“If Harry Potter has given you a thirst for fantasy and you have not discovered the magic of Terry Brooks, you are in for a treat.”—Rocky Mountain News. If Harry Potter has given you a thirst for fantasy and you have not discovered the magic of Terry Brooks, you are in for a treat.”—Rocky. Title: The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara: Antrax Author(s): Terry Brooks ISBN: 1- / (USA edition) Publisher: Availability: Amazon .

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It is alive, but not human, coveting the magic of Druids, elves, even the Ilse Witch. It hunts men for its own designs. And with it, the fate of the Four Lands hangs in the balance. Antrax is a satisfying story. ANTRAX we follow the adventures of Walker Boh-the last Druid-as he and his companions continue their journey deep into the land of the unknown in search of forbidden magic.

Terry Brooks has thrilled readers for decades with his powers of imagination and storytelling. He is the author of more than thirty books, most of which have been New York Times bestsellers. He lives with his wife, Judine, in the… More about Terry Brooks.

Praise for The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara: Ilse Witch “If Harry Potter has given you a thirst for fantasy and you have not discovered the magic of Terry Brooks, you are in for a treat. The action and creatures come fast and furious.

This latest volume finds Mr.

The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara: Antrax

The ending is a gripping cliff-hanger. Terry Brooks Interview Del Rey: If anything, the action accelerates as the plot shifts into high gear. I am acutely aware of the middle-book-letdown syndrome we all have encountered in our reading. If anything, the second book in a trilogy ought to be better than the first. At least, it ought to engage us more thoroughly and make us look forward to the third. In the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara series, this was easier to achieve than I thought it would be.

This series is one that picks up speed as it goes, the action becoming faster and more intense as the story progresses.

I think you will find that the last book is worth the wait. The last few years have seen a virtual rebirth of fantasy. Broos to mention the first of the Lord of the Rings movies, set to open in December. Why fantasy, and why now? Certainly the ones you mention are indicative of the good work being done in the field today.

What is it they say, that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery? Almost every form of fiction now feels free to borrow from the conventions of fantasy. So we are seeing fantasy conceits appear everywhere, even apart from writers like Pullman and Rowling. Of course, much of the best writing being done today comes from fantasy authors, so that adds to the increased interest.

In reviewing Ilse Witchthe Library Journal found “a new level of history and depth,” while the Dallas Morning News wrote that your powers as a novelist were “ascending.


I always think what I do is wonderful, and that not that much has changed over twenty-five years of professional writing.

Antrax (Voyage of the Jerle Shannara, book 2) by Terry Brooks

On the other hand, I will agree that I felt a new sense of purpose and excitement in approaching the Voyage series. I had been looking forward to getting back into Shannara for some time, and I was particularly eager to explore the themes of redemption that this series confronts.

When you are excited about something as a writer, that shows in the writing. Part of the reason for leaving a series and coming back to it later is to let that excitement build for awhile and not to go stale with doing too much of the same thing.

I think the readers and critics both appreciate that in my work. Antrax refers to an adversary unlike anything Walker Boh, or perhaps any Druid, has faced before. Yet the existence of Antrax was implicit from the very beginning, in The Sword of Shannara. Does the richness of your material, the way it keeps opening up in new directions that nevertheless turn out to have been present all along, ever take you by surprise?

After so many years of Shannara, I constantly discover that where I need to go with a story is apparent from the material already written. What I write tells me where the story should go; all I have to do is pay attention. The sweep of the Four Lands history incorporates so much that it is impossible to set it all down at once or even in a couple of books. That is the nature of historical sagas, which Shannara in essence is.

So avenues I have chosen not to explore earlier become avenues I want to explore later on. A recurring theme in the story is the conflict between past and present, and more particularly between science and magic.

On developing VoyageI decided this was the time to take a look at what that might mean for the Four Lands. But that is just the back story. The real story is about Walker and the Druids and their role in the future of the lands. Are they obsolete or do they still serve a purpose?

Hated and feared by their enemies, mistrusted and misunderstood by their friends, it sometimes seems that Druids are the Rodney Dangerfields of the fantasy genre: Well, I guess we can agree that the Druids are not of the benevolent wizard variety. They are manipulative and controlling, and even though they consider themselves to be well-intentioned, they are not always successful in appearing so.

The Druids are the keepers and givers of knowledge, historians by definition, but magicians of a sort, too. What they are supposed to do is to keep the races from destroying themselves as they did in the Great Wars by pointing them in the right direction. I think it is too simplistic to reduce my response to Druids to either an attraction or an aversion—there is some of both. In many ways, the Shannara series tells the story of a single family over many years.

Grianne and Bek Ohmsford are the latest members of this bloodline to emerge in a time of crisis and to influence, for good or ill, the fate of the world. What makes the Ohmsfords so special?

Is it herry accident of history, or the gradual unfolding of some vast design? If you think about it, the Shannara series is really about the evolution of a society as mirrored through the lives of the members of the Ohmsford family. There are other families, such as the Leahs and the Elessedils, but the story is centered on the Ohmsfords. That is a conscious decision on my part, of course.



The Ohmsfords are really just like you and me at heart, your basic everyman and everywoman trying to get through life the best way they can. Sure, what atnrax go through anteax more extreme, but it is essentially our story.

I want the readers to identify with these characters. So all of the Shannara stories are centered around them, giving the reader a focus for the thematic structure of the books. They give us a compass by which to navigate or at least by which to consider our choices.

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Am I completely off base, or am I on to something? The Word and the Void is intended to suggest what happened to a pre-Shannara world to bring about the apocalypse and the Great Wars. Certainly, the inclusion of the Word in both sets of books is intentional. Of course, if you accept that the two series are joined, it means that the Lady and the Knights of the Word failed in their efforts to control the demons and stop the destruction of humanity. It is a grim outlook. It also suggests that another form of that same battle is being fought a second time in the future of the Four Antraxx, this time by Druids and their allies.

So does history wntrax itself? Do we continually fight the same battles? What do you think? Do you have any plans to tell the story of the collapse more directly? What I need to persuade me that this is a good idea is a story that will carry the day.

I always work from a story, one that involves definite characters and themes. How involved are you in the site? How broojs is the internet for writers today? And what impact, especially with the rise of electronic publishing, do you see computers and the internet having on writers in the near future?

The Web site is maintained for me by a student at the University of Washington. He had the site up and running for several years before we met, and he asked if his could be the official Web site. After I took a look and we met, I agreed. It was a good decision on my part. I would never do this on my own, and so far none of my kids have applied for the job. I try to stay involved by answering a set of monthly questions online from fans and by using the site as my principal forum for posting art, excerpts, and tour schedules.

Certainly, the internet is going to be important for writers. Certainly, computers are here to stay. Both my eighteen-year-old son and my five-year-old grandson are right at home zntrax the computer, using them the same way you and I use the telephone.