|Now, I will admit that Ive read Shannara novels before.
Back in the late 70s and early 80s, when Brooks began this series, there
wasnt so much fantasy about, and besides, I liked his 1986 Landover novel, Magic
Kingdom For Sale Sold! But I tired of them after the first couple of
trilogies, and havent been back there for many years. So, being sent the latest for
review, and the middle book of a trilogy at that, presented a bit of a challenge. Not that
it was hard to read. Brooks is a competent writer, and knows how to put a novel together,
so even this tricky middle volume of a trilogy had a distinct beginning, middle and
suitably climatic end.
That fight in the forest was by far the most entertaining part
of this novel though, which I found, frankly, a bit dull, in spite of quite a lot of
action. There are too many characters, too many of them get killed just as soon as they
get interesting, and one of the leads has a truly awful name. I mean,
"Arlingfant"? Terry Brooks, what were you thinking? Perhaps its time to
put Shannara to bed, quit recycling old ideas, and write something entirely new.