- Gebundene Ausgabe: 320 Seiten
- Verlag: Orbit (9. Juni 2015)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0356502198
- ISBN-13: 978-0356502199
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,4 x 3 x 23,7 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 75.455 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Darkling Child (The Defenders of Shannara) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 9. Juni 2015
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Terry Brooks is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books, including the Dark Legacy of Shannara adventures Wards of Faerie and Bloodfire Quest; the Legends of Shannara novels Bearers of the Black Staff and The Measure of the Magic; the Genesis of Shannara trilogy Armageddon's Children, The Elves of Cintra and The Gypsy Morph and The Sword of Shannara. The author was a practising attorney for many years but now writes full-time. He lives with his wife, Judine, in the Pacific Northwest.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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We get Brooks' tried-and-true formula of a coming-of-age magic-bearing scion of an ancient family, a dastardly irredeemable villain, bumbling good guys, and a love interest (or two). This formula usually makes for a pleasant (lightweight) read, but this volume just plods. Consistently, what Brooks writes really really well is action, magic, and the sight of otherworldy scenes. What he writes more weakly is conversation and character-development. Unfortunately, this book is heavy on the latter category. While it reads easily, the characters seem "off", and it's hard to care about any of them.
(**lightweight spoilers ahead) We spend lots of time with Arcannen, but never get a sense of either malice or drive, and there's no discussion of his background. He seems extremely evil but mild-mannered, super-powerful but doesn't use his magic for anything mundane. Some authors could weave those elements together, but instead we get an Arcannen who seems nothing like the one in the previous book, and is more boring than deadly (except in one or two chapters). And there's the usual highly-placed Federation bad-guy, who is utterly one-dimensional. There's repeated (like 10-15) hints about something odd about the female love interest Larianna, but Brooks never goes anywhere with that idea. We briefly see several druids, but all but Alphenglow are barely developed.
(**end of spoilers)
Even the highlight of the book, the final battle scene, is shorter (and duller) than the opening battle scene. The character development and plot feel amateur.
If I didn't know better, I'd say an editor put this volume together from Brooks' notes, rather than him writing it himself.
I'm also not a fan of the "portable flash rips" as Shannara goes the way of sci-fi ray-guns.
I've been reading Brooks since the early days, and while the Shannara world isn't as fresh or unique as it once was, I do still enjoy immersing myself in it. But unfortunately, Brooks has never really topped his first Shannara books, nor the excellent Word & Void series. Other than "Measure of the Magic", almost everything since the excellent "Voyage of the Jerle Shannara" series has been on the soft side, even leaning towards mundane. Darkling Child continues that unfortunate trend. Recommended for diehard fans, and for a "beach read", only.
This story is about Reyn, a magic user. He doesn't know what his magic is, he can't control it, and of course this gets him into trouble. There are Druids.. I love a good story with Druids. There are other magic users, good, bad and yet to be discerned. Reyn annoyed me. Considering that his life was what it was, he should have been less . . .whiney.
Still, there are others to like and to not like, and a good story with an interesting ending that will certainly have me coming back for book two. As it was intended, and to my great satisfaction.
That's all you get from me. No spoilers. I read every word, and it made me feel like I had gone back in time. Try it.. I recommend it . I was just as enchanted as I was years ago when I read his books....I bet you will be, too
Paxon Leah is a young man readers met in an earlier Brooks novel, THE HIGH DRUID’S BLADE. He protects Druids through his skill with a magical sword. He must locate and assist Reyn before a rival sorcerer, Arcannen, can influence Reyn.
Readers have here the classic good versus evil, but there is also a little forbidden romance and other things to pique interest. The style is just-right for the genre – neither too informal, nor too formal. The characters are well-drawn, with a bonus of several strong women characters. Readers can view a map of the story world to better understand the setting.
THE DARKLING CHILD is supposed to be a stand-alone novel, and it can be, quite easily, but I also believe that knowledge of THE HIGH DRUID’S BLADE would be very helpful to readers.
I will look for more from Brooks, particularly works with these strong characters.