First in the four-book Heritage of Shannara series.
Really good, I liked it even better than the previous book, the Wishsong. Not as epic as the Sword and the Elfstones, but also has strengths that those two lack.
I remember now why I liked the four book Heritage of Shannara series so much - because there are several cool characters, each with their own epic quests which progress throughout the books of the series and in the final book it all comes together. This first book does a really great job of setting everything up...but ends in nothing but cliffhangers and resolves nothing. If you're willing to take the series at a whole, this can be a good thing...if you believe that it's unethical to sell a book without some kind of resolutions, then you won't be happy with the ending. This is not its own book, it's just the beginning of a much larger books. For most of the book, you feel like you're just getting started, which you are...
I'm really looking forward to reading the next three in the series. I remember enjoying them very much as a teenager.
Oh, and Terry's nature to have his characters be quite hard on themselves, second-guess everything, and worry all the time is already quite evident in this book, like his later ones...I find that very tiring. I wonder if it's a reflection of his own personality? I suppose it grates on me because it's an aspect of my natural personality that I would rather do without!...Continua