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Witch Wraith: The Dark Legacy of Shannara [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Terry Brooks
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31. Dezember 2013 The Dark Legacy of Shannara
From bestselling author Terry Brooks comes the final thrilling novel in a brand-new trilogy—The Dark Legacy of Shannara!
 
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

For centuries the Four Lands enjoyed freedom from its demon-haunted past, protected by magic-enhanced borders from the dark dimension known as the Forbidding and the profound evil imprisoned there. But now the unthinkable is happening: The ancient wards securing the barrier between order and mayhem have begun to erode—and generations of bloodthirsty, monstrous creatures, fueled by a rage thousands of years in the making, are poised to spill forth, seeking revenge for what was done to them.
 
Young Elf Arling Elessedil possesses the enchanted means to close the breach and once more seal the denizens of the Forbidding in their prison. But when she falls into the hands of the powerful Federation’s diabolical Prime Minister, her efforts may be doomed. Only her determined sister, Aphen, who bears the Elfstones and commands their magic, has any hope of saving Arling from the hideous fate her captor has in store.
 
Meanwhile, Railing Ohmsford—desperate to save his imprisoned brother—seeks to discover if his famed but ill-fated ancestor Grianne is still alive and willing to help him save the world . . . no matter the odds or the consequences.

Praise for Witch Wraith
 
“Terry Brooks has written a slam-bang conclusion to his The Dark Legacy of Shannara trilogy with the stellar Witch Wraith. . . . He has a keen eye for great world-building as well as unforgettable characters. . . . The Dark Legacy of Shannara trilogy is arguably his best work to date.”—Associated Press
 
“The final chapter in Brooks’s latest trilogy set in his beloved world of Shannara peaks in a bittersweet conclusion that seems to set the stage for future books. A must for the numerous die-hard Shannara fans.”Library Journal

Praise for Terry Brooks
 
The Sword of Shannara is an unforgettable and wildly entertaining epic, animated by Terry Brooks’s cosmically generative imagination and storytelling joy.”—Karen Russell, New York Times bestselling author of Swamplandia!
 
“If Tolkien is the grandfather of modern fantasy, Terry Brooks is its favorite uncle.”—Peter V. Brett, New York Times bestselling author of The Desert Spear
 
“I can’t even begin to count how many of Terry Brooks’s books I’ve read (and reread) over the years. From Shannara to Landover, his work was a huge part of my childhood.”—Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind
 
“Terry Brooks is a master of the craft and a trailblazer who established fantasy as a viable genre. He is required reading.”—Brent Weeks, New York Times bestselling author of The Night Angel Trilogy
 
“The Shannara books were among the first to really capture my imagination. My daydreams and therefore my stories will always owe a debt to Terry Brooks.”—Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Beyonders and Fablehaven series


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  • Taschenbuch: 512 Seiten
  • Verlag: Del Rey (31. Dezember 2013)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0345523547
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345523549
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,6 x 10,7 x 2,8 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 59.838 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Praise for Witch Wraith
 
“Terry Brooks has written a slam-bang conclusion to his The Dark Legacy of Shannara trilogy with the stellar Witch Wraith. . . . He has a keen eye for great world-building as well as unforgettable characters. . . . The Dark Legacy of Shannara trilogy is arguably his best work to date.”—Associated Press
 
“The final chapter in Brooks’s latest trilogy set in his beloved world of Shannara peaks in a bittersweet conclusion that seems to set the stage for future books. A must for the numerous die-hard Shannara fans.”Library Journal
 
Praise for Terry Brooks
 
The Sword of Shannara is an unforgettable and wildly entertaining epic, animated by Terry Brooks’s cosmically generative imagination and storytelling joy.”—Karen Russell, New York Times bestselling author of Swamplandia!
 
“If Tolkien is the grandfather of modern fantasy, Terry Brooks is its favorite uncle.”—Peter V. Brett, New York Times bestselling author of The Desert Spear
 
“I can’t even begin to count how many of Terry Brooks’s books I’ve read (and reread) over the years. From Shannara to Landover, his work was a huge part of my childhood.”—Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind
 
“Terry Brooks is a master of the craft and a trailblazer who established fantasy as a viable genre. He is required reading.”—Brent Weeks, New York Times bestselling author of The Night Angel Trilogy
 
“The Shannara books were among the first to really capture my imagination. My daydreams and therefore my stories will always owe a debt to Terry Brooks.”—Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Beyonders and Fablehaven series


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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

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; The Sword of Shannara; the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilogy: Ilse Witch, Antrax, and Morgawr; the High Druid of Shannara trilogy: Jarka Ruus, Tanequil, and Straken; the nonfiction book Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life; and the novel based upon the screenplay and story by George Lucas, Star Wars:® Episode I The Phantom Menace.™ His novels Running with the Demon and A Knight of the Word were selected by the Rocky Mountain News as two of the best science fiction/fantasy novels of the twentieth century. He lives with his wife, Judine, in the Pacific Northwest.


