The Dark Legacy of Shannara: Bloodfire Quest Book Two – Terry Brooks

Posted: July 1, 2013 in fantasy, Review

dark legacy of shannaraNow, I will admit that I’ve read Shannara novels before. Back in the late 70’s and early 80’s, when Brooks began this series, there wasn’t so much fantasy about, and besides, I liked his 1986 Landover novel, “Magic Kingdom For Sale – Sold!” But I tired of them after the first couple of trilogies, and haven’t been back there for many years. So, being sent the latest for review, and the middle book of a trilogy at that, presented a bit of a challenge. Not that it was hard to read. Brooks is a competent writer, and knows how to put a novel together, so even this tricky middle volume of a trilogy had a distinct beginning, middle and suitably climatic end.

That fight in the forest was by far the most entertaining part of this novel though, which I found, frankly, a bit dull, in spite of quite a lot of action. There are too many characters, too many of them get killed just as soon as they get interesting, and one of the leads has a truly awful name. I mean, “Arlingfant”? Terry Brooks, what were you thinking? Perhaps it’s time to put Shannara to bed, quit recycling old ideas, and write something entirely new.


Supplied by Hatchette New Zealand

Reviewed by Jacqui

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