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Book Thoughts: Witch Wraith (Terry Brooks)

Brooks, Terry - The Dark Legacy of Shannara 3 Witch Wraith


Title: Witch Wraith (The Dark Legacy of Shannara #3)
Author: Terry Brooks
Genre: Fiction / Fantasy     Pages: 488
First published: 2013
Edition: Paperback, published by Orbit in 2013

I did enjoy this final book in The Dark Legacy of Shannara trilogy, but I was slightly disappointed as well.

With about 100 pages to go I was wondering how Brooks was going to wrap up everything that had happened in so few pages. Everything was still in chaos after all! And yes, although I still liked Brooks’ writing, the climax did feel rushed. I did not get the answers I wanted, and some of the resolutions were simply too straightforward and too easy. That left me a bit deflated at the end, which is ashame, because large parts of the book I actually really enjoyed. I just wanted the ending to be that little bit more epic, I guess.

Looking back at the trilogy as a whole, of course it was Terry Brooks by numbers, but I did enjoy them. I just feel like it deserved a stronger closer. However, I still liked the plot and the characters. There is something really comforting about Terry Brooks’ books for me.  Maybe it is because essentially his style has not changed much from his earliest Shannara books, which I read a youngster, and it is probably that familiarity that make them feel like a warm blanket to me.

Overall, I liked The Dark Legacy of Shannara trilogy, but it is not his best. The pacing was pretty uneven. Will I read more Terry Brooks books? Of course! I already have The Black Elfstone on my shelf.

4 out of 7 stars

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