I REALLY disliked this book Not to give anything away, but the main female character TURNS INTO A TREE at the end and the main male character who apparently is in love with her can only go and look at her and sigh DUMB DUMB DUMB I think there should be a rule against main characters turning into trees. Literally sobbing That ending killed me.Love this series, my review to come on YT. Ancient Evil Threatens The Elves The Ancient Tree Created By Long Lost Elven Magic, Is Dying When Wil Ohmsford Is Summoned To Guard The Amberle On A Perilous Quest To Gather A New Seed For A New Tree, He Is Faced With The Reaper, The Most Fearsome Of All Demons And Wil Is Without Power To Control ThemRead By Scott Brick AudiocassettesMin Each Analog, Dolby Processed This one is little deeper and had some really nice magical moments I was very entranced with the story and was excited to pick it up again each night If you like the fantasy genre, this is another nice add to your collection There are some interesting characters in this book Some heartache, loss and sadness A good amount of magic, intrigue, mystery make this a fun read Plus, there are dwarves What story isn t instantly made better with dwarves It did end a bit abruptly, but I still enjoyed it I m looking forward to the next book in the Sword of Shannara trilogy. 1 Star Starting off 2016 with a bang I hope that s not indicative of how this year will go for me This book is definitely not for me At first, I was intrigued The world was cool enough The story, promising But soon I started to like the book less and less as I read it The writing was not for me It is insanely repetitive The same story is told over and over and over The same story is told over and over and over The foreshadowing is clunky and blatant Watch out This character has something mysterious that he will reveal in two chapters You would only have to read the dialogue and one sentence per paragraph to know exactly what was happening which if we re being honest, isn t that much It is predictable and so cheesy The characters are very flat to me I did not care about a single one of them Overall, not a very enjoyable book, and I started skimming toward the end to just be done I don t recommend this book. I notice that everyone s favorite lists are riddled with the literary classics like Great Expectations or modern smartness like Middlesex I bet farpeople prefer to sit down with some Dean Koonz or a bodice ripper So I m going to stand up and say I like fantasy I read it And I think it s good Yeah I read this because of the TV show that s about to come on Sue me so happy I did too Can t wait to see it all play out on the big screen 4.5 Please don t be a flop please don t be a flop because this could be amazing. Every bit as fascinating, fantastical and phenomenal as the first book I was initially disappointed that this did not feature the same characters from the first installment in the trilogy, and that we would not get to see how their lives had continued to develop after the close of the book So much time had passed between the two, in fact, that this feltlike a companion novel than a continuation of the series.I soon forgot the prior adventure had even existed, however, as I was sucked into this new surreal and incredible journey This current set of characters became just as beloved, the world just as awe inspiring and the adventures just as hair raising and incredulous.Brooks has well and truly proven himself a new favourite of mine I don t think you can possibly understand what a formative impact this book had on me.Picture it I was nine years old We were at this massive used book sale, and I was bored silly of all the books at the children s table I wandered around a bit, and ended up in adult SF F And there, like a shining beacon of fascinating glory, was a gorgeous hardcover copy of The Elfstones of Shannara.Of course I bought it, even though my parents thought I wouldn t understand it And they were right I didn t understand it I didn t pick up on half of the subtext, the subtleties.But I loved it I loved the sweeping adventure and the epic feel and the heroic yet human characters I loved the magic and the loss and the battles and the struggles I loved every single page of it.And that s how I became a fantasy addict.I know this book isn t perfect I ve heard people say it s derivative, and it probably is But for me, this book, this series because of course, as soon as I discovered that there were , I read all of them Sword of Shannara, Wishsong of Shannara, and my favorite, the Heritage of Shannara quartet which, by the way, was how I discovered that there was a whole SECTION of fantasy books in the bookstore so muchto read, so manyadventures to explore captivated my imagination and lured me into fantasy.In my mind, this book is perfect And for me, yes, it does stand the test of time Every time I reread it every few years I find that while I am rereading the story, I am also reliving that magical experience as a nine year old of discovering magic and adventure and wonder I now own a paperback edition for easy carrying around, but I still have that beautiful old hardcover, with its maps and line drawings and solid presence in my lap.For me, this book will always be perfect. Thank the lord that s over.Just watch the show Seriously.