Finally got around to finish the last book of the trilogy, and having read all his previous books, it was pretty much what I excpected the book to be.
The world is interesting, the characters intriguing and complex, and the plots decent enough. This particular trilogy was a bit of a trip down the memory lane for me, as it’s based on quite a lot of the older Shannara-history which I haven’t read since the last millennia.
And the Ellcrys and Tanequil was along with Grianne my favourite characters of the previous books, and guess what - these books contain them all.
Sure, the plots seem a bit similar to things he’s written before. And it’s never really surprising what’ll happen. But that’s not why we read these books. It’s the characters. It’s their complexity. It’s their annoying and irrational deeper sides. It’s the fact that you don’t have a clue if any of them will survive at all. This time he killed off quite a few, my favourite included, which I seem to remember he’s had a tendency to do. But that’s what keeps it interesting. That’s why we keep coming back.
I loved it back in the books where the world ended, and was pretty much blown up. I loved it when he merged the “Word and Void” with the “Shannara” series. And even after all these years I still keep reading his books.
The last series was a bit less impressive though. This one is better, but a bit much back and forth. Straken is still his best work, but these ones are amongst the better things I’ve read lately.