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The Stiehl Assassin (The Fall of Shannara)

Alexa

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Amazon is already promoting the 3rd volume from the Fall of Shannara which should be released by June 4, 2019. I received a notification the book is available for pre-order this week.

If this is really the end of Shannara legacy, I suppose the brothers will not survive this time.

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After The Black Elfstone and The Skaar Invasion comes the next chapter in the Fall of Shannara, a saga more than four decades in the making.
The Skaar have arrived in the Four Lands, determined to stop at nothing less than all-out conquest. They badly need a new home, but peaceful coexistence is not a concept they have ever understood. An advance force under the command of the mercurial princess Ajin has already established a foothold, but now the full Skaar army is on the march—and woe betide any who stands in its way.

But perhaps the Skaar victory is not quite the foregone conclusion that everyone assumes. The Druid Drisker Arc has freed both himself and Paranor from their involuntary exile. Drisker’s student, Tarsha Kaynin, has been reunited with Dar, chief defender of what is left of the Druid order, and is learning to control her powerful wishsong magic. If they can only survive Tarsha’s brother and the Druid who betrayed Drisker Arc, they might stand a chance of defeating the Skaar. But that is a very big if . . . as Tarsha’s brother now carries the Stiehl—one of the most powerful weapons in all the Four Lands—and is determined to take his revenge on everyone he feels has wronged him.
 

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@picklematrix - do you recommend them to someone who hasn't read them yet? The only Brooks I have read is The Phantom Menace Star Wars book, which I quite enjoyed.
 

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@picklematrix - do you recommend them to someone who hasn't read them yet? The only Brooks I have read is The Phantom Menace Star Wars book, which I quite enjoyed.
Yes, for someone who enjoys straight up fantasy adventure.
The first book, Sword of Shanarra, sticks to the LOTR formula fairly closely, though books written later on become significantly more creative with their plot and world building, and better written overall.
I grew up reading Shanarra, as well as other works by Brooks, so I have nostalgia for this particular series, but I think anyone looking for escapist fun with magic, battles, dungeons and monsters should hopefully enjoy them.
 

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@picklematrix - I'm half way through Elfstones and it's very good so far, I have one small query though, apparently the rest of the series is repetitive and formulaic. Is that true?
 

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@picklematrix - I'm half way through Elfstones and it's very good so far, I have one small query though, apparently the rest of the series is repetitive and formulaic. Is that true?
I think different people prefer different phases of the shanarra universe. My own personal favourites are the books around the midpoint of the entire series, specifically the Heritage of Shanarra and the voyage of Jerle Shanarra sets. I just happen to like the ideas in those the most.
The First and last phases of books, IMO, are a little less creative and exciting than those ones, though I haven't started the FOS yet.
Certain tropes keep popping up, such as people from the same families with similar characters, but I think Brooks makes up for it by reducing the word counts in later books and streamlining the story.
 

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All right. I finished reading The Stiehl Assassin last night. The end really pissed me off. I thought this book was supposed to be the last one, just to discover this morning that book 4 will be released next year.

I loved so far all Shannara books, but I suppose I got finally bored. It's about time for Brooks to end the adventure of the struggling druids and Shannara family and write about something else.
 
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