New Release Interview: Witch Wraith by Terry Brooks

Witch Wraith by Terry Brooks publishes today!

It is the final volume in the Dark Legacy of Shannara series that began with Wards of Faerie and Bloodfire Quest. The book is a lot longer than many of Terry’s novels in the last two decades and is considered by many to be the sequel to one of his most beloved masterpieces, The Elfstones of Shannara.

It also features two of Terry’s more intriguing characters, Redden and Railing Ohmsford, inseparable twins who are separated due to life and how they fight to be reunited.

Here is a bit more about Witch Wraith:

From New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks comes the final thrilling novel in a brand-new trilogy—The Dark Legacy of Shannara!

For centuries the Four Lands enjoyed freedom from its demon-haunted past, protected by magic-enhanced borders from the dark dimension known as the Forbidding and the profound evil imprisoned there. But now the unthinkable is happening: The ancient wards securing the barrier between order and mayhem have begun to erode—and generations of bloodthirsty, monstrous creatures, fueled by a rage thousands of years in the making, are poised to spill forth, seeking revenge for what was done to them.

Young Elf Arling Elessedil possesses the enchanted means to close the breach and once more seal the denizens of the Forbidding in their prison. But when she falls into the hands of the powerful Federation’s diabolical Prime Minister, her efforts may be doomed. Only her determined sister, Aphen, who bears the Elfstones and commands their magic, has any hope of saving Arling from the hideous fate her captor has in store.

Meanwhile, Railing Ohmsford—desperate to save his imprisoned brother—seeks to discover if his famed but ill-fated ancestor Grianne is still alive and willing to help him save the world . . . no matter the odds or the consequences.

I decided to ask Terry a few questions about the book and his work. Here is that interview.



Shawn Speakman: WITCH WRAITH, the concluding volume in the Dark Legacy of Shannara series, is published today. After 36 years of publishing, what do new releases mean to you?

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Terry Brooks: Another year, another book? Hard to express it. After more than 30, it doesn’t have the same sense of urgency and excitement it once did. However, since Witch Wraith is the final book in a set, it does provide a certain sense of satisfaction. Especially this book, which I thought was a fitting conclusion to not only this set, but to the High Druid and Voyage of the Jerle Shannara sets, as well.

Shawn Speakman: You’ve written about many Shannara siblings in past books but this time you decided to write about twins. Was there a challenge to that?

Terry Brooks: I wanted to make them alike, but different, too. Physically wasn’t so important as emotionally and in the way they responded to whatever life threw at them. And in this story, life dropped a ton of bricks on both. But in the end, it helped them each to grow in different ways. So I had to pay pretty close attention to the way their initial closeness dissolved and a new relationship grew out of that change.

Shawn Speakman: WITCH WRAITH is longer than most of your books in the last decade. From a writing point of view, how did that happen?

Terry Brooks: I wanted a big last book for this set. Also, the nature of the story always dictates the length, and in this case the plot points were extremely complicated and not easily resolved, which lent itself to a longer story resolution. That said, it didn’t feel too long to this author, which is important since i am always griping about books that go on too long.

Shawn Speakman: You are touring for the release of WITCH WRAITH. Why do you continue to tour? What does it mean to you?

Terry Brooks: The response of readers to my work has always been extremely gratifying. Because authors work in isolation for so much of the time, getting out and seeing how things are working for readers is important. A tour always tells you if you are hitting the mark or not. I really do enjoy the interaction and the sense of community I always find at book signings and talks. You can’t overestimate the importance of face time with people. So much of what we do is done over the internet, which distances us from people. I think I would miss that closeness if the internet was all I had to rely on to relate to the larger world.

Shawn Speakman: What are your future publishing plans?

Terry Brooks: I will still be working in Shannara for awhile, but I will end the series in the next decade before someone else gets a chance. I have several new books I want to write, stories not related to anything I have done before. It’s time for me to write something new again. My artistic needs demand it. So I will be offering up some new speculative fiction in the next few years. I think readers will be happy with what I have planned.

There you have it. From the bestselling author himself! Witch Wraith by Terry Brooks is in stores today! If you loved The Elfstones of Shannara, do yourself a favor and go out and read the Dark Legacy of Shannara!

You won’t be disappointed!