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Don Thomas
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Legends II: Dragon, Sword, and King -


by Terry Brooks


This short story is my first introduction to the writing of Terry Brooks and the world of the Shannara, unfortunately as the epilogue of The Wishsong of Shannara it is probably the worst possible introduction because I have no idea about anything that is going on even despite Brook's best efforts for those first sampling his writing.


The story follows Jair Ohmsford's quest to destroy the last surviving page of the evil Ildatch, which his sister apparently didn't completely destroy even though she set the whole book aflame.  Jair along with Kimber and her grandfather, Cogline, who summoned him for the quest to the dark fortress of Dun Fee Aran.  Once there Jair uses his illusion magic to infiltrate the fortress, find the evil book, and destroy it.  Only afterwards realizing how worrying his magic really is and reanalyzing his sister's warning of not using magic again.  Overall it's an okay story, but it probably would have been better if I had actually known anything about the Shannara universe.


2 1/2 STARS