• The Stiehl Assassin

  • The Fall of Shannara, Book 3
  • By: Terry Brooks
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (730 ratings)

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New York Times best seller

After The Black Elfstone and The Skaar Invasion comes the penultimate volume in the Fall of Shannara, a saga more than four decades in the making.

The Skaar have arrived in the Four Lands, determined to stop at nothing less than all-out conquest. They badly need a new home, but peaceful coexistence is not a concept they have ever understood. An advance force under the command of the mercurial princess Ajin has already established a foothold, but now, the full Skaar army is on the march - and woe betide any who stand in its way. 

But perhaps the Skaar victory is not quite the foregone conclusion everyone assumes. The Druid Drisker Arc has freed both himself and Paranor from their involuntary exile. Drisker’s student, Tarsha Kaynin, has been reunited with Dar, chief defender of what is left of the Druid order, and is learning to control her powerful wishsong magic. If they can only survive Tarsha’s brother, Tavo, and the Druid who betrayed Drisker Arc, they might stand a chance of defeating the Skaar. 

But that is a very big if...as Tavo now carries the Stiehl - one of the most powerful weapons in all the Four Lands - and is hell-bent on taking his revenge on everyone he feels has wronged him.

©2019 Terry Brooks (P)2019 Random House Audio

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Needless cliffhanger

Enjoyed this story until the last 10 minutes. Cliffhanger after cliffhanger and made protagonists to look like utter idiots. Whether true or not we have to wait to find out? Poor choice to end this book. I fully expected Grianne to step out at the end and... no. <Sigh> No feeling of satisfaction as a reader at the end.

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Terry brooks

He is one of my all time favorite authors. Last book I read & listened to was the Stiehl Assassin, the fall of Shannara, book 3., The only bummer is book4 cant be obtained until October. I'm glad I've read all his books. This is the best way to re-listen to keep download& re-listen whenever I desire. Audible makes this process the easiest I've ever experienced. So ty for making my experience one of ease. Don't know how happy I am with this especially since I'm no were near tech savvy by any stretch of the word. The only thing I have hard time with is downloading them to my devices. Having said that I'd still rate Audible 5 stars because it could be me that is doing something wrong with the downloading them part. Odds is it is me so I can't blame anyone but me for that.<3

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So many reasons for the story not to end

So many reasons for this book not to be the last.
1. the Skaar shouldn't take over the lands without a fight. 2. Drisker Arc knew the whole thing was a trap. 3. the land's have gone without much of a druid presence before 4. the magic has come into the lands when needed 5. Tarsha should have seen it coming knowing it to be a trap and been prepared 6. it has been too good a series to end so suddenly,. All in all - the narrator did a great job of voices and of the rise and fall of the excitement.

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AMAZING!

I grew up reading Terry Brooks and have fond memories of reading them with my dad. Terry always finds a way to leave a book with an intense cliffhanger. My heart is incredibly sad that Shannara is ending. Terry has left legacies throughout his life that I hope last forever.

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Ben Holiday

Good read Ben. Love this series, but this one was my least favorite. I miss the days when Druids kicked ass. I thought this book was the final, but yet another to be continued book. I like big macs, so keep the sludge factory alive. Hopefully the next one will be fresh.

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Entertaining thanks to the narration

I can't decide if it's lazy writing or lazy editing but there are numerous errors the same conversation happens twice - with different outcomes and the author obviously forgot he hadn't deleted the prior coversion.. The only effort at setting the story up happens in the same chapter so no forethought into setting the. Stage and you can't be surprised. But then again - I knew I was reading Brooks when I bought it so I can't really complain. The narration makes this one worth a listen.

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Amazing

the has been a phenomenal story. An amazing story coupled with an extraordinary performance.

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Brooks continues to entertain us.

The enchanting world of Shannara continues on its winding path to conclusion. Just as in previous volumes of his series, Terry Brooks carries us on an exiting journey. A wonderful addition to this series.

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Great third part to the Fall of Shannsra

Great story and narrator
One more volume to go
I'll be sorry when it ends

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Terry is mailing in his ending

Terry Brooks has been an author I enjoyed since my youth, but this series is really just ok. I know what to expect from a Brooks book, but there's almost no suspense, no character development (if most of them died I wouldn't be upset which means I have no investment in any of them), and the plot is going nowhere fast. The third person omniscient view is used poorly here which leads to knowing when something will fail or succeed before it happens.

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