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The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara: Ilse Witch

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A half-drowned elf is rescued from the Blue Divide seas carrying a map with mysterious symbols. He is believed to be part of an expedition led by an elven prince 30 years before in search of a legendary magic. Only Walker Boh, the last of the Druids, can decipher the symbols. But the Ilse Witch, a ruthless young woman who wields a magic as potent as his own, will stop at nothing to possess the map--and the magic it leads to.

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Mr. Brooks brings together a likable cast of characters and sends them off on a quest. It isn't until the end of this first installment that we begin to catch glimpses of what this quest might be for - and then the ending leaves the reader thinking all is lost. Luckily for me, all of the books of the trilogy have been published and I don't have to wait to find out what happens next! One of the interesting themes is the idea of truth - when is it necessary to know the whole truth? when is it o.k. to have only part of the facts? does some truth have to be worked for/searched for, rather than given away freely?

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A half-drowned elf is rescued from the Blue Divide seas carrying a map with mysterious symbols. He is believed to be part of an expedition led by an elven prince 30 years before in search of a legendary magic. Only Walker Boh, the last of the Druids, can decipher the symbols. But the Ilse Witch, a ruthless young woman who wields a magic as potent as his own, will stop at nothing to possess the map--and the magic it leads to. When a half-drowned elf is found floating in the seas of the Blue Divide, an old mystery resurfaces. Thirty years ago, an elven prince led an expedition in search of a legendary magic said to be more powerful than any in the world. Of all those who set out on that ill-fated voyage, not one has ever returned. Until now. The rescued elf carries a map covered with mysterious symbols–and Walker Boh, the last of the Druids, has the skill to decipher them. But someone else understands the map’s significance: the Ilse Witch, a ruthless young woman who wields a magic as potent as his own. She will stop at nothing to possess the map–and the magic it leads to.

Thus begins the first volume of a dazzling new adventure
in one of the most popular fantasy series of our time

Specifications

Series Title
The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara
Publisher
Random House Publishing Group
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
464
Author
Terry Brooks
ISBN-13
9780345396556
Publication Date
August, 2001
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
6.89 x 4.18 x 1.21 Inches
ISBN-10
0345396553

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Mr. Brooks brings toge...
Mr. Brooks brings together a likable cast of characters and sends them off on a quest. It isn't until the end of this first installment that we begin to catch glimpses of what this quest might be for - and then the ending leaves the reader thinking all is lost. Luckily for me, all of the books of the trilogy have been published and I don't have to wait to find out what happens next! One of the interesting themes is the idea of truth - when is it necessary to know the whole truth? when is it o.k. to have only part of the facts? does some truth have to be worked for/searched for, rather than given away freely?
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Since its been 24 yea...
Since it's been 24 years since I last read a fantasy from this popular author, I thought I'd give him another go. This is the first book of a trilogy which finds a motley crew of adventures on a mission to find out what happened to an earlier mission and to recover some artifacts and hopefully get their greedy little hands on some new magic. There are elves, a druid, a seer, "Rovers" (like a gypsy), and all sorts of magic aboard the airship Jerle Shannara. It's an easy read but moves at a glacial pace. For such a popular author, you'd expect a more crackling story. But it seems to rely heavily on -- hey, what's the plural of deus ex machina? machinas? -- it uses magic too often to get characters in and out of trouble. That whole element should be toned down. Regardless, I'm enjoying the character of Truls Rohk, a somewhat minor character but more inventive than the others. The leader of the mission, Walker Boh, the druid, is a bit of a cipher. I'm hoping the second book gets more interesting.
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Mr. Brooks brings toge...
Mr. Brooks brings together a likable cast of characters and sends them off on a quest. It isn't until the end of this first installment that we begin to catch glimpses of what this quest might be for - and then the ending leaves the reader thinking all is lost. Luckily for me, all of the books of the trilogy have been published and I don't have to wait to find out what happens next! One of the interesting themes is the idea of truth - when is it necessary to know the whole truth? when is it o.k. to have only part of the facts? does some truth have to be worked for/searched for, rather than given away freely?
Most helpful negative review
1 customers found this helpful
Since its been 24 yea...
Since it's been 24 years since I last read a fantasy from this popular author, I thought I'd give him another go. This is the first book of a trilogy which finds a motley crew of adventures on a mission to find out what happened to an earlier mission and to recover some artifacts and hopefully get their greedy little hands on some new magic. There are elves, a druid, a seer, "Rovers" (like a gypsy), and all sorts of magic aboard the airship Jerle Shannara. It's an easy read but moves at a glacial pace. For such a popular author, you'd expect a more crackling story. But it seems to rely heavily on -- hey, what's the plural of deus ex machina? machinas? -- it uses magic too often to get characters in and out of trouble. That whole element should be toned down. Regardless, I'm enjoying the character of Truls Rohk, a somewhat minor character but more inventive than the others. The leader of the mission, Walker Boh, the druid, is a bit of a cipher. I'm hoping the second book gets more interesting.
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Mr. Brooks brings toge...

Mr. Brooks brings together a likable cast of characters and sends them off on a quest. It isn't until the end of this first installment that we begin to catch glimpses of what this quest might be for - and then the ending leaves the reader thinking all is lost. Luckily for me, all of the books of the trilogy have been published and I don't have to wait to find out what happens next! One of the interesting themes is the idea of truth - when is it necessary to know the whole truth? when is it o.k. to have only part of the facts? does some truth have to be worked for/searched for, rather than given away freely?

The first of a new min...

The first of a new mini series set in the Four Lands. Like the Heritage series, we get to see parts of the Four Lands we haven't seen before. However, unlike the previous series, technology has started to creep back into the world, in the form of airships. That part about this series seemed a little odd to me - the constant battle between the forces of freedom and the dictatorship of the human federation has now taken on an almost 1941 RAF feeling. Not that that is bad, but the sudden rise of airships and their technology is a little bit jarring. This is still a good book and well done.

This the first instalm...

This the first instalment of the Voyage of Jerle Shannara trilogy. I will definitely continue with these books. It is the usual Tolkien inspired fantasy affair. A group of mismatched people in a pre-industrial style fantasy land go on a seemingly impossible quest. Old guy with magical powers insists young lad goes on quest even though he doesn't appear to have anything to offer but he turns out to be pivotal to the success of the mission. Good vs. Evil etc. It may be nothing new, but Brooks spins the tale well and it is not so predictable it is spoiled.

The first book of the ...

The first book of the new Shannara series delivers a terrific punch. From the opening chapter until the closing lines, Brooks leaves you wanting more. I couldn't put this book down. Walker Boh returns with a new cast of Leahs and Ohmsfords set in an era after the last series, Heritage of Shannara. I'm looking forward to picking up the next book in the series as this one ends on a cliffhanger. If you've loved te Shannara series so far, Isle Witch will not disappoint.

This book starts a new...

This book starts a new series by Terry Brooks, set in the Shannara world. Walker Boh happens upon a map that leads to a new continent, where some sort of "great magic" is to be found. The book is good, but it seemed like it took too long to get started, and then the crossing of the Blue Divide seemed to happen too quickly. The book does have a good cliffhanger ending that makes you want to read the rest of the series.

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