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Bearers of the Black Staff (Legends of Shannara Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

11 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

Mr. Brooks is at his best with this tale as his myriad of fans will look forward to the conclusion

Five centuries ago the demonic Great War left humanity on the brink of extinction. Young Hawk the Gypsy Morph led a few battered human, elven and mutant souls into a sanctuary protected by a magical barrier (see The Gypsy Morph). Those inside knows that outside hell r...
Five centuries ago the demonic Great War left humanity on the brink of extinction. Young Hawk the Gypsy Morph led a few battered human, elven and mutant souls into a sanctuary protected by a magical barrier (see The Gypsy Morph). Those inside knows that outside hell reigns.

However, when he led the march to safety, Hawk never expected what has occurred recently; the barrier has collapsed allowing the demonic horde to invade. The last surviving Knight of the Word Sider Ament knows the people need new young heroes like the Bearers of the Black Staff he possesses that once was held by Hawk when he led them to safety. He rescues teen Trackers Panterra Qu and Prue Liss and tells them to warn the Hawk's descendents. However, the council complacent after hundreds of years of peace rejects Sider's belief the demons are coming while the Knight goes out to the external world to learn what has happened there and most likely in the valley. The two Trackers believe the Knight's word and seek allies.

Terry Brooks continues his prehistorical saga the Legends of Shannara with the first of a twp part fantasy thriller with the story line occurring five hundred years since the events of The Gypsy Morph. Inside the once safe valley is a fascinating look at a peaceful life on the verge of pandemic collapse with leaders mostly unable to accept the demonic tsunami is coming. As enjoyable as that subplot is, fans of Shannara will especially appreciate the other segue as Sider escorts the audience in a venture outside the valley, which enables fans to see what happened after Hawk saved the band. Mr. Brooks is at his best with this tale as his myriad of fans will look forward to the conclusion.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on July 15, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

11 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

Good book but not for everyone.

Let me begin by saying that I have never read any of Terry Brooks' books nor am I a huge fan of high fantasy. I only picked this book while trying to take a break from historical novels. So let me be the first one to admit that this review will be a little biased but I ...
Let me begin by saying that I have never read any of Terry Brooks' books nor am I a huge fan of high fantasy. I only picked this book while trying to take a break from historical novels. So let me be the first one to admit that this review will be a little biased but I will do my best to be objective.

** PLOT **
The synopsis on the overview tab summarizes the plot well enough so I wouldn't even bother with that. But without spoiling too much, this book ends very abruptly with several cliffhangers. If I knew the whole thing was just a setup for a much more epic story, I would've waited for the other books to come out before I started reading. The plot is engaging enough but nothing is really resolved at the end so the reader is left to create their own conclusions. At least until the next book comes out.

** CHARACTERS **
The characters are very likeable and readers of every age will find someone they can identify with. Their actions and motivations are believable enough and I just love how crafty the real villains are. I do find one character, Skeal Eile, a little too one-dimensional but that's just nitpicking on my part. Also, some characters may be related to people from Brooks' previous novels; but having read none of them, I really can't be sure. Definitely something for the real fans though.

** WRITING STYLE **
Not a huge fan. Very long narratives punctuated by brief dialouges. The dialouges doesn't really pick up until the final chapters and even then, they're very dry.

** ORIGINALITY **
The Shannara universe, from what I picked up from this book, is a post-apocalyptic world populated by the typical creatures from Tolkienian high fantasy novels. And it works surprisingly well. If you have always wondered who can win in a fight between Mad Max and the orcs from Lord of the Rings, then this book is for you.

