Witch Wraith (Dark Legacy of Shannara Series #3)

Witch Wraith (Dark Legacy of Shannara Series #3)

by Terry Brooks

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From bestselling author Terry Brooks comes the final thrilling novel in the Dark Legacy of Shannara trilogy!

For centuries the Four Lands enjoyed freedom from its demon-haunted past, protected by magic-enhanced borders from the dark dimension known as the Forbidding and the profound evil imprisoned there. But now the unthinkable is happening: The ancient wards securing the barrier between order and mayhem have begun to erode—and generations of bloodthirsty, monstrous creatures, fueled by a rage thousands of years in the making, are poised to spill forth, seeking revenge for what was done to them.
Young Elf Arling Elessedil possesses the enchanted means to close the breach and once more seal the denizens of the Forbidding in their prison. But when she falls into the hands of the powerful Federation’s diabolical Prime Minister, her efforts may be doomed. Only her determined sister, Aphen, who bears the Elfstones and commands their magic, has any hope of saving Arling from the hideous fate her captor has in store.
Meanwhile, Railing Ohmsford—desperate to save his imprisoned brother—seeks to discover if his famed but ill-fated ancestor Grianne is still alive and willing to help him save the world . . . no matter the odds or the consequences.

Praise for Witch Wraith
“Terry Brooks has written a slam-bang conclusion to his The Dark Legacy of Shannara trilogy with the stellar Witch Wraith. . . . He has a keen eye for great world-building as well as unforgettable characters. . . . The Dark Legacy of Shannara trilogy is arguably his best work to date.”—Associated Press
“The final chapter in Brooks’s latest trilogy set in his beloved world of Shannara peaks in a bittersweet conclusion that seems to set the stage for future books. A must for the numerous die-hard Shannara fans.”Library Journal

Praise for Terry Brooks
The Sword of Shannara is an unforgettable and wildly entertaining epic, animated by Terry Brooks’s cosmically generative imagination and storytelling joy.”—Karen Russell, New York Times bestselling author of Swamplandia!
“If Tolkien is the grandfather of modern fantasy, Terry Brooks is its favorite uncle.”—Peter V. Brett, New York Times bestselling author of The Desert Spear
“I can’t even begin to count how many of Terry Brooks’s books I’ve read (and reread) over the years. From Shannara to Landover, his work was a huge part of my childhood.”—Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind
“Terry Brooks is a master of the craft and a trailblazer who established fantasy as a viable genre. He is required reading.”—Brent Weeks, New York Times bestselling author of The Night Angel Trilogy
“The Shannara books were among the first to really capture my imagination. My daydreams and therefore my stories will always owe a debt to Terry Brooks.”—Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Beyonders and Fablehaven series

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345523549
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/31/2013
Series: Dark Legacy of Shannara Series , #3
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 113,548
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Terry Brooks has thrilled readers for decades with his powers of imagination and storytelling. He is the author of more than thirty books, most of which have been New York Times bestsellers. He lives with his wife, Judine, in the Pacific Northwest.


Pacific Northwest and Hawaii

Date of Birth:

January 8, 1944

Place of Birth:

