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The Sword of Shannara Trilogy by Terry Brooks
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Nov 14, 2009

really liked it
Read in November, 2009

I picked up this collection to finish the series after having read Sword. I read Elfstones and, while I thoroughly enjoyed it, decided that I needed to take a break before reading Wishsong. While Elfstones was a good read and much better written than Sword, it had many of the same plot devices and many of the characters from Sword were recycled into "new" characters in Elfstones. I'm guessing that Wishsong will be similar and I'm afraid that if I read them all at once, I'll get annoyed at the similarities and won't enjoy it.
Enough of being critical, on to the good parts.
Brooks expands on the amazing world he created in Sword and brings a new depth to many of the characters from Sword. He has an undeniable talent when it comes to writing battle scenes and does one hell of a job with building suspense. While the plot was similar to Sword and many of the characters similar if not the same, he does such a damned fine job of telling his story that you have no choice but to get wrapped up in it. I stayed up late last night to read a bit, and found myself reading for a solid three hours before forcing myself to sleep. I finished it this evening and found myself very satisfied. I'll definitely read Wishsong.
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