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The Sorcerer's Daughter

(The Defenders of Shannara #3)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  2,525 ratings  ·  255 reviews
The inspiration for the epic MTV series, the world of Shannara is brimming with untold stories and unexplored territory. Now bestselling author Terry Brooks breaks new ground with a standalone adventure that’s sure to thrill veteran readers and recent converts alike.
Hardcover, 334 pages
Published May 24th 2016 by Del Rey
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Graham Pearson Although I am still working my way through the books I do agree to a very large extent. The amount of self-doubting and self-questioning by the…moreAlthough I am still working my way through the books I do agree to a very large extent. The amount of self-doubting and self-questioning by the characters is well over-the-top, especially as the same character in the same book can ask all the same questions about himself/herself two or three times - it really does wear on the nerves. The best ones I have found for not self-doubting are the Leahs and hence they are my favourites. It is as though Terry Brooks runs out of story and decides to rehash the philosophical doubtings in order to fill in whilst he waits for another idea to strike him.(less)
Maria Rose With the way, Terry Brooks writes you can read any book alone because of the fact he always refers back to previous events so you can get some kind of…moreWith the way, Terry Brooks writes you can read any book alone because of the fact he always refers back to previous events so you can get some kind of feel for the characters' perspective. This is the last book of the Defenders of Shannara trilogy. When I first picked up a Terry Brooks novel to read, I had no idea where I was in the realm of the Shannara. You don't have to read the trilogies in a timeline but each trilogy should be read as a set to at least get the full story of a specific trilogy. At the time he wrote this trilogy, Terry Brooks claimed it was the last of the Shannara stories but there is one more trilogy after this, called the Fall of Shannara--a four-part series of books starting with the Black Elfstone. I have read all his Shannara books up to that series, which I will read once I have all 4 books together.(less)

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Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
Some people are manipulated so easily. The evil sorcerer Arcannon allows his enemies to see exactly what he wants, and they, being the generic characters that they are, fall for every last trick. Sometimes it’d be nice to see a character with a degree of sense that doesn’t blindly walk into every trap.

Granted, some of them are fairly clever but everyone just slots conveniently into place to awkwardly push the plot forward. If a renowned and celebrated order of peacekeepers visit your city and
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

My rating is 2.5 stars.

The Sorcerer’s Daughter is the latest installment in The Defenders of Shannara series by Terry Brooks. Each novel a self-contained story with the same group of characters (chronicling their life struggle over years, not days or weeks), able to be fully enjoyed without any prior knowledge of the other thirty-two Shannara stories. It even has a stronger young adult lean to it than past books with a more modern tone, relationship diversity,
Althea Ann
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
It had been many, many years since I'd read a Shannara book - long enough that I had no idea whether my distantly-remembered opinions of the early books were valid or not. When I had the opportunity to pick this up from NetGalley and DelRey, I was happy to check it out and see what I'd been missing all this time.

Unfortunately, I failed to be won over. Although this was explicitly advertised as a "stand-alone" novel, it's really not. A huge chunk of the beginning of the story is a "let's get all
May 26, 2016 rated it did not like it
My thoughts on the book are as simple as "While you're at it, why don't you give me a nice paper cut and pour lemon juice on it?" - Miracle Max

Why do I read or even bother anymore, I do not know?
Where is the originality, the characters with depth?

For a long time now it is just pumping out similar books that make me ask this question.
I hope the legacy that is remembered is the original trilogy, and not the books of the past number of years.

Save yourself your memories of Shannara.
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
#29/#29 in my Epic Shannara Quest.

This one might be my least favorite Shannara book. It begins all right, picking up a few months after the events of The Darkling Child. Paxson has returned to Parnaor with Leofur Rai as his lifemate and has revealed to his sister that she has the power of the wishsong. All is going fairly well until Brooks identifies the weapons master Onst Mondara (who trained Paxon) as a Dwarf. He was a Gnome in book 1 of Defenders and a Dwarf in book 3! On top of that, Brooks
Shawn Speakman
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Put simply, The Sorcerer's Daughter is Terry Brooks' best book in several years. The previous two books -- which are largely stand alone tales featuring Paxon Leah's attempts to thwart the deeds of the evil Arcannen Rai -- pale in comparison to the third book. It is a stand alone as well though and can be read separate. As such, I highly recommend it.

