|Submitted by Brett |
(Jan 16, 2007)
If you are interested in the Shannaraverse, this novel is for you. It includes considerable exposition on the "Old World", and on events leading up to the events in the novel. A downside of this is that it occurs in "blocks" of exposition, which seriously slows the novel down at times (and not necessarily in a good, contemplative way).
There are some terrific scenes in this novel, and the character of Logan is a good one (although the typical "ranger of the good who happens to be an expert at weapons and all forms of survivalism" is not really original). I actually found some of the more involving scenes to be when the antagonists' viewpoints were shown. Most of the characters were fairly flat, though, and Brooks's prose didn't help in portraying their plight.
I would recommend this novel if you are either a Shannara fan, or just interested in the Shannaraverse (me). If you are not interested in either, avoid this.