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De Kolos van Shannara (Voyage of the Jerle Shannara #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  14,142 Ratings  ·  160 Reviews
Brave explorers led by the last Druid, Walker Boh, traveled across unknown seas in search of an elusive magic. But now it seems that Walker and his team were lured there for sinister, unforeseen purposes. As the crew aboard the airship Jerle Shannara is being attacked by evil forces, the Druid's protege, Bek Rowe, and his companions are being pursued by the mysterious Ilse ...more
Hardcover, 351 pages
Published 2003 by Uitgeverij M (first published 2001)
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Across fathomless seas, beyond the far horizon, the voyagers aboard the Jerle Shannara face the deadliest - and darkest - challenge of their lives.

The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilogy takes a new direction with its second book. Whereas Ilse Witch was an epic tale of adventure, Antrax is a story of a band of lost voyagers trapped on a mysterious peninsula where countless horrors await. This is where the new world of Shannara faces what is left of the old. Magic meets science while the crew of
Carl Alves
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this book immediately after Ilse Witch, and I’m glad to see that Terry Brooks is following his familiar pattern. In the first novel, he puts together a large group of people to go on an epic quest to find some powerful magic treasure and/or defeat a powerful foe (in this case there is both of these things). The group is now splintered into about five or six smaller groups. What I like about this trilogy is how Brooks has departed from the typical magical entity that has to be d ...more
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I only discovered Brooks a few years ago, starting with the original Shannara series published in a single volume. At the time I remarked on how easy it was to see the progress he made as a writer from the first to the last of that series. The leap he made from those books to the Voyage of Shannara series is equally great. In these books the plot is more complex, the characters while still somewhat typecast are more interesting and the writing is smoother. My only gripe is with the names he give ...more
Jun 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I very rarely rate books as 5 stars on here, but Antrax was quite a treat. I was not expecting this book to take quite as many turns as it did, and the blend of Old World and New World fantasy of Shannara was exceptional. Sure, there were parts of the book that were predictable, but this was one storyline that had me hoping for different outcomes at almost every turn, never receiving them, but being content nonetheless. I'm sure a lot of fans were upset about how things ended up with this book, ...more
Jan 16, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy

My initial review was deleted by mistake/my error and I don't have the patience to write it down again (especially for a book I am not that invested into and struggled through).

This was better than the first in the series but not great overall. Too many characters whom none of which I cared for.

I will finish the series but won't read anymore into the Shannara world. The saving grace of the last novel is it's the shortest of the three.
Jenn Andrew
Jul 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This second book in the Jerle Shannara trilogy is a darker tale than the first. It has the ambiance of a Science Fiction and Fantasy mix by introducing machines and computers like the first book but more so in this second novel. There were certainly surprising twists that leaves the reader dumbfounded but eager to read on.

The team travels to the island that holds this mysterious magic while being pursued by the Ilse Witch in her goal to seek revenge on Walker Boh and to take possession of this
May 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i am pleased to say that for a sequel, this book does not start with a tonne of information retelling the story of the last book.
upon opening, it just gets straight into the next part of the story. by about chapter three or four, the briefest description of the previous books' most important follow on information has been given, and once again, one is lost and wrapped up in the wonders and pains of the voyage to uncover the mysterious magics that the remains of the party from book one have come
Cucù da Castledown

Gira e rigira, Brooks va a sbattere sulle medesime dinamiche e gli stessi oggetti con cui abbiamo avuto il piacere di confrontarci per otto volumi (più un prequel).
Eccetto tutte le banalità del caso, una menzione speciale va fatta per Antrax, imperscrutabile intelligenza artificiale delle Grandi Guerre, nonché freddo accumulatore di dati con il pericoloso compito di proteggerli e ripreparare il mondo all'avvento della tecnologia.
Un ottimo antagonista che avrebbe meritato una
Jun 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is more fast-paced than the first in the series, Ilse Witch. We get to know more of the characters, Tamis and Quentin, Ahren, Ryer, and of course Bek, Truls, Grianne, and Walker. The biggest new character is terrifying and all too relate-able in our world.
My only trouble with this book is I don't see how all the characters are going to remain mentally intact after going through so many horrors. Sometimes it seems that Brooks throws too much at his characters and has you wondering if t
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This might be my favorite book in the Shannara franchise. What Brooks brings to Antrax is not just a well written fantasy, but a joining together of fantasy and science fiction where elves and dwarves meet the computer systems and technology of the long forgotten past. Where the previous book, Isle Witch, gives the fantasy enthusiast enraptured by the world created by Brooks a taste of the Steampunk genre this book goes even further and it works out extremely well and not just because of the ble ...more
Drew Warner
Antrax was much better than Isle Witch. While it still has the problems of a middle book, it leaves the reader with a sense that something was accomplished--oddly enough the very thing I felt was lacking in Isle Witch.

