Re: Opinions about the Shannara Series
what makes up best of a genre? originality or formula? mold or shattered remains?
I did enjoy the Sword to Talismans run of Shannara, though I still feel the first was more LoTR chewed up and spit back out on the paper. enough of Brooks put into it so it was at least internally consistent and made sense. Elfstones was head and shoulders above its predecessor. and also the reason I felt it wasn't as much YA. several evil creatures, and the ending are a heavy divergence from fairy tale, and even some YA levels (at least compared to the current fare shelved at that level) after the first trilogy, he did stretch the epic quest out over several books. no I don't think shannara is on a level with master literary works, but its also not some of the drek cranked out to fill the shelves at Borders, in the hopes it gets bought.