'''''The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara''''' is a three book installment in Creator/TerryBrooks's best-selling ''Literature/{{Shannara}}'' series. It concerns itself with a voyage of discovery made by the Elven airship, the ''Jerle Shannara''.

The first book, ''Ilse Witch'' opens when a man washes up on a beach. He is revealed to be the only survivor of a voyage across the Blue Divide, and a member of the ruling Elven Elessedil family to boot. His memories reveal information about supposedly lost books of magic, and old world sciences. Seeing in this a way to benefit all the races, the Druid Walker strikes a deal with the current Elven King, and gathers a crew to sail across the Blue Divide and retrieve the books. The airship is the ''Jerle Shannara'', captained by Rover mercenary [[BornLucky Redden Alt Mer]] and his sister, [[ActionGirl Rue Meridian]], and the crew includes Panax the Dwarf, [[WarriorPrince Highland Prince]] Quentin Leah and his cousin [[TheHero Bek Rowe]], seer Ryer Ord Star, Elven Prince [[TheWoobie Ahren Elessedil]], enigmatic ShapeShifter Truls Rohk, and a complement of Elven Hunters under the command of former [[PraetorianGuard Home Guard Captain]], [[HeroSecretService Ard Patrinell]].

The ship stops on three islands along the way, retrieving the keys that will allow them into the fortress of Castledown where the books are concealed, and battling threats like giant eels, living plants, and a haunted castle. Unfortunately, Walker's ArchEnemy, the [[BrokenBird Ilse Witch]], is in hot pursuit, aboard the Federation ship ''Black Moclips'', with a crew of bloodthirsty [[LizardFolk Mwellrets]] under the command of Cree Bega. Determined to claim the books for herself and kill Walker for supposedly murdering her family, she dogs the protagonists every step of the way.

In ''Antrax'' both Walker and the Ilse Witch's crews find themselves hunted through Castledown by a psychopathic computer system named Antrax. Programmed to guard the books from any outside interference, Antrax pursues both crews with equal ferocity, sending lasers, {{Killer Robot}}s, and [[TheUndead Undead]] {{Cyborg}}s to kill them. Bek having discovered that he is an Ohmsford, spends most of the book trying to find and save his sister Grianne, even as Walker, Quentin, Ahren and the others do everything in their power to simply stay alive.

As the book reaches its climax, Walker and Ahren destroy Antrax, while Quentin and Elven Hunter Tamis eliminate its most dangerous servant, which was formerly one of their allies. In the end, Walker is confronted by the Ilse Witch, and uses the power of the Sword Of Shannara to reveal the truth about her past to her.

As ''Morgawr'' begins, the Ilse Witch is in a coma, the books of magic have been revealed to be a dead end, and the broken, battered crew of ''The Jerle Shannara'' just want to get off the island. But even as they struggle to rebuild their ship, and rescue their flight crystals the [[HungryJungle Crake rainforest]], a new threat approaches in the form of the Ilse Witch's former mentor, [[EvilSorceror The Morgawr]]. Introduced in the first book, but not seen since, The Morgawr believes the [[BastardUnderstudy Ilse Witch]] has betrayed him, and arrives with the intent of eliminating both her, and Walker's allies. With most of their number dead, and no magic with which to confront him, it appears as though time may be up for the crew of ''The Jerle Shannara''...

