The Black Elfstone: The Fall of Shannara book 1

download (20)Terry Brooks is winding down his long running fantasy series.  Putting out one final trilogy to cap off the whole story.  I’ve been a little critical of some of the more recent Shannara books, and have found some of Mr Brooks more recent works to be derivative.  He really hasn’t done anything to really pull me in since he released Armageddon’s Children.  The good news:  this has changed!

The story has three main characters:  An exiled druid, a protector of the druid order, and a young woman gifted with the power of the wishsong.  The story brings the characters together in a relatively organic manner, and for a change it doesn’t seem forced.  The characters are all interesting, and as the perspective switches between them there is no one that I was hoping the story would skip past.

The plot is simple: a new threat has arisen in the four lands.  The druids are arrogant and overconfident, and this new threat isn’t revealed in full in this book, so the mystery stays intact leading into volume 2!  If you’re a fan of the Shannara series you will likely like this, and if you’re looking for a fun fantasy novel to read this one is worth it.  It isn’t groundbreaking by any means, but it’s a good, fun read.

I’m curious to see how he is going to tie together his whole Shannara mythos, from the Word and the Void series, to the initial Shannara novels, to the present day.  There’s a lot of material to bring together, and what is picked and chosen and how it is pieced together will be interesting to see.  A long time Brooks reader will be able to pick out a few easter eggs even upon a cursory reading.

My final verdict?  Well worth the read, and one of Terry Brook’s best novels in years!

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