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This last installment of the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilogy, which chronicles the exploits of the remaining adventurers who set out in Ilse Witch (2000) and staggered through the tribulations of Antrax (2001), may not be up to the standard of bestseller Brooks's early work (Sword of Shannara, etc.), but it proves once again that he puts out books that sell because of their quality, not just because of his name on the cover. As newfound mage Bek Ohmsford and his cousin Quentin Leah rejoin the Free Rover crew of the Jerle Shannara after destroying Antrax, tensions mount, for the Ilse Witch the Rovers' mortal enemy has been revealed to be Bek's sister, Grianne, and is now under his protection as she struggles to break out of the catatonic state induced by her encounter with the Sword of Shannara. Worse, the Druid Walker Boh has died, leaving behind only cryptic instructions to those who followed him into Parkasia, and the Morgawr, who trained the Ilse Witch and now seeks her destruction, has captured elven prince Ahren Elessedil and Ryer Ord Star and is using Ryer's talents as a seer to track the Jerle Shannara and those who ride it. As usual, Brooks leaves at least as many loose ends as he ties up and drops in several surprises. Some references won't mean much to someone unfamiliar with this trilogy or the larger Shannara time line, but otherwise the book's neat and subtle exposition makes it quite accessible to new readers without alienating current fans. Neither groundbreaking nor recycled, this book is simply a good read.
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The fiendish creature known as the Morgawr commands a fleet of airships crewed by mindless creatures who were once men. Her goal: to find and destroy the Ilse Witch and any who try to lend her aid. As the survivors of the Morgawr's attack flee aboard the Jerle Shannara, they realize that they must inevitably confront their foe once and for all. Brooks's conclusion to the "Jerle Shannara" trilogy features characters from previous Shannara series as well as compelling new individuals whose tales hint at more adventures to come. Libraries should expect patron demand for this well-constructed and engagingly written series.
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To me, the pinnacle of this series was the portion dealing with the computer, Antrax, but I also wondered very much how the situation with the Morgawr was going to be resolved and... Read morePublished on May 15 2004 by Shaun Williams
I loved this book. It was such a marvelous way to end one of the best series of all time. I love how Brooks incorporates new and unusual characters in his books. Read morePublished on May 6 2004 by Shannanogan
I have been a fan of Terry Brooks and the Shannara series from its beginning. I bought each book read and reread them then lent them to friends. Not so with this latest add-on. Read morePublished on Dec 17 2003 by Rod
Rehashed plot, rehashed story lines and I think Terry Brooks has lost his muse. Man, this was just horrible. Read morePublished on Sept. 23 2003 by Leon
This book was probably my favorite out of the three Jerle Shannara books. It had more action & content then the other two, but I also loved the other books. Read morePublished on Sept. 9 2003 by Lucky
I have read all of the Shannara series, and think Sword of Shannara is an important work. The Jerle Shannara series is in my opinion, his best work. Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2003 by user2619
This is the third and last book in the "Voyage of the Jerle Shannara" series set in the fantasy world of Shannara. Read morePublished on July 31 2003 by Sassy!
I have been reading the Shannara books for as long as I've been reading Fantasy, ever since The Wishstones of Shannara I believe. Read morePublished on June 20 2003 by Michael W. Alegria