Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “I talismani di Shannara (Gli eredi di Shannara, #4)” as Want to Read:
I talismani di Shannara (Gli eredi di Shannara, #4)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

I talismani di Shannara (Heritage of Shannara #4)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  33,909 Ratings  ·  165 Reviews
Tutti gli eredi del mitico Shannara hanno ormai superato le loro prove: la fortezza di Paranor è risorta, Walker Boh è diventato un druido, Wren è stata scelta come regina dagli Elfi e l'ardito Par ha ritrovato la leggendaria spada di Shannara. Il male continua però a minacciare le Quattro Terre, i malefici Ombrati spandono le loro venefiche esalazioni su città e campagne ...more
Paperback, Oscar Bestsellers #514, 467 pages
Published May 2nd 1995 by Mondadori (first published March 1993)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about I talismani di Shannara, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about I talismani di Shannara

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This last book in The Heritage of Shannara sub-series started out very strong. It answered questions, had intrigue and mystery, and even had a few edge-of-my-seat intense scenes. However, the ending fell a little flat for me. The big fight scene felt almost too easy. I feel ridiculous saying that when I don't see any other way the author could have resolved it, but it's how it felt. Everything wrapped up a little too quick and clean after four books of anticipating this major fight.

I can't say m
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Talismans of Shannara, by Terry Brooks, is the fourth and final book in The Heritage of Shannara quartet of novels. All of the threads of the previous three novels are now coming to fruition, as the Elves lead by Wren Ohmsford Elessedil, the Druids resurrected by Walker Boh, and the Sword of Shannara, found by Par Ohmsford, are all converging on a final battle with the Shadowen-controlled Federation.

Of course, this is not even the most critical factor in the heroes' success. That distinction
At this point, I think I might be done with the Shannara books. Not the MTV series, not by a long shot - and certainly not after that cliffhanger! But as for the books, I think I either need to give up now or just take a long break, because they're burning me out at this point. I feel like they're just too more-of-the-same, and they're really not bringing anything new to the table, not like the ways the show gets a little more inventive and incorporates the post-apocalyptic setting much more str ...more
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#17/29 in my Epic Shannara Quest.

A slam-bang conclusion to an epic series. Exciting action, expertly paced with a finale in the bowels of the obsidian tower Southwatch that exceeded all of my expectations. The final reveal Brooks saved for this final volume of The Heritage of Shannara was not a surprise (if you drop enough clues, the reader will figure it out; and that's what happens here) but it didn't matter. A definite pick-me-up after the lackluster Elf Queen of Shannara.
Octavia Cade
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The characters and quests of the first three books come back together in an attempt to get shot of the Shadowen. On the bright side, because so much of this is plot and there's so much that needs to be covered, there's just not room for Brooks to waste on the miserable never-ending navel gazing that characters such as Par and Walker are all too prone to indulging in. (Hooray!) There is still far more than is warranted, however, and the rot spreads to Wren as well. My favourite of the three main ...more
Sep 14, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I will admit I liked this book when I first read it, but I was young and foolish at the time. This book does NOT hold up on re-reading.

The promising parts aren't major players, alas. Wren becomes an idiot and barely has any screen time. Walker is still basically cool (at least in the first half of the book), but then gets infected with terminal stupidity in the ending ("I'm in such a damn hurry to rest I can't stop at the victory feast?"), not to mention abandoning the "Rargh I hate druids and t
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A decent end to a decent series in Shannara. Nothing about Shannara thus far has been overwhelmingly exceptional but it is all a competent enough fairly straight forward Fantasy series. While that is not glowing praise, sometimes you just want a simple Fantasy with familiar tropes, young small town folk who end up wielding mystical powers and saving the earth from an overwhelming evil magic.

