Library Ed. Books on Tape 2003
CS ISBN 0736693416 $120.00 Fifteen cassettes
Terry Brooks is a master of the fantasy epic, sustaining suspense as he builds layer upon layer of intertwined relationships between his unusual characters. Long before The ELFSTONES OF SHANNARA, the elves' "spell of forbidding" and their enchanted tree imprisoned all demons in "the nothingness." Now most believe it to be only a fable. BIG mistake. Narrator Scott Brick carries the multitude in Brooks's complex saga admirably well, with one glaring exception. Apparently, Wil Ohmsford, wielder of the Elfstones, as well as tons of dialogue, has stepped directly off the rugby fields of Eton sporting a snotty upper-class accent and an annoying whine. Luckily, the strong plot pulls the listener along regardless of the off-putting character of Ohmsford's speeches. P.H.M.
(c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB/ MAR 04]