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The Wishsong of Shannara [Mass Market Paperback]

Terry Brooks
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July 12 1988 The Sword of Shannara
Horror stalked the Four Lands as the Ildatch, ancient source of evil, sent its ghastly Mord Wraiths to destroy Mankind. Only Druid Allanon held the magic power of wishsong that could make plants bloom instantly or turn trees from green to autumn gold. But she, too, was in mortal danger, and Ildatch waited for Brin to fall into his trap....

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A marvellous fantasy trip Frank Herbert --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Terry Brooks was a practising attorney for many years, but now writes full time. His first novel, THE SWORD OF SHANNARA, remained on the New York Times bestseller list for 5 months. Every one of the 23 novels that have followed has been an international bestseller. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Parallel quests to conquer the source of evil May 21 2014
By S Svendsen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! almost as good as Sword of Shannara March 3 2014
By Julles
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This was my second favorite book in the trilogy, it was very well written. Sword of shannara was the best followed by this one, Elfstones was the most laking in this trilogy.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Write your own Shannara adventure! Aug. 14 2003
By Deckard
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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
b.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! The best yet.
The Wishsong of Shannara is about Jair and Brin Ohmsford.They embark on seperate adventures,Brin to destroy the Ildatch a magic book hidden deep in the Maelmord and Jair to save... Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT!!
Everyone is saying how this book is the same as all his other ones, i really disagree with them. The whole idea behind the Shannara books is the repetitive type of plots. Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2004 by Darb
3.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive
I first came across the Shannara series in the library in June, where I had the luck to find all 3 books in the Voyage series. I took them home, fell in love and devoured them. Read more
Published on Oct. 5 2003 by liz
2.0 out of 5 stars How many ways can you write the same novel?
Three... That's the answer given by Terry Brooks as he presents the third installment of the highly popular Shannara series. Read more
Published on Aug. 20 2003 by Deckard
5.0 out of 5 stars An utterly brilliant hack-and-slash fantasy!
Terry Brooks burst onto the fantasy scene in 1977 with his Tolkien rip-off "The Sword of Shannara". Despite an unoriginal plot, the book was fast-paced, well written, and... Read more
Published on May 9 2003 by Aaron Cote
4.0 out of 5 stars his best
yes, this is B's best book. best plot, most interesting characters, most interesting quest. the "sidekicks" are amazingly interesting. Read more
Published on April 24 2003 by jan erik storeb°
4.0 out of 5 stars Wishes of Songs
A Review by Bill
This book entitled The Wishsong of Shannara is basically the same plot as the other two books. Read more
Published on April 3 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than Elfstones.
I must say that I disagree with the last review.Wishsong is better than Elfstones.In Elfstones,the "bad guyes"were easy as pie . Read more
Published on March 1 2003 by Andrew Plimpton
1.0 out of 5 stars sleeper, not as good as the elfstones
I remember reading the elfstones first---------it is still the best I say, but the leaps of logic are just plain funny----I mean even in the elfstones baddies can waltz into the... Read more
Published on Nov. 17 2002 by microsoft is not monop
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