just the first book of The dark legacy of Shannara and I can't wait to know how it ends this chapter of this long story.
Two stars only because it's Terry Brooks.
This book has disappointed me so much, despite having read so many positive comments.
I think it depends on what each one is looking for in Shannara's books. I want fights, I want mysteries, I want thrill, I want magic, I want strong Druids. I want epicness.
1) Druids are the most disappointing thing in this book. They are nothing, compared to Bremen, Allanon, Walker Boh, Grianne.
These last were strong, broad minded, farsighted. The ones in this book are stupid, obvious, narrow minded. The Ard Rhys is obsessed with the search for the Elfstones.
But in a way different from Walker Boh in "The voyage of the Jerle Shannara". There Walker takes time to set the expedition, plans everything. Now, Khyber Elessedil
litterally runs into the unknown hoping to retrieve the missing Elfstones, not knowing whether it was possible, thinkable, advisable. Why this difference?
Druids should be the icon of wisdom. Khyber, in "Straken", was more mature than as Ard Rhys in "Wards of Faerie"!
Bombax: how could he not suspect that his saviour was a traitor, a spy? It was quite obvious. The Mwellrets themselvse tell him that he had to meet someone the following day!
How lucky, casually someone was passing by the place in which he was imprisoned. No one to guard him, so that the boy could save him. Even a stupid would get it.
2) Motives already seen. They set sails to retrieve an ancient magic, like in "The voyage of the Jerle Shannara". They go into the Forbidding, like in "Jarka Ruus".
The Forbidding is falling down, like in "The Elfstones of Shannara".
3) The light-waterfall. Completely unbelievable. Why there should have been a portal to the Forbidding that closes when they pass the other side?
4) The characters. Not developed at all. Only the Ohmsford twins are characterized a little. Mirai Leah, the Druids, the Prime Minister, Arling Elessedil.... Flat. Empty.
5) It seems that Brooks was taken by a G.R.R. Martin syndrome: most of the main characters die in this book (or are left behind). Wow. Nice choice. Had you spent more time and efforts in
characterizing them better, it could have made sense. But this way, it seemed only a loss of time reading the book. There was no time to get in touch with the characters that they died!
It doesn't give the feel of a novel, but of a lot of images, pictures juxtaposed. Like screenshots of a film.
I hope next book will be better.