NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Hope blooms anew for the Four Lands in this riveting conclusion, not only to the Fall of Shannara series but to the entire Shannara saga—a truly landmark event over forty years in the making!
Since he first began the Shannara saga in 1977, Terry Brooks has had a clear idea of how the series should end, and now that moment is at hand.
As the Four Lands reels under the Skaar invasion—spearheaded by a warlike people determined to make this land their own—our heroes must decide what they will risk to save the integrity of their home. Even as one group remains to defend the Four Lands, another is undertaking a perilous journey across the sea to the Skaar homeland, carrying with them a new piece of technology that could change the face of the world forever. And yet a third is trapped in a deadly realm from which there may be no escape.
Filled with twists and turns and epic feats of derring-do—not untouched by tragedy—this is vintage Terry Brooks, and a fitting end to a saga that has gathered generations of readers into its fold.
Brooks returns to the epic fantasy world he debuted in 1977's The Sword of Shannara for a final, by-the-numbers adventure that picks up the story from 2019's The Stiehl Assassin as the residents of the Four Lands continue to confront the invasion of the Skaar, who flee the permanent winter that has fallen across their lands. Meanwhile Tarsha Kaynin works to rescue her mentor, druid Drisker Arc, from the perilous realm he's been banished to by the evil witch Clizia Porse. The noble Tarsha and villainous Clizia are thinly developed genre clich s and similar laziness in world-building too often makes this a slog. The story's bare bones will strike many readers as too close to the framework of the Star Wars movies for comfort: a young woman with mystical powers, who has been mentored by an older wizard, must confront another magic user who has turned to the dark side and so betrayed her mystical order. Even longtime fans will likely be happy that Brooks is moving on to a completely new imagined world.
The Last Druid
So much love for the world that Terry Brooks has created with his Shannara books. I have been a fan since i first read the Sword of Shannara in 1985. Mr. Brooks paints a masterpiece with his words and takes your heart and mind on a journey with every page.
The Perfect Ending
How do you end a series that has been going strong for over 40 years? The Fall of Shannara: The Last Druid by Terry Brooks does just that and to the utmost perfection.
What I Loved
I will start with the end. To put it simply, I loved the ending. It stayed true to the entire series, and I could write this whole review about it.
But that would be the most prominent spoiler of all, so I won't, but out of all the different ways it could have ended, the path chosen was just sublime.
I loved that the series started and ended with Shea Ohmsford. Two different Shea's, but still, there is a sense of coming full circle that is satisfying. There are also more characters related to the originals. The group that leads this concluding story contains two Ohmsfords, one Leah, one prince (Ellesedil), and a druid. They bring back fond memories of their predecessors and are a joy to read about in their own right. They are all intricately layered and have excellent heroic qualities that will cause you to love them all equally.
There are three interrelated storylines in this book, and each is full of action, peril, and magic that keeps the pages rapidly turning as I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. Each story could easily be a book on its own but to have them in one book is just that much more impactful.
Lastly, the world-building in the whole Shannara series is detailed, surprising, and pulls you right into the page.
With its mass of truly horrid creatures and delightful characters, revolutionary machines, magic, and DRAGONS, it's this fantasy-lovers dream.
There is a bittersweetness to having a beloved series end, especially one that has been around for so long, but if it's got to end, this story is the best way to do it.
Glad it is over
I’ve been a fan of Terry for almost 30 years, ever since I stumbled on his early works in my high school library. In my opinion, this final Shannara book was the end of him “phoning it in” to capitalize on his fan base. I’ve not enjoyed this last series much and this last book was no exception. To be honest, it was painful to even finish. With more recycled plot lines and redundant characters, this book seemed to just be a re-hash of previous stories. Side plots went no where and had no bearing the the overall story itself and moments that were meant to be dramatic and provide some shock value fell completely flat. Brooks started out with some neat ideas and developed a world that, in the end, he squandered.