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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,217 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Terry Brooks Narrator: Phil Gigante Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN:
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For 500 years, the survivors of the Great Wars lived peacefully in a valley sanctuary shielded by powerful magic from the blighted and dangerous outside world. But the enchanted barriers have crumbled, the borders have been breached by predators, and the threat of annihilation looms large once more.

Sider Ament, bearer of the last black staff and its profound power, devoted his life to protecting the valley and its inhabitants - and, in his final moments, gave stewardship of the black staff to the young Tracker Panterra Qu. Now the newly anointed Knight of the Word must take up the battle against evil wherever it threatens: from without, where an army of bloodthirsty Trolls is massing for invasion; and from within, where the Elf king of Arborlon has been murdered, his daughter, Princess Phryne Amarantyne, stands accused, and a heinous conspiracy is poised to subjugate the kingdom. But even these will pale beside the most harrowing menace Panterra is destined to confront - a nameless, merciless figure who wanders the devastated land on a relentless mission: to claim the last black staff... and the life of he who wields it.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leiani | 2/19/2014

    " This one is much better than the first in this series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Miller | 2/8/2014

    " A great romp through the shannaran adventures, The ending was a bit disPPOINTING "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tomas | 2/6/2014

    " This one makes up for any weakness in Bearers of the Black Staff, and is another awesome foray into the Shannara world. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jamie | 1/22/2014

    " Ah crap. My first Terry Brooks book that I found borish. I actually started rooting for the bad guys! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 1/21/2014

    " I just love Terry Brooks. I have read all his books. Some I have liked more than others but all I enjoy. This particular book was enjoyable and a good read. I wanted more and felt it ended too abruptly. I was left wondering and wishing . He resolved the main issue but I wanted to know what happened with the characters . I am worried about them! And what's the deAl with the staff? Somewhere it's gonna disappear as. It does exist on other layer stories....well o suppose I will have to be patient and wait .... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ely | 1/20/2014

    " The Measure of the Magic is the second book of 'Legends of Shannara'. It continues from where the Bearers of the Black Staff left off introducing a new antagonist. Bearers of the Black Staff had a great set up but unfortunately my expectations were to high for the The Measure of the Magic. Of course that doesn't mean it wasn't a good book. Most of the events that happened through out the book were just amazing and filled with emotion. Like 'Bearers of the Black Staff' The Measure of the Magic had a gripping build up towards the ending and again had me on the edge of my seat like Bearers of the Black Staff did but there were certain events that felt rushed or felt like they were made convenient for the main characters. Most of these events happened during the second part of the book. Personally this made the last couple of pages less exciting for me. Nonetheless it was still a good book but I would have enjoyed the book a lot more and definitely would have rated it higher if there was more depth on the Ragpicker and time for development of the magic some characters receive in the story. Though the Measure of the Magic felt rushed during some events it was still a good read and I recommend it to the people that enjoyed The Bearers of the Black Staff. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacey | 1/18/2014

    " Started out ok. But got a bit repetitive. Dialog was a bit choppy and characters seemed to get out of character quite a bit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bud Winn | 1/7/2014

    " Not too bad. Brooks work has evolved over the years - less from world building to more character building. Different feel for the overall Shannara series, but it was an alright read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alberto | 1/6/2014

    " This second book in the Legends of Shannara duology is ok. I gave it three stars because it kept me engaged the entire time. If you're curious about Terry Brooks, then you may want to start off with his earlier work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betty | 12/23/2013

    " Hurray - there was no cliff hanger ending this time! I liked this better than some of his recent works. More interesting characters, more action, not quite so many long unending walks through dark gloomy places. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gus | 12/6/2013

    " Great Book, I loved it and would reccomend it and the rest of Terry Brooks books to anyone interested in books about apocalypses to anyone into fantasy and magic "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sabra Snider | 12/5/2013

    " While Brooks tends to stick to the same formula and type of characters, the ones in this series were different. Just when I thought it was going to be the same story yet again, I was pleasantly surprised by the new tack. Refreshing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jake | 12/4/2013

    " Slightly better than the first half of this duology, but still far from Brooks' best work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gregor | 4/11/2013

    " nothing inherently bad here, but this book felt rushed and the story arc here could easily have spanned 2 books and been better for it... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason Thibeault | 10/14/2012

    " So far, a fantastic follow-up to the first in this new Legends of Shannara series. I am looking forward to finishing it off shortly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Earl Bayer | 7/23/2012

    " I have enjoyed the Shannara series since the beginning. With a few dead spots along the way, this has been well thought, well written series and this current installment was no exception. The plot moved quikly and I bought into the characters. I look forward to the next (and possibly last) book? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven Burke | 6/8/2012

    " Another great series wrapped up nicely by Terry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Pierce | 4/15/2012

    " One of my favorite authors and series. Well worth reading. Of course start at one of the logical starting places, of which there are a few, beginning with the Knights in modern times or Sword in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 2/24/2012

    " Sort of a lazy ending. Came very quickly. Killing people seems like an easy way out and in one case seemed against the morals of the characters involved. I'll read whatever Brooks writes; been reading him since junior high. But hopefully the next series will not finish quite so lazily. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice Crespo | 2/4/2012

    " This book was very well written - can't say I totally liked the ending - but my mind had a different ending to the book - LOL - But like life, we can't always choose the outcomes we want. Definitely a book to add to your reading list :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabrina | 11/13/2011

    " This was a joy to read. A good stand along that reflect on tradition of Shannara. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zach Kalmus | 10/20/2011

    " This is another solid chapter in the saga of Shannara. It has been a while since I had read Bearers of the Black Staff, but once I remembered the characters it all came back to me. Another great book with memorable characters and the magic that has made the Shannara books great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elisa | 10/2/2011

    " I could never have predicted the outcome of this book. It was not at all what I imagined! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 9/22/2011

    " So far, a fantastic follow-up to the first in this new Legends of Shannara series. I am looking forward to finishing it off shortly. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jamie | 9/20/2011

    " Ah crap. My first Terry Brooks book that I found borish. I actually started rooting for the bad guys! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robyn | 9/17/2011

    " A little tame, but more to come. I shall be patient like the Demon.....and wait. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 9/17/2011

    " One of my favorite authors and series. Well worth reading. Of course start at one of the logical starting places, of which there are a few, beginning with the Knights in modern times or Sword in the future. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 9/15/2011

    " Tedious, boring, and utterly unnecessary. I'm finally done reading the Shannara boox. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chad | 9/12/2011

    " Not one of his best. Nothing much seemed to happen in this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eko | 9/11/2011

    " Another masterpiece by Terry Brooks. From the start, the actions are almost non-stop. The twist in the end is wonderfully played and may bring tears to your. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 9/10/2011

    " Another strong entry in the Shannara series. Love the characters, the story and plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 9/7/2011

    " Really enjoy this series. Fantasy, but not gory or mushy. Entertaining! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianne | 9/6/2011

    " It was okay, but not as good as other Terry Brooks books. "

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About the Author
Author Terry Brooks

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 is a recipient of the 2017 World Fantasy Association’s Life Achievement Award. His novels Running with the Demon and A Knight of the Word were chosen by the Rocky Mountain News as two of the best fantasy novels of the twentieth century.

About the Narrator

Phil Gigante has narrated more than two hundred audiobooks, earning ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and three of the prestigious Audie Awards for best narration. An actor, director, and producer with over twenty years of experience in theater, film, television, and radio, he is currently the artistic director of Gigantic Productions and Little Giant Children’s Theatre.