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2.0 von 5 Sternen One great section (barely) saves the book for me 5. Juni 2013
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Finally! I picked up the third book of this trilogy ready for epic battles, resolution to the many plot lines and some grit. Witch Wraith should have concluded the Dark Legacy of Shannara series with a bang; after all the monsters are free from their centuries long prison and, driven by their dark lord, descend upon human and elf with unmatched ferocity. Our main characters are out and about on their various quests - bring life back to the Elchris which maintains the Forbidding, rescue a brother by resurrecting a witch, etc... Wait, I just used 'etc' in a book review. Does that mean the writing was a little formulaic and maybe a bit predictable...? Well...

If I sound less than excited about this book it is because I found some of the story a little too reminiscent of previous Shannara books. Terry Brooks even goes so far as to hang a lantern on that obvious problem, pointing out that 'history repeats itself'. Well, I guess that's one possibility. Another explanation would be that the author didn't have any exciting new ideas and went with the tried and true. Couldn't Brooks at least pick a different room for the changeling reveal? Could the druids actually win a battle when their fortress is besieged? Why win - we'll just release the guardian once most of us are dead and it will kill the invaders...

I also found the resurrection of the Elchris to be a disappointingly flat ending. Here we are - all out war between elves and the monsters; the dwarf army is arriving to support the elves and other allies are(hopefully) on the way; the elves are now in possession of the elfstones giving them a HUGE military boost; the main heroes are all in one place; there was a major change in enemy leadership; the Witch Wraith and her awesome magical powers is leading the monster charge, and the excitement is building.... And then....

The Elchris gets sorted out and everything is over... fizzle

Why?

At the end of the story, what has really changed.
- The druid order has been smashed (yet again) - does this make the 3rd, or 4th time this has happened? Whatever the count, this is a tired plot device.
- A few main characters have had personal life changes - getting the really hot girlfriend is fun but not epic in the true sense of the word.
- A few supporting characters die - druid deaths don't count as they usually die off anyway
- A human city gets sacked

Other than that, not much is changed. The BIG issues are back to status quo as the Forbidding is back in place and the elfstones are gone (again). There is, in effect, no resolution to the major points of the whole series.

The story therefore amounts, in the end, to a bunch of people running around on various missions, with the end result being nothing accomplished at some measure of personal suffering. Hmm. Maybe that works for some readers but I prefer to see some motion - forward or back - in the stories I read.

I give it 3 stars because of the very well written battle of Arishaig. Brooks did a great job of detailing the battle in a way that was both exciting and extended. This was by far and away my favorite part of the book. I just wish that this approach was taken to the battle of Arborlon. I changed my review of the first novel to a 2-star rating. Better to not start reading this series only to be disappointed with the lame ending.
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I waited and waited for this book to release and as soon as I got it, I started reading. All the quests going on, I thought for sure this was going to be great. Then it got to the parts I thought were supposed to be "epic"...and it just started going down hill. The first battle at Arishaig was indeed written nicely and I loved it. The battle at Arborlon, not so much. It was like oh yea super battle...blah blah blah skip skip skip...and done. When everyone meets up at the final stage, it was like oh hey, haven't seen you in awhile and BYE. Seriously, it was like my child telling a story when he is in trouble and leaving out all the details he thinks will get him in trouble. Redden's coma deal at the end...what was that? Also, what happened to everyone else? Did the once fierce and level headed Aphen turned whiney 5 year old go back to the Druids? What about all the other major support characters? Anything? Honestly, I am still mad at the ending of this book. The last what 50 pages make me want to scream. Having read all of the Shannara series and supporting books, I felt this was just a newer version of some of the older books. I love Terry Brooks, but this wasn't something I would recommend to anyone. Having said all this, someone will love it, someone will like it, and someone will hate it; it is just the matter of opinions.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen New Low for Brooks 13. August 2013
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I don't know if his books are ghostwritten now, or if he's just gotten really lazy, but this is yet another paint-by-numbers Shannara book.
No characters that aren't carbon copies of previous characters.
No plots that aren't recycled.
I loved his books for years, but i think I'm done at this point.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Retread Plot Lines; Pale Characters 19. Juli 2013
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Well. After book 1 was excited and looking forward to seeing where things went. After book 2 I was less excited and worried that the series had turned into a half-assed Elfstones of Shannara retread. Now, I've read the 3rd and final book in this series and I can judge it both on it's own and as a whole and frankly, I feel like the fears I had after book two were more thoroughly realized than the hopes I had after book 1.