What makes this book so good? It's the relationships between its characters, particularly the one between Paxon, Leofur, and a new shape-shifting
Feb 26, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
I didn't like anything about this other than the pretty cover. The main character made me angry at her basically every time her POV came back around.

I don't think I'll be reading any more of the newer Shannara books. If I ever feel the urge to revisit Shannara, I'll just re-read the older books.

Note: I read this as a free eARC from Netgalley
Gareth Otton
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Well, it finally happened. Terry Brook's once great Shannara series has hit such a high level of 'Meh' that I could only make it two-thirds of the way through before giving up.

Though entitled The Sorcerer's daughter, the story is actually split almost equally between Paxon Leah and Lefour. After sabotage at peace talks between druids and the federtion, Paxon struggles to lead the druids back to Paranor safely. When Paxon's sister is kidnapped outside of Paranor, Lefour must find a way to track
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Well, 2 stars feels really harsh, but 'it's ok' is about all I can muster. The first 2/3 of the book was way too much exposition, and telling the reader about conversations and what happened instead of giving the conversations and scenes where things happened. The feel was an extended and detailed outline that was never fleshed out.

As a really long time fan, it worries me a touch about the next trilogy. Not the least of which because he has said on numerous occasions this was his last book
Adam Sprague
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
After a good first book and a wonderful second book, this felt more like a 2.5 style of novella stretched into a novel. Dialogue-heavy prose with little character development and almost no action. It feels like the publishers wanted the classic 3 book trilogy, so Brooks just wrote the most boring romance novel in history. Such an unsatisfying end to this trilogy.
Danielle Shtab
Jul 31, 2016 rated it did not like it
This was probably one of the worst fantasy novels I've ever read (listened to technically). The main protagonist is barely present and when she is, she is an utter bore and absolutely awful to have to listen to. She simply isn't an enjoyable character. I found Paxon Lee's story more interesting but it also grew boring a few chapters in, and increasingly convuluted. When an author uses adverbs profusely, incessantly, constantly, etc. it really lowers my opinion of the writer as well. Every ...more
Jeff Sirovatka
Oct 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
I feel like Brooks is losing his touch. This was the least enjoyable story I've read of his. Shannara simply isn't what it once was.
The plot was so very formulaic that I already had the story done by chapter 4 once I knew who all the characters were. The characters were very one-dimensional, there was simply far too much romance, and the villains are just unimaginative. Arcannan is a weak villain who is never really fleshed out to become interesting and I was sick of him by the second book in
Apr 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley
Although this is advertised as a "standalone," I think I would have gotten more out of this book if I had read the previous books in the series. I believe Paxon Leah is a continuing character, and the first part of this book especially refers to events that happened in earlier installments.

There is a lot of depth in Terry Brooks' world, and I liked the different weapons, and the airships - I was not expecting to see those elements, and they were a good change from "everything is magic." My
May 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
The prose was plain and the character voices really didn't stand out from one another. I found it hard to pay attention and care after a while. Despite the somewhat clunky exposition, I didn't feel like I knew the world well enough to understand all of what was going on. The blurb claims this book should stand alone, but it in no way reads that way. It reads as part of a series and is part of a series so why even pretend that it can stand alone?
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy from NetGalley. Paxon, Leofur, and Chrys are basking in the uneventful days at Paranor. After battling Arcannen twice, losing friends and nearly their lives, they are enjoying the break. But, it doesn't last. Paxon must go to a meeting with the Federation to better the relationship with the Druids. Arcannen has other plans for everyone. I really enjoy this series.
Michelle Hauck
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
These stories are just written with too distant a POV for me anymore. The characters spend all their time in their heads and so much of the action happens off-screen. The secondary characters are sketchy and when they parish--as they do often--there's really no emotion. I don't care about what happens and I skimmed to the end. The writing in Brook's stories have no heart anymore.
I don't know what it was about this one, but I was bored while listening to it. I was slightly interested in what Leofur realized about herself. More interesting was the whole shape shifter aspect. Paxton was beyond boring.
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have been a longtime fan of Terry Brooks but this was not my favorite. I enjoyed many of his other books much more than this one. Although this is supposed to be a stand alone book, I think that a reader would enjoy it more if they had read the previous books.

