*Note: I recommend reading The Sword of Shannara, Elfstones of Shannara, and The Wishsong of Shannara before reading this book.
The evil Illdatch, a book of evil sorcery was once thought destroyed by the descendant of Shea Ohmsford, by Brin Ohmsford. But, there was a page she didn’t know about that was missing. It is up to her brother Jair, to destroy it once and for all. Can he do it without dying? One can try.
The old school Shannara books are arguably the best I’ve read by Terry Brooks, the new ones after like 2005, aren’t really that good. When I bought this short novel on Kindle, I was hoping the magic from the old series would come back.
And come back it did.
The novel takes place two years after the events that unfolded in The Wishsong of Shannara. Brin Ohmsford has grown up, and is now out of Shady Vale, is now married to Rone Leah and is pregnant. Jair on the otherhand is still in Shady Vale, working in the family Inn. His life is vey peaceful, and all of it is shattered when Kimber Boh, grandaughter of the Druid Cogline, comes and tells Jair to come with her to destroy the last page of the Ildatch, that is locked up in the Fortress Dun Fee Aran.
The plot really isn’t surprising at first. Just classic Terry Brooks. I was reminded why I like him. I love quest stories. So if you hate it, stay away. Brooks is back!
The characters are realistic , and are exactly how I remembered them, except for Jair. Jair is no longer a whiner, he is tough and has grown up. He is far more fun to read about now.
Writing quality is wordy at times. Thank Amazon for putting a dictionary easy to get into on the Kindle. His writing is reminiscent of Tolkien and if you hate Tolkien, again stay away. I also like the fact it’s a short novel, or novella. No eat, fight, sleep pattern that plague many an epic fantasy.
5 out of 5 stars! Grab it, it’s worth the whole $2.99!
Also available in print in the Legends II Anthology and Nook!