Over the years, Terry has answered several thousand questions from fans via Ask Terry.
Some are great questions that even make Terry think for some time. Most are repeat questions though that have been asked again and again. The purpose of this Frequently Asked Question section is to highlight those questions and give fans—hopefully—answers.
Here we go!
Q: When does the sequel to Measure of the Magic publish?
A: There is no sequel to Measure of the Magic. The Legends of Shannara series was always intended to be a two-book set. The story wraps up nice and neat with the evil destroyed and a whole new world open to the inhabitants of the once protected valley. Terry plans on writing five more pre-Shannara novels that take place between Measure of the Magic and First King of Shannara. These books will likely include the first appearance of Dwarves as well as the formation of the First Council of Druids under Galaphile. More on this in the future.
Q: Why does chapter 25 of The Gypsy Morph just end in mid-word, with what appears to be missing text?
A: The sentence and chapter end in mid-word. Terry planned it this way and it is the exact same way in the original manuscript. He used a writing technique to showcase what happened to the chapter’s character, challenging the reader to figure it out. The reader is in the point of view of Fixit. As the boy is trying to re-activate the bomb that will blow up the bridge, the sentence ends in his mid-thought. The conclusion? The bomb went off, killing the boy and ending the stream of thought that Fixit was sharing with the reader.
Q: What is going on with a Shannara movie?
A: As of this moment, there is not going to be a Shannara movie. Instead, the Shannara series has been optioned for a television series similar in design to HBO’s Game of Thrones. Sonar Entertainment wishes to adapt The Elfstones of Shannara. Terry does have a level of control in this option and, while the project has not been greenlit into production yet, we hope good things will come of it. To read more about this, click HERE.
Q: What is going on with a Landover movie?
A: The Landover series was optioned by Warner Bros. and they currently have control of a live-action movie adaptation. To read more about this deal and who is involved, click HERE.
Q: What does Terry think about Steve Carell wanting to play Ben Holiday?
A: Terry thinks the possibility of Steve Carell being cast as Ben Holiday is a great idea. Many people only associate Carell to his comedic roles but he has a number of dark, dramatic roles that he has been fantastic in—Little Miss Sunshine and Hope Springs to name two. Ben Holiday is a complicated man, definitely a man who has lost a great deal and carries that burden on his heart. The actor who portrays Ben Holiday must be capable of bringing those emotions to the fore during a movie but also be able to react to the comedic aspects of Landover&mdahs;namely Questor and Abernathy. Terry believes Carell is perfect in that regard. More news when we know it!
Q: Will you write another Landover book set after the events in A Princess of Landover?
A: Yes, Terry plans on writing a last Landover novel. It won’t be written for a number of years though. Terry has other stories to tell first. But Terry has said if a Landover movie gets greenlit into production and is released in theaters, he will write that last book earlier than planned.
Q: Will you ever write another story featuring the Weapons Master, Garet Jax?
A: Garet Jax is a fan favorite. He appears in The Wishsong of Shannara and in an in-direct way within Indomitable and Dark Wraith of Shannara. Fans have wanted more of Garet Jax for over two decades now and Terry has been waiting for the right story to come along. It has. The Weapons Master’s Choice will publish in January 2013. It is a long short story that features the weapons master in a tale of his early career. Terry does have a few other short stories planned that might feature the weapons master. More on that as it happens.
Q: Will you ever write another story featuring the Druid Allanon?
A: Terry revisited the enigmatic Druid in Allanon’s Quest, a short story that takes place directly before the events in The Sword of Shannara. Beyond that, there are no plans to write more tales although that may change in the future.
Q: I am a new reader. Where should I start reading the Shannara series?
A: Terry suggests reading the Shannara books in the order they were written, not in chronological order. This is to prevent spoilers. Click HERE to read a comprehensive reading order list.
Q: Will Terry look at and critique my book?
A: Unfortunately, Terry has limited time to look at and critique other writers’ books. He does occasionally teach writing workshops and he is more than happy to critique work in those situations. Keep an eye on the Events page of the website for details when those opportunities arise.
Q: Why hasn’t Terry come to [insert city]?
A: Terry tours every year and visits different US cities and regions. Unfortunately, he can’t tour everywhere but makes the best effort to do so. Watch the Events page of the website for details where he will be next. If he comes to within a few driving hours of you, definitely go. He likely won’t be back for years.
There you go. Some of the most asked questions and some answers. If you have a question that differs from those above, definitely feel free to use Ask Terry!