This was a very good conclusion to the series. The pace is fast from the start and doesn’t let up. Nothing was entirely unexpected but it was interesting and fun to see how it got there. All the disparate elements to the story were brought together and then diverged for parts until they were all brought back again for the climax.
Character wise I think we saw a decent bit of growth. It can be a bit heavy handed sometimes but it generally works. I really started this series because I was curious how Brooks was going to merge our world to the world of Shannara. It was pretty skilfully done. Yes the onset of ‘mutants’ was pretty fast paced but it’s not like this is the first series to do that, it is fantasy after all. I am now curious if we will start incorporating elements of this in his later Shannara works which I haven’t read.
In my limited knowledge of urban fantasy the magical is usually in the form of faerie, vampires, werewolves etc so this seems different to me in that it is definitely old school epic fantasy mixed with our world. Like we have literal knights with staffs of magic with demons and elves. All in all I think this is a very good series and I am looking forward to the ‘bridging’ novels set around 500 years after this.
4 stars out of 5