Morgawr (The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara, Book 3)
Morgawr - The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara, Book 3 Author:Terry Brooks New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks became the master of epic fantasy with the publication of his legendary debut, The Sword of Shannara. Since then, each new novel in the Shannara saga has brilliantly built upon and deepened the world of breathtaking magic, adventure, and intrigue he created. In The Voyage of the... more » Jerle Shannara—his third enchanting series—he literally took his legions of loyal readers soaring to new heights as a colorful contingent of characters took to the skies aboard a magnificent airship on a quest fraught with wonder and danger.
Now in Morgawr, the quest at last draws to its climactic conclusion, as the forces of good and evil vying against each other to possess an ancient magic race towards an explosive clash—and whatever fate awaits the victor . . . and the vanquished. Harrowing confrontations with the merciless Ilse Witch and the monstrous Antrax have already taken their toll on the intrepid heroes of the Four Lands. But their darkest adversary now snaps at their heels, in the form of the Morgawr—master of the Ilse Witch, feeder upon the souls of his enemies, and centuries-old sorcerer of unimaginable might.
With a fleet of airships and a crew of walking dead men at his command, the Morgawr is in relentless pursuit of the Jerle Shannara and the crew that mans her. For the Morgawr, the goal is two fold: to find and control the fabled ancient books of magic, and to destroy the dark disciple who betrayed him—the Ilse Witch. But the Ilse Witch is already a prisoner . . . of herself. Exposed to the awesome power of the Sword of Shannara, and forced to confront the truth of her horrifying deeds, she has fled deep into her own mind. Now at the mercy of those who seek vengeance against her, her only protector is her long-lost brother, Bek Ohmsford, who is determined to redeem his beloved sister . . . and deliver her to the destiny predicted for her by the Druid Walker Boh.
Once again, Terry Brooks weaves together high adventure, vividly wrought characters, and a spellbinding world into an irresistible story of heroism and sacrifice, love and honor. In Morgawr, fans of the Shannara mythos will find both a satisfying finale and the promise of new wonders yet to come.
If I had not read lots of other books in the shannara series I dont think I would have enjoyed this book. It is worth reading just to fill out more of the big story but as a stand alone book its not the best.
This book is not as good as the previous 2. It does not stand on it's own and you must read the other 2 first. That said, it repeats many of the same concepts, events, and story lines without any real clarity established. The various plots trudge along to a reasonably good ending, but leaves a lot of stones unturned and threads hanging loose. I liked the trilogy overall, pretty good Terry Brooks, but the overall impression is that the authoe struggled to complete the series.
I always enjoy Terry Goodkind, though some books more than others. I like the whole Voyage of Jerle Shannara trilogy. Suspense, surprise, imagination, color, excitement, emotion...it's all there, and this was my favorite of the trilogy.