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Morgawr (Voyage of the Jerle Shannara #3)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  13,266 Ratings  ·  142 Reviews
Harrowing confrontations with the merciless Ilse Witch and the monstrous Antrax have taken their toll on the intrepid heroes aboard the airship “Jerle Shannara”. But their darkest adversary now snaps at their heels, in the form of the Morgawr - feeder upon the souls of his enemies and centuries-old sorcerer of unimaginable might with a fleet of airships and a crew of walki ...more
Paperback, 415 pages
Published August 26th 2003 by Del Rey (first published 2002)
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Dec 18, 2013 Markus rated it really liked it
Yes! When I wrote my review of Antrax, I was slightly disappointed, but eagerly anticipated an amazing conclusion to the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilogy. This is what I was waiting for.

The two opening chapters put together make up the best introduction I have read from Terry Brooks so far, and if the first fifty pages were representative for the quality of the book, there could be no way to give this anything below five stars. Sadly, the next two hundred pages or so are more on the level of
Feb 16, 2014 Richard rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy

A poor finish to a series I was never overly interested in. The premise of the first book sounded good to me; little did I know this was steeped in back story from the previous books in the series (of which I had read none). At times I felt lost and it almost felt like when you’re with a group of people and everyone is laughing at a joke and you missed the punch line. By the time I got to this book I was reading it more to complete the trilogy as supposed to wanting to. It didn’t take long i
Jan 02, 2016 Martti rated it really liked it
So finally we get some proper fantasy from Terry Brooks. I was ready to throw Brooks into the recycle bin of fantasy, but this trilogy is definitely the best that Brooks has written. Also it's a proper trilogy, meaning that it's a consistent story simply split up into three books. You cannot read only one of the books and be satisfied, because you won't have the feeling of a completed book. And I don't know about you, but when I start something, I need to finish it - even if it's a zero-star exp ...more
Rick Piatt
Dec 12, 2010 Rick Piatt rated it it was amazing
Oh my this book has it all happenin'! Action, suspense, an anticipated end but with twists and turns, great magic system, creepy foes, unexpected deaths of many - even some main characters, great -GREAT- character development. Did Terry Brooks really write this series? I enjoy the Shannara setting, it's a classic fantasy setting and I feel comfortable and at home when I'm there. This book (and this whole series) is ... Well if all the other Shannara books are a pan simmering on the stove top, th ...more
Feb 14, 2016 Squire rated it really liked it
Book #20/29 in my Epic Shannara Quest.

Thrilling finale to The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara. It doesn't deviate from the Shannara formula (as the best Shannara books do), but it plays very well by it's own rules. There's another budding romance between an Ohmsford and a Rover girl, another Leah moves from a romantic adventurer to a sadder-but-wiser leader and several characters survive who probably shouldn't have. But Brooks gets high marks for making his later Shannara books darkly optimistic.
Jan 12, 2015 Sallee rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
This was the third book in The Voyage of the Jerle Shanara. After reading the second one of the series, Antrax, I wanted to read the whole series even if it meant starting in the middle and then the third ending up with the first book, Ilse Witch. In this last book there was plenty of action, lots of horrible happenings, lots of psyscological thinking, learning to trust others and fantastic escapes. This is what a fantasy should be. Can't wait to finish this series.
Oct 16, 2012 Lucinda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intensely gripping, this spellbinding world promises just a taste of the wonders of Shannara.

Terry Brooks has to be one of the leading writers for the fantasy genre, with his Shannara series being something truly outstanding, undeniably brilliant and totally original. The voyage of Jerle Shannara is the third book in the Morgawr trilogy (consisting of Ilse Witch as book one and Antrax as book two). This exquisite hardback edition displays one of the most eye-catching and imaginative covers, tha
Feb 03, 2012 Eric rated it liked it
So here we are! The conclusion to the most riveting trilogy of all time! I highly recommend you read my reviews on the previous two books in this series before continuing. This is somewhat of a trilogy in-and-of-itself after all.

As the trilogy progressed, we learn that a number of our primary heroes (i.e. all of them) possess some form of magic, which under normal circumstances, would establish any one of them as the resident B.A. with virtually untouchable awesomeness. So logically, when they
Aidan Roraback
Jan 25, 2017 Aidan Roraback rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anybody who likes fantasy
Recommended to Aidan by: My dad
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Dec 31, 2016 April rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi
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Jesse Whitehead
Mar 22, 2010 Jesse Whitehead rated it did not like it
There are, in my admittedly limited view of things, four kinds of Western fantasy (disregarding the urban fantasy genre that is so popular lately, I see that as just an extension of the faerie stories that every culture throughout history has created). The four kinds that I am talking about are all Tolkien derivative. None of them is like Tolkien's work but they draw inspiration from it.

