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The Wishsong of Shannara

(The Original Shannara Trilogy #3)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  50,153 ratings  ·  769 reviews
Horror stalks the Four Lands. The Ildatch, immemorial book of evil spells, has stirred to eldritch life, sending its foul Mord Wraiths to accomplish at last Mankind's destruction. Once again Allanon, ancient Druid Protector of the Races, must seek the help of a descendant of Jerle Shannara. Brin, daughter of Wil Ohmsford, born with the magic of the Wishsong which alone can ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published 1999 by Orbit (first published April 12th 1985)
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Maria Rose The setting is the same ( a fantasy land with a powerful Druid who shows up to find a person with a magic skill to fight the upcoming evil, plus gnome…moreThe setting is the same ( a fantasy land with a powerful Druid who shows up to find a person with a magic skill to fight the upcoming evil, plus gnomes, trolls, Warlocks, etc). But that's where the similarity ends. I never read the books until after I saw the show, so I couldn't compare the timeline of the show to books. They did take some liberty with Allanon as the books describe him as an extremely tall thin person but I like the actor who portrayed Allanon on the show, plus he has the deep voice and eyes to emanate the power of the Druid. (less)

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Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It is definitely not a sign of trouble when druid Allanon visits Ohmsford family; it is just a sigh that the end of the world is near. This time it is not an exception. An ancient (I mean: really ancient) evil raises its head in the Four Lands and Allanon alone cannot fight it. He needs help from Brin Ohmsford, a daughter of Wil Ohmsford from the previous book. Brin reluctantly leaves her brother Jair behind as she starts on a long and perilous journey with the druid.

What is really surprising a
May 04, 2017 marked it as possibly-maybe
I read the previous sequel in 6th grade.
Remember imagining myself as Amberle and William Moseley as Wil.
For some reason I was convinced the two of them would end up together and the fact they didn't crushed my little 12 year old heart.

I took this book and tried reading it, but the moment I found out it was about Wil, his stupid new wife and kids, I threw it across the room.

I mean, it's my Wil after all!

It might the about time for me to pick up this book again.
Let's see if I got over it.
Jul 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
The best of the original trilogy. Unpredictable, good characters and action all the way. Had me hooked from the start. If Brooks can just go back and edit out all of the "wordlessly's" "soundlessly's" and "abruptly's" and make the writing style a little less like a 10th grader then this book would have got 5*
Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#12/29 in my Epic Shannara Quest.

The Druid Allanon shows up unexpectedly again in Shady Vale twenty years after the events of The Elfstones of Shannara with another dire prediction of evil plotting against the Four Lands.

The conclusion of the Shannara trilogy begins like the other two, which is probably why Brooks doesn't spend much time in getting his questers on the road to Culhaven--we've seen this before. But this time around, Brooks is more confident in his storytelling--the scene that see
Jul 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, re-read
I have read 7 or 8 Brooks books over the years and have decided to read the entire Shannara series starting from the beginning. This was a re-read for me, first read it 30 years ago (or so).

More descendants of Jerle Shannara go to save the world, this time a magic book.

Terry Brooks has definitely matured as a writer over this trilogy, the writing and character development is much better but the plot of this book is kind of childish.

Enjoyable but nothing great.
Looking forward to the next series a
Baal Of
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes I wonder if I have become less discriminating about books as I've gotten older. Recently it seems like I'm giving almost everything I read 4 or 5 stars, and this is one where I question my discernment. I found the old man Cogline to be excessively caricatured with the stomping of his feet, jumping around like a clown, and repetitive cantankerousness concealing the stereotypical heart of gold. I felt like Brooks pulled a bit of a bait and switch when he started with Brin heading out on ...more
*Thea 'Wookiee'sMama' Wilson*
I've been reading my way through the whole Shannara series a bit at a time, in chronological order as suggested by Terry Brooks himself. I first read the original trilogy when I was a teenager but since then Terry Brooks has written several prequels to the original series so I made the decision earlier this year to start reading them in order starting with The Word and Void trilogy, then The Genesis Of Shannara, followed by The First King Of Shannara which is the direct prequel to the original t ...more
Mr. Brooks' challenge: write a worthy follow-up to The Elfstones of Shannara.

