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The Elfstones Of Shannara: Number 2 in series Paperback – 1 Apr 1999

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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; New edition edition (1 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857231104
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857231106
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,454,043 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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A marvellous fantasy trip (Frank Herbert)

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The second book in the internationally bestselling Shannara series.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Jan. 2003
Format: Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By GOTTON TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Aug. 2013
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 July 1998
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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 By humanitysdarkerside VINE VOICE on 17 Nov. 2005
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As with the other books about the world of tomorrow after cataclysmic catastrophes, this too presents an array of people who are alike and yet not the people of today.
Wil Ohmsford belongs to that long line of family who get chosen by the Druids to save their world - time and time again. In many ways the books in this series are somewhat similar. All of the heroes are insecure and afraid, yet end up doing what is "right". Along with them are supporters who make their job possible.
This should become trite in the end. In some books in this loooong series (sure beats Robert Jordans Wheel of Time series in length) I have been bored and have had to put down the book I've been reading. This was not the case with The Elfstones of Shannara. It's certainly not a masterpiece but a highly enjoyable read.
The changes in Amberle are not especially surprising. The ending was about as expected and I guess I like that in books. I want to be able to believe in the closure the author has brought to a book. If it deviates too much from what has gone before I feel cheated.
Anyways, I would recommend the series to any fantasy fan and hope that you will enjoy this book at least as much as I have (having read it twice).
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