Well, I guess if you're a Terry Brooks fan, then picking up this book is a no-brainer. But for everyone else, I suggest you avoid it, at least until the whole series is released. As for me, I would definitely follow the series closely, not for admiration but out of sheer curiosity.

posted by Cinnamonbuns on September 4, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2012

    Bearfur

    Bearfur laughed and nuzzled her.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    Very Intriguing Situation

    Terry Brooks does an excellent job of introducing people into the world of Shannara. This was my first Shannara book and I am impressed. I just got the second one in the the series (The Measure of Magic) and I cannot wait to crack the e-cover!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2012

    Lash

    Asheley?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2012

    Ninja

    Im not into that

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2012

    Enmily to dustin

    Go to the third result of staff

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    A good read but not one of his best.

    Let me first say that Mr. Brooks has brought me great enjoyment over the years and I own ALL of his books. This particular series seems a little uninspired comparativly speeking to the rest of the Shannara series. Not much character development. Story line a little tired. It is still a good read but you may be a dissapointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Left hanging

    Love the book and all his work but dislike how it ends at climax hope the next book atleast ends at a ending point

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  • Posted April 10, 2011

    As usual, very nice

    If you've read anything from Terry Brook and liked it, you will love this. While Terry Brooks has a very distinct writing style I have never found his writing to be too predictable and always leaves you wanting more.

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  • Posted March 12, 2011

    meh

    ok i have made it more then half way through thjis book now. its not bad but not good either... the names are very cheesy such as..panterra qu and prue.. i thought it could be my next fantasy series to read while waiting on the next books n the lightbringer series by brent weeks and the book after Desert Spear by peter v brett....but it just isnt up to par, not sure if i will finish it to tell the truth

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2011

    good read

    yet another well written novel by a master craftsman. i am anticipating the next one.

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  • Posted February 3, 2011

    great read

    This is my first book that I have read by this author. I really like his writing style and found that each charater come alive. The ending had me looking for the next book already I did not it to end.

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  • Posted February 2, 2011

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    Highly Recommended!!

    As always Terry Brooks delivers! He has a phenominal ability to write and capture his readers!! thanks Terry and i caant wait to read the next installment!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2011

    Awesome read loved every second of it

    One of Brooks best cant wait for the next one!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2011

    Looks like a great new series!!!!!!!!!!!

    Have read most of Brooks series and am looking forward to the second in this newest one.

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  • Posted December 7, 2010

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    Enjoyable but frustrating

    I enjoyed the book but one event didn't feel believable and pissed me off. It was near the end so I overcame it and finished the book.

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  • Posted November 16, 2010

    Interesting

    There have been a few Brooks' books that I have not liked, but this was one of the interesting ones. I certainly want to see what happens next and I hope this develops into a good series.

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  • Posted November 14, 2010

    Good Start to A New Series

    Once again Terry Brooks gives us a great start to another Shannara series. This is the first eBook I read on the Nook and I'm pleased with both the continuation of the Shannara story and the experience of reading on a Nook. Would recommend this book to all Terry Brooks fans. If you are new to the story, it isn't a bad place to start but you may want to consider reading the series from the beginning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2010

    FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!

    I've read every thing I find by Mr. Brooks. Great storyteller!

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  • Posted September 21, 2010

    Best of Brooks!

    I think a lot of people who have read this book agree that the synopsis is pretty accurate, so I'm not going to waste your time putting the same thing in different words. I am just going to say what I love about this book. So to start off with I love the struggle that the main characters are experiencing with the decisions they have made in their lives to get them to where they are. The sacrifices they have had to make and the emotional turmoil that haunts them because of it are riveting. My favorite character is by far is Mistral. In her own subtle way she tries to do what is best for her people and her family. I have read all of his books, while they are great stories. I have to say I was able to read a chapter or two a night and put them down in most cases. This book was excellent from start to finish. A real page turner. I recommend if you do read this book that you make time to get through most if not all of it in one setting because it is just that good. The end of the book is what has kept me wanting to read more. The king is murdered, Amit dies and leaves Pan having to decide if he is going to take up the staff, and the troll army has advantages that make us wonder if they are going to be successful in their attempt to seize the vallies and their inhabitants. I am no anxiously awaiting the final book, and unfortunately I have to wait another year for it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2011

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