Don't waste your time. If you want to waste your time as little as possible just read the 2nd book, Elfstones. It was ok. First book was like a warm up for the 2nd, the 3rd book simply has no excuse. Weakest female characters ever, especially in the 3rd. Not relatable, just irritatingly weak and pathetic. As for the comments that read Brooks is a great writer, I sadly will never be able to verify because it wasn't witnessed in any of these 3 books. I know he's written a lot more in the Shannara series and I will never bother to read any of them. 3 strikes you're out, Brooks.