Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand

The Dark Legacy Of Shannara The Dark Legacy Of Shannara:
Bloodfire Quest Book 2
by Terry Brooks

Supplied for review by Hachette New Zealand

Reviewed By: Jacqui Smith

Now, 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.

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