Second in the Paladins of Shannara, a trilogy of short stories but Terry Brooks, The Weapon Master’s Choice takes place in between the stories of The Elfstones of Shannara and The Wishsong of Shannara.

This one I did not enjoy as much as Allanon’s Quest. I think it’s partly because it’s been so long since I read either Elfstones or Wishsong I had completely forgotten who the main character Garet Jax was. I seriously was like ‘who the hell is this?!?’ for the first like two chapters of the book before I gave in a googled him and he’s just a companion to Jair Ohmsford on his in Wishsong.

But it was still good. Garet is discovered by a mysterious woman who wants his help to save her people against a warlock vampire (yeah yeah I know) and after being attacked by six men whom Garet easily kills, he is convinced to follow along and see what he can do to help her people who just so happen to live in one of the most remote and inhospitable places within the Four Lands.

But there’s always this air of mystery about her. She hides herself in her cloak, she doesn’t speak much of her people like who they are or why they have chosen to live in such a remote location.  Obviously something is up, but thankfully it’s nothing too nefarious.

I honestly skipped a lot of it because I wanted to learn her secrets and what all she was hiding. One thought was that she was a druid, or at least druid trained since she was able to do some interesting healing and combat things most other people would not be able to do but that’s never confirmed so it was a bit frustrating for me.

I liked it in that it gave a bit more into Garet Jax’s overall character (would have affected me more if I had actually remembered the dude), but there were too many things left unexplored or unexplained here that made it a bit wanting for me.

But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to keep going and finish off this particular trilogy with the Black Irix next.

An old friend urges Shea Ohmsford to take a dangerous risk in the concluding story of this gripping Shannara eBook series by New York Times bestselling fantasy master Terry Brooks.

Shea Ohmsford has had quite enough of quests. A year after surviving a harrowing odyssey, he is still plagued by troubling memories and dreams. A mysterious trafficker in spells and potions provides a restorative nostrum for the stricken Shea . . . along with a warning: Shea will break his vow to never again leave Shady Vale. And then the potion-maker’s prophecy comes to pass.

A thief, adventurer, and notoriously charismatic rogue, Panamon Creel unexpectedly appears in the Vale with a request for his long-time friend, Shea—journey into the untamed Northland, infiltrate the stronghold of a sinister dealer in stolen goods, and capture a precious artifact: the sacred Black Irix. Creel wishes to return this treasure to its rightful owners. Shea cannot refuse such a just cause. But what lies behind the black castle walls they must breach? And will this quest truly be their last?