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The Wishsong of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy #3)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  40,137 Ratings  ·  594 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, 498 pages
Published April 12th 1985 by Del Rey Books
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Daný Yes and no. The basics, like the kind of world, are the same. There is a significant overlap between book 2 of the original Shannara trilogy (The…moreYes and no. The basics, like the kind of world, are the same. There is a significant overlap between book 2 of the original Shannara trilogy (The Elfstones of Shannara) and the first season of the series. The series plays into the typical look viewers expect from present-day fantasy-TV like Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings (there are a lot of parallels between The Lord of the Rings and the Shanara series, especially the first book The Sword of Shannara - some, and I would include myself among them, would say way too many parallels). I found the TV-series relatively slow compared to what you'd expect based on what I'm familier with from similar series. However, I found the books way, way slower. Average rating of the books is almost 4/5 stars, so lots of people love them, but I found them really descriptive, repetitive and badly written. And I really like fantasy fiction, generally. Hope this helps you judge for yourself.(less)
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Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've decided that I hate writing reviews for books I loved. Absolutely hate it. How can I describe my feelings when all I want to do is jump up and down, squeal, and then start reading the next book?

The Wishsong of Shannara is one of the best Fantasy books I've read in a long time. Every character became a favorite of mine, both POV's had me enthralled, nothing felt predictable, my emotions jumped all over the place, I could go on and on. I wanted to start reading it again before I even finished
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Chris Thomas
Jul 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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*
Gabriela Paige
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,
Questo terzo volume della trilogia inizia esattamente come i primi due. Allanon va dagli Ohmsford e convince l'erede di turno - Brin - a seguirlo per salvare il mondo dal Male del momento, il libro che raccoglie tutta la magia nera, l'Illidatch.

La differenza rispetto ai primi due romanzi sta sostanzialmente nella sfiga della Compagnia, che viene decimata. Far finire un'era (e una trilogia) è un lavoraccio, devi ammazzare un sacco di personaggi. Sarà per questo che le "Compagnie" questa volta son
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
Jan 30, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jonel Boyko
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z-rlftci-2016
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Omshford verso l'Ildatch.

Dignitosa chiusura della celeberrima trilogia culto degli anni '90.
Assodato che l'introspezione e la profondità dei contenuti appartengano ad altri autori all'interno del genere stesso (Martin ed Erikson, per fare due nomi a caso), va riconosciuto a Brooks un'innegabile capacità di orchestrare letture page-turner dall'indubbio ritmo e con quei confortanti cliché di genere che, tutto sommato, si lasciano leggere con piacere.
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  ·  review of another edition
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J Austill
"And grandfather will miss you, too. Won't you grandfather?" Cogline shuffles his sandaled feet uneasily and nodded without looking at the Valegirl. "Some, I guess," he admitted grudgingly. "Won't miss all that crying and agonizing, though. Won't miss that. Course, we did have some fine adventures, girl- I'll miss you for that."

Thus Terry Brooks does me the kindness of summing up my feelings on his Shannara Trilogy. Which is why I like the third book the best of these, there are a couple of char
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 settin
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the last book in the original Shannara Series. In the last one, Wil Ohmsford knew that the magic he used had changed him, but it is his children, Brin and Jair, who manifest the change. They both have the Wishsong, Jair to create illusion, Brin to create reality. Once again, it is Allanon who comes for Brin, asking her to travel to the living forest of the Maelmord and destroy the Ildatch, the book of dark magic that has been the teacher of all the dark things threatening the world. Jair ...more
Andrew Webb
Oct 31, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 the
Apr 24, 2009 rated it liked it
Read in middle school. This was one of the first fantasy series I ever read and probably the one that got me onto an epic fantasy kick.
Brecht Denijs
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Brooks fans
Yes! It's finally over! Eight bloody months it took me to slog through this thing. Eight! I can't remember the last time it took me so long to get through a book I voluntarily read.