Considerably darker, and on a much smaller scale than both ''Literature/TheSwordOfShannaraTrilogy'', and ''Literature/TheHeritageOfShannara''. The character sheet can be found [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Characters/Shannara here]]
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'''Tropes found in this series include...'''
* ActionGirl: Tamis, Rue Meridian
* AIIsACrapshoot: Subverted. Antrax, [[RoboticPsychopath though monstrous]], is doing exactly what it was programmed to do.
* AlasPoorVillain: In a way, Antrax. It was never malicious, just following its programming as best it could. Its death, as its systems shut down and it tries desperately to figure out what is happening to it, slowly losing functionality, and even knowledge of who it is, is rather sad.
* {{Badass}}: Walker, [[BornLucky Redden Alt Mer]], Ard Patrinell, Truls Rohk, Quentin Leah.
* BadBoss: The Ilse Witch and The Morgawr.
* BastardUnderstudy: The Ilse Witch to The Morgawr, and both of them know it. It forms a big part of the plot and their individual interactions.
* BigBad: [[DarkMagicalGirl The Ilse Witch]], [[KnightTemplar Antrax]], and The Morgawr all compete for this title, and each one is definitely the main antagonist of their respective novel. The Morgawr is closest in a story sense though.
** BigBadDuumvirate: The Ilse Witch and The Morgawr, with both of them trying constantly to assert their authority upon the other.
** BigBadEnsemble: The Ilse Witch wants {{revenge}} on Walker. Antrax wants to fulfill its programming by protecting its knowledge from intruders. The Morgawr wants the books of magic and the ability to abuse his power limitlessly. Needless to say, they really get in one another's way at times.
** BigBadWannabe: The Ilse Witch, who just isn't up to the standards of Antrax and The Morgawr in power or ruthlessness. While undeniably dangerous, she's effectively sidelined in ''Antrax'', is a puppet of The Morgawr, and in [[spoiler:their final confrontation after her HeelFaceTurn, proves to be less than his match in combat]].
* BlessedWithSuck: Bek, Quentin, Ahren, and [[spoiler: The Ilse Witch]]. The first three have magic, but it only makes them targets for Antrax, who wants to feed off their power; moreover it got them hauled along on this adventure in the first place and into the psychological torture that followed. As for the latter, her powers are [[spoiler: why The Morgawr came for her in the first place]]. And then there's Ryer Ord Star, whose empathic abilities get her bonded to [[spoiler: [[HurtingHero Walker]], and saddled with all his inner pain]].
* BodyHorror: Truls Rohk. About half his body is constantly shape-shifting. Half...isn't.
* BornLucky: Redden Alt Mer, known in-series as "the man with the luck." No matter how awful things are going, fortune always seems to favour Big Red.
* BreakTheCutie: Ahren gets it courtesy of Cree Bega and The Morgawr; Quentin from his experiences in Castledown in general, transforming from a JumpedAtTheCall character to FailureKnight. Even Bek goes through this to a degree.
* TheChessmaster: Antrax. The entire plot is essentially the result of its desire for more magic to feed on.
* ColdBloodedTorture: The Mwellrets subject Ryer Ord Star and Ahren to it.
* CoolAirship: The Jerle Shanarra.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Hell yes! ''[[Literature/TheHeritageOfShannara Heritage]]'' was dark enough, but ''Voyage'' is in a class of its own. For those who are interested, as Brooks's writing goes, it's roughly comparable to ''Literature/TheWordAndTheVoid''.
* DealWithTheDevil: Sen Dunsidan, War Minister and then President of The Federation's Coalition Council, makes several; first with the Ilse Witch and then with The Morgawr. Witnessing the latter's horrors essentially costs him his soul.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Antrax. It's got all the powers, abilities, and threat value of a genuine BigBad, but isn't TheBigBad of the story.
* TheDogBitesBack: Ahren killing [[spoiler: Cree Bega]].
* TheDragon: Cree Bega is the closest that the Morgawr has in story terms, being the toughest of the Mwellrets and his NumberTwo. Antrax has the [[spoiler:Patrinell]] [[HollywoodCyborg wronk]].
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Ryer Ord Star]], following capture and torture by The Morgawr and Cree Bega. The turnkey from the opening of ''Morgawr'' also kills himself after bearing witness to the titular character's atrocities.