The book had two storylines, one involved Paxon Leah and his diplomatic mission with the druids and the other was centered around Leofur Rai. The druid storyline which featured Paxon Leah was fairly predictable so it was just not very
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, fantasy
Magic, bindings and freedom!

Paxon Leah, the Druid's Blade, and protector to the Order has come a long way since Defenders of Shannara first began. Now he faces a challenge that will compromise the order and destroy those he holds dear. The dark sorcerer Arcannen Rai strikes into the heart of Druid and Federation strongholds with a twofold attack. One, as the Druids and Federation forces are meeting to forge a peace agreement. The other, the abduction of Paxon's sister Chrysallin who has come
Robb Coulter
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
I have read each and every book that Terry Brooks has written since he first published The Sword of Shannara in 1977. I have always loved his books and wait patiently for the next one to be published. Unfortunately this book is somewhat soap opera...ish and does not completely fill the promise of a Shannara book! its a short read, something that the author has been accused of regularly.....i cant believe that the push to release a new book can always come at the risk of character development and ...more
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I remember reading the Sword of Shannara, when I was younger than my son is now. I loved those books. I didn't know that there have been so many more Shannara books since then and a TV show that I need to catch up on.

Leofur is the evil Arcannen’s daughter. Paxon is the High Druid’s Blade. Many years in the future since Sword of Shannara and this book has a steampunk feel with its blend of technology and magic. This is an exciting, epic fantasy adventure installment to the Shannara series. I
Janet Riegel
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
As always Terry Brooks delivers. Lots of adventure, fantasy characters and monsters!!! I think it is so fascinating how he has kept the Shannara series going, bringing in new generations who have to learn of their heritage and fight the good fight. Can't wait for the next one!!!
Apr 17, 2016 rated it liked it
More of a 2.5 stars, between okay and I liked it. This book is even more YA than usual, and less of a story line than previous reads. Probably my least favorite of the Shannara World. It might be time just to revisit the older books.
Timothy Boyd
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
A great fantasy read, but then that is what you should expect from a Terry Brooks Shannara novel. Nice 3rd book in the trilogy that wraps up the story line very well. Very Recommended
Joel Flank
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Sorcere's Daughter concludes the Defenders of Shannara trilogy, and the tale of Paxson Leah. 5 years have passed since the last book, and Paxson has fully grown into his role as the defender of the Druid Council. He's fulfilled professionally, and personally, having married his love, Leofur. His sister, Chryallin, has discovered how to control her powers from the Wishsong, and is fast friends with Leofur.

Of course, contentment and success would make a boring story, so things quickly
Ryan Mueller
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Overall, this was another enjoyable entry from Brooks. Some might argue that the series has become a bit formulaic, but that doesn't bother me as long as I don't read all his books back to back. For me, Brooks has become a comfort read. Whenever I read his books, I have this great sense of familiarity, but there's also enough new and interesting twists in each book to keep me interested.

This one was actually pretty dark in places, with sections that bordered on horror. You don't normally think
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is your basic Terry Brooks fantasy story complete with a rescue mission again. However, for the first time Brooks brings some of today's cultural issues into the story and includes the first clearly gay couple while also tackling a love triangle and divorce. The Defenders of Shannara was a great story arc and it concludes with the Sorcerer's Daughter rather too easily, but then redeems itself in a very healing manner that I found refreshing even if a little bittersweet.
Oct 03, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a good story but the battle scenes seemed rushed. I liked the shape shifter storyline but overall the book was just not that great.
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shannara
I finished Sorcerer's Daughter this morning and rated it 5 out of 5 stars.

This book is the 3rd and the best one in the Defenders of Shannara trilogy, and one of the best Shannara books in a while (in my opinion). I love all of them so much it is hard to pick favorites, but this one would probably be top 5 in the Shannara series.

I have read a recent review by a popular GR reviewer I follow of another book in this genre of epic fantasy that the genre as a whole is "too familiar", and I understand
Kevin Murfitt
May 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I have been with Terry Brooks from the very beginning. I will not summarise here the plot of the book - you can read the book description for that - but I will share my 'feelings' about this volume. In the early days, Brooks was very descriptive in his writing which I believed made a good read and really drew you into the situations faced by the characters. You could practically see and feel what characters were experiencing. In his later books, Brooks has become more involved in revealing the ...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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