For Brooks fans who have struggled through Isle Witch Antrax is a breath of fresh air in this trilogy. The action is much better, though still not on par with his other, earlier novels, but the phrasing and vocabulary still seem out of place for his usual writing style.

The charact
Rick Piatt
Dec 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such an unexpected gem. The first book started out formulaic but by the end Brooks had pulled it all together to make it a 4 star read. Typically 2nd books in trilogies are just setup books and as a result are the worst of the set. Well that does not apply to Antrax. This book started out ok and in no time at all it kicked into a higher gear than I've seen since Elfstones of Shannara. There was so much character development I had doubts this was a Shannara book at all. Brooks' books are ...more
May 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I loved this book. It took me since last Thanksgiving to finish it though, since I would start and stop it as I picked up and finished other books. It was a little long winded, but in a good way, as Terry Brooks always is (more so in the middle of this book).
I described it to a friend up in Virginia as "the druid is captured, the elf missing, the shapeshifter and boy are running for their lives, I AM reading a D&D book! At least it sounds like it." But I do love Terry's books. Pro
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#19/29 in my Epic Shannara Quest.

One of a small handful of great Shannara books. Unusually dark and well-told tale about a meeting of the Old World before the Great Wars and the World of Shannara. Technology and magic collide in this middle section of The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara that is full of terrific character embellishments and unforseen events to make for an exhilerating read. Imaginatively, intellectually and emotionally satisfying, this is the "better story" I hoped Brooks was lookin
Dec 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
This is the middle book of a trilogy and I haven't read either the first or the third yet. This book did stand on its own but I felt that I was missing the whole picture so I have reserved 1 and 3 from my library. Terry Brooks is a great writer but like all series some of the books are better than the others. This one I feel is not one of those. It was interesting enough that I do want to read the others to see the whole picture.
Feb 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So where were we? Ah, yes, a giant, weather-controlling, all-powerful, almost-as-smart-as-Mike-Thayer, computer vs. the forces of both good and evil. The book starts off with our heroes in distress and scattered to the four winds. The book then proceeds to proceed for several hundred pages, and ends rather dramatically by leaving our heroes distressed and scattered to the four winds.

The End.

So what do I do? On to book #3!
Aug 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this sequel to Ilse Witch, Brooks doesn't disapoint. Stranded on the island, the survivors of the first book attempt to stay survivors. But is that possible, when the land contains vicious monsters, and twisted robots constructed of the body parts of humans?
John Arnold
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started off thinking technology in the fantasy world would be blah, until I realized the tie in. It is amazing that a person wrote a book decades ago and tied it in so well in this series and Armageddons Children! Abosolutely worth the read
Jan 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book just shows the depth of imagination that Terry Brooks has...absolutely blew my mind!
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Niiiiice concept. A very powerful druid, entering a lair of a modern age computer complex, Guarded by droids and indestructible cyborg killers. All overseen by a computer...

great thrill
Feb 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
exciting and adventurous read as usual, not my favorite Brooks book though.
Apr 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-epic
This is Brooks at his best. What more can you ask for in an epic fantasy novel? I am excited to read the conclusion of the series.
Neville Ridley-smith
Almost 4 stars but not quite. The general plot was quite good. The thing is, I think another writer could have written the exact same plot but in a more exciting style. I feel that Brooks is quite often telling and not showing - there's just so much explaining of the thinking going on in people's heads rather than actual dialogue and action to indicate the same information. And the magic is pretty hand-wavy. Pretty exciting ending though. Yet another great cliff-hanger!
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book. Makes you really think about mankind progress. We live in a world that seems like it is moving forward. Terry Brooks reminds us that great nations have fallen, and that technology isn't a safeguard from destruction and ruin.
Feb 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stars-3
This installment starts right where Ilse Witch left off. I didn't like the story at first as much, but I liked it a lot more by the time I finished. I know this review is short, but I am starting to lose my interest in this series.
Damon Mcwalters
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book, the 2nd in the trilogy, can't wait for 3rd.

This was a great twist to most books. I like the way it reveals something of the past...without spoiling the book, I enjoyed this historical twist, post apocalyptic if you will.
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terry Brooks never disappoints! :) I've loved finally reading this entire series that my mom introduced me to and has loved for so long -- it's really nice to share it with her and makes me look forward to sharing this amazing series with my own kids someday!
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite set of the Shannara series.
Dejanira Dawn
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How come every time I get attached to a character they may die???
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book, couldn't put it down! Great series, couldn't wait to get my hands on Morgawr
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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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