I appreciate that unlike the first Shannara trilogy, the Heritage... Quadrology? Is that a word? follows t
Jeremiah Johnson
This is one of the most disappointing anti-climactic ends to a series that I've ever read.
About 3/4 of the way through the book, I still had no idea why anyone was doing what they were doing. There was no purpose to any of it.
There was far too many people getting captured and released, then captured and released again throughout this series. It got old in the first book and was more irritating in this one.
And the ending... what the hell. Let's not tie anything together really, we'll just expla
Joey Reed
Sep 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I should have added a reminder to all of the other Shannara reviews I've written the fact that these books are written for young people. When I originally read these books, they were astounding. But now they seem a bit hollow. Upon rereading the Talismans of Shannara, I've discovered that the depth is not nearly what I remember.

Nonetheless, a lesson is awaiting those who are willing to read it. And the characters come to the natural conclusion of the quadrilogy, although not necessarily the one
Mar 13, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I read this when I was 13 or 14 years old... it was pure escapism, especially for an awkward teen who could not interact with the world very well. I was very drawn to the characters which I immediately connected with... The emotional investment that the plot required of the reader gave one amazing highs and lows and drew you further into the adventure... What a great and imaginative writer, thanks Terry Brooks...
Oct 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Quality of book little bit dimished for me in last volume of series. Looks like it was one person seeking an other person and then again other and then final battle and that's it. No big twists for finale.
A Bald Mage** Steve
This is not bad by any means but its the last book I will read by Terry Brooks he got me started on fantasy but by the time I read this all his books feel to similar.... 4/10
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely my favorite in the Heritage of Shannara series, and one of the best Shannara books so far. This books ties together all the story lines of the last 3 books in a really gripping way. I read this book much faster than other Shannara books because it just sucked me in so well. A pageturner to the end, a great prize for reading the previous 3 (6) books!
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great series

Wicked awesome. Definitely worth the read. Can't wait to see what else Mr brooks has coming. The magic lives in you
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of struggle physically and mentally. It was harder to read then some of the others.
Christine Jones
The final book in the Heritage of Shannara series, this one is a wrap up of the others. I enjoyed it but it isn't my favorite book of the series. This one is good if you like adventure fantasy.
Matteo Pellegrini
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Gli Elfi sono tornati alle Quattro Terre. Paranor è tornata nel mondo dei mortali. Walker Boh ha ereditato i poteri di Allanon  ed ora è l'utimo dei  Druidi . La Spada di Shannara è stata ritrovata. Ma restano gli Ombrati. Coll Ohmsford è vivo e apprende che la Spada è destinata proprio a lui, ecco perché Par non potrà mai usarla. Intanto, Rimmer Dall e i suoi ombrati stanno sfruttando il loro esercito della Federazione per spazzar via gli Elfi dopo il loro ritorno alle Quattro Terre. Ma mentre
Feb 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Story wrapped up and loose ends tied, though the ending was a little weak. I was also disappointed in plot twists that served no purpose.

Such as,
(view spoiler)
Jul 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Il quarto e ultimo libro della seconda saga di Shannara.
Il compimento, il momento in cui tutti i tasselli si incastrano perfettamente al loro posto come un puzzle finalmente riuscito.
Mi fa sempre uno strano effetto leggere la conclusione di una saga; penso che sia principalmente perché se un lettore trova la pazienza di leggere quattro libri, vuol dire che qualcosa quella saga gli ha comunicato. E se l’ultimo libro, per un motivo o per un altro, arriva dopo anni, leggerlo è un’emozione unica: è
Aidan Roraback
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anybody who likes fantasy
Recommended to Aidan by: Dad
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apparently, Death does not ride a pale horse. According to Mr. Brooks, he rides a giant lizard. They're much scarier, as Walker Boh discovers in The Talismans of Shannara.

I've been able to finish my re-read of the Heritage of Shannara with this last novel in the series, and I must say that I'm happy with the decision I made to take on the task.

