Title: The Dark Legacy of Shannara #1 – Wards of Faerie
Author: Terry Brooks
Genre: Fiction / Fantasy
First published: 2012
Edition: Paperback, published by Orbit in 2013
I must have read about twenty of Terry Brooks’ books over the years and I think I enjoyed all of them. This one is no exception
I read this book a couple of years ago, but when I wanted to continue the series I found I did not remember much about it. Does that mean the book is forgettable? Maybe… but I liked it enough to buy the rest of the trilogy at the time. So I decided to read it again. Whilst reading it, I remembered most of the characters, but I still did not remember the story. At least this made the re-read feel like a new read!
This is clearly the first book in a quest series. Most of the book is taken up by getting to the quest and meeting/finding the people that will go on it. I have to say, I am a sucker for these kind of books and Terry Brooks’ books in particular. I find them very comforting and easy to read. They have a clear purpose, good v evil, etc.
This book is not exactly fast-paces, but there is enough action and I enjoyed getting to know the characters and the world building, which is just extensive enough without being overly descriptive. I love how Brooks’ various Shannara series span hundreds of years, but a lot of the places remain the same, so they are recognisable from previous books.
Yes, maybe if you read a couple of Brooks’ books you have read them all, but I love his style. The characters are always reluctant participants or at least filled with self doubt. A few of the characters are related to characters in previous books, the Elessedil and Ohmsford families making an appearance of course. I was familiar with the races (men, elves, dwarves, elves, trolls and gnomes). There is violence, but nothing graphic and sometimes I kind of like that.
This book pretty much followed the familiar format and therefore it felt like an old friend, warm and comforting.
I really liked the cliffhangers the book ended on and it beats me why I did not continue this trilogy a couple of years ago. I will do so soon!
5 out of 7 stars