Poll: Did Garet Jax Defeat the Jachyra?

A few weeks ago, Terry finished The Weapons Master’s Choice, the second Paladins of Shannara ebook.

He gave it to me a few days later to continuity edit as he does everything he writes. This had barely anything wrong with it. I did my work, he edited, and I finished my re-read today.

The short story is set in Garet Jax’s youth when he is not yet thirty years old, still searching for that one elusive opponent that can prove a worthy challenger. It is fantastic. As Terry said when he read the first 1/4 of it HERE, The Weapons Master’s Choice came really easily to him. He visits a part of the Four Lands that has only been hinted at really, and the story has a great climax. I think fans who love Garet Jax will love this tale.

And in this story, he loses in a way that will have some of you guys talking…

It speaks to the question of how Garet Jax ends his life though. We know he eventually finds his worthy challenger at the end of The Wishsong of Shannara. A jachrya. A powerful creature brought into the Four Lands by magic that becomes even more maddened and more enraged with every injury inflicted upon it. It is a deadly foe, one that could have disappeared at the end of the book with the destruction of the Ildatch’s magic in its Maelmord.

At the end of The Wishsong of Shannara though, Jair comes across the body of Garet Jax, dead after/during his battle. Jair believes Garet won his battle before the magic took the jachrya from the Four Lands. The reader is left wondering though…

My poll question today is:

Did Garet Jax defeat the jachyra before the Ildatch was destroyed?

This is one of those questions that Terry’s fans asks him all of the time. He always responds with the same answer, the same grin on his face: What do you think? So I leave it up to you to vote and discuss!

Enjoy! See ya next week!


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Written by Shawn Speakman
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