The Wishsong of Shannara (Shannara Series #3)

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Horror stalked the Four Lands as the Ildatch, ancient source of evil, sent its ghastly Mord Wraiths to destroy Mankind. Only Druid Allanon held the magic power of wishsong that could make plants bloom instantly or turn trees from green to autumn gold. But she, too, was in mortal danger, and Ildatch waited for Brin to fall into his trap....

Horror stalks the Four Lands as the Ildatch, ancient source of evil, stirs to new life, sending its ghastly Mord Wraiths to ...

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Overview

Horror stalked the Four Lands as the Ildatch, ancient source of evil, sent its ghastly Mord Wraiths to destroy Mankind. Only Druid Allanon held the magic power of wishsong that could make plants bloom instantly or turn trees from green to autumn gold. But she, too, was in mortal danger, and Ildatch waited for Brin to fall into his trap....

Horror stalks the Four Lands as the Ildatch, ancient source of evil, stirs to new life, sending its ghastly Mord Wraiths to destroy mankind. To win through the vile growth protecting the Ildatch, the Druid Allanon needs Brin Ohmsford--for she alone holds the magic power of the wishsong.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345356369
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/1988
  • Series: Shannara Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 120,285
  • Lexile: 920L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.86 (w) x 4.16 (h) x 1.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Terry Brooks
A writer since high school, Terry Brooks published his first novel, The Sword of Shannara, in 1977. It was a New York Times bestseller for more than five months. He has published fifteen consecutive bestsellers since, including the novel based upon the screenplay and story by George Lucas: Star Wars®: Episode I The Phantom Menace. His novels Running with the Demon and A Knight of the Word both won the "Rocky Award" given by The Rocky Mountain News.

The author was a practicing attorney for many years but now writes full-time. He lives with his wife, Judine, in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii.

Biography

"I found my way to fantasy/adventure. When I got there, I knew I'd found a home," said Terence Dean Brooks, creator of the blockbuster, New York Times bestselling Shannara, Landover, and Word & Void series. Not only is Brooks at home in the highly competitive realm of fantasy literature, many would call him the genre’s modern-day patriarch – Tolkien’s successor. While that title is debatable, Brooks is, without a doubt, one of the world’s most prolific and successful authors of otherworld (and our world) fantasy. Few writers in any genre can boast a more entertaining collection of work – and a more ravenous and loyal fan base -- than can Terry Brooks.

The most rewarding aspect to writing for Brooks is “when someone who never read a book reads [one of mine] and says that the experience changed everything and got them reading.” Because of his very engaging, quick-flowing writing style, countless numbers of young people have been introduced to the wonderful world of reading through Brooks’s adventures. The miraculous thing, however, is that these same fans – whether they’re now 20, 30, or 40 years old – still devour each new release like a starving man would a steak dinner. Credit Brooks’s boundless imagination, endearing characters, fresh storylines and underlying complexities for keeping his older, more discerning audience hooked.

Brooks began writing when he was just ten years old, but he did not discover fantasy until much later. As a high school student he jumped from writing science fiction to westerns to adventure to nonfiction, unable to settle on one form. That changed when, at the age of 21, Brooks was introduced to J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien provided Brooks with a forum “that would allow him to release onto paper his own ideas about life, love, and the wonder that fills his world," according to his web site.

In 1977, after six trying years, Brooks published novel his first novel, The Sword of Shannara. And quickly it gave him – and his publisher (the newly created Ballantine imprint, Del Rey) – quite a thrill; the fantasy adventure featuring the young Halfling, Shea Ohmsford; the mysterious wizard Allanon; Flick, the trusty companion; and the demonic Warlock Lord, was not only well received -- it was a smash, spending over five months on The New York Times bestseller list. In 1982 Brooks released the follow-up, The Elfstones of Shannara (which Brooks says may be his favorite), to equal success. He closed out the initial trilogy in 1985 with The Wishsong of Shannara, and has since completed two more Shannara sets, The Heritage of Shannara books and the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara books.

As fans of Brooks know, the man doesn’t like to stay put. “I lived in Illinois for the first 42 years of my life, and I told myself when I left in 1986 that I would never live any one place again,” Brooks said. He now spends his time between his homes in Seattle and Hawaii; he and his wife also spend a great deal of time on the road each year connecting with the fans. These same nomadic tendencies are also apparent in his writing. Instead of staying comfortably within his proven, bestselling Shannara series, Terry frequently takes chances, steps outside, and tries something new. His marvelous Landover and Word & Void series are the results. While both are vastly different from Shannara, they are equally compelling. Word & Void – a contemporary, dark urban fantasy series set in a fantasy-touched Illinois – is quite possibly Brooks’s most acclaimed series. The Rocky Mountain News called the series’ first two books (Running with the Demon and The Knight of the Word “two of the finest science fiction/fantasy novels of the 20th century.”

