Terry Brooks – Heritage of Shannara (book 5,6,7,8 of Shannara Series)

The Heritage of Shannara


300 years after the death of the Allanon, his shade returns and has new quests for the next generation of Ohmsfords.  Did any of that sentence surprise anyone?  The Heritage of Shannara consists of 4 books: Scions of Shannara, The Druid of Shannara, The Elf Queen of Shannara, and The Talismans of Shannara.

The Scions of Shannara are Par, Walker Boh, and Wren.  Or so we think at least.  Par and his brother Coll are charged to find the lost Sword of Shannara, while Walker Boh is told to find the black Elfstone and restore Paranor and the Druids, and Wren is asked to find the Elves.  Each one of these tasks are dealt with in their own book.

The death of the Druids have left a void on the Four Lands.  Where once was magic is now being replaced by Science.  Magic is being banned by a powerful group known as the Federation.  They send out seekers to capture any who are caught using magic.  The elfs have been forced into hiding and the dwarves are imprisioned by the Federation.

The first three books in this series moved a long at a nice leisurely pace.  All of it lead to the final book in the series, The Talismans of Shannara.  I must say one thing, Terry Brooks really knows how to finish a series.  The last book was quite awesome.  I also do believe that this is the first book in the who series that Allanon doesn’t appear even once.  Though Walker Boh is here, so who knows.  It really feels like the entire Shannara series should end with that book but as we know, it doesn’t.

The title, Heritage of Shannara, was a bit odd though.  When I hear the word heritage, I immediately think of something in the distant past.  But in the case of the Shannara series, heritage refers to generations in the future.

Whenever we have 2 series’s like this, Sword of Shannara and Heritage of Shannara the question of “which is better?” always comes up.  I want to say Heritage of Shannara is better because Brook’s writing seems to be more refined, but at the same time Heritage of Shannara would not be so good without the backstory of Sword of Shannara.  With that in mind, I guess I’ll call it a draw.  If you are going to read one, you might as well read them both.

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