Dark Wraith of Shannara

Dark Wraith of Shannara

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by Terry Brooks
     
 

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THE FIRST-EVER GRAPHIC NOVEL SET IN THE WORLD OF SHANNARA! Possessing an awesome power he is only beginning to understand, young Jair Ohmsford must summon the devastating yet darkly seductive magic of the wishsong on a fateful mission to save his friends . . . and protect the future from the forces of evil. If you’ve never ventured into the wondrous world of

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THE FIRST-EVER GRAPHIC NOVEL SET IN THE WORLD OF SHANNARA! Possessing an awesome power he is only beginning to understand, young Jair Ohmsford must summon the devastating yet darkly seductive magic of the wishsong on a fateful mission to save his friends . . . and protect the future from the forces of evil. If you’ve never ventured into the wondrous world of Shannara, consider this an ideal opportunity. Prepare to enter the breathtaking realm of the Four Lands, where beings both noble and sinister have quested and clashed, crossed swords in the names of darkness and light, and engaged in adventures rich with mystery and majesty. “Terry’s place is at the head of the fantasy world.” –Philip Pullman, author of The Golden Compass

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School Library Journal

Gr 10 Up -At the end of the "Shannara" trilogy (Random, 1987), Brin and Jair Ohmsford used their "wishsong" power to destroy the Ildatch, the ultimate in dark magic books, and save the world from evil. It was a battle in which they lost many friends, including Jair's most trusted companion, Weapons Master Garet Jax, who had appeared invincible. It seemed as though the siblings had fulfilled their Ohmsford heritage and vanquished the foe-the operative word being "seemed." Now the story continues in graphic-novel form. The characters and action are true to the Shannara legacy. Here Jair is called to destroy the last fragment of the Ildatch. Using magic, he is able to call forth and become Weapons Master Garet Jax, although this power puts his own soul in jeopardy. This exciting story sets the stage for a sequel. The black-and-white art is expressive and uses creepy shadow to convey the black arts at work. Although the art is classic comic book style and it is printed in standard left-to-right form, the novel should have great appeal to those who like fantasy-adventure manga because of its tone and subject matter. This quick, exciting adventure won't disappoint Brooks's fans, and it is a terrific way to hook reluctant readers, who will want to pick up one of the many "Shannara" novels to find out more about these characters.-Dana Cobern-Kullman, Luther Burbank Middle School, Burbank, CA

