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The Elves of Cintra by Terry Brooks
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Feb 05, 2011

really liked it
Read from March 11 to 12, 2011 , read count: 1

Better than the first in the series, perhaps because more of it takes place in Elven settings. I'm not sure why I like those better. Maybe it's because the Shannara stories tend to be more like "good fights evil and eventually wins in the end" and these are more like "good fights evil and wins the battle, but it doesn't matter because evil will win the war." (Right now, I seem to prefer the former.)

One thing that seems to happen in this series is that in confrontations, the good characters seem to have these hidden powers that make them much more powerful than their opponents. I guess it's the same outcome as in the all-fantasy books, but it feels different in these, almost as if Brooks couldn't figure out a way to bring those powers into play during the normal course of the story. It's OK, but it leaves a lot of questions unanswered. (Why doesn't Character X figure out that she can do Y when Z happened?)

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