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Dark Wraith of Shannara by Terry Brooks

Dark Wraith of Shannara

AuthorTerry Brooks

Pages: 208 pages
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Release Date: March 25th, 2008
ISBN-10: 0345494628
ISBN-13: 978-0345494627

Official Web Site for Dark Wraith of Shannara: HERE
Trailer: HERE
Illustrator’s Web Site: HERE

Let me preface this review with a warning: I know dick all about Graphic Novels and Comic Books.

I’ve read several (I’m a big fan of the Dabel Brothers’ adaptations of various fantasy series, for instance), but I’m far from an authority on the subject. I can’t comment on the effectiveness of the panel layout, or the deftness of the inking and the delicacy of the pencil work, but what I can comment on is what I, a long timefan of Shannara, felt as I read Dark Wraith of Shannara, Terry Brooks’ first attempt at a graphic novel.

Rone Leah from Terry Brooks' The Dark Wraith of ShannaraIn fact, I think the opinion of reviewers such as myself are just as important as those who have a strong history with graphic storytelling. Del Rey has recently been heavily pushing their line of graphic novels, and I’d be willing to bet that the majority of Brooks’ fans have never picked up a graphic novel. So, the question is, did he (along with Edwin David and Robert Place Napton, the illustrator and adaptor respectively) succeed in roping me in this Graphic Novel virgin?

Brian Ruckley, author of Winterbirth recently gave us a sneak peak of the cover for his next novel, Bloodheir. Pretty cool, eh? I really liked the cover of Winterbirth and I’m glad to see they’re staying with the same style.

Bloodheir by Brian Ruckley

I didn’t enjoy Winterbirth as much as some people, but I saw a lot of potential and I’m looking forward to seeing what Ruckley brings to the table in the next novel!

You can find my interview with Brian Ruckley HERE and my review of Winterbirth HERE.

Chris Barzak, Sean Williams, Hal Duncan, Brandon Sanderson, Jeff VanderMeer, Scott Lynch , Karen Miller, Daniel Abraham, Tim Pratt, Tobias S. Buckell, Jay Lake.

What do all these folk have in common (besides being successful authors)? They’re all contributing writers for, a blog of impressive pedigree. Seriously, there’s no way I could list all 64 of the contributors for the blog, I’d run out of space!

You can be sure I’ll be keeping a close eye on and I think you should too!

You can check it out HERE.