Today I finished reading “Morgawr” by Terry Brooks
Another Shannara book. And whilst I enjoy the world, I cannot help but feel I’ve been here before. The premise was strong, the series started out well, but it, much like the airship Jerle Shannara, seemed to drift aimlessly at times, awkwardly stumbling from one set piece to another. I’ve got very mixed feelings about this book, on the one hand, the narrative moves fast in this book, unlike the earlier books of the series that are positively glacial at times (lots of scene setting). On the other hand, I got the sense it was moving fast just to move fast.
Brooks, over the years, has become stronger as a writer than I could have ever thought. I cannot read his earlier works, but I am also getting the sense that he is treading old ground at times. One of the things I have always liked about Brooks’ writing though is the fact he is willing to kill his children if the story arc dictates it, and this series has not disappointed.