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If you haven't read Terry Brooks, you haven't read fantasy Christopher Paolini, bestselling author of ERAGON and BRISINGR Terry Brooks is a master of the craft and a trailblazer ... Required reading Brent Weeks, bestselling author of the Night Angel trilogy I can't even begin to count how many of Terry Brooks's books I've read (and re-read) over the years Patrick Rothfuss, bestselling author of THE NAME OF THE WIND Terry's place is at the head of the fantasy world Philip Pullman, author of NORTHERN LIGHTS

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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.

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HASH(0x96afc2b8) von 5 Sternen a summer throwaway read 7. Juni 2015
Von Omar Siddique - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Another semi-stand-alone Shannara novel, the slow-paced Darkling Child picks up after The High Druid's Blade, following some of the surviving characters, most notably Arcannen and Paxon Leah.

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.
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HASH(0x96b33ad4) von 5 Sternen A Druid Searches For A Young Magician With Deadly Powers 15. Mai 2015
Von John Kwok - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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"The Darkling Child" is described as a "stand alone" novel in the "Shannara" universe created by Terry Brooks, but it is actually book two in "The Defenders of Shannara" series. The only reason why "The Darkling Child" isn't getting sufficiently ample praise from me is because I think the writing and plot isn't nearly as memorable as those in Lev Grossman's "Magicians" novels or Robert Jackson Bennett's incredible "City of Stairs". However, for those who have been long-time fans of Terry Brooks' "Shannara" novels, "The Darkling Child" is yet another fine installment, devoted to Paxon Leah's quest for a young boy - the "darkling child" - who possesses deadly magical powers and his efforts in finding him before another, much more powerful, magician does. Long-time readers of the "Shannara" novels may be as intrigued as I was with the steampunkish elements in "The Darkling Child". For those who are devoted fans of Terry Brooks' fantasy novels, then "The Darkling Child" will be a most welcomed new chapter in his decades-long saga.
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HASH(0x96b74204) von 5 Sternen GOOD, good story 19. Mai 2015
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It has been a long time since I read a book by Terry Brooks. I used to enjoy them. I ennjoyed this one. A lot. The Darkling Child: The Defenders of Shannara by Terry Brooks is well worth the read. Know that more books will ( hopefully, anyway) will follow. That is the way of Terry Brooks, that is in fact, the way of this type of book by most authors. That's okay with me, the sooner the better,, in my opinion.

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
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HASH(0x96b403a8) von 5 Sternen Stand-alone, but knowledge of HIGH DRUID'S BLADE very helpful 17. Mai 2015
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Reyn Frosch is a young musician; he has the power to mesmerize audiences with his voice and his instrument. He also has the gift the people of this story world call Wishsong. This gift can be used for good, or, in self-defense or through lack of control, can be used to maim or kill.
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.
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HASH(0x9701da8c) von 5 Sternen much better than the first in this series 8. Mai 2015
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This second installment in this series was much more enjoyable than the first. I have been a fan of Terry Brooks for quite some time and have read and reread the Shannara series many times over; even though the plots are often very similar, same sort of questing format, the writing is always good and the stories are entertaining. This one read a little different and not quite as rote as some of his narratives have become. The first book in this series was a real bore, I thought, my least favorite of all of Brooks' books, but this book really caught my attention and I appreciate the way things are tied back to books from earlier series within the Shannara saga. You definitely would need to read the first book in this series to comprehend what is going on but there is enough explanation of previous elements from other narratives that a first time reader to the Shannara saga would have a vague understanding, enough to get through the book; I would not suggest starting in this series but going back to the very beginning and starting there, just because it is a good series, well-written and easily devoured!
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