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The Elfstones Of Shannara: Shannara: Book Two

The Elfstones Of Shannara: Shannara: Book Two [Kindle Edition]

Terry Brooks
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A marvellous fantasy trip (Frank Herbert)

Book Description

The second book in the internationally bestselling Shannara series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 819 KB
  • Print Length: 619 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; New Ed edition (23 Feb 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006L9KV8K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,703 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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4.8 out of 5 stars
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I've been into fantasy books for about a year now and in my spare time I have read a wide range of excellent novels.
None of them compare to this.
The Shannara series is a ground-breaking piece of modern fantasy and "The Elfstones of Shannara" is arguably the finest book.
The story is set about 30 years after the events of the first book and is focused on a magical tree, known as The Elcrys. The tree that belongs to the Elves is dying and the force that holds demons in their evil prison is weakening...
As well as proving that he can write gripping fantasy, Terry Brooks also reveals that he is an excellent horror writer. Some of the scenes from this book, in which the heroes are stalked by dark creatures, are terrifyingly intense. Terry Brooks effortlessly creates a real sense of suffocating horror and suspense.
There is also a twist near the end of the story, but instead of springing up suddenly, little hints warn you subconciously and knaw at your brain. It makes you want to read further.
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Although the influence of Tolkien is very prevalent in Sword, Elfstones is a unique creation, and marked Brooks as the best living fantasy writer. This book is such a marvel of imaginative creatures, concepts, suspense, and memorable characters that it is certainly one of my favorite books of all time. I am currently reading it for about the fourth time; and knowing Amberle's destiny makes reading about her so poignant. She is such a heroic, tragic character. Wil Ohmsford is a man, brave and resourceful. The Dagda Mor and Reaper are unforgettable villains. Eretria perhaps the most sensual character in all the books. The Ellcrys is a spectacular concept, and this book just goes on and on with one amazing concept/character/scene after another.
Allanon, the seemingly immortal Druid who guards the Four Lands throughout the books, even after his demise, is typically enigmatic and unforgettable.
This one is the most emotionally moving of all the books, in my view. I have always regarded Wishsong and Elfstones as my favorites. Wishsong will have to go some to beat this one this time around. This is simply one of the best; if not the best, fantasy novels ever written.
Bob Woodley
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Without a doubt this is among the best, if not the best, of the Shannara series.

Set fifty years after the events of The Sword of Shannara, this tale involves the elven people and the grandson of Shea Ohmsford. Once more Allanon comes into the world in response to some danger and he draws all of the characters together in an effort to save the Ellcrys, the magical tree of the elves that holds the forbidding in place and keeps the demons of the old world locked away.

From the start of this novel it is obvious that this is a far different tale to the Sword of Shannara. Gone are the familiarities to The Lord of the Rings and though set in the same world with similar characters, this story deals firmly with the world of Shannara and starts to lead this great story in a new and exciting direction.

Wil Ohmsford, possibly the central character in this tale, is a much stronger character than Shea Ohmsford ever was. He was far more competent and less bumbling and though he was still not ideal for the task with which he had been given it was more believable that he was a man who could rise to the challenge.

This book is a well told and fast paced story that not only progresses the story of Shannara but also gives you a better insight into this magical world, its history and its people. With new allegiances and already the hint of government changes throughout the lands it also introduces what in my opinion has always been the strength of the Shannara series, the evolving world in which it is set. Whilst all of the stories always draw upon the druids and the Ohmsfords and repeat in that direction, the world in which they live is constantly evolving and changing which makes these tales always seem fresh.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic then and now 11 Oct 2012
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I first read this book 25 years ago when I was 13 years young.At that time I was just discovering fantasy and this book drew me In so much that I have never let go.
The Sword of Shannara was my first introduction to the genre and I loved every page.Fantasy -I was hooked.
However this book was just amazing for me and was a standout fantasy of my teenage years.

So here I am 38 years young and no longer a lover of shall we say young hero fantasy novels. I like my George R Martin,David Gemmell basically anti/adult heros. So could I reread and and enjoy a book from my teens.

YES YES YES. Superb.

Where the Sword was a basic rehash(and better book by the way) and easy read of The Lord Of The Rings this is a stand alone superb bit of fiction.

I have read hundreds of fantasy books in the last 25 years as the genre has changed dramatically this book went from my favourite all those years ago to still stay firmly in my all time top 10 and rereading it has not changed that fact.

A one off
A classic
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rivetting! 31 July 2008
Terry Brooks is a highly commended fantasy writer. Starting with the Sword of Shannara through to the First King of Shannara. His style allows readers to embark on an emotional journey from happiness to fear to frustration and more. The Druids holds the key and add pieces of the puzzle through the adventure with their ambiguity in all books. Some of these books provide greater thrilling experiences than others and The Elfstones of Shannara is one of them.
It would be cruel to reveal the plot to potential readers though I would recommend those who are debating this read, should start reading the Sword of Shannara in order to become intimate with the characters especially Allanon, the Druid, who I love despite his mysteriousness and ambiguous past. You will find at least find two characters from the series that touches your heart the most, and each reader have chosen differently who they are. So, what are yours??
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Published 6 days ago by Eileen Bell
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Published 1 month ago by mrs p.j.crabtree
5.0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Classic
I remember reading this book many (many!) years ago as a teenager and absolutely loving it. Out of the original trilogy (Sword, Elfstones and Wishsong of Shannara), this was by... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Hawk Feather
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Shannara series
Read the books years ago and wanted to revisit the strories and decided to go the kindle version route, Entertaining series similar to
the Lord of the Rings type of story.
Published 4 months ago by gordon humphris
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Another great book from one of my favourite authors Terry Brooks that I have read before in paperback and I have now added to my mobile library. First set of Shannara books.
Published 5 months ago by Chris Gibbs
3.0 out of 5 stars Elfstones
Terry Brooks at his best you get all the emotion and passion on each page a great rip roaring tale demons trolls elves and magic my personal favourite
Published 10 months ago by gordon macdonald
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than book one
Much better than the Sword of Shannara. The characters are more colourful, and the story more interesting, but I still found the battles with the Demons rather long and tedious. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Xaizel
5.0 out of 5 stars shannara
the elfstones is another of Terry Brooks in this series and his story telling is as usual superb , the story is entertaining and also makes you want to go on reading.
Published 12 months ago by poppet
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