Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The Elfstones of Shannara; Terry Brooks

The magical Ellcrys tree is dying, loosening the spell that bars the Demons from enacting vengeance upon the land. Now Wil Ohmsford must guard the Elven girl Amberle on a perilous quest as she carries one of the Ellcrys' seeds to a mysterious place where it can be quickened into a powerful new force. But dark on their trail comes the Reaper, most fearsome of all Demons, aiming to crush their mission at any cost.

Title: The Elfstones of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy Book #2)
Author: Terry Brooks
Genre: Fantasy; Epic Fantasy; Fiction
Publication Date: January 1984


Hello Fellow Readers,

If you want to read my review of the first book in the trilogy you can do that HERE . One of my biggest gripes about the last book was the lack of female representation, Brooks seems to have fixed that with the introduction of Amberle and Eretria. While Amberle was prominent throughout the book Eretria was a bit of a side character. Wil (the main character and grandson to the previous protagonist of the last book) must continue the family business and save the world from darkness. This books pacing was better, yet it still had the long winded history monologues of the first book. 

I did like Wil and Amberle, although it pissed me off that no matter how many times Amberle asks Wil to keep her up to date on what was going on Wil still kept things in the dark. It is this weird cliche thing authors use about keeping the women safe and usually ends up just making things worse.  Besides that I really enjoyed the book. It was faster paced and seemed to carry more emotion with the characters than the last, at least for me. 

Reading this book does make me want to check out the T.V. show, I like comparing books to shows/movies. 

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