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Jarka Ruus (High Druid of Shannara) Paperback – 5 Apr 2004

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; New edition edition (5 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743414977
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743414975
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.4 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 312,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry Brooks was a practising attorney for many years, but now writes full-time. His first novel, THE SWORD OF SHANNARA, remained on the New York Times bestseller list for 5 months, and this was followed by 13 consecutive bestselling novels.

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"If Harry Potter has given you a thirst for fantasy and you have not discovered the magic of Terry Brooks, you are in for a treat.""--Rocky Mountain News" "From the Paperback edition."

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Terry Brooks first novel, THE SWORD OF SHANNARA, began the post-Tolkien huge boom in epic fantasy in 1977. It was a NEW YORK TIMES bestseller for five months. Since then he has written seven more SHANNARA novels, five MAGIC KINGDOM light fantasies and the KNIGHT OF THE WORD dark fantasies series. Terry Brooks divides his time between Seattle and Hawaii with his wife, Judine.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Timbertwig VINE VOICE on 23 Jun. 2004
Format: Paperback
Jarka Ruus, Book One of the High Drauid of Shannara Trilogy, is our latest invitation from Terry Brooks to return to the Four Lands.
This time round, we find ourselves rooting for Penderrin Ohmsford who is charged with the mission of finding the missing High Druid, Grianne, the Ilse Witch from the prvious trilogy who also happens to be his aunt. Aiding him are the Elven prince Ahren Ellessedil and his niece Khyber and a cantankerous dwarf named Tagwen.
We have the usual group of villains who would stop at nothing to prevent Pen and his friends from accomplishing their goal. But be warned, the lead villain is not who you think it is as Pen discovers that something more sinister than traitorous and power-hungry druids are behind his aunt's disappearance.
Pen does not inherit any of the "usual" magical powers bestowed on the Shannara descendents in the previous books. He does not wield the Sword, have use of the Elfstones, or call on the magic of the Wishsong. Instead, he has the power to communicate with plants and animals, an ability he is quick to dismiss but one which will prove very handy before the book ends.
The uniqueness of Pen's power is the only trait that separates him from the previous Shannara heroes. In all other aspects, he is a carbon copy of Shea (Sword of Shannara), Par (Heritage of Shannara), or Bek (Voyage of the Jerle Shannara). Like is predecessors, Pen is plucked from his quiet life by fate to go on a perilous quest to save the world. He is reluctant, lacks confidence and feels sure that others are more suited to such an important job.
After more than 10 books set in the same fantasy world, be prepared for a sense of déjà vu in several places. However, the familiar characters in familiar situations do not prevent Jarka Russ from being an enjoyable book. Brooks still manages to astound with fresh wonders, developments, and intrigues. I'll be queuing for the next books in the series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By NoMade on 2 Aug. 2005
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I am appalled to see such reviews...I started reading Terry brooks from 2001 when I first discovered The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara. I thought it was fantastic, his writting is like no other fantasy author around, people will always critisise and if you don't like it well you just don't. I thought the plot was well thought out, i stand by my opinion saying all of Brook's books are intriguing and enjoyable to read. And my favorite series will have to be The Word and the Void since it is much darker than the other, maybe this is why i prefer it? Although The shannara series is like a classic, i absolutely love it!
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Jetha on 13 April 2004
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I had high expectations of this book having read the fantastic "VOYAGE OF JERLE SHANNARA" trilogy, and my expectations were met. Unfonately, BEK does not play a role in this book, and the main character, PEN (his son) does not posses the wishsong; only a small majic which allows him to tak to animals. OK, that animal bit isnt as cheesy as it sounds. So, anyway, Grianne has denounced her life as the feared isle Witch and had become the head of the driuds. However, she is hated by many (mostly due to her former life as the witch), and one day goes missing - she is transeported to the terrible land of Jarka Ruus (i will leave you to figure that out). Pen,a dwarf - Tagwen, Ahren and some elf princess go looking for her in a perilous journey. OK, maybe the way i describe it doesn't make is sound great, but trust me, it is. The way the author writes is so engrossing that i would advise you to start reading it early on in the day, so you arnt kept up all night. ANYWAY, TRUST ME, BUY THIS BOOK, AND YOU WONT BE LET DOWN.
ps, please tick whether this was useful, its my first review, as you can probably tell.
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I do not know if it is just me, but i struggled to read this book. Usually when i pick up a fantasy novel i read and read and read until i get to that final chapter and then i take it slowly. With Jarka Ruus however, i couldn't seem to get into it. Don't get me wrong, i enjoyed the book and Terry Brooks is a brilliant writer, but i didn't get that eagerness to read the next chapter that keeps a book in my hands until all hours of the morning.

The title sums up my feelings about this book pretty well although i have gone on to purchase the next two in the trilogy so i obviously like something about it.
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I'm a big fan of Terry Brooks and as usual really enjoyed this latest addition to the Shannara stories, although I don't think they're as good as his early stuff. In the early books I really enjoyed the adventure aspect of the stories, but in the Jarka Ruus etc, I didn't think there wasn't as much adventure. But having said, still awesome books and I would recommend them 100% to anyone interested in fantasy. It has made me want to go back and start the whole Shannara series all over again even though I've already read them twice before.
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By C. Parrott on 18 Mar. 2007
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Another book in a long line of Shannara books.

We see war still rages through the 4 lands and the Druid council is now formed and their leader has been betrayed and has been sent into the Forboding.

I would strongly reccomend this book to anyone. There are a new set of challanges to faces with very little feeling of the same story coming back again.

These books are very unique set of fantasy books in the way that we have seen how the land and characters have evolved.
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