- Series: The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara (Book 2)
- Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey; Reprint edition (August 27, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345397673
- ISBN-13: 978-0345397676
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 129 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara: Ilse Witch
"If Harry Potter has given you a thirst for fantasy and you have not discovered the magic of Terry Brooks, you are in for a treat."
--Rocky Mountain News
"Even readers who haven't read a Terry Brooks title since his classic Sword of Shannara will welcome The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara: Ilse Witch . . . The action and creatures come fast and furious. . . . This latest volume finds Mr. Brooks' power ascending."
--The Dallas Morning News
"If you were delighted and entranced by Michael Ende's The Never Ending Story, you will definitely want to sample one of more of Terry Brooks's books."
--Santa Cruz Sentinel
"The myriad Shannara fans will relish the adventure, the mystery, the magic, and the well-developed characters . . . The ending is a gripping cliff-hanger."
"The Shannara mythology gains a new level of history and depth in a tale that should appeal to the series' legions of fans."
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A new novel by Terry Brooks is always a cause for celebration. For more than twenty years, the" New York Times bestselling author of the classic Shannara epic has proven himself one of the modern masters of fantasy, winning the hearts and minds of devoted readers around the world. In his last acclaimed novel, "Ilse "Witch, a brave company of explorers led by the last Druid, Walker Boh, traveled across unknown seas in search of an elusive magic. Yet perhaps Boh and his team were lured there for sinister, unforeseen purposes . . .
Now in "Antrax, as the crew aboard the airship "Jerle Shannara is attacked by evil forces, the Druid's protege Bek Rowe and his companions are pursued by the mysterious Ilse Witch. Meanwhile, Boh is alone, caught in a dark maze beneath the ruined city of Castledown, stalked by a hungry, unseen enemy.
For there is something alive in Castledown. Something not human. Something old beyond reckoning that covets the magic of Druids, elves, even the Ilse Witch. Something that hunts men for its own designs: Antrax. It is a spirit that commands ancient technologies and mechanical monsters, feeds off enchantment, and traps the souls of men.
With the "Jerle Shannara under siege and Antrax threatening the bold and unwary, the Ilse Witch finds herself face-to-face with a boy who claims to be the brother she last saw as an infant. Now a young man, Bek wields the magic of the wishsong and carries the Sword of Shannara upon his back. Unsure whether to trust Bek or to slay him, the Ilse Witch takes him prisoner. One has come pursuing truth, the other revenge. Yet both seek Walker Boh-with the fate of the Four Lands hanging in the balance.
Return to the world ofbeloved novelist Terry Brooks, where creatures drift up from the earth like mist, a hypnotic song can kill, a sword can cut through a veil of lies-and one man, the true heir of an ancient magic, must choose between betrayal and redemption.
"From the Hardcover edition.
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At the same time, the Ilse Witch stalks those same survivors seeking to destroy the Druid, Walker Boh, who has vanished into the underground complex of Antrax. At the conclusion of the first volume in the story arc, her Mwellrets had captured and imprisoned the crew of the Jerle Shannara. The Rovers seek to recapture the vessel and rescue the survivors of the expedition. At the same time, Bek Ohmsford seeks to redeem the Ilse Witch who he has discovered to be his sister, long thought dead. The survivors are joined by a tribe of people who live in the area, the Rindge, and together they must overcome their foes or perish. In some cases, death would be welcome because Antrax has found a way to use his victims as living mechanical constructs that serve him involuntarily.
This book is interesting in that Brooks really uses a lot of different character points of view to tell the story. Each of the books in the series is somewhat self-contained, but when read together they form a very different trilogy than his other works. Most of the story is set away from the Four Lands. Character development, always a strong point in every novel Brooks has ever written, is in full bloom in this book. In fact, this book focuses on character development and the changes those characters undergo far more than the other two books in the story arc combined.
I really liked the concept behind the story arc. At first this particular volume didn’t please me, but rereading it revealed that I had missed a lot of the plot which seems to suggest I was distracted reading this book the first time around. I will say this trilogy is very different when compared to The Heritage of Shannara story arc and maybe that colored my perceptions. In any event, I can now say that this second book in the Jerle Shannara story arc is a strong and good read. I recommend it and think that it is easily a good Shannara book. It has held up well under time.
The second book does an excellent job of setting up the third and concluding volume in the story arc as well. Brooks has plots going within plots in this trilogy. The pace of the action in this book is pretty steady as well. Even when the characters are not in action, the chapters are moving them to the next set of actions as well as bringing them together so that they can make their stand against an enemy who may have been even more deadly than Antrax. That is the plot that drives the third book. Antrax ends with the survivors finding out they face a new and powerful enemy who may very well be the last enemy they ever face.
I was a little wary of a fantasy novel that deals with science and technology, the flying ships really disappointed me in Isle Witch, but I got used to them, and focused on a great story. After a while it didn't even bother me that there was a 2500 year old computer still in working condition... If I could get a computer to last that long.
If anyone can pull off mixing technology and magic, it's Terry Brooks. Brooks has already shown us a world in where a little bit of magic can exist in a modern world (Word and the Void), now it is time to show the reverse. A little bit of science in a world of magic. Well, it isn't the first time we've seen technology in the Shannara series, remember the creeper in The Sword of Shannara? Oh yeah, and if you pay real close attention, you find out the origin of the creepers, and how they managed to survive the 2000 years or so since the Great Wars.
It took me a while to remember who everyone was from Isle Witch. There are so many characters, and it has been a year since I had read the first book. But I eventually figured it all out. Now that a lot of the minor characters have been weeded out, and there is some sembelence of groups again, maybe the next book won't be so trying on my memory.
Brooks also delves a little into the sci-fi world but not too much. So if you are a die hard fantasy fan like me who doesn't really love science fiction don't worry, This is definitely a fanasty in true Brookian style.
I especially love the villians in this series. Antrax who guards the old world treasure and my favorite the Isle Witch who is also oh all things an Ohmsford. I was also suprised by the number of deaths in this book (there is alomost noone left to die in the next book). All in all the typical great writing Shannara fans have come to expect from Brooks.
While reading these books, I feel as though I am actually transported to a different place and time. I literally read while I am walking to work because I become so engrossed in it.
Terry Brooks' character development is second to non and the imagination employed to create these tales is unmatched. The character known as Walker, has grit and determination, but but he is also an enigma filled with inner pain and heart ache. I love it!
I would recommend this book to everyone who enjoys fantasy fiction as I do, but also to those who don't because these stories will change you in to a fantasy reader.
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The over all reading order can be confusing for the complete shannara series.