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ISBN-13:
9780345546456
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/30/2013
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62,591
File size:
210 MB
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Dark Wraith of Shannara (Shannara Series) 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
biggun1947 More than 1 year ago
I have read almost all of Terry Brooks books on the Shannara Series. I did not know that the Dark Wraith of Shannara was a comic book. I cannot read it on my Nook, the print will not get large enough and the illistrations not plain enough to see and read. This was a waste of money for the product received. Please let everyone know before they buy that this book is not one to get on your Nook.
JCMK More than 1 year ago
It's a over sized comic book. The comic book portion is only 14 of 37 nook pages. While the rest is narration on how the comic was produced. Extremely disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Need a way to preview before buying
ipodable More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately the nook does not display the comic without the margins and the text is too small to read. I have not been able to read this comic at all unless B&N releases a nook app for the mac. Hopefully the nookcolor does better with comics.
theokester More than 1 year ago
I finished reading Dark Wraith a day or two ago. First let me say/acknowledge that I've been a Brooks fan for, wow, about 20 years now. I've read all of his books except two -- First King, which for some reason I just cannot get into -- and Elves of Cintra, which is on my reading list for the summer. Except for First King, I've thoroughly enjoyed them all (the movie adaptations are a little iffy, yes). Terry has a great way of creating worlds and characters that are very believable and accessible. Even though his genre is fantasy, his character's situations and dilemmas are universal which makes his books all that much stronger. When Terry announced that there was going to be a Shannara graphic novel, I had mixed emotions. I read comics as a kid and have enjoyed some of the graphic novels out there. I'm not a graphic novel die hard by any means. I was worried that the graphic novelization of the Shannara world could taint it or corrupt it somehow. The world seems to be in a graphic novel loving frenzy these days and I'm sure that's part of the reason for the push at this time. I enjoyed the art from the Hildebrandts and I have the art compendium for Shannara. While it's fun to see artists' representations, it can sometimes hurt the imagination. Still, I was excited to see a new story from the Shannara world. I was also excited to see the sense of movement and excitement visually presented. I would definitely recommend this book to lovers of the Shannara world and fans of fantasy and/or graphic novels. The story is engaging and the artwork is fabulous. My main criticism is the seeming lack of length/depth. The story itself is only ~160 pages and it travels fairly quickly. I agree with the comments of the adaptor who said this could easily expand into something much larger. If a "picture is worth a thousand words", then we're probably still pretty close to a standard novel size, maybe still a bit shorter. So much of the struggle that goes on in Shannara books is internal to the characters, something that is difficult to bring into a graphic novel and still maintain the pacing created in this form. The adventure itself goes very quickly. The general pacing of the travel and the adventure is good, I just want more of it. Again, I haven't read the original trilogy for a while, so I may be perhaps dwelling too much on the modern Brooks. I definitely recall that over the years, Terry's plotlines have become much more complex...intricate spiderwebs of motivations and subplots. I think I wanted to see more of that in this book. But that may have been a bit overwhelming for the graphic novel form and it may also be that this style is more true to the original Wishsong.
Tim_Shank More than 1 year ago
This book is a good change from the usual, though I wouldn't advise reading it without having read indomitable, as it's a direct sequel. It's a good story, though the main villain is fairly undeveloped. Regardless, it's a good read, and the artist is fairly talented.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would like to see him go back to the regular style of writting. This book is hard to read for some readers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I hope that his books aren't going to be like this from now on. I may have to find a new author. I really enjoy reading his older stuff for a few days.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book had a great story line and the depictions of the characters fit his novels, but it was not as good as his novels i believe that although it was good Terry should stick to his novels.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story was very well written and there were great graphics. It could have been longer and color graphics would have been awesome.
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The story line was top notch it just didn't go into enough story to make it great. I read it in about 4 hours instead of the usual few days for one of Terry Brooks novels. It seems he missed a chance for another great novel along the Wishsong's story.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Dark Wraith of Shannara Adapted from the novels of Terry Brooks by Robert Place Napton art by Edwin David Del Rey, 2008, $13.95 ISBN 9780345494627 --- In the Four Lands, the dream frightens Jair Ohmsford as he finds himself in trouble with shades like the late great warrior Jaret Jax the Weapons Master helping him survive his nightmare. However, reality proves even scarier when the shade of Allonon warns him an evil inhuman race the Mwellerts have a new scheme starting with the abduction of two of Jair¿s friends Kimber and Cogline. Jair knows he must rescue them, but no one wants to abet his cause out of fear of the enemy. Still he has power if he dares use the dark magic Wishsong that his father and his sister have cautioned as the price of employing this conjuring could be his soul. However, reluctantly he turns to the spirit of a deceased warrior for help as the enemy has come for him because he has proven with his sister to being the one to prevent the Mwells from making a nightmarish future for everyone. --- DARK WRAITH OF SHANNARA is a stand alone graphic comic book that is a direct follow up to Terry Brooks¿ WISHSONG OF SHANNARA. The story line is entertaining due to the prime character as Jair, not wanting to bring his sibling Brin into what he believes is his cause, has difficult magical choices to make to save his friends. The black and white artwork is well done as the pictures enhance the plot. There are several other background sections that might fascinate some readers like the ¿The making of Dark Wraith¿ and ¿The Artist¿s Sketchbook¿ but this reviewer has no interest (even with the art being top rate) in those sections so I only gave it a quick glimpse. Fans of the Shannara saga will enjoy this novel entry. --- Harriet Klausner