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The High Druid's Blade: The Defenders of Shannara [Hardcover]

Terry Brooks
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8 July 2014 The Defenders of Shannara (Book 1)

Secrets revealed. Powers unleashed. Discover a Shannara you've never seen before.

Legend has it that Paxon Leah is descended from the royals and warriors who once waged war with magical weapons. But those heroes are long gone now, and there is nothing enchanted about the antique sword that hangs above Paxon's fireplace. Paxon leads a quiet life - until extraordinary circumstances overturn his simple world . . . and rewrite his destiny.

When his sister is abducted by a mysterious stranger, Paxon races to her rescue with the only weapon he can find. He is stunned to discover powerful magic unleashed within him - and within his ancestors' ancient blade.

But his formidable new ability is dangerous in untrained hands. Paxon must master it quickly, as his near-fatal clash with a dark sorcerer won't be his last. Leaving behind home and hearth, he journeys to the keep of the Druid order to learn the secrets of magic and earn the right to become their sworn protector . . .

From the New York Times bestselling Terry Brooks comes a brand new stand-alone fantasy novel - perfect for both seasoned fans and those discovering the thrilling world of Shannara for the first time.

Praise for TERRY BROOKS:

'If you haven't read Terry Brooks, you haven't read fantasy'

Christopher Paolini

'I can't even begin to count how many of Terry Brooks's books I've read (and re-read) over the years' Patrick Rothfuss

'I would not be writing epic fantasy today if not for Shannara' Peter V. Brett

'A master of the craft . . . required reading' Brent Weeks

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (8 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0356502163
  • ISBN-13: 978-0356502168
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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High adventure, lots of action, and appealing [characters] . . . a good place for new readers to jump into the author's world (LIBRARY JOURNAL on HIGH DRUID'S BLADE)

Terry Brooks is a grandmaster of the fantasy genre, and his latest will both captivate and surprise readers. . . . It's truly magical (ASSOCIATED PRESS on HIGH DRUID'S BLADE)

Brooks once again gifts readers with a breathless adventure in this new Shannara trilogy, the Defenders of Shannara. The action begins in the first chapter and doesn't end until the last page . . . Brooks' use of multiple points of view adds even more suspense and will have readers anxiously flipping pages to see how the complications will be resolved. For my part, I can't wait to see what happens in the second book! (RT BOOK REVIEWS on HIGH DRUID'S BLADE)

If you haven't read Terry Brooks, you haven't read fantasy (Christopher Paolini, bestselling author of ERAGON and BRISINGR)

Terry Brooks is a master of the craft and a trailblazer . . . Required reading (Brent Weeks, bestselling author of the Night Angel trilogy)

I can't even begin to count how many of Terry Brooks's books I've read (and re-read) over the years (Patrick Rothfuss, bestselling author of THE NAME OF THE WIND)

Thoroughly readable and exciting (SFFWorld on HIGH DRUID'S BLADE)

Terry's place is at the head of the fantasy world (Philip Pullman, author of NORTHERN LIGHTS)

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From New York Times bestselling fantasy author Terry Brooks comes the first stand-alone novel in his legendary Shannara series in almost twenty years - the perfect place for new readers to begin

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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From the moment the box from Amazon landed on my desk this morning my disappointment began with this book and sadly my expectations never really got any higher from that moment on.

The parcel was far smaller than I had expected considering I had ordered a hard back edition of the latest Shannarah work, so with fingers crossed I opened it hoping to find some ingenious new economical style of book that would cram a lot of words into a small number of pages. Sadly I was only part right, there was indeed only a small number of pages.

It seems that Mr Brooks' works are getting shorter and shorter with every novel and this story might just be the shortest yet coming in at a very brief 306 pages. Assuming an average of 300-350 words to a page that leaves us with a novel that is at best 107,000 words and more likely closer to the bottom end 92,000 words. With that kind of word count I wonder what there is to justify the RRP of £20 for this book as it clearly isn't quantity. Hopefully then the quality would make up for it...

Sadly this isn't the case either.