I'm giving this series a low 3 stars. Barely 3 stars. I'm giving the book the same rating. 3 stars, but just barely.

I don't think I have it in me to rate anything by Terry Brooks, one of my all-time most-favorite writers less than 3 but if ever I was close, it was with this series. I have no problem with there being another quest for the Bloodfire but for so many things about this series mimicking Elfstones, the original Bloodfire quest makes it almost ridiculous. [Some Masked Spoilers Ahead] I think my breaking point was when yet another Changeling reveals itself to yet another Elven king in his bedchamber. I rolled my eyes so hard they almost popped out of my head.

[Spoilers Continue]

The book and series could have been saved with the reveal of the Witch Wraith, and it did cause some excitement, but I felt like I was owed a reason why things happened the way they did and I didn't get it. It just did. I'm really unhappy that after all of that, we still have no idea what power any of the Elfstones, other than the blue ones, do. I thought it was lame that one more set, the red ones, wind up being back in the Four Lands. I thought the ending was pretty anticlimactic. After the climax, everything was kind of lame. Aphen becomes a whiny brat who isn't worthy of the title of Druid. Redden's walking coma was lame, as was the way Railing finally got to him. The fate of the Witch Wraith was interesting and makes one wonder what interesting plot could come next, but in a lot of ways, I feel like at some point, the book started working to set up the next series and I think that if you're going to write a 3 book set that tells one story, it needs to be more than a setup for the next 3 book set.

In his book Sometimes The Magic Works, Brooks talks about how important he thought it was to thoroughly outline a book before writing it. In recent years, he's gone away from doing that and the results are not good. Brooks books are not the same. They meander. It takes him 3 books to tell one story that isn't as compelling or intricate as the stories he used to tell in single books were. I'm coming away from this book without a single character adding to the pantheon of Shannara greats, in my opinion. Not one. In fact, it seems like each is a pale imitation of a previous character. And when the characters are pale imitations of previous characters and the plot line is essentially a retread of those in previous books, I'm just not sure what value this series has other than moving the story just a little bit further down the line? I paid $50 for this series of books. I didn't get my money's worth. I should have saved that money and re-read the books in which these characters were larger than life and the plot lines were tight and new.

I sit here, having given this book 3 stars and I'm trying to find something positive to say about it--or about the series. I'm trying to say something balanced and something that explains my rating it as high as I did. I'm trying, but all I can come up with is this: Any story in the Shannara series is better than nothing at all. Maybe this series will be amazing to someone who is just coming into it and doesn't know what's come before? Maybe this is about getting a new generation of fans and it's doing it by making some of the old stories new. But as someone who has read them all and been through it all, I feel like this series is a major letdown.

It pains me to write that. I'm not sure what else to say. I'm disappointed. I really wish Brooks would start outlining again. And I hope to hell the next book isn't about the rise of The Second Warlock Lord or Neo-Shadowen.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Another Great Trilogy 1. Oktober 2013
Von Terry DeLaney - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Although the trilogy starts off slow and plodding, things begin to pick up after Brooks does a great deal of prep work on the characters and plot intro.

One of the things I liked was the author's exposure of the moral dilemma regarding the Forbidding. What criteria put those creatures there? Who made the rules for the criteria? Who is to say X is evil and Y is good?

When I finished the 3rd book, I was so excited, I wanted to go and write the next Shannara book myself because I didn't want to wait on the author. Oh, well. I guess I'll just have to have patience.

Concerning the negative criticisms of Brooks repeating history and re-hashing old characters, I think this is an accurate reflection of the real world. History does repeat itself and heroes do conquer evil. I like the "tried and true" rather than some of the esoteric mumbo-jumbo that passes for fantasy fiction these days. It's easy to digest and I don't have to keep turning back several chapters, asking, "Now WHO is this person, again?"
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