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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (23 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841499773
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841499772
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 281,582 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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Terry Brooks is a master of the craft and a trailblazer . . . Required reading (Brent Weeks, 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, author of THE NAME OF THE WIND)

Wards of Faerie is the best novel Brooks has written in years . . . It's full of hair-raising escapes, twists to established traditions and set pieces familiar to Shannara fans and characters, interesting magic and monsters and diverse relationships (A DRIBBLE OF INK)

The design of the Shannara books spreads the story line across centuries, yet also makes it easy for new readers to jump in at any point . . . a grand example of the best of the best in the genre (Washington Post)

Terry Brooks has been my constant companion over a lifetime of exploring my beloved fantasy genre. I say with all honesty I would not be writing epic fantasy today if not for Shannara. If Tolkien is the grandfather of modern fantasy, Terry Brooks is its favorite uncle (Peter V. Brett, author of THE PAINTED MAN)

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

Terry's place is at the head of the fantasy world (Philip Pullman, author of THE GOLDEN COMPASS)

Tremendous . . . This may be the best Shannara novel in years. Highly recommended (SFRevu)

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Welcome to the new generation of Terry Brooks novels: This is the start of a brand new series from the author who kickstarted the modern fantasy phenomenon

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By S. Wilson TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Oct. 2012
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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 but I think I have to partially agree with a lot of the other reviewers of this book in that it just didn't seem as in depth as his books normally are and I have struggled so far to actually like and sympathize with any of the characters despite Khyber Elessedil making a reappearance but as the Ard Rhys. I can only surmise that Mr Brooks is using this first book in the trilogy as a 'scene setter' and the second in the trilogy - Bloodfire Quest which is due out next March will pick up the pace so to speak. In any matter the second book is already pre-ordered by me and Mr Brooks remains my longest standing favourite author. My review follows:

The book starts in the Elven capital of Arborlon with a druid elf called Aphenglow Elessedil who has been tirelessly searching the elven histories for the last year, searching for any mention of any lost or forgotten magic. Just when Aphenglow was perhaps beginning to lose hope of discovering anything new she stumbles upon a diary written many years ago by a young elven girl. The elven girl is called Aleia Omarosian and in her diary she describes meeting and falling for a Darkling boy who eventually steals the elfstones hidden in her home by her father. The elfstones described can only surely be one thing and that is the long lost and forgotten elfstones from the elven past. The only elfstones left in existence for century's have been the black elfstone and the blue seeking stones with the other's never having been found but could this be the first clue as to where those lost elfstones are?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Solo Rider on 3 Oct. 2013
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I have read almost everything Brooks has written (the Star Wars Phantom Menace book is on the shelf but remains unread) and have enjoyed them for the most part, particularly the early works. Due to personal circumstances I haven't had the time to read for a while and was eager to read this book while on holiday.
What a disappointment. Within a few chapters I was reminded that I was less than impressed with his last book too.
The style is plodding, inconsistent, unengaging and rather lazy. I slogged through the book waiting and hoping for it to get better but apart from a couple of brief flashes of the old Brooks it never really did. The plot and "twists" are, for the most part, extremely predictable and those parts that are not come as no real surprise.
The characters are shallow and bland and there are obvious "Red Shirts" (a term used in Star Trek circles to refer to the often anonymous red-shirted security officers that tended to be killed quickly if they ever had the misfortune to be featured in an episode).
I never really felt for any of the characters and indeed started to get angry and frustrated with the main character. She is regularly in danger but keeps assuring herself that her "heightened Druid senses" will protect her. Needless to say she is attacked several times without these senses warning her, and even friends and colleagues appear "suddenly" or "out of nowhere" very close to her. However, never does she question the apparent failures of her "heightened senses" and insists on slipping away from those who want to protect her. In the end I felt that she deserved to get her backside kicked!
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By GOTTON TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 July 2013
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Possibly the most brilliant thing Terry Brooks has done with his Shannara works is the creation of a world that spans thousands of years and evolves as a real world would.

In this book we find ourselves roughly a century on from the events of the previous novels (previous in terms of chronology in the series not in written order) and the world has moved on again. Science is catching up with magic and a struggle for power is coming soon. To think that the Shannara series started with small little hamlets and kingdoms and now encompasses federations and cities shows how far these books have gone. With the addition of newer books that acted as prequels we have been with the Shannara series through the destruction of an old world, the rise of a new and the countless rise and falls of different powers be they the druid council, kingdoms or even the rule of magic itself.

In all of the fantasy series I have ever read this is the first one to encompass so much change and it is the reason why every time you pick up a new Shannara series you can be sure that though instantly familiar as part of Terry Brook's world you are still in for a ride that feels just as fresh as ever.

This book is the first in a trilogy of which the Druids undertake a quest to find a magic lost to the world since the time of the faerie. Whilst they are out on their quest however they leave themselves open to attack from the federation of men who want to see the druids and all magic wiped from the world.

What follows is the beginning of what appears to be another gripping adventure for the Shannara world and possibly the beginning of a completely new era for the residents of the four lands.
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