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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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
There are the fantasy histories like Kate Eliot and Steven Erikson. There are the fantasy journeys like David ...more
The second book describes the discovery of Parkasia and all its dangers. It ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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'.
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.
the few ...more
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 ...more
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
★★ - 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.