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Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Measure of the Magic by Terry Brooks



This is the second of a two book series that is a  pre-history of Shannara. 

The Sword of Shannara was one of my all time favorite books.    This book does not share that distinction primarily due to an assumption that all readers are up to speed on this long running (1977) saga.  

The story is well written with colorful prose and excellent characterizations but they are not characters I was familiar with.   It was nice to see The King of the Silver River again but the book was not comprised of repeat characters from the books that I have read.   Admittedly I have not kept up to speed on the Shannara books and read this book out of order in spite of having some that lead up to this in my pile waiting.

Keep in mind that the book is good but due to my reading out of order there were things I wondered about that were not explained.   Perhaps a minor synopsis in the final book might be in order.

If you have kept up to speed with this series and have read Bearers of the Black Staff and The Genesis of Shannara trilogy, you will no doubt love this book.   For me without a catch up, I wasn’t thrilled.  When I read the four previous books I may revisit and revise this post.
                                                                                                       
I recommend it if you have read the  precursors.

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