* EliteMooks: The Mwellrets, especially when compared to [[{{Mooks}} regular Federation infantry]].
* EmptyShell[=/=]SoullessShell: The Morgawr's victims are left in this state.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: The Morgawr tends to cause this reaction in others. [[PresidentEvil Sen Dunsidan]] and [[ShellShockedVeteran the turnkey]] are horrified by what they see him do, and even the Ilse Witch finds him repulsive. Cree Bega engenders a similar reaction in her.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: The Graak, the giant lizard monster that lives in the Crake rainforest, is somewhere between a dinosaur and a flightless dragon. And it doesn't make things better. [[PrimalFear Oh no...]]
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The turnkey in ''Morgawr''. "Everyone called him turnkey, as though that were more than name enough for a man who did what he did."
* EvilMentor: The Morgawr to the Ilse Witch.
* {{Expy}}: Panax might well be a more developed version of [[Literature/TheSwordOfShannaraTrilogy Hendel]].
* FateWorseThanDeath: Becoming a wronk; having one's mind devoured by The Morgawr.
* FeatheredFiend: The Ilse Witch's War Shrike.
* FrickinLaserBeams: Many of Antrax's defenses incorporate laser weapons, which the cast identifies as "fire threads". Only Antrax itself knows what to call them.
* GardenOfEvil: The living forest on Shatterstone.
* GeniusLoci: Shatterstone's living forest; the haunted castle on Mephitic. Castledown seems like one to the main characters as they are unfamiliar with the nature of [[RoboticPsychopath Antrax]].
* TheHeavy: The Ilse Witch in Book 1, Antrax in Book 2, and The Morgawr in Book 3.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: [[spoiler: Ryer Ord Star]].
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: The Ilse Witch]].
* HeroesWantRedHeads: [[spoiler: Bek and Rue Meridian]].
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Walker dies shutting down Antrax; Ryer Ord Star allows the Morgawr to keep her captive so Ahren can escape]].
* HighAltitudeBattle: Many, between airships, Rocs, and Shrikes/War Shrikes.
* HollywoodCyborg: Antrax's wronks, which consist of mechanical bodies with human minds and limbs bonded onto them for skills and muscle memory. It should be noted that the human mind is still ''very'' aware of what is happening to it; it just can't do anything about it.
* HumanMomNonHumanDad: Inverted with Truls Rohk, who has a human father and a non-human mother.
* HungryJungle: The Crake rainforest may not be [[GardenOfEvil alive and hungry]], but the [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs Graak]] certainly is. There's a reason why the Rindge avoid the place as much as possible.
* ImplacableMan: The [[HollywoodCyborg wronks]]. They just keep coming and coming until one of you is dead.
* JumpedAtTheCall: Quentin, Bek, and Ahren. They won't do that again.
** WeAreNotGoingThroughThatAgain: Implied. Quentin and Ahren in particular state that they just want to forget what happened on the Voyage and, in the former's case, never plan to leave home again.
** Bek and Ahren didn't really Jump at the Call. Bek was more like "eh, i've really got nothing better to do," while Ahren was just going because his brother effectively made him go. Quentin was the only one on the voyage who seemed really energetic and eager, at least initially.
* KarmaHoudini: Subverted. [[spoiler: Sen Dunsidan looks like one (aside from the whole, "never sleeping again" thing). Then ''High Druid'' roles around and he get eaten by the [[ShapeShifter Moric]]]].
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Furl Hawken, Ard Patrinell, Tamis, Walker, Truls Rohk (although a part of him is supposedly still alive), Ryer Ord Star, Kian, Cree Bega, The Morgawr. Good riddance to those last two]].
* KillerRobot: Lots of them, all working for Antrax. They come in SpiderTank and HollywoodCyborg varieties.
* KnifeFight: Between Cree Bega and Ahren. It's awesome.
* KnightTemplar: Antrax. Its job was to safeguard its information, and survive at all costs. It's interpreted this to mean: "lure humans in, kidnap the ones with magic, drain them in order to keep the capacitors running, and kill everyone else".
