TV Review: “The Shannara Chronicles”–“Paranor” and “Crimson” (S2, Eps. 5 & 6)

Full spoilers for the episode follow. In a special double feature, our intrepid heroes Wil and Mareth continue their quest to bring the Warlock Lord's skull back from the past, the politics of Leah grow ever more complicated, and Allanon must confront the reality that he is dying. The Warlock Lord continues to loom as … Continue reading TV Review: “The Shannara Chronicles”–“Paranor” and “Crimson” (S2, Eps. 5 & 6)

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TV Review: “The Shannara Chronicles”–“Dweller” (S2, Ep. 4)

Well, kids, shit got really dark on this episode of The Shannara Chronicles. (My apologies for taking a week to respond to this episode. I was out of town for a conference.) In the fourth episode of the second season, all of the characters have to contend with a personal crisis. Bandon has to relive the … Continue reading TV Review: “The Shannara Chronicles”–“Dweller” (S2, Ep. 4)

TV Review: “The Shannara Chronicles”–Graymark” (S2, Ep. 3)

So, we've come to the third episode of The Shannara Chronicles. The last episode saw all of our characters in states of peril, and this episode moves the pieces in some interesting directions as each of them has to cope with an increasingly hostile and unstable world. Wil, having been seriously injured by an thoroughly-evil Bandon, is … Continue reading TV Review: “The Shannara Chronicles”–Graymark” (S2, Ep. 3)

Book Review: “The Black Elfstone”(Book 1 of “The Fall of Shannara”) by Terry Brooks

It's a rare thing that I finish a book in three days, but that is just what happened with fantasy maestro Terry Brooks' most recent book The Black Elfstone, the first in a planned tetralogy titled The Fall of Shannara. Set roughly two hundred years after the loosely connected Defenders of Shannara series,  this novel sees the Four … Continue reading Book Review: “The Black Elfstone”(Book 1 of “The Fall of Shannara”) by Terry Brooks

Book Review: “The Sorcerer’s Daughter” (Terry Brooks)

Though I finished Terry Brooks's most recent book some time ago, I've just now got around to writing my review of it. This book, The Sorcerer's Daughter, focuses on two parallel plots:  one traces the adventure of Leofur, the daughter of the malevolent sorcerer Arcannen, as she attempts to rescue her friend Chrysallin. The other, unsurprisingly, follows … Continue reading Book Review: “The Sorcerer’s Daughter” (Terry Brooks)

TV Review: “The Shannara Chronicles”: “Safehold”

So, here we are. The penultimate episode of The Shannara Chronicles has dawned, and it was definitely one of the finest episodes (if not the finest) that the series has produced so far. In this episode, the brave fellowship of young people finally make their way to Safehold and the Bloodfire, while Allanon ensures that Ander at last takes the … Continue reading TV Review: “The Shannara Chronicles”: “Safehold”

TV Review: “The Shannara Chronicles”: “Utopia”

Events on The Shannara Chronicles continue to speed forward in "Utopia," as Amberle and Wil set out to save Eretria from the clutches of the Elf-hunters and from a group of peace-seeking humans in a settlement called Utopia. Meanwhile, Ander must finally make the choice of whether to become the king that the Elves need, while Allanon … Continue reading TV Review: “The Shannara Chronicles”: “Utopia”

TV Review: “The Shannara Chronicles”: “Breakline”

Now that The Shannara Chronicles has finally discovered the meaning of momentum, things are happening at a pretty good clip. In this episode, the company is scattered (after their encounter with the Reaper). Amberle and Eretria discover a long-lost remnant of the Old World, while Wil gets assistance from Perk, a Roc-riding Elf. Meanwhile, Arion and Ander … Continue reading TV Review: “The Shannara Chronicles”: “Breakline”