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Witch Wraith: The Dark Legacy of Shannara Hardcover – Deckle Edge, July 16, 2013

4.3 out of 5 stars 466 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

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Witch Wraith is the final book in Brooks’ Dark Legacy of Shannara trilogy and a title that will be a mainstay in the public library’s fantasy collection. Wards of Faerie, Bloodfire Quest, and Witch Wraith are set 100 years after the events of Brooks’ High Druid of Shannara trilogy. The magical barrier that keeps the people who live in the Four Lands safe from the most evil and dangerous creatures is crumbling, and horrific revenging acts, thousands of years in the making, seem inevitable. The young Elf Arling can seal this barrier, but she has been brought under the control of the diabolical prime minster, making her efforts impossible. Her sister, Aphen, may be the only one who can save Arling and the fate of their world. For the first time in his career, the New York Times best-selling author Brooks is publishing each book in this trilogy just six months apart, ensuring readers will be clamoring for this conclusion of the Shannara universe story. --Alison Downs


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

Product Details

  • Series: The Dark Legacy of Shannara (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; First Edition edition (July 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345523539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345523532
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (466 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Terry Brooks is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including the Genesis of Shannara novels Armageddon's Children and The Elves of Cintra; 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(R): Episode I The Phantom Menace.(tm) 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. The author was a practicing attorney for many years but now writes full-time. He lives with his wife, Judine, in the Pacific Northwest.

Customer Reviews

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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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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.
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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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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.

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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.
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