A cool idea for a novel (The Elves are living on a tropical island beset by demons on all sites and need to be brought back to the Four Lands)...but this novel confirms the trend that has become apparent to me. Terry Brooks' earliest novels were great, full of action with lots of different interesting characters and interesting events intertwining. As time goes on, he tends to drag out one storyline, and spend alot of time on the characters chastising themselves and worrying about other characters. He repeats alot of these thoughts over and over. It gets tiring.
I feel I have alot of insight into his own personal character after reading all these books. For instance one theme he keeps hitting on over and over is that our destiny in life is mostly chosen for us and we must resign ourselves and submit to our fate. I totally do not agree that in every sense our major decisions are made for us...it's a very simplistic view and I'm getting tired of him driving that message home too.
3 stars critical judgement, at best
4 stars rating though because I have a soft spot for this series growing up and I enjoy them