Enjoyable as always, but what started out as such an exciting series for me (finally linking modern times with the other Shannara novels) ended up as a bit of a disappointment. I never thought I'd give a Shannara novel 3 stars out of 5.
One thing I'm tiring of is that most of the book is spent on characters worrying about other characters, or characters chastising and being very hard on themselves even though the protagonists are never in the wrong. It gets really tiring really fast and the same pattern was set through the whole 3 book series. I wish there would have been more time spent on plot development, storyline, and much more action. This is not how I remember the old novels...unless it's because I viewed them through a different lens because I read them at a younger age (age 12-23).
The other bone I have to pick is that you gave up so many chances for GREAT scenes Terry! I mean, c'mon there was a scene where one character had a chance to kill an enemy, let him live and that enemy swore he'd track him down and find him wherever he went. But then you never heard from that villain again? And how about describing in exquisite detail all of the weapons systems (missiles, lasers, bombs) of a virtually invincible military vehicle one of the character comes across and making it clear what this vehicle could be used for, but then never delivering? It's tantalizing, I was salivating at the possibilities and there were plenty of chances the vehicle would have been perfect for the character to go on one-man destruction heroics against demons, but instead later in the book the car just dies due to a wiring problem with its solar panels and you never do see it fire even a single weapon over the course of the book....sigh...Continua
Nice ending of this third chapter of the Genesis of Shannara. To tell the plain thruth, perhaps this last book is the one I enjoyed less, at least under the point of vue of the originality: don't look for strange paths or thrilling situations, almost everything is clear enough since the beginning and there's no doubt as per what will happen.
However, the plot is good and filled with sub-paths that enrich enough the story with every single character particularities.
In other words, it's not that one can't be sure of what will happen, but it's nice any way to see how this will occur, within a rich and detailed narration off the best fantasy style and with complete descriptions of each one of the main characters.
Also, if the above is not enough, if you've already read the first two, you definitely can't skip this one... :-D