Challenge: met.

The next generation of Ohmsfords produces their best fighter yet - the tough-as-nails Brin, who follows in her father's footsteps and goes on another epic quest to save the world. This time, though, the forces of evil will come this close (picture my thumb and forefinger a millimeter apart) to corrupting her beyond repair, should they have her way.

It's the end of the original Shannara trilogy, but not the
The 3rd book in original Shannara.

I think it is time for me to move on...I wanted this book to be good-it did not have to be great, just good. I am stretching myself giving this book three stars. It may be, as I said that it is just time for me to move on to another author for a while. I do want to, at some point, continue reading the series. I have hopes that at some point Brook's editor reigned him in and cut out the massive amount of adjectives that slogged this book down for me.
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
-Know me. I am the Ildatch, the book of the dark magic, born of the age of faerie. I am older than the Elves--as old as the King of the Silver River, as ancient as the Word.-

I just finished The Wishsong of Shannara The Wishsong of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy, #3) by Terry Brooks . It is the 12th story in the Shannara series chronologically.

A few thoughts I had during this re-read that struck me about the book:

1) The juxtaposition of Heaven's Well at the summit of the Croagh set against the hellish jungle that is the Maelmord below it in the valley wh
Jan 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I wasn't a big fan of this third and final book in the Shannara trilogy. While it isn't necessary to read the first two books before this one as it can be read as a stand-alone, I would recommend reading them just for some background. Actually, I'd probably read the first two and skip this one as it is not nearly on level with them.

Brin Ohmsford and her brother Jair are greatly surprised when the mysterious and well known druid Allanon comes to their home to seek them out. You see, the two are a
Andrew Webb
Oct 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
Hello normal person living a relatively happy life,

There is a great darkness rising. You must leave with me immediately if we are to stop it. I want to be upfront with you, you are likely to die and I'm not even going to pretend that I'm telling you everything I know right now. Nonetheless, we must depart immediately or your family and home will be horribly destroyed within the week anyway. I'm sorry but this is simply the state of things.


Yes, this book begins in a similar fashion to th
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Loved Brin and Jair, and always a fan of Allanon. Great follow up to the Elfstones of Shannara!

2020 reread: Still one of the best books in the series. The story is a Terry Brooks classic, with an epic quest, a few sacrifices from awesome side characters and quirky animal-like fantasy creatures. This was a great read, with a great ending. I am actually curious to learn more about the Mwellret, a lizard-like race. Stythys was an interesting character which reminded me a bit of Gollum, lol. On to t
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is so awesome. it's on the same magnificent level as Lord of the rings. Terry Brooks is an awesome writer. This is fantasy at its best.
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I don’t think that any of these books fully lived up to the first book in the trilogy. Or maybe it’s just at the time I’m reading them.

The Ildatch has been found. The one thing behind all the evil and dark magic in the world. Now it has brought the Mord Wraiths who will bring down the destruction of all mankind. Allanon, protector of the Races, has come to Brin. Her magic, known as the wishsong, may be the only power that can help him destroy the Ildatch once and for all. So off they go,
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Brooks’ vivid yet clear writing was the perfect backdrop for this epic story. The graphic yet picturesque action sequences came to life throughout. The intertwining storylines add a complexity to the novel that changes it from a simple tale to an epic journey and the adventure of a lifetime. Brooks takes his readers on an epic journey across a vivid world that comes to life as if you were looking at an interactive 3D map. Not only does Brooks bring the story to life, he also brings some well-dev ...more
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
So it took my husband and I a year to read this out loud together...oops.

Anyway, I have now read through the original three Shannara books and I still think The Elfstones of Shannara is the best. I could see myself re-reading that one. The characters are just great. But you came here to read a review of this book, not that one.

This is my least favorite book of the original trilogy. It just wasn't as compelling as the other two, the characters weren't as well developed and the story wasn't as gri
Roman Kurys
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
A great ending to the Trilogy that started world of Shannara. This sure was a great read, and I am happy that Terry Brooks decided to follow his gut and write it. I really enjoyed all three books thoroughly, although if I had to pick, I'd say Elfstones (Part2) was my favorite.