There are the fantasy histories like Kate Eliot and Steven Erikson. There are the fantasy journeys like David
Feb 19, 2017 Monique rated it liked it
This was a good conclusion to the series, but not great but any means. It was fun but this novel really felt unnecessary. But removing a lot of the filler from all three books and adding 50 pages to book one and two this trilogy could have been a duology. The plot dragged on a bit and this novel felt like it stole elements from previous series (The Elfstones, The Sword of Shannara, etc.). The characters were good, I really liked the Isle Witch in this novel as you learned more about her. The set ...more
Bee Halton
Dec 05, 2011 Bee Halton rated it liked it
The Morgawr is the third book of the trilogy "The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara": 30 years ago a expedition of elves tried to follow the dream of a seer: To find the fabled "magic" of Parkasia a far away island never visit from anyone from Shannara before. The expedition never returned. The only one found is the battered body of Allardon Elessedil's brother. This triggers a new expedition with Druid Walker Boh as leader.
The second book describes the discovery of Parkasia and all its dangers. It
Brady Nelson
Mar 03, 2017 Brady Nelson rated it liked it
If there is a low point in Brooks' Shannara series, I would say this is it. Still worth reading just so you can continue reading the series. It gets better after this trilogy.
Gareth Otton
Jan 17, 2013 Gareth Otton rated it it was amazing
This is a review for the entire Voyage of the Jerle Shannara Trilogy rather than just this final edition because really all books merge seamlessly together and do not stand alone.

Without a doubt this series is my favourite of the whole Shannara series. Set 130 years after the events of the Heritage of Shannara series, this trilogy encompasses the adventures of those aboard the Jerle Shannara air ship and those who follow them in search of a treasure to be found in a far off continent. For the fi
Brian Schiebout
Apr 02, 2014 Brian Schiebout rated it liked it
Morgawr by Terry Brooks is the third book in the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara set in the Shannara universe. This book is a well written psychological thriller set in a fantasy world and continues where the previous books let off. The main villain is of course the title character Morgawr who is a psychopath who enjoys killing and torturing people to show his control over people. His primary pupil was the Ilse Witch who he attempted to transform into a monster like himself but he believes that the ...more
Nov 18, 2015 Nigel rated it really liked it
The concluding part of the “Voyage of the Jerle Shannara” trilogy bought this particular storyline in the Shannara saga to a very satisfying end. There was the usual Terry Brooks build up of tension towards a conclusion followed by a brief look at what happens to the characters afterwards.
One of the best things I found about the whole of this trilogy was Brooks’ willingness to kill off some of the major characters from the plot. Whilst it’s not good for this to be taken to extreme the fact tha
Jun 07, 2011 Alyssa rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Possible spoilers? If you read the first two, you will be expecting all of this....

This book can feel a bit long. You know the confrontation between the Morgawr and Ilse Witch must happen, and for the whole second half of the book you are just waiting for it to happen; wondering where the battle ground will be.
Finally it does happen and the battle seems almost anti-climatic! It is rather short and cuts between four different characters, possibly five if you count Big Red's airship 'battle'.
Jul 06, 2014 Kevin rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
I have been going through all of the Shannara series on audiobook lately and mostly I have enjoyed them. This sub-series was weird for me. It was decent and basically enjoyable but still something was not quite right. I think what bothered me the most was the flying ships. It just seemed so out of character for the realm that has been created in previous books. I applaud Mr Brooks on trying to introduce something that actually shows technological progress in his fantasy realm, but this seemed li ...more
May 16, 2009 Renay rated it really liked it
once again, the begining of this book could be picked up at random without having read the first two books of the trilogy, and one would be able to become enthralled and encaptured within the story in no time.
i am pleased that little or no time is wasted retelling the parts of book one and two, and the story just gets straight into new mysteries and characters, and building up suspense enough that one little cares what happened in previous books, but just wants to know what happens next.
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Mar 23, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
This was a good conclusion to the Jerle Shannara series, though parts of it seem a little slow since there is quite a bit of running away. The action scenes and characters are both very well done and you really feel for the characters that don't make it to the conclusion. The villain is very believable and definitely takes the scariness of the story up a notch. He does make an army of living dead (basically eats their souls and wills) and doesn't care how he tortures people to achieve his ends, ...more
Dec 03, 2010 Angela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the 3rd and final (or is it?) book in the Jerle Shannara series. At the end of book two, the Druid Walker had been confronted by the Ilse Witch. This takes up where the other left off, but with a twist. Now the Morgawr, the Ilse Witch's mentor, is on his way to join the battle.

