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Witch Wraith

(The Dark Legacy of Shannara #3)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  4,468 Ratings  ·  306 Reviews
For centuries the Four Lands enjoyed freedom from its demon-haunted past, protected by magic-enhanced borders from the dark dimension known as the Forbidding and the profound evil imprisoned there. But now the unthinkable is happening: The ancient wards securing the barrier between order and mayhem have begun to erode—and generations of bloodthirsty, monstrous creatures, f ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published July 17th 2013 by Del Rey
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Jul 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: shannara, 2018, fantasy
After having read twenty-five books in the Shannara world over the last few years, I think it is time for a rather long break.

The Dark Legacy of Shannara trilogy is not bad. It's not as interesting as the Genesis and High Druid sub-series, and it mostly recycles old plotlines and character archetypes, but it is still a compelling read. However, it adds so little of value, and does not reach the levels of beauty and innovative storytelling of previous books in the series, that I just wanted to pu
Syahira Sharif
May 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, fantasy
NOTE: Fine, now thats cleared up, but the star sticks. As a reviewing reader, I still find its disgusting for a writer to flame his own readers merely over a critisizing feedback. They aren't for you. They are for the readers.

Witch Wraith is the final installment of the trilogy that put a closure on the Dark Legacy series while continuing the spirit of Shannara stories. However, as much as I was looking forward to this book, I found myself disappointed by Terry Brooks style of writing and despit
Sam Charlton
Jul 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Well - I've finished the series... For me, this trilogy started off weakly, improved a little in the middle and ended disappointingly. The third book really seemed like a rehash of the Elfstones - but without the sense of wonder, excitement and adventure that I loved about Brooks' earlier work. If this book hadn't been written by one of my favourite authors, I may have given it only one star, but in this case I just couldn't bring myself to!

Warning, there might be one or two spoilers ahead...

Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
*Quickie review for the whole Dark Legacy of Shannara trilogy.

Longtime fans of Terry Brooks won't be surprised when I say that this trilogy is pretty much a resurrection of things we've read about before--reminding me of a hybrid of The Elfstones Of Shannara and Straken.

That being said, there was enough going on, and presented in a slightly different way, to make the trilogy enjoyable. Once again Terry Brooks inundates the reader with fantastic names for characters and places. This is just my op
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
I have to admit I am very disappointed with the series. The plot and story has been predictable. Part of me wants to have an epilogue where you can see 6 months later where people are. There are characters you care about, but there is only enough closure for another series to be made about 2 generations later.

The growth in the writing style, is that people do die including people you do like, and druids are not as infallible as they were in the original trilogy. Which is important considering t
Gareth Otton
Jul 17, 2013 rated it liked it
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Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Centuries ago, the Elves used magic to banish demons and their like to a harsh land called The Forbidding. The health of the Ellcrys tree maintains a wall between the Forbidding and the Four Lands; while the Ellcrys, a product of magic herself, is long-lived, unfortunately she is not immortal. The demons resent their banishment and are constantly testing her defenses — and there’s evidence everywhere that the Ellcyrs is weakening.

As much as I love Terry Brooks, I have to admit, I was disappointe
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
I'm a Terry Brooks fan and have read, and in fact, own every Shannara and Word and the Void Book. I enjoyed certain aspects of this book that have enhanced our knowledge of the four lands and their history. In the dark legacy series, I particularly enjoyed the background that we get on the history of the forbidding and the missing elfstones.

Having said this, Terry is no Tolkien, and I think this has become painfully obvious with the more recent series. The characters lack depth and follow the b
Eoghann Irving
Jun 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
_Witch Wraith_ concludes _The Dark Legacy of Shannara_ the latest Shannara trilogy by Terry Brooks. The first Shannara book came out in 1977 so Brooks has been writing about this world for a long time.

And there are certain things you expect to see in a Shannara book (at least the main books). There are going to be Ohmsfords, at least one Leah, an Elessedil and Elf Stones. Dark Legacy takes that up a notch though and it's almost a Shannara greatest hits with the return of demons, Grianne Ohmsford
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've enjoyed Brooks' Shannara series for almost 30 years, but sadly, this book was lacking. Anyone familiar with the works of Brooks knows he follows the same basic formula with each of his books. I am not saying that is a bad thing, it just makes for some predictable reads.

To me, this trilogy was a rehash of older material. Same story, different day. There was not really anything new except in the cruel way he brought back Grianne Ohmsford.

The introduction of new disposable characters did not
Sep 16, 2013 rated it liked it
The action is, as it always is, terrific. Terry is still a reliably engaging writer - but it is becoming increasingly honest that he's running out (if he hasn't already) of steam on Shannara stories. Which is a shame, all things considered. Why not strike out to expand the map? Send us somewhere new with completely new things and teach us more about the world. Don't include an Ohmsford. Give us something new next - because I can only get behind "reliably engaging" so many more times before I'll ...more
Aug 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
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Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: terry-brooks
Another Brooks trilogy yawns its way to the finish line.
It's not that I can say the writing is bad, it seems about the same as always.
But so does the story to be honest.
Still have the next set on my shelf, but it may set a good long while.
Maybe it's just me.
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, own, fantasy
Book Blurb:
For centuries the Four Lands enjoyed freedom from its demon-haunted past, protected by magic-enhanced borders from the dark dimension known as the Forbidding and the profound evil imprisoned there. But now the unthinkable is happening: The ancient wards securing the barrier between order and mayhem have begun to erode—and generations of bloodthirsty, monstrous creatures, fueled by a rage thousands of years in the making, are poised to spill forth, seeking revenge for what was done to
Jan 31, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really tried to like this final book of the Dark Legacy of Shannara trilogy, I really did, but I can't find the ability to enjoy this grimdark waste of paper. The previous two books were dark, but still hopeful, and then Witch Wraith went off the deep end.