Only reason for 4 stars rating instead of 5 is that I think Terry Brooks gets a little carried away with his over abundant and over detailed descriptions of everything and too little of dialogue to carry the story forward.
David Giard
Feb 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I don't think I am the target audience for the writings of Terry Brooks.

The plot lines and characters of his Shannara stories are borrowed almost whole from JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

There are elves and dwarves and men living in Brooks's world; and there are magical talismans with the power to seduce those who possess them and to identify the possessor to the dark lords who covet them; and there are quests to save the world from evil, powerful sorcerer and his army of dem
Jun 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: epic
It is quite interesting how all Shannara books in Brook’s direction start in a same way.
1. Allanon “unexpectedly” comes to a village.
2. Allanon takes Jerle/Wil/Brin & Jair from the village on an adventure because only them have a special, unique power which will help the world to disentangle from the troubled spider web it has gotten itself into and slay a few demons along the way, solving various quests as they advance.
3. Allanon is Gandalf!
Joke aside, apart from that predictable setting wh
Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah*
This book was EXCELLENT! It definately stuck out in my mind as my favorite Terry Brooks book that I've read thus far. Something about this storyline and the characters really just grabbed a hold of my heart! Brin and Jair are my favorite Shannara protagonists so far, espescially Brin. Her journey was so touching and really believable (as weird as that may sound for a fantasy book!).

One of the most amazing things I find about this series is how much I find myself caring for the characers. And Mr
Apr 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
If you have read any of the other books in this trilogy, you know what to expect here: A magical MacGuffin that needs finding, a fellowship of fantasy tropes wandering the land, and more shadowy and beastly baddies than you can shake a stick at.

The problem with this volume, however, is that there is just too much here. Brooks could have literally split this book up into its own trilogy. There are not one but two separate fellowships, tons of characters, and new monsters around every bend. It's
Heather Miller
Sep 22, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up-on
I kept thinking this series would get better. The first book sucked but the second was much better. I had such high hopes for the third. I was sorely disappointed! I actually gave up on this book because even after *forcing* myself to get to the 82% mark. Do you know how bad a book as to be for me to give up at 82%?!?!?

One of the problems is that the author clearly didn't plan out this world in any way before he started writing. This book has the characters coming across new sentient life forms
Aug 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This took me exactly one month...and one day to complete! I started reading this because it had been so long since reading the other two book and I knew it was time to finish this series - also, I actually had the time to read a book like this this month. As always, Brooks writing is so detailed and unique, however I've always felt that he took the long way in writing a certain situation or took a while to get to a specific point in a story. I always feel like his books could be shorter than wha ...more
Apr 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
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This is Terry Brooks' true masterpiece in my eyes, and still my personal favourite in the Shannara series. I would actually place it in the top three within the fantasy genre, and it even had a scene that put a tear in my eye (everyone who has read the book knows which one).

It started out quite weakly. As always, Allanon's appearance to an Ohmsford was repeated, and in contrast to the same scenes in the two previous books, this one was quite boring. Also, that the main "villain" of the story was
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook, 2018
I have to admit that I started reading Shannara when The Sword of Shannara came out in the late 70's. Don't have a clue how many times I've read it since, and the same goes for both this one and The Elfstones of Shannara. Because of that, I can't possibly give this book any less than 5 stars. While the first book is a bit like the Tolkein books, the second and third books move off into their own world and leave the Lord of the Rings far behind going its own way. Unfortunately, my review of this ...more
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I want to thank Bloggerportal and Blanvalet for giving me the opportunity to read this novel. They were so great to give me The Wishsong of Shannara in exchange for an honest review.

You also are able to read this review on my blog Blattzirkus.


An age-old threat returns to the world, sending out its Mord Wraiths to destroy humanity and the elves. To repress and defeat this power, the Druid Allanon needs the support of Brin Ohmsford, the guardian of the Elfstones. Because only Brin contro
Apr 07, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was *okay*
It still felt very derivative, very very much like the last LOTR book which meant my enjoyment was tainted. There was enough differences that it was an enjoyable enough read I just wish it had managed to separate itself a little more from the books that it took inspiration from, its a narrow line between inspiration and simply ripping off and I think this skimmed the line a little to closely
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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 his ...more

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