Good To Know

When The Sword of Shannara hit The New York Times bestseller list, Brooks became the first modern fantasy author to achieve that pinnacle.

The Sword of Shannara was also the first work of fiction to ever hit The New York Times trade paperback bestseller list. Thanks to a faithful and growing fan base, the books continue to reach the list.

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was not Terry's first novelization. He also novelized Steven Spielberg's 1991 movie, Hook.

Brooks’s The Phantom Menace novelization is also not his only connection to George Lucas. Both The Sword of Shannara and the original Star Wars novel, A New Hope, were edited by Judy Lynn del Rey and published in the same year (1977) to blockbuster success.

The Sword of Shannara was initially turned down by DAW Books. Instead, DAW sent Terry to Lester del Rey, who recognized Terry’s blockbuster potential and bought it. And the rest, they say, is history.

Brooks’s influences include: J.R.R. Tolkien, Alexander Dumas, James Fenimore Cooper, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Mallory's Morte d'Arthur.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Terence Dean Brooks (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      Pacific Northwest and Hawaii
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 8, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Sterling, Illinois
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English, Hamilton College, 1966; J.D., Washington and Lee University
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2005

    Alright

    It seemed as if Mr. Brooks was kind of struggling to end the series. This book was not nearly as good as the others in the series. Nice try, didn't quite work.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2014

    Love. Brin. Love. Brin.

    I am a full-on Brin fan. It isn't just that she has a cool name. <p> P.S. ALLANON!!!!!!!!!!!!!**cries loudly and worse than Amberle**

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    An excilant read. Maybe not quite as good as Elfstones of Shanna

    An excilant read. Maybe not quite as good as Elfstones of Shannara but a great end to the first Shannara series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2012

    Dragonlady109

    Utterly fantastic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2011

    decent

    The first two were better. I think it had a pretty good ending though... The concept was shady to me too... But i am a big fan of the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2010

    The Wishsong of Shannara

    Read The Sword of Shannara and thought it was fun but the characters did not have a lot of depth (just finished Terry Goodkind series so expected more from Terry Brooks). However by the 3rd book, The Wishsong of Shannara, Terry Brooks has kicked in with a very well written book. I enjoyed the book so much I purchased another of his series, the Heritage Series...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2008

    pretty good

    This is the best of the Shannara series. There is plenty of adventure and beautiful descriptions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2008

    fine conclusion to this fantastic trilogy

    This audio version of the third book in the series features the fine voice of Charles Keating bringing to life Mr. Brooks' characters. Brin Ohmsford and her brother Jair and their quest to destroy an evil book, the Ildatch. With fine characters and a strong story, this is a great conclusion to a fantastic series, began with the Sword Of Shannara and continuing with the Elfstones Of Shannara.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2007

    Outstanding

    This book was outstanding! I loved Slanter¿s personality and Jair¿s charisma and outgoingness. I also enjoyed the plot with Brin and Rhone. Cogline made me laugh and Kimber and Whisper were great additions to the group of travelers. The wishsong was a creative way and Terry Brooks had a perfect idea. The ending was a little strange but I enjoyed it, it almost made me cry! I wanted Slanter to go back and live in the Vale with them, but no he said he had to be somewhere else! Oh and I thought the Kraken was a wonderful addition! This novel was intriguing, epic, funny, and you felt for the characters!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2006

    Shannara Rules!!!

    'First King of Shannara' was good, 'The Sword of Shannara' was excellent, 'The Elfstones of Shannara' was awesome, and this book was just as good. This book was suspensful, and it just rooted me to the spot. I've read the entire 'Sword of Shannara' series (including 'First King of Shanara') and the 'Talismans of Shannara' series at least twice already, and I keep coming back for more. I love these books!! Keep it coming Terry!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2005

    The Best! I loved it!

