Book Review: The Last Druid by Terry Brooks

Title: The Last Druid - The Fall of Shannara
By: Terry Brooks
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Pages: 448
Release Date: June 2nd, 2020
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary from Goodreads:

The riveting conclusion not only to the Fall of Shannara but to the entire Shannara series--a truly landmark event, twenty-nine books and forty-three years in the making.

Bringing a conclusion to an epic that has spanned centuries is a vast undertaking, but Terry Brooks is entirely equal to the challenge.

As the Four Lands reels under a brutal invasion from across the sea, spearheaded by a nation determined to make this land their own, our heroes must decide what they will risk to save the integrity of their home. For as one group remains to defend their homeland, another undertakes a perilous journey across the sea to the homeland of the invaders, carrying with them a new piece of technology that could change the face of the world forever.

For both groups, the stakes could not be higher. For those who remain, one of their key allies has been banished to the Forbidding: a demon-filled prison from which there is no escape. And the one who sent him there now stalks the land with a fearsome demon at her side, determined to seize what power she can. While across the sea, a small band of heroes has been shipwrecked far from the land they seek. Can a young girl free her mentor in time to stop an invasion? And can a strange new science reach a foreign shore in time to alter the fate of two nations...providing the device even works?

Filled with twists and turns and epic feats of derring-do--not untouched by tragedy--this is vintage Terry Brooks, and a fitting end to a saga that has gathered generations of readers into its fold.


What an epic end to an epic fantasy series. I’ve really enjoyed reading about these wonderful characters that Brooks has created. They are so colorful and full of depth, but it’s sad to let them go. We’ve been together for so long.

This story tied up all the loose ends and came to a close in a sad, but wonderful way. I don’t think I would have wanted it any other way. I will miss these characters.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

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