* LizardFolk: The Mwellrets play a major role in this series, providing the [[EliteMooks physical muscle]] for both The Morgawr and The Ilse Witch.
* LonersAreFreaks: Truls Rohk.
* TheMagicVersusTechnologyWar: Invoked by the conflict between the party and Antrax. Both are portrayed as being extremely dangerous, although the heroes are at a disadvantage due to their limited understanding of Antrax's abilities. The computer's actual defeat is due less to underestimating magic, and more to underestimating people.
* {{Magitek}}: Antrax's need for magical fuel to run its burnt out capacitors is the reason the entire story happens in the first place.
* MercyKill: Quentin Leah and Tamis spend most of ''Antrax'' trying to perform one for [[spoiler: Ard Patrinell]], who has been transformed into one of Antrax's killing machines, despite remaining fully conscious and horrified by what he's doing.
* MoreThanMindControl: How Antrax controls the wronks.
* MutualKill: [[spoiler: Tamis and the Ard Patrinell wronk]].
* OffingTheOffspring: After seeing what he had created, Truls Rohk's father killed his mother and tried to kill him.
* PeoplePuppets: When The Morgawr [[BrainFood eats your brain]] all that's left is an EmptyShell drone that retains the victim's skills, but has no free will of its own.
* PrimalFear: The Graak. It's a lost dinosaur that manages to be utterly terrifying in-series and out. It actually frightens Redden Alt Mer into a HeroicBSOD, kills several members of the company, and nearly takes Quentin Leah with it when it dies.
* RaisedByOrcs: Grianne Ohmsford, aka [[spoiler:the Ilse Witch]].
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: [[TheDragon Cree Bega]]'s [[LizardFolk Mwellrets]], and the reptilian [[BigBad Morgawr]] himself, are among the most evil characters to come out of Brooks's work. And then there's the [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs Graak]], the only creature to frighten [[TheCaptain Redden]] [[BadAss Alt Mer]] out of his mind.
* SavageWolves: The caulls, which were reshaped by The Ilse Witch and The Morgawr into twisted {{Super Persistent Predator}}s modelled on the [[TheWishsongOfShannara Jachyras]]. The one the Ilse Witch creates is especially bad and continues to mutate long after she is done with it, eventually coming after her in revenge for what was done to it. It's powerful enough to kill [[spoiler:Truls Rohk]].
* SelfMadeOrphan: Truls Rohk killed his father after the man murdered his mother.
* ShaggyDogStory: The books of magic and science are revealed to have been computer discs, unusable by anyone with the series's current technology levels. Admittedly, Antrax is destroyed, and [[spoiler: Grianne pulls a HeelFaceTurn]], but was it really worth all that?
* ShellShockedVeteran: The turnkey from the opening chapters of ''Morgawr'' is a hulking ex-soldier who did seven-turns of duty on the frontlines in the Federation/Free-born war. He's now a [[TheVoiceless mute]], almost mindless freak described as "scarred inside and out" who works as jailer, warden, and TortureTechnician in the Federation prisons. Even he can't take what he sees The Morgawr and Sen Dunsidan do.
* SlaveMooks: The Morgawr's airships are crewed by braindead, mind-controlled Federation sailors and soldiers, whose souls he has consumed.
* TheSoulless: The Morgawr's SlaveMooks, who have had their minds and souls devoured.
* SpiderTank: Antrax's creepers are multilegged laser armed {{Killer Robot}}s that served as the inspiration for the HollywoodCyborg [[BigCreepyCrawlies Creepers]] used by the [[TheHeartless Shadowen]] in ''Literature/TheHeritageOfShannara''. They were originally [[WalkingTank manned vehicles]] but have been supplanted by Antrax's automated versions.
* SuperPersistentPredator: The Graak, which continues to hunt and kill members of Big Red's party long after it no longer needs to.
* TimeSkip: It's been over a century since ''TheHeritageOfShannara''.
* TogetherInDeath: [[spoiler: Tamis and Ard Patrinell]] are implied to end up this way; possibly [[spoiler: Walker and Ryer Ord Star]].
* VillainProtagonist: The Ilse Witch gets at least as much attention as the heroic part of the cast.
* WizardDuel: Grianne vs The Morgawr, with an assist from Bek.
* ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld: ''The Jerle Shannara'' and the other airships, despite more closely resembling a flying boat.

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