Since the death of Allanon, life in the Four Lands has drastically changed. Yet Par Ohmsford still has some power of the Wishsong. And when a message from the ancient Druid, Allanon, reaches them, Par is ordered to recover the long-lost Sword of Shinnara and the glory that once was the Four Lands....
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"The best of Shannara."
I've been a Brooks fan since I read Sword of Shannara at age 12 in 1991 on vacation. I didn't put the book down the entire drive. I love the world and the characters.
Some years later I discovered books on tape and my audio book life began. Since I discovered Audible, I've been hoping this four book Heritage of Shannara series would receive the full, unabridged treatment (an abridged book is an appalling blasphemy).
I couldn't be more pleased with the results. If you wish to pick apart some oft-used or too-familiar fantasy tropes in this series, you can certainly do so. Good on you and I hope it makes you feel smugly pleased with yourself. But, if you genuinely love Brooks's Shannara world with all its rich life and wonderfully familiar groups like the Leahs, Ohmsfords, Druids, Elves, Rock Trolls, Dwarves and all the familiar landscapes, lineages and a beautiful and reliable narrative with enough changes to stand apart from past series, then you owe it to yourself to listen to these books and immerse yourself in the stories.
The narration is just right, neither dominating the tone nor detracting from the story. It is inviting and at no point forces you out of the Four Lands.
I always loved this series for the separate but equal storylines followed in the four books. I can't wait to begin The Druid and follow it immediately with The Elf Queen. This is a must-listen for Brooks fans.
"Exiting, very well paced epic story"
Definitely a bit dark but a wonderfully written story that is very well read by John Lee. The story is clearly a setup for the reminder of the books in this series but sets up the characters and the storyline nicely. Unlike a lot of YA books in this genre, these characters have depth and are very vulnerable at times. The author's world building is pretty good and continues to develop as the story and series continues. It is the classic good versus evil but a very good story with interesting plot twists and main characters struggling with their own doubts and whether they have the courage to do the right thing. Very well done, especially for a first book in a new series.
"Self doubt is the main trait of all the characters"
If you took out all of the self doubt, unwarranted negativity, pointless arguing and overall mistrust among supposed friends in this book it would half as long.
Every quest in the story is a let down. Even the whole goal of the book is to get the sword of Shannara and (spoiler alert) when he finally gets it instead of being the most powerful magic talisman of the lost ages it has no magic at all and does nothing.
The author only tries to make one character, the hero, likable but even he is so full of self doubt and self blame that even he is not heroic. Instead he's just pitiful. I love fantasy and have read many, many books in this genre, but the more I read this book the more the story and characters just aggravated me to the point that I could barely finish it and when I did I was sorry that I had wasted my time.
"A Captivating story! read by my favourite narrator"
While the story has It's full of dark magic and loss, it also has some very funny parts. Terry brooks is a talented Author who has put together a story that keeps you interested
He's always great, one of my favourite narrators as was the main reason I came across this series. his ability to represent so many characters, male and female is brilliant
My wife has read all the books and was really pleased to see I was now enjoying them on Audible, I rushed off and downloaded books two and three as soon as this one was finished.
"Great Story... but..."
Amazing continuation on the Shannara series followed since book one with audible plus the first king of Shannara. The story in this one I'd still enhancing bit changing from Scott Brick to John Lee took a few chapters to get used to, both have completely different trading styles. Lee more Shakespearean and Brick more contemporary being the biggest changes. Different pronunciations in name's being a smaller thing that I still yell at my speakers over.
Overall would recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
"Good read, but slower than his other books."
I have grown used to Brooks diving right into the story and each book being a full story on their own. This one is mostly a set-up for the rest of the series and is a lot slower to develop than his previous books. Still intriguing, but not as enthralling as the others.
"I'll always love Terry Brooks"
I think because this is the first if 3, the pace was a little slow, building the characters and plot. Hoping for more action in the next two and a great resolution!
"One of Terry Brooks' Best Fantasy Series"
This is one of Terry Books' Best fantasy series. Some of us have been waiting for a very long time for the unabridged versions of these. And they were well worth the wait. John Lee does a terrific job narrating. He was an excellent choice. Brooks' fan should love these. This is the author in his prime. Don't miss it. Drop what you're doing and get these books!
"A Master at Work"
This is Terry at his best. I love this series and period of time within the Shannara world. wonderfully developed characters and story.
"Very good, only a couple flaws"
First, this is definitely worth a credit. Yes, its a little obvious with betrayals, but not every character lives....which kind of balances out. The narration is excellent. The story flows well. I wish I could give a half a star more, but because of the betrayal flaw, I just can't give it 5 stars.
"Killed By Narrator."
In printed format, Yes, I would recommend this and the other books in the series. In Audio format, NO. Not unless they re-recored them with a different, more capable narrator.
It has been decades since I read these books, and I didn't listen long enough to this audio version, to either make a decision, or remember any of the characters from the books.
Andrew Wincott. Rupert Degas. Simon Vance. There are many good narrators out there. In my opinion Mr Lee isn't one of them..
Not sure. It would depend on the cast.
This is just one more of my favorite books tortured to death by an awful narrator. Its depressing to think of all the books I would have loved to listen to, that I just can't stand to hear, thanks to the wrong people reading them. I've already tried and returned the first three books of the Shannara Series, as they too were ruined by another poor narrator.
"What goes around comes around "
The flavour and intensity of the previous books maintained, and I like the fact that the exact underlying cause of all the scion troubles is kept concealed.
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