The Scions of Shannara by Terry Brooks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Just based on the original trilogy, plus this book, it feels like it just wouldn't be a Shannara book if Allanon and an Ohmsford or two weren't majorly involved in the action. This long-distant start to a new series is no exception.
On the one hand, it's a little more-of-the-same with the hunt for the artifact that started it all, the Sword of Shannara, all over again. But like The Force Awakens, this is a situation of everything being the same, except not. Sure, there's monsters and action and adventure, but the stakes are pretty different. This time, the threat to the world isn't so much from demonic miscreations, but from the ruling Federation. All of this leads up to the most devastating Shannara ending since Elfstones, and that's saying something.
Next up, I'll be detouring back to before the beginning, with First King of Shannara.
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