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* ContinuityPorn: While most of the Shannara series plays rather relaxed with canon, this trilogy features more cameos, references, and concepts dating back to earlier in the Shannara timeline than any other series. ''Literature/TheWordAndTheVoid'' are reference in ancient journals, Alannon (as a shade) and [[spoiler: Amberle (as the Elcrys) and Grianne Ohmsford (as the Witch Wraith)]] all appear and have lines at various points.



* EnemyMine: The Federation have a long history of picking fights with just about anyone in the Four Lands, but the stragglers who survive the Demons' first siege head for Arborlon to assist the Elves in the coming invasion.



* EvilVsEvil: The Witch Wraith [[spoiler: the haggard but wildly powerful remains of Grianne Ohmsford]] vs Straken Lord Tael Riverine.



* HappyEndingOverride: [[spoiler: After finally finding a place in the world she could be at peace within the Tanequil, Grianne Ohmsford is dragged back from the brink of death to settle her score with Tael Riverine. The bitterness she feels at this is such that it reverts her to her hateful, destructive Ilse Witch personality, and she would have personally seen the Four Lands destroyed if the restoration of the Elcrys didn't trap her in the Forbidding.]]
* IntimidationDemonstration: Tael Riverine sets up his fight with Khyber to reaffirm to the Jarka Ruus why he's the top dog in all of the Forbidding. Khyber puts up a worthy fight and even gets the upper hand, but Riverine giving her a slow-acting poison, unfortunately, assures his victory.



* PresidentEvil: Edinja Orle, like Sen Dunsidan before him, is a very bad man who isn't adverse to abusing dark magic for his own gain. The difference is that Orle has his own magic, while Dunsidan was dependent on the Ilse Witch and The Morgawr.

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* PresidentEvil: Edinja Orle, like Sen Dunsidan before him, her, is a very bad man politician who isn't adverse to abusing dark magic for his own herown gain. The difference is that Orle has his her own magic, while Dunsidan was dependent on the Ilse Witch and The Morgawr.Morgawr.
* PunchClockVillain: The members of the Federation's military are depicted as particularly sympathetic in ''Witch Wraith'', willing to take Edinja Orle's morally questionable orders up to a point, but shifting all focus to protecting one another and innocents once the demon invasion gets going.

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Back in the Four Lands, the situation has also taken a turn for the worse. The Federation, always an enemy of the Elves and the Druids alike, has come under the sway of Edinja Orle, an EvilSorcerer who wishes to be Prime Minister. Even more troubling is the apparent sickness of the Ellcrys, the tree that maintains the Forbidding and keeps the Demons sealed away from the real world. And as Aphenglow and her sister Arling set out on a journey to create a new Ellcrys, and Edinja Orle interferes for his own reasons, Tael Riverine amasses his legions, with the goal of destroying the intruders, breaking free of the Forbidding, and doing what [[ElfstonesOfShannara The Dagda Mor]] could not--bring the Four Lands under the control of the Demons.

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Back in the Four Lands, the situation has also taken a turn for the worse. The Federation, always an enemy of the Elves and the Druids alike, has come under the sway of Edinja Orle, an EvilSorcerer who wishes to be Prime Minister. Even more troubling is the apparent sickness of the Ellcrys, the tree that maintains the Forbidding and keeps the Demons sealed away from the real world. And as Aphenglow and her sister Arling set out on a journey to create a new Ellcrys, and Edinja Orle interferes for his own reasons, Tael Riverine amasses his legions, with the goal of destroying the intruders, breaking free of the Forbidding, and doing what [[ElfstonesOfShannara [[Literature/ElfstonesOfShannara The Dagda Mor]] could not--bring the Four Lands under the control of the Demons.


* WizrdDuel: The trilogy concludes with one between the Witch-Wraith and Tael Riverine to see who will lead the Demons.

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* WizrdDuel: WizardDuel: The trilogy concludes with one between the Witch-Wraith and Tael Riverine to see who will lead the Demons.Demons.
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Back in the Four Lands, the situation has also taken a turn for the worse. The Federation, always an enemy of the Elves and the Druids alike, has come under the sway of Edjina Orle, an EvilSorcerer who wishes to be Prime Minister. Even more troubling is the apparent sickness of the Ellcrys, the tree that maintains the Forbidding and keeps the Demons sealed away from the real world. And as Aphenglow and her sister Arling set out on a journey to create a new Ellcrys, and Edjina Orle interferes for his own reasons, Tael Riverine amasses his legions, with the goal of destroying the intruders, breaking free of the Forbidding, and doing what [[ElfstonesOfShannara The Dagda Mor]] could not--bring the Four Lands under the control of the Demons.