I can't say much more than that or I'll end up giving the whole series away. Let's just say, there's a very good chance that this book, while the last in this particular mini-series, is not the last. It's a good wa
Sep 22, 2015 Betty rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
It takes a while, but the tale ends, as always, with a new story left to tell. It has lots of intense battles, tales of magic, and unexpected twists. It is a darker novel with a lot of psychological, and physical, damage to many of the characters. The story ends with no idea of how most of the remaining characters deal with being returned to a normal life after having suffered such major traumas. The story leaves you feeling that all remaining characters return to their lives and move on changed ...more
Jennifer Locke
Sep 15, 2010 Jennifer Locke rated it really liked it
Book 3 of the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara brings our beloved characters home. Terry Brooks wraps up the story but not in the typical "and they lived happily ever after" type of way. There is an entirely new story with a new villian that fights them all the way home. Nothing is ever easy for the descendents of the house of Shannara. Brooks follows his original path to Castledown with stops in the same places but with a different twist. Now the company knows the secrets of those islands and seeks ...more
Jul 13, 2016 Farjana rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
I was awake until 2.30am to finish this last book of this trilogy. I really thought the third book would be satisfying, it was not. It was okay. Thank god, the absolute ending was well thought of. Character development was amazing and plot line was stable and strong. The problem I had with this book, is that I had built up expectation what the final battle between Mogarwr and Isle witch would be extravagant and detailed and adventurous. It lacked depth in places where we didn't need detail, the ...more
Jon Borah
Jan 09, 2015 Jon Borah rated it it was amazing

The Morgawr is a centuries-old sorcerer of unimaginable might, who feeds upon the souls of his enemies. With a fleet of airships and a crew of walking dead men at his command, he is in relentless pursuit of the Jerle Shannara. His goal is twofold: to find and control the fabled 'magic' of Parkasia, and to destroy the Ilse Witch (his disciple) to keep her from using the magic to destroy him.

But she has already paid a heavy price for her actions. When Walker Boh persuades the witch to us

Jun 18, 2011 Mark rated it it was ok
After the stellar "Antrax", the third book in the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara series was quite a bit of a let-down. First, things developed incredibly slowly, especially when they were quite predictable, and it felt like I could have skimmed through most of the book and still figured out all the important parts. Characters that had extremely good potential for development (Quentin) were cast aside to "build suspense" (notice the quotes, as I'm not quite sure why Brooks chose to sideline Quentin ...more
Mark Austin
Jan 19, 2015 Mark Austin rated it did not like it
★ - Most books with this rating I never finish and so don't make this list. This one I probably started speed-reading to get it over with.
★★ - Average. Wasn't terrible, but not a lot to recommend it. Probably skimmed parts of it.
★★★ - Decent. A few good ideas, well-written passages, interesting characters, or the like.
★★★★ - Good. This one had parts that inspired me, impressed me, made me laugh out loud, made me think - it got positive reactions and most of the rest of it was pretty decent too.
Rudy  Guglielmi
Le Jerle Shannara solca ancora i cieli. Sopravvissuta agli agguati della strega di Ilse e agli attacchi di Antrax, la nave volante prosegue la sua missione in cerca dei preziosi volumi nascosti nel labirinto di Castledown, gli unici rimasti in grado di rievocare una magia dimenticata. Alla guida della spedizione, però, non vi è più il druido Walker che, ferito mortalmente da Antrax, ha speso le sue ultime enrgie per socnfiggere la strega di Ilse. Ora la strega vaga senza coscienza, mentre suo fr ...more
Oliver Willis
Sep 09, 2013 Oliver Willis rated it really liked it
Morgawr by Terry Brooks consists of a group of intriguing characters who traveled on an intense, action packed adventure to obtain the books of magic from the mysterious Castledown. The crew encounters many obstacles along their journey and later learned their journey was for a different reason. They manage to overcome the Isle Witch then found themselves in constant conflict with the Morgawr and his airships. The oppossing force strives to gain use of the magic to make themselves more powerful, ...more
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Terry Brooks was born in Illinois in 1944, where he spent a great deal of his childhood and early adulthood dreaming up stories in and around Sinnissippi Park, the very same park that would eventually become the setting for his bestselling Word & Void trilogy. He went to college and received his undergraduate degree from Hamilton College, where he majored in English Literature, and he received ...more
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Voyage of the Jerle Shannara (3 books)
  • Ilse Witch (Voyage of the Jerle Shannara, #1)
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