    The Sword of Shannara was awesome, the Elfstones of Shannara was good, but the Wishsong of Shannara was the best of all! It was so goood, I couldn't put it down! I read all night, and cried my eyes out. Even though both my favorite characters die, I still loved it. Terry Brooks has a way of making the characters in his books come alive, so that you really get to know and love them.Only two other books I know of offer this experiance: the Lord of the Rings, and Robert Louis Stevensen's 'Kidnapped.' This is a must read, wether you liked the rest of the series or not! 5 stars!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2005

    Okay Book

    This book is very well written like all of the other books, the only problem is that the plot is much too complicated. Don't get me wrong, i've read lotr many times, but none of those books have as many distractions from the main theme of the book. Atleast half of the book is dedicated to describing the character's mishaps, and it makes you want to yell 'just get on with the story' sometimes you even forget what the whole point of the book is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2004

    Love these books

    I am definately not a book lover. But when i read these books, i was hooked. i have read all the books from the first king to wishsong and am starting on ilse witch. these books far surpass lord of the rings because the author doesnt spend as much time on petty details. overall great book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2004

    Shines amidst his other novels

    To tell the truth Im not much of a fan for Terry Brooks. His books are very repetetive in the aspect that a great evil always threatens the world and the omhsford family always has to save the four lands. So sorry Terry but your books arent that great. They need a bit of variation if not a bit more imagination in its construction. I must say though, that The Wishsong of Shannara was a bit different than the typical Brooks novel. Sure I liked the sword and the elfstones of shannara but they lacked what I truly wanted...in depth characters. So those novels just werent up to par. They were a good read if you needed to kill time but ultimately they were not books I would get in hardcover. Wishsong though blew me away. At first I was expecting just another great evil threatening the world kinda book, but when I first met Jair and Brin Ohmsford I knew that they were different from the others. For one they were born different...with the magic of the wishsong. Yes yes i know that all the other ohmsfords had magic to help them, but this started out different. Their ability was innate. So i kept reading slightly intrigued with the main characters. Thats when I met Slanter the gnome tracker. Slanter is the dont push me kind of character with a pragmatic attitude. His character more than anyone else is real because a reader can relate to him. Slanter more than anyone shows what a seemingly normal person would have thought in the situations he was in, but instead of falling to better instinct Slanter decided to stay as the protector of the boy Jair. Then we meet Garet Jax. He is the fearless and slightly invincible weapons master. Jax is an enigmatic character. He alone in the novel is secluded by his ultimate skill with weapons and he proves unbeateable through out the novel. He definitely was my favorite character in the book. What I really liked about this book though was that it let characters that you liked die. This is uncharactersitic for Brooks. Usually he shows his characters as heroes who survive to the end. Not in this one. So many well liked characters meet a heroic end of epic proportions (and I wont say who to those who havent read the book)It makes the reader go through a rollercoaster of thoughts and emotions. So all I gotta say is read this book because its good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2004

    great

    it was a great book in my oppion it blows all the others out of the water. and i dont care if you thinks its bad its better then L.O.T.R. so hahah hahahah!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2004

    My Favorite of the Entire Trilogy!

    Before reading this book, I checked the reviews from multiple bookstores including BN.com. The majority of the people prefered Elfstones or the Sword and criticized this, but I highly disagree their opninons now. In my opinion, this was the most well-written and overall best book from the entire trilogy. It has been 20 years since Elfstones, Will & Ereteria's kids are the protagonists now. They have new majic, called the Wishong, which if sung, maniplulates the matter of anything...anything. Their mission, to destroy the Ildatch, a book that is the cause of all the evil stirred in the trilogy. Along the way we meet new characters (my favorite Slanter) and new villains (the Mord Wraiths + the Gnomes the majoriy of the time). On a whole this book reveives a 93/100 with Elfstones (91/100) and Sword (82/100).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2003

    This sucks!

    This is not a well-written book. Everything is entirely predictable. And everything here has been done before. Nothing is original. The first book, The Sword of Shannara, was a good book. This, and The Elfstones of Shannara, is a terrible book. I hated it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2003

    Outstandning

    This book was great. In my opinion, it is the best of the first three books. It kept me up late at night so that I could read more!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2003

    awsome

    all his books are awsome including this one. evan though im still new to terry brooks i still love the way he writes his books. blows all other fantasy novels out of the water evan the lord of the rings trillogy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2003

    awsome!

    i really enjoyed this book! and, sorry to burst your bubble, this isnt the worst book of the series. the worst one is the elfstones of shannara. i really liked this book though. it was hard to really get into, which for me is with all of them, but after you were into it, you were hooked! you just wanted to find out what happened next and keep reading. its so sad though! i mean, thinking that he died... so sad!!! poor thing... i really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to any brooks fan.

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