I have been of the opinion that the Shannarah series has been struggling since the Gennesis of Shannarah trilogy. Since then the stories seem to have been vague (and sometimes a little more blatant) copies of earlier novels in this great series. After the events of the very last book I was hoping that this story would really raise the bar and bring something new to this series, progress the overall story and develop the world a little bit more as the older books did with every new trilogy/sub series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Same ol' Same ol' 23 July 2014
By Strivz
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He promised us something different, a new story from the world of Shannara, so I think great, half way through it, guess what? Same old tired storyline, Leah, Druids, federation trying to capture druids, corrupt politician using evil sorcerer.... Yardy yardy yar. You should know the story, you read it in his last three books ...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bit Disappointed To Be Honest 10 Aug 2014
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I've been a long time fan of Terry Brooks ever since my Uncle introduced his books to me in 1987 and the Shannara series and his excellent writing and story lines are what keeps me reading and what makes Terry Brooks my longest standing favourite author. Unfortunately I agree with a lot of the other reviewers in that his books do seem to be getting shorter and shorter than they used to be and especially when compared to the likes of The Sword Of Shannara: Number 1 in series and for me this book was really too short especially when considering the cost. I have been a long standing 'defender' of his shorter books since they started a few series ago but it really does seem to be taking the biscuit a bit now. Please Terry go back to writing a chunkier read! I do understand he is releasing books a lot faster than the old one book a year but I think I would prefer he went back to the one book a year if these short books continue as all it seems like now is that he is splitting what would be the old one book a year into two or three parts and it seems like a money maximizing exercise now. Also I have read that Terry is going to be 'wrapping up' the Shannara series as a whole and so the end of Shannara itself may happen within the next five years......NOOOOOOOOOOO! Is this the reason why the books are getting shorter? Is it because Terry is bored with Shannara?

Very small spolier from the beginning of the book:-
This series follows on from the last series (The Dark legacy of Shannara) as in it features Aphenglow Elessedil who is still the Ard Rhys at Paranor and Paxon Leah who is a descendant of Railing Ohmsford and Mirai Leah.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terry Brooks never disappoints 17 July 2014
By Dee
Terry Brooks never disappoints; love the Shannara books - can't wait for the next one. I won the fight to read it first. My son will have to wait a couple of days for his turn.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Time to move on from Shannara? 17 Oct 2014
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Poor old Terry Brooks: he must be getting desperate to think of new stopry lines to satisfy his many fans of the Shannara books who always demand another one. I can't help feeling he was as bored writing this book as I was reading it. As always he's a great raconteur, but it's time to move on from this particular fantasy world because the story is all played out, and in this latest tale it was hard to care about the hero or to feel the danger. To be fair, anyone who hasn't read all the others might have a very different view of course. Can't resist buying these books, but was left feeling let down.
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3.0 out of 5 stars whether that's good or bad is upto the reader 15 Aug 2014
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I found this to be an enjoyable story. I wanted to read something of high fantasy and with Terry Brooks you know what you're getting, whether that's good or bad is upto the reader.
My only criticism is that it seemed to be written in a simplistic manner with little complexity. This maybe down to my age (40's) as I have read a few Shannara novels a few years back and haven't found this before.
Worth a read if you want a simple high fantasy adventure rather then something as in depth as Game of Thrones etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best reading ever
Above and beyond excellent the very best of authors for Paul has gone through all his books and will continue to do so he reads them in just a few hours even the telly gets pushed... Read more
Published 15 hours ago by shoemaker
4.0 out of 5 stars What do you expect?
Having read all of Terry Brooks novels I must say that this did not disappoint! Yes he has a certain style but if you've read any of his books before you'll know that. Read more
Published 2 days ago by The Main Man
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Everything you would expect from this author. Fast moving and still loyal
To the elf stone story of scanneran and the omsfords.
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Usual Brooks and open end for follow up!
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Solid but nothing really new. Characters are typically Brooks creations - teenagers discover magic by accident and face power mad magician. Read more
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Published 16 days ago by D Lift
5.0 out of 5 stars another good read from terry brooks...
another enjoyable read from terry brooks enjoyed it from beginning to end and bought the ebook which was an awful lot cheaper when on a budget, many thanks to terry and keep up the... Read more
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Brilliant as always! All terry brooks books are!! Delivery was when expected and well wrappped.
Published 18 days ago by Shirley_Anne Devlin
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One of his best to date. This book is exciting and fast paced from the start. The characters are immediately likable. I would only wish it were longer.
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Terry Brooks just keeps on getting better an better. I have revisited Brooks from the beginning and have got to the transition books and his story is making sense if you haven't... Read more
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