It is finally here, my review of the fantasy epic that is the Heritage of Shannara. A four book series that tells the story of the Ohmsfords and their quest to find the talismans of Shannara to save the Four Lands from the free magic of the Shadowen. There are epic quests, there is humour and must importantly a human story behind the magic and danger that the characters have to face.
The Heritage of Shannara is split into four books, in which three charges must be completed to save the Four Lands from the Shadowen. Par is given the task of finding the sword of Shannara, Wren is given the task of bringing the elves back from the west and Walker Boh is given the charge to bring the druids back. All three charges prove key to pushing the plot along at a good pace. Moreover, the decision to split this series into four books was genius, because it enables Terry Brooks to tell the individual story of each character. Similar to many fantasy novels; the main characters split up to complete their separate quests.
My favourite book of the series was The Elf Queen of Shannara, because Wren’s quest to bring the elves back to the Four Lands was one of the most epic stories I have read since reading Frodo’s journey to Mordor in The Lord of The Rings. One could almost imagine the dangers that faced Wren in her journey into dangerous lands full of demons, which turn out to be Shadowen. Moreover, in this book you learn a key piece of information which changes the direction of the plot.
There is plenty of action, lots of magic and plenty of emotional moments. My only criticism is that some of the characters are very one-dimensional, apart from Rimmer Dall who proves to be a formidable antagonist. Rimmer Dall is probably the most deceiving character in the series, as you never quite know when he is lying and when he is telling the truth.
Rating: 4/5 Stars