Review: Dark Legacy of Shannara: Witch Wraith – Terry Brooks

Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Del Rey (July 16, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345523539
ISBN-13: 978-978-0345523532
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Arlingant Elessedil – Elf Chosen, picked by the Ellcrys to carry her seed.
Aphenglow Elessedil – Elf Druid.
Redden Ohmsford – One half of a set of twins with the power of the Wishsong.
Railing Ohmsford – The other twin.


The Dark Legacy of Shannara comes to its exciting conclusion in the third novel by Terry Brooks. Arlingfant Ellesedil and her sister Aphenglow are on a quest to quicken the Ellcrys seed. Railing Ohmsford is on his own quest to find Grianne Ohmsford. Redden Ohmsford is being held prisoner by the Straken Lord while Oriantha and Tesla Dart try to come up with a plan to free him. Will the heros succeed before the evil from the forbidding is released on the world. Find out on July 16th, when Witch Wraith comes to a bookstore near you.


I really loved this book, but I might be a bit biased. I’ve loved Terry Brooks writing since I first picked up Sword of Shannara at the urge of a family friend. From that time I was hooked. While I was uncertain about this particular trilogy at first, when the story got into it’s full swing, I couldn’t wait for the next entry. I think part of my reluctance was that many of the storylines seemed at first they were going to be mere repeats of former stories. I wondered if maybe Mr. Brooks had ran out of storylines. Then I realized the theme overall was history repeats itself.

While two different characters may face many of the same challenges, they arrive at their solutions or conclusions in different manners. While the Ellcrys seed featured prominently in past stories, it was how Arlingfant dealth with her duty, and all the events surrounding them that brought the fresh perspective to the story.

The action, pacing, and character development were very well crafted. I truly felt for these characters, and as often happens, when some of them died, I missed them and what their potential could have been, not to mention what their passing meant to the other characters.

If you are a fantasy fan, then you should definitely grab the Dark Legacy of Shannara Trilogy. You will definitey need to read the first two before you dive into this one, but luckily this time around all three were released within a one year time span. In all prior novels, I’d often have to wait a year between stories, so this time around it was quite a joy to be able to read the whole story in a year.

For age, I’d say teens or older due to some dark imagery and violence. But it’s one I’d definitely recommend you pick up and read and if you do, stop back by and tell us what you thought.

About the Author

Terry Brooks is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books, including the Dark Legacy of Shannara adventure Wards of Faerie; the Legends of Shannara novels Bearers of the Black Staff and The Measure of the Magic; the Genesis of Shannara trilogy: Armageddon’s Children, The Elves of Cintra, and The Gypsy Morph; 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:® Episode I The Phantom Menace.™

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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