As with the other novels, Walker's part was my favorite - Rimmer Dall's decision to send four shadowen in the guise of the Four Horsemen, ancient mytholog
Gordon Gammell
Oct 21, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was in a collection of 4 titled "The Heritage of Shannara". I read the first two. "The Scions of Shannara" and "The Druid of Shannara". The stories are slow moving. The action, which is mainly traveling over bad terrain and being chased by mostly invisible bad guys is little and far between. If you like a page of story progression, then a page of travel notes and then a page or two of characters analyzing why they feel about the other characters and why they are even doing what they ar ...more
Ernie Jr.
Aug 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, it seems like everything got wrapped up - but man did it happen in one big epic crazy scene - or two. The war between Shadowen and the heirs of Shannara is being fought on two (sort of three) fronts. Are you confused yet? There is a ton going on here - and I mean a ton!!! While very exciting and full of action - it might have been nice if it was a little more spread out. We jump from strategy and hiking across the land to super fast paced action battle scene.

While this is probably very re
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the last book in this series and fantastic in every way.

Walker Boh has brought back the Druid keep, but finds he has a high price to pay. Can he use his new found knowledge and wisdom to defeat the Four Horseman who have laid seige to the castle?

Wren Elessidil, newly Queen of the Elves, has also done what she set out to do, but now faces overwhelming odds as the Federation army sweeps down on them.

Par and Coll Ohmsford have to find each other, face the truths of what they are, but Rimmer
Brian Schiebout
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Talismans of Shannara by Terry Brooks is the fourth book in the Heritage of Shannara series set in the Shannara universe. This book concludes the series and so answers many of the questions which the other books opened up. While all of the main characters from the series have a role to play in this book, the focus is on the two Ohmsford brothers, Par and Coll. They are on a quest to find any magical device as Par already has the sword but instead to discover who they are and what they can do ...more
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What a great wrap up to the Heritage series!

Read by Rene Auberjonois, awesomely (of course).

All the little seeds planted along the way pay off royally in this book. The only thing that would have made it perfect would have been if Wren played a part in the final battle.

Great tension and conflict. I particularly love how talismans we are familiar with from the prior books are given new interpretations. Continued great treatment of the villain. Love that the women are battle-worn, showing sup
Mark Austin
★ - Most books with this rating I never finish and so don't make this list. This one I probably started speed-reading to get it over with.
★★ - Average. Wasn't terrible, but not a lot to recommend it. Probably skimmed parts of it.
★★★ - Decent. A few good ideas, well-written passages, interesting characters, or the like.
★★★★ - Good. This one had parts that inspired me, impressed me, made me laugh out loud, made me think - it got positive reactions and most of the rest of it was pretty decent too.
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel did a really good job of tying up all the plot lines from the Heritage of Shannara series. I was terrified that the ending was going to be a remake of the Sword of Shannara ending but it took a different, unexpected ending. The characterization in the novel was okay, in some parts I felt that the characters feelings and inner conflicts was explained too much. Yes, we get the point - Par is unsure about his magic and just wants an answer as to why he is as he is. I also felt that there ...more
Mar 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Goodreads Librari...: Publish Date Missing [The Talismans Of Shannara] 2 18 Mar 25, 2013 12:26PM  
  • Domes of Fire (The Tamuli, #1)
  • The Order War (The Saga of Recluce #4)
  • Rage of a Demon King (The Serpentwar Saga, #3)
  • Into the Labyrinth (The Death Gate Cycle, #6)
  • The Lair of Bones (Runelords, #4)
  • The Wounded Land (The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, #1)
  • To Green Angel Tower, Part 2 (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, #3; Part 2)
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
More about Terry Brooks...

Other Books in the Series

Heritage of Shannara (4 books)
  • The Scions of Shannara (Heritage of Shannara, #1)
  • The Druid of Shannara (Heritage of Shannara, #2)
  • The Elf Queen of Shannara (Heritage of Shannara, #3)

Share This Book

“And memories, he knew, were not glass treasures to be kept locked within a box. They were bright ribbons to be hung in the wind.” 10 likes
“Believe for long enough and it will come to pass. Believe it might be so, and it will be so.” 1 likes
More quotes…