Whatever improvements were made in the second book, I'm sad to say, are pretty much gone in this one. It is still a small step up from the first novel in the series if I'm honest. I know I read through that first novel a lot quicker but that was because it was new still and the second one had improvements that kept m
Jun 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me half a month to finish the book. Usually it takes me 5 days to finish the book of this size, but something kept popping up along the way, demanding my attention. Now, when it is finished I must say that this is the weakest book in the original trilogy, and this is a pity, because I really liked the Sword of Shannara and the Elfstones of Shannara so much. There was something to surprise me with, notwithstanding the fact that those are the trite fantasy novels. But this one was so (yes, ...more
Oct 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, audio
These continue to be worth listening to, but Brooks also continues to use language in a way that irks me on a regular basis. Torches lighting "impenetrable darkness." Deafeningly silent screams... I wish Brooks just let the setting and events (which are good enough all on their own) speak for themselves rather than resorting to overblown language that diminishes rather than empowers the text.

Otherwise, this is the definition of classic fantasy. Reluctant heroes, valiant protectors, companions f
Amy Campbell
This was definitely the best of the 3 books, and much less predictable. I think the author must not see the importance of describing feelings in any kind of romance, because although he includes romance, it's almost in a cursory, sterile manner. I'm not someone who needs romance in a book, but if you're going to write about 2 characters kissing for the first time, at least include some details about how they felt about it! I'm not sure I'll be continuing to read on in this series, unless I can't ...more
Jan 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Le somiglianze con "Il Signore degli Anelli" ci sono, in certi punti davvero troppo marcate (e presenti in tutti e tre i libri di questo primo ciclo)...tuttavia ho deciso di dare tre stelle: la storia tutto sommato regge. Valuterò con il tempo se leggere i successivi volumi, la curiosità di vedere se prende una strada più indipendente c'è.
Oct 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I have read this book series about 20 years ago. Well, can't believe I am that old :D Feel I would like it much more reading it in highschool. After reading so many great fantasy books since then, this left me feeling nothing much. It is not bad, but not good either. 3,5 stars cause it was a bit better then the first two.
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-firsttime, kindle, 2017
Solid finish to this book. Liked how the second two books went to future generations. The books flowed well and were enjoyable. Also thought the second and third books were better overall and more original than the first.
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book follows the children of Will Ohmsford -I won't tell you the name of his wife 'cause that will spoil the ending of The Elfstones of Shannara, I think that I've told you enough spoilers about Will living already lol- ..

Any way, this book was good at the beginning, keeping me curious and engaged but towards the middle, it just kept dragging and I'll explain why in a little bit. The ending was really nice and at the same time happy and sad too! So overall I gave this book a 4/5 stars (a so
Kelsey Hanson
Actual rating: 2.5

When I first read this series, I was in middle school. I'm now rereading them with an adult eye, and I will admit theses stories don't hold up as well after you read Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and other more "epic" fantasy series. However, I still enjoy them and their characters. My memories of my first reading of these books is a bit fuzzy, but I did remember disliking this book. Now that I reread it, I remember why. This book is one of the weaker books in the series.
Aug 15, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book started much like the first two. Allanon, the Druid, returns to seek help from an Ohmsford in some sort of quest that will save the world. This time, he needed help from Brin, Wil and Eretria’s daughter. Brin and her little brother Jair inherited the Elven magic in the form of what they call a “wishsong.” Brin can use to wishsong to actually alter the world, whether it’s to change the color of the leaves on a tree, or as she comes to learn later, to kill in order to protect herself. Ja ...more
Diego González
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While I harbor no great dislike of Terry Brooks, I think he is an author best enjoyed in early adolescence. Any later, and you are liable to see through the lack of imagination in his world building.
That said, I think this third and final Shannara book (of the original trilogy at least...) stands among the best fantasy novels, displaying his most original work and highest level of writing. The atmosphere alone is worth experiencing. Creepier than the previous two, primarily by having the opponen
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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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The Original Shannara Trilogy (3 books)
  • The Sword of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy, #1)
  • The Elfstones of Shannara  (The Original Shannara Trilogy, #2)
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