Tanequil (High Druid of Shannara #2)
Forget Word & Void, Genesis, Legends, Heritage and Voyage. The High Druid of Shannara is the best serie ...more
Tael Riverine, dal suo castello nero come la pece, racconta a Grianne di quanto fossero belle le antiche epoche con i demoni liberi a pascolare nel mondo, mentre gli umani stavano zitti e muti; e che i tempi erano ormai maturi per il ritorno (migliaia e migliaia di anni in attesa non si sa bene di cosa).
Insomma, nel Divieto si sparano fregnacce a destra e sinistra; addirittura a un certo punto si fanno riferimenti sibillini a piani d'accoppiamento tra l'umana e il de ...more
The journey continues for Penderrin and along the way he even picks up more help to get him to the Tanequil. Kermadec and his fellow Trolls join the journey along with Cinnaminson.
Grianne Ohmsford finds herself captured and brought to ...more
Penderrin is developing well as a character, and most of the plots, especially Grianne's and the Federation/Free-Born War can easily hold their own. However, WHY didn't Brooks dedicate just a bit more time to the Tanequil? I was hoping for something more along the lines of the "Stone King" from The Druid o ...more
Another thrilling chapter in the development of the Shannara saga. Exciting with some shamelessly cinematic scenquences that still manage to entertain. Nothing unexpected happens (the demon plot to subjugate the Four Lands was obvious halfway through the previous book in this trilogy), but the continuing dark tone of Tanequil maintains the tension throughout. Eerily beautiful climactic scene.
The highlight of Tanequil is the character growth. Brooks has developed a trademark style of writing about teens who have no clue about their place in the world ...more
If this trilogy was compressed into a single book, it might be tolerable. As it is, there is so much filler that makes it very hard to care about anything. The war between the Federation and the Freeborn has been raging for decades, and now all of a sudden we are supposed to care abo ...more
On his journey to save his Aunt, Pen has to gain a lot, and lose it, and begins to feel that he cannot succeed. As he and his comapnions try to outrun both the Druids and their mysterious, un-human like persuer, there only chance is to find the the Trolls, hidden deep in their hidden villages. But even there they are not safe. And his problems are only just beginning when he finds the ...more
War threatens the Four Lands, and Shannara's only hope lies in Penderrin Ohmsford, but it's a dreadfully slim hope. To save his world, Pen must restore his aunt, the former Ilse Witch, to her rightful position as High Druid of Shannara. But first Pen must free his aunt Grianne from the Forbidding: the world of the demons. To have the slightest chance of freeing her, he must find the mystical tree called the Tanequil, and somehow craft a talisman from its wood. But Shadea a'Ru, the treach
War threatens the Four Lands, and Shannara's only hope lies in Penderrin Ohmsford, but it's a dreadfully slim hope. To save his world, Pen must restore his aunt, the former Ilse Witch, to her rightful position as High Druid of Shannara. But first Pen must free his aunt Grianne from the Forbidding: the world of the demons. To have the slightest chance of freeing her, he must find the mystical tree called the Tanequil, and somehow craft a talisman from its wood. But Shadea a'Ru, the treach ...more
Pen is nog altijd op de vlucht voor de druïden en kan nog steeds niet echt boeien als hoofdpersoon. Tagwen de druïde-dwerg levert geen enkele bijdrage aan de missie, behalve klagen dan. Khyber is wel interessant en Kermadec is okay als capabele leider van de Trollen. Ik heb zo mijn vermoedens over de motieven van Khyber.
Grianne wordt gevangen door een Straken Lord en via een magische halsband overheerst, niet echt een origi ...more
He also seem ...more
What Brooks has really been doing all these years is disguising typical coming of age stories as fantasy novels. In each book, a teen starts the story with little understanding of who,they are, or where they fit in the world. They gradually discover that they have power (usually the use of magic--but that is just a metaphor for powe ...more
I was hoping that this book would kick the High Druid series into gear. However, I am left feeling that this series is likely targeted at a teen audience, as it is fairly predictable. Still, it is an OK adventure and worth reading if only for thoroughness.
There have been some negative comments with regard to this series containing "sex". If you want to know non-spoiler details, read on.
While indeed the fi ...more
Although there are several roles that have been present in many of the Shannara books to this point, characters in those roles frequently ...more
Unlike the first book in the series, this story seemed less about escape and the chase (though there are a few). This story was more about the characters' journey -- losing their doubt, growing up and developing deeper relationships between one another.
I enjoyed this read larg ...more