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Back in the Four Lands, the situation has also taken a turn for the worse. The Federation, always an enemy of the Elves and the Druids alike, has come under the sway of Edjina Edinja Orle, an EvilSorcerer who wishes to be Prime Minister. Even more troubling is the apparent sickness of the Ellcrys, the tree that maintains the Forbidding and keeps the Demons sealed away from the real world. And as Aphenglow and her sister Arling set out on a journey to create a new Ellcrys, and Edjina Edinja Orle interferes for his own reasons, Tael Riverine amasses his legions, with the goal of destroying the intruders, breaking free of the Forbidding, and doing what [[ElfstonesOfShannara The Dagda Mor]] could not--bring the Four Lands under the control of the Demons.



* EvilSorcerer: Both Edjina Orle and Demon Lord Tael Riverine.
* SiblingTriangle: Redden and Railing are both in love with Mirai Leah.

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* EvilSorcerer: Both Edjina Edinja Orle and Demon Lord Tael Riverine.
* TheFederation: Still TheEmpire in disguise, still the main antagonist faction.
* TheLegionsOfHell: The third attempt by the Demons to break out of the Forbidding, and the second time that they actually pull it off.
* PresidentEvil: Edinja Orle, like Sen Dunsidan before him, is a very bad man who isn't adverse to abusing dark magic for his own gain. The difference is that Orle has his own magic, while Dunsidan was dependent on the Ilse Witch and The Morgawr.
* TheRemnant: Khyber Elessedil's Fourth Druid Council is a shadow of the Third, which was torn apart by Shadea a'Ru.
* TheSavageSouth: The Southland Federation is still a xenophobic expansionist state ruled by some very bad men.
* ScienceFantasy: As evidenced by the increasing industrialization of the world, and especially The Federation/
* SiblingTriangle: Redden and Railing are both in love with Mirai Leah.Leah.
* WizrdDuel: The trilogy concludes with one between the Witch-Wraith and Tael Riverine to see who will lead the Demons.


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* SiblingLoveTriangle: Redden and Railing are both in love with Mirai Leah.

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* SiblingLoveTriangle: SiblingTriangle: Redden and Railing are both in love with Mirai Leah.

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An installment in Terry Brooks' long-running ''Literature/{{Shannara}}'' series, ''Dark Legacy'' picks up one hundred years after the conclusion of ''High Druid''. It is the penultimate installment in the franchise, followed by ''Literature/TheDefendersOfShannara'', and is composed of ''Wards of Faerie'', ''Bloodfire Quest'', and ''Witch-Wraith''.

It has been a century since Shadea a'Ru's coup d'etat shattered the Third Druid Council, and nearly resulted in the collapse of the Forbidding and the release of the Demons contained within. For decades, Khyber Elessedil has been fighting to save the Druid Order, and fulfill her predecessor, Grianne Ohmsford's, hopes for it. When Druid trainee and Elven Princess Aphenglow Elessedil uncovers evidence that the lost Elfstones of Faerie are somewhere within the Forbidding, Khyber, who has nothing to lose, puts together an expedition to go and find them.

Joining Khyber on this trip are the Ohmsford twins Redden and Railing, and their friend and crush, Mirai Leah, who see the experience as little more than one big adventure. The Forbidding is a dangerous place, however, and Tael Riverine, Straken Lord, and current leader of the Demons, has not forgotten the humiliation that he endured at the hands of the last band of humans to enter his domain. He wants Khyber and the Ohmsfords dead, and there are few lines he won't cross to make sure that happens.

Back in the Four Lands, the situation has also taken a turn for the worse. The Federation, always an enemy of the Elves and the Druids alike, has come under the sway of Edjina Orle, an EvilSorcerer who wishes to be Prime Minister. Even more troubling is the apparent sickness of the Ellcrys, the tree that maintains the Forbidding and keeps the Demons sealed away from the real world. And as Aphenglow and her sister Arling set out on a journey to create a new Ellcrys, and Edjina Orle interferes for his own reasons, Tael Riverine amasses his legions, with the goal of destroying the intruders, breaking free of the Forbidding, and doing what [[ElfstonesOfShannara The Dagda Mor]] could not--bring the Four Lands under the control of the Demons.
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* BigBad: Tael Riverine again.
* BigGood: Khyber Elessedil, High Druid of Paranor and leader of the search for the Elfstones.
* DemonLordsAndArchdevils: The Straken Lords, now united under Tael Riverine.
* EvilSorcerer: Both Edjina Orle and Demon Lord Tael Riverine.
* SiblingLoveTriangle: Redden and Railing are both in love with Mirai Leah.

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