Sterling, Illinois


B.A. in English, Hamilton College, 1966; J.D., Washington and Lee University

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Witch Wraith 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read just about everything Terry Brooks has written, and I was very disappointed in this 3 book series. Book 1 and 2 do not, cannot, stand on their own. It's as though he wrote an 1100 page book and then made the decision to split that one story into sections, and without book 3, you won't know the conclusion to anything. Plus his ending was far from good....he brought several cliff hangers to resolution not only the same day, but all about the same moment. As I said, disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a bit disappointed.  I did not find Witch Wraith up to the standard of previous Shannara books.  I am a fan of Brooks and have read all his work.  But this trilogy came off a little flat.  It is a good read; I read it quickly and it kept my attention.  And I would not recommend you do not read it..  It was just disappointing as compared to the quality of his prior work. It was a bit repetitive, compared to prior stories, I felt this was a set-up for a follow up story, rather than a complete story in of itself.  Read it, just do not expect it to be awesome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All the reviews say don't bother but you are going to anyway because; 1- you are a die hard Terry Brooks fan and 2- this is the third book in the series and you HAVE to know how it ends! Well I did too and now my love affair with Terry Brooks writing is jaded and my three year old could have written a better ending.... please dont waste your money and just find a spoiler review online and pray his next book isn't just regurgitated character spew like this was.
MereChristian More than 1 year ago
I really tried to like this final book of the <i>Dark Legacy of Shannara</i> trilogy, I really did, but I can't find the ability to enjoy this grimdark waste of paper. The previous two books were dark, but still hopeful, and then <i>Witch Wraith</i> went off the deep end. One thing that Terry Brooks seemed unable to understand as he wrote this is that &ldquo;bittersweet&rdquo; means that the ending is still a good one, albeit with some poignant examples of sorrow. But these sadder elements are not supposed to threaten to <i>eclipse</i> the happy ending, as they do so here. Suffice it to say that, with the exception of the Ellcrys being restored and the Ohmsford boys returning safely, almost nothing else turns out well. The whole books is one exercise in death and suffering. I can already hear the objection now, though. &ldquo;Brooks always kills off some folks,&rdquo; some will be wont to say. So what? Even though that is true, he has always preserved a reasonably happy ending. Not so here. Here the &ldquo;happy ending&rdquo; is that the world is saved, but the main and secondary characters' lives are in shambles. Wow! Isn't that just what I want to read?! Maybe I'll crack open a history book and read about the famine in the Ukraine while I'm on it. It would be the same level of optimism and enjoyment. I know some might be put-off by my snark here, and I am sorry for any offense given, but this is just too much for me. Instead of the man who wrote epic fantasy and provided you battles of good triumphing over evil, we have good in a crapsack living hell of a world, never seeming to really come out on top. What was done to a long-time character, the violence, bloodshed, not to mention the ridiculous sexual domination scenes in the previous book and this one, make this all just too much for me. I mean, what is this? Fantasy? Or <i>Fifty Shades of Shannara</i> ? I hope that future books go away from this latest trend in darker and edgier crap and towards a more hopeful time in earlier books. Until that happens, I won't read any newly published novels in this franchise, just the older ones. I recommend anyone else not read these either, and, for the time being, stop with some of the previous books, as the darkness here ruins the entire trilogy.
wandererDE More than 1 year ago
Without being a spoiler, my impression of this book is that it is a rehash of the one where Amberle sacrifices herself as a chosen. The demons invade. Instead of Dagda Mor there is another leader of the pack. The quest for the bloodfire, the King of The Silver River, all the players appear ecxept for Alanon. Brooks must have watched too many reruns of Mystik River. The final result isa reader is left with an almost uncontrollable urge to go on Prozac for awhile to blunt contrived tragedies. Brooks needs to take on a shadow partner to infuse tired themes with fresh ideas. And little continuity harms the idea that this is compelling fantasy. Regions within the fur lands are finite. Yet in every novel there are vast new tracts of previously unmentioned land areas fraught with brand new monsters and massive land forms. The implication is the Four Lands must be the size of Asia. And they aren't. There are so many Brooks fanatics that review ratings are skewed. Anything written gets an automatic 5-stars. This series started off with a solid four star book, degraded to 2-stars then drizzled to an on hands and knees &quot;finish&quot;
Maven1 More than 1 year ago
One of the worst books I have read in a while...not to ruin it for those who have not read it but a 3 year old could have written this book! Definitely the last Terry Brooks novel I will buy/read.
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RGH1 More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed in this whole series. I expected more from Mr. Brooks and I felt like this series was written for no other reason than to satisfy a publishing quota. The magic was definitely missing. No more.
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Terry this was a great book as ate all of your books...and I have read them all and have never been disappointed. This book was exciting and adventurous and kept you glued to the book. Well written. I was disappointed with how things turned out with Griane, Aphenglow, Tesla as well as Redden and Railing. Griane worked so hard to become good and be at peace then just ripped from that to be forever the evil witch of the forbidden. Just not a great ending, it seems so unfinished...it needs another book even if its just a short one to get some closure. You are my most favorite Author and cant wait for the high druids blade march 11.
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