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The Wishsong of Shannara (The Shannara Chronicles) Mass Market Paperback – Jul 12 1988

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Reissue edition (July 12 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345356365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345356369
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.4 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Terry Brooks
“Shannara was one of my favorite fictional worlds growing up, and I look forward to many return trips.”—Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!
“If Tolkien is the grandfather of modern fantasy, Terry Brooks is its favorite uncle.”—Peter V. Brett, author of The Skull Throne
“A great storyteller, Terry Brooks creates rich epics filled with mystery, magic, and memorable characters.”—Christopher Paolini, author of Eragon

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About the Author

Terry Brooks has thrilled readers for decades with his powers of imagination and storytelling. He is the author of more than thirty books, most of which have been New York Times bestsellers. He lives with his wife, Judine, in the Pacific Northwest.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I honestly did like this last book of the Shannara trilogy the best. And then I thought, now wait a minute! Brooks, instead of copying Tolkien's plots, has now decided to copy his own plots! I mean, I loved that this was FINALLY more original work from Terry Brooks, there are original characters, new types of magic like the wishsong and the Ildatch that I've never seen in a book before. It was refreshing to see, Brooks did get better at originality and creativity as his writing career progressed.
However, copying the basic outline of your former plots is like making re-fried re-fried beans! (Yes, I meant to type re-fried twice!) The Ohmsford family is being called on AGAIN by, who else, the last Druid Allanon whom everyone still mistrusts, and AGAIN, they must go on a hopeless quest into the depths of the evil kingdom and AGAIN fight dark, hooded, evil creatures with only glowing points of light for eyes. It gets tiresome to do the same thing all over again with different characters!!! Sword, Elfstones, Wishsong, all are elven magic used to make something impossible happen. When one considers JUST the basic plot, one finds that all three books of the trilogy are IDENTICAL.
But, as I said, I did like this one the best. After rewriting his story three times, Brooks came up with some very original things! I mean, imagine being able to sing and make trees explode, poison rise from a dying body, and control a large cat! I also like that this book involves Brin and Jair, the children of Wil and Eretria. I didn't like how Elfstones jumped from Shea to his grandson, I was happy to see, at least briefly, some characters I was familiar with. Also, Allanon was not completely dark, angry and mistrusted this time.
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Follow these simple steps to write your first Shannara novel:
1. An ancient evil (quite a lot like something in Lord Of The Rings) threatens the lands. Choose from
a. Wraiths
b. Sorcerer Lord
c. Demon Army
2. Allanon the druid (who's a bit like Gandalf) seeks out a placid peacful living half-elf (a bit like a hobbit) descended from the line of the Ohmsford family (a bit like the Baggins family) in the quiet town of Shady Vale (which is kind of like The Shire).
3. He asks them to seek out something from the following list:
a. Sword
b. Mystic Fire
c. Book
4. 7 pages explain why Allanon is not to be trusted.
5. Despite the previous 7 pages, the Ohmsford decides to go on the perilous quest with the following:
a. No Map
b. No weapons (maybe, just maybe a small dagger that will
never get used)
c. Enough supplies for two meals on a seven day journey.
d. One or more companions (preferably descended from other
lines of families - Ellesedil, Leah etc)
6. They eat some stew, cheese nuts and berries.
7. They get into a scrape where only a one-legged blind leprechaun can save them from certain death.
8. A one-legged blind leprechaun shows up and saves them from certain death.
9. They eat some beef stew and some bread and cheese.
11. The Ohmsford gets into another scrape near the Silver River where they are facing certain death. The King Of The Silver River resuces them in a floaty white light.
12. Allanon disappears.
13. They eat a small meal of stew and cheese.
14. Allanon re-appears where they learn he has been withholding information and lying about the nature of the quest. Doh! If only they'd listened to:
a. Uncle Flick
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This lengthy fantasy quest does drag its feet here and there but Brooks can’t be accused of failing to entertain. The heroic characters are creatively different, their adversaries are inventively sinister and diverse, and the imaginative geographical features provide vivid settings to portray the tense life and death confrontations between forces of good and evil.

Continuing from the second book, ‘The Elfstones’, the storyline jumps ahead about twenty years, to follow Brin and Jair, the daughter and son of that book’s hero Wil Ohmsford. These youngsters possess their own type of magic ‘The Wishsong’; by imagining wished-for phenomena to occur while singing or humming, they will manifest in reality or be perceived to manifest. This can be as innocuous as making the bud of a flower come into bloom or having hundreds of spiders crawl all over an adversary to his maddening distraction.

The goal of the heroic quest is to reach the location of the Ildatch, an ancient volume of formulae for practicing and controlling evil powers. The book must be destroyed. Doing so will accomplish the destruction of all its evil creatures and creations. This assignment is given to Brin Ohmsford who takes it on with brave determination. Setting out on a separate supportive quest (unbeknownst to Brin) is her brother Jair. The narrative shifts back and forth between the two different but parallel quests which culminate in the final chapters. The only character to reappear from the previous books is the Druid Allanon who plays a major and often mysterious role in attempting to achieve the Ohmsfords’ objectives and their very survival. Although there are a number of strange characters, the strangest is an enormous cat, Whisper, who can read minds and turn invisible! Although it is the third book of the trilogy, this book can be enjoyed independent of the others.
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