Just an average forgettable self-fulfilling story which borrowed a lot of tropes & archetype one dimensional characters.
This is an unbelievable and rather silly story of a parallel world about the size of the state of Rhode Island (or a bit smaller) where magic really exists. What makes this story silly is not the fantastic setting - it is, after all, a member of the fantasy genre - but the way it is presented. Terry Brooks is just not a good writer. None of the characters are believable. He gets his fairies mixed up with his Greek mythology, and ultimately gets neither right. He alternates between describing the supernatural denizens of Landover as voluntary immigrants and as having been expelled into Landover against their will. There are some of both, but he can't seem to keep straight who is who. Characters are one-dimensional cardboard cutouts, which is typical of TB characters. While there is considerably less whining and angst-filled chest beating on the part of his protagonists in this series than there was in the early Shannara books (can't say about later ones as I have not been able to bring myself to dragging through more of his execrable prose), there is still far too much, and it is just not convincing. While TB's writing style is far more polished in this series than his early Shannara novels, as the saying goes, you can polish 'til the cow's come home but you still can't make a tur-nip shine (to put it politely).
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