has a good mix of some pretty incredible action set pieces as well! I love, loved it! Weekes has fleshed his characters out so well you immediately connect with them! They are full of personality, charm, and quirks and I cant help but wish I was right along side of them - even when they are in the most dire of circumstances!
I follow Patrick Weekes on Twitter and know that he is a very active D&D role-player, and after reading these two novels of his I cant tell you enough how badly I would love to sit in on some of his campaigns. Me thinks it would be a pretty incredible experience!
Anyways, if you have read the first book - no worries - you're gonna love this one too! If you haven't read his first book...well...go read it, silly, Its fun and best of all when you finish it you can read this one straight away afterwords!
I sit here trying to think of what I want to say about this book, what words can I use to convince whoever may read this that, yes, it is worth their I sit here trying to think of what I want to say about this book, what words can I use to convince whoever may read this that, yes, it is worth their time.
All that keeps flashing through my head is...
Believe the hype!
There are countless reviews before and after this one that talk about how epic and great this story is. They all speak truth.
So, believe the hype! Read this. its good.
Its better than good...its...GOODEREST!
One of the gooderest stories I have read this year!
That's all I have to say...I don't want to sit here talking about it...I want to go read the next one in the series.
It started off slow, and I wondered if my fascination with Terry Brooks was finally beginning to wane. Halfway in I realized this wasn't the case, andIt started off slow, and I wondered if my fascination with Terry Brooks was finally beginning to wane. Halfway in I realized this wasn't the case, and by the end, I found my eyes racing across the pages to see how things were going to conclude.
Terry has brought things full circle with his Shannara and Word/Void books... This two book series seems to be tying it all together very nicely. Excited to read Measure Of The Magic!...more
There won't ever be a time that I won't look at Jorg as being anything but a brash and arrogant little fuck, however, through the course of three book There won't ever be a time that I won't look at Jorg as being anything but a brash and arrogant little fuck, however, through the course of three books I can say that even though I don't think I would ever want to be friends with Jorg, I can say with a certainty that I would sure as hell want him watching my back if it ever needed watching.
Jorg's story is vicious, dirty, bloody, and uncomfortable as hell. It grabs hold of you and refuses to let you go until its tale is told. And by the builders, what a tale it is!
Mark Lawrence has written some unforgettable words! So often through the course of these three novels I found myself re-reading passages because they were just so damn clever...or disturbing. Either way, I very frequently found myself marveling at the way things were said, played out, and printed right there in front of me to enjoy.
How lucky we are to have story tellers like this.
Aces - and hats off to you, Mark. Thanks for the tale.
I couldn't really say for sure. I do know I enjoyed, Jorg, a lot more in this middle part of the story. I found myself 'c Was it better than the first?
I couldn't really say for sure. I do know I enjoyed, Jorg, a lot more in this middle part of the story. I found myself 'caring' for him more. Don't get me wrong, he's still very dislikeable, the story is still dirty and caked with grit, but with the added depth and insight into what makes this young fellow tick...with the box opened and everything revealed, well hot damn, there's a person under there after all.
And that ending...! Oh my, that ending! It was like a thousand soft bunnies were tickling my tummy I liked it so much. Not to say that it was soft...it was bloody and brutal and...very...fiery. I was grinning ear to ear reading the last couple of chapters, and it has made me wonder, perhaps I wont eat those bunnies for supper after all.