Review: Measure of the Magic – Terry Brooks

Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Del Rey; First Edition edition (August 23, 2011)
ISBN-10: ISBN-10: 0345484207
ISBN-13: 978-ISBN-13: 978-0345484208
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Phryne Amarantyne – Elven Princess
Panterra Xu – Human Tracker


Sider Ament is Dead. Panterra Xu finds himself as the new Bearer of the Black Staff and must learn his new powers. The Troll Army is marching towards their world bent on conquest. Not only is all this happening, but a Demon is on the loose and he’s determined that he alone will survive.


As the followup to The Bearer of the Black Staff, I found this to be a compelling story. We finally get to see the powers of magic returning to the world we’ve known. We see young Panterra come to grips with his new powers, and how the acceptance of those will forever change his life.

We’ve managed to come full circle now from the world as we know it introduced in Running with the Demon, to the beginnings of the world we first learned about 35 years ago in the Sword of Shannara.

The characters are strong, the action is packed, and unfortunately as sometimes happens, some of those characters we love will not survive the evil that is unleashed.

If you’re a Terry Brooks fan, you definitely want to read this. If your a fan of Shannara, or a fan of Fantasy novels, I think you’ll really enjoy it.

Due to content and some of the darker events I’d say it’s geared towards older teens and adults. Mr. Brooks returns to the world of Shannara later this month with the release of Faerie Ward.

About the Author

Terry Brooks is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including the Genesis of Shannara novels Armageddon’s Children and The Elves of Cintra; The Sword of Shannara; the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilogy: Ilse Witch, Antrax, and Morgawr; the High Druid of Shannara trilogy: Jarka Ruus, Tanequil, and Straken; the nonfiction book Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life; and the novel based upon the screenplay and story by George Lucas, Star Wars(R): Episode I The Phantom Menace.(tm) His novels Running with the Demon and A Knight of the Word were selected by the Rocky Mountain News as two of the best science fiction/fantasy novels of the twentieth century. The author was a practicing attorney for many years but now writes full-time. He lives with his wife, Judine, in the Pacific Northwest.

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