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The Measure of the Magic: Legends of Shannara by [Brooks, Terry]
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PRAISE FOR LEGENDS OF SHANNARA
BEARERS OF THE BLACK STAFF
 
A New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller
 
“A finely wrought tale of sacrifice, adventure, betrayal, magic, loss, and a world on the precipice.”—Brent Weeks, author of The Way of Shadows
 
“[A] superlative Tolkien-style fantasy tweaked with a contemporary vibe.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“A story that will delight Brooks’ legions of fans . . . Here’s to many more tales of this incredible world.”—SFRevu
 
AND FOR TERRY BROOKS
 
“A great storyteller, Terry Brooks creates rich epics filled with mystery, magic, and memorable characters. If you haven’t read Terry Brooks, you haven’t read fantasy.”—Christopher Paolini, author of Eragon and Brisingr
 
“Terry’s place is at the head of the fantasy world.”—Philip Pullman, author of The Golden Compass


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About the Author

Terry Brooks was a practising attorney for many years, but now writes full-time. His first novel, THE SWORD OF SHANNARA, remained on the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller list for five months, and he is widely regarded to have started the post-Tolkien boom in epic fantasy.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4366 KB
  • Print Length: 482 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (August 23, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 23, 2011
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004J4X73A
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,735 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Jeffrey Miller VINE VOICE on August 25, 2011
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This is the second book in the Legends of Shannara duology which is another of the prequel series that takes place before the original Shannara trilogy.

I read this latest book after just finishing "Bearers of the Black Staff" the first book in this short series. I quite enjoyed the first book which in many ways was standard Fantasy fare but written capably. Brooks is very good at creating solid characters that you care about and want to find out what happens next. "The Measure of the Magic" does add quite a lot of escalation to the first novel. The first book ends with a very serious situation of an invasion coming into the valley that had been protected for 500 years. A new danger enters onto the scene that is much more serious and a greater threat to the new holder of the Black Staff and his friend and companion. This really adds to the story and makes it something more than just the end of the duo logy wrapping up previous plot points.

I really liked the character development and the sacrifices some of the characters made and the book is more bitter-sweet than the other novels in the series. Other plot elements and new characters round up the story. Considering the young age of the main characters this novel though does feel more like a transitional novel than the end of the duology. The characters were certainly strong enough for a continuation of the story and I certainly liked it enough to have wanted this to be more than a duology, but there always has to be a cutting of point when working with young heroes such as the Harry Potter series.

If you like Terry Brooks style I am confident you will enjoy this addition. I had forgotten how much I liked his writings and need to go back and read the other series again in the Shannara world.
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I'm a long time fan of Terry Brooks and have read all of the Shannara as well as the Word series. Although this book was classic Shannara, it left me wanting more. I felt there were too many unanswered questions and wish there was another novel to this series. The conclusion seemed simplified and rushed. The fact that Terry now writes in cliff-hanger style and we have to wait an entire year to find out what happens to the characters makes me even more disappointed.
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Terry Brooks's latest addition to the land of Shannara is both intriguing and saddening. Where part one deals with Sider, the final remaining Knight of the Word, this one deals with Panterra Qu, his designated heir. I'll keep this review short, but I'd like to say that while this isn't as amazing as something like 'Voyage', 'Wishsong', 'Genesis', or even the highest of his books 'Elfstones' this duology was certainly a decent addition to this universe. The end is anticlimactic but proves wrong the theory that he can't make himself write a bittersweet ending. He's received criticism for that in the past but he's shown here that he is more than capable. I recommend this.
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I have always been a big fan of Terry Brooks. The Shannara novels were amongst the first fantasy books that I read, and I have always turned up to the book store every August to purchase the latest offering from Brooks. There has been plenty of reason for optimism over the past 5 years - the new Landover novel and the Genesis of Shannara novels have been some of Brooks' best work, and my expectations for concluding novel in The Legends of Shannara series were very high. Unfortunately The Measure of Magic was a massive let down, a boring and uninspired conclusion to a series that failed to cash in on the superb foundations that had been laid previously.

Sider Ament has been killed. The magical veil protecting the valley has fallen, trolls have amassed outside the valley waiting for a chance to strike, and the responsibility for leading the inhabitants of the valley back into the wider world has fallen to young tracker, and newly appointed Knight of the Word, Panterra Qu. While this premise has the makings of a very exciting story, we were promised by Brooks that this series would clearly define the transition from the world of the Word/Void to the world of Shannara. It was a very bold promise that was not adequately fulfilled, and having invested so much of my time into these five transitional Shannara books, I feel like the series was cheated out of the ending it deserved.

Not only did we not get the story we wanted but the story we did get was well below par, something made more apparent given the quality Brooks has produced over the past five years. To put it a bit more bluntly I became very bored reading The Measure of Magic, which is quite concerning as I don't think I have ever been bored reading a Brooks story.
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It has been a while since I read a Terry Brooks novel. I loved the original Shannara books, but stopped reading them at some point. I decided it was time to reacquaint myself with Terry Brooks as an author and to see what was happening in the world of Shannara with this book, though this story is actually part of a prequel to the Shannara stories, "Legends of Shannara," and a sequel to "Bearers of the Black Staff." I enjoyed this story and I would read it again.

The story opens with the Ragpicker. We quickly learn that the Ragpicker is a demon and he is on the hunt for the bearer of the black staff. The Ragpicker is also after Prue Liss. Indeed, the Ragpicker would have caught Prue Liss had there not been timely assistance from an unexpected source. At the same time, Panterra Qu finds himself the new bearer of the black staff. Pan struggles with his new role and alternates between overconfidence and doubt. Fortunately, once Prue Liss joins Pan the pair is much more than the sum of their parts.

Of course, if this story was only about Pan and Prue Liss, it might be interesting but relatively unimportant. Pan and Prue live in a valley long hidden from the world. The valley did have protection from those who would be quite happy to eliminate the inhabitants of the valley, to enslave them, or worse. Unfortunately, the protection is gone and the trolls know how to find the valley. Pan and Prue are working against the inevitability of discovery to try to get defenders for the valley.

Complicating matters is that princess Phryne Amarantyne's stepmother has imprisoned Phryne (where have we heard this one before?), accusing Phryne of killing her father, the king. Phryne's stepmother has a completely separate agenda from protecting the valley or even the Elf city.
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