Friday Review: Small Magic: Short Fiction, 1977-2020 by Terry Brooks

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a book of short fiction by Terry Brooks, most well-known for his long-running Shannara series of fantasy novels. There are stories from the Shannara, Word and the Void, and Magic Kingdom series. There are eleven stories in the book, some which have been published before, and some new.

As with most of this sort of thing, some stories were better than others. Some were quite lovely, and some fell a bit flat for me. But that tracks with my reaction to the overall Shannara collection: I enjoyed all of it, some I truly loved, and a few were less so. There are old friends in here- Allanon the Druid, Ben Holiday and daughter Mistaya, and Garet Jax. There are new characters to meet and adventure with. The stories serve to fill in some gaps in the main series, and answer a few long-asked fan questions that might not warrant a full novel.

If you are a fan of Brooks’ writing, and enjoy short stories, this book will be a lovely addition to your Brooks reading list.

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