One thing that Terry Brooks seemed unable to understand as he wrote this is that “bittersweet” means that the ending is still a good one, albeit with some poignant examples of sorrow. But these sadder elements are not supposed to threaten to
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I come back to Terry Brooks again and again for reliable storytelling, strong characters you can forge a bond with and his manner of making you forget everything else in your life whilst reading his novels. This book is no exception to that rule and I was thrilled to see that the series continued to stay strong and interesting throughout.

First of all, if you have not had the pleasure of reading the Shannara novels, you should, in my opinion. Brooks creates they type of world where anything is p
Rebecca Lovatt
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Witch Wraith by Terry Brooks - book three of The Dark Legacy of Shannara, and the 30th installation to the Shannara series is an enthralling and captivating read — a thoroughly satisfying conclusion to the trilogy.

As a whole, there were instances in the series, and throughout Witch Wraith where it seemed as if there was simply too much going on, and too much left for it to all wrap up neatly. This left me worried that the conclusion would be rushed, and not at all satisfying. However, I’m glad t
The Elfstones of Shannara meet the High Druid of Shannara trilogy in The Dark Legacy of Shannara series, especially in the last two books of this trilogy (Bloodfire Quest and Witch Wraith). This series was in overall a nice story but there was too much repetition of the old story, the characters and the situations they were facing (not only from The Elfstones of Shannara and the High Druid of Shannara trilogy but from other works of Terry Brooks for the Shannara world as well). The new character ...more
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
#26/29 in my Epic Shannara Quest.

Exciting and distrubing finale to The Dark Legacy of Shannara trilogy brings the four seemingly aimless storylines together in a clash of good verses evil that really resonates. Breathless to a fault, Brooks' easy and relaxed prose is juxtaposed to the dire events in his story. A great ending to the trilogy with the potential for a great new beginning for the Shannara Saga.
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Nov 11, 2013 rated it liked it
I read through it in a couple days as I wanted to finish the trilogy. Gave it a 3 because I felt it wasn't the strongest of his books even in this trilogy. It left me wanting more from the same characters. It tied up some things in the end. It didn't really surprise or give me that "holy crap!!!" moment that the first two books did at least once. I liked the book and it gave some closure yet left things open for the characters (that were left alive) to show up in one of his next trilogies. I hop ...more
Dusty Craine
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read some of the negative feedback on this book but upon completion I don't understand it at all. I've been fairly critical of Brook's last several books. I liked them but they didn't do much for me. I never really felt invested or like too much was at stake. This book felt different. This book did a good job of keeping you invested in the characters of the first two books and Witch Wraith just delivered an exciting book all around. It seemed like once I got to the halfway point I didn't want ...more
Feb 16, 2014 rated it liked it
A sense of de ja vu seems to accompany this particular series and the finale almost feels like a poor man's version of the original 'Elf Stones' saga. As a long term fan of Brooks work, I feel somewhat short changed and I just hope his next offering recaptures some of the essence of what made his books so great. Must try harder!!!
Too long. Too complicated. And the plot was too arbitrary and contrived. Pieces of this story were definitely interesting. There were just too many pieces. And really in the end only one important thread, so the other threads were just a waste of plot.
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May 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Witch Wraith is the climactic and bittersweet finale to the The Dark Legacy of Shannara Trilogy, and while there are some great payoffs, the beginning is riddled with juvenile relationship matters.

What started out as an expedition to locate the missing elfstones has gone incredibly awry. Several of the crew's original members have died, while the remainder have become separated from one another. Redden Ohmsford is captured in the demon world of the Forbidding; his brother, Railing, seeks assista
Curtis Brophy
Jul 03, 2013 rated it liked it
*Spoiler Alert*

First, before I begin, I have with held reviewing any of the Dark Wraith of Shannara until I have read the entire series. Much like Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings", one book within one of Brooks' series cannot be separated from the other when they are in sets of three.

I will start from a bird's eye view, then try to narrow down to the in particulars. Overall, I was a bit disappointed with this series. I have seen Terry Brooks in person, and many times he has articulated that people
Steve Lundh
Mar 30, 2018 rated it liked it
One thing that I really like about Terry's books are how he fleshes out the characters and the mental picture of the storyline landscape but in this book there was so much in the first half that it bogged down for me. Thank goodness the second half picked up a head of steam and dragged me along for his typical crazy ride to the finish. Always so many twists and turns that the endings, including this books, are hard to guess. You could read this as a stand alone but you will get more out of the s ...more
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This review is basically for this entire trilogy. I like this book and the first two in this trilogy, but part of me felt like Terry Brooks only took the plots of two of his earlier series and combined them for this one. Seemed like it was a lot faster paced than a lot of his earlier books and this was both good and bad. A lot of stuff happens but some of it came off as a little rushed.

Over all it’s a decent trilogy, but if you haven’t read the first 20 or so shannara books you may want to go b
Robert Noll
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The trilogy concludes with Aphenglow Ellessedil reaching the end of her search. Is everything happily ever after? Hardly. The Four Lands will be altered forever and several people perished on the way. The Elfstones also have their own problems.

I received this book as a gift. To my dismay I learned the book was the third volume of a trilogy. Breaking my own rule, I bought the first two volumes. I am glad I did and now consider Mr. Brooks my new fave author.
Roger John Jones
Wailing and self doubt

I found myself speed reading to get to the end. If one removed all the pages of the protagonists wailing and crushing themselves with self doubt the trilogy would be one semi-decent book. Not to mention the classic "I don't care if the rest of the world ends as long as (in this case my brother) is safe." Not considering what such a devastated world would be like to live in. Nor how the focus was killing all his friends/supporters.
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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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