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Wards of Faerie (Dark Legacy of Shannara) [Library Binding]

Terry Brooks
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26 Feb 2013 Dark Legacy of Shannara

There was an age when the world was young.

It was a time before the coming of humans, a time when magic was the dominant power - and it was named the age of Faerie.

Ever since this time, a bitter war has been raging between the forces of good and evil. And it was during this age that the Elfstones protecting the Elven race disappeared. They have been missing for thousands of years.

Now a clue to their location may have surfaced in the ancient diary of a princess, and it will be the beginning of an adventure that no-one could have anticipated.

This is the beginning of a breathtaking new series from the master of modern fantasy Terry Brooks. Returning to his core Shannara world, this spellbinding series will astound both seasoned Terry Brooks fans and those discovering his magical world for the first time.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Library Binding: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books; Reprint edition (26 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0606320881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0606320887
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.6 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,355,783 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)

[Brooks'] writing has eerie depths and insights that show just why he is held in such high regard (DAILY MAIL)

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

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)

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)

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)

Will have readers racing their way through the book and leave them gasping for the next in the series at the end (British Fantasy Society) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The start of a brand new Shannara series from the master of modern fantasy Terry Brooks - when dark ancient powers awaken, a legend begins . . . --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wards of Faerie: The Dark Legacy of Shannara 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
2.0 out of 5 stars So disappointing 3 Oct 2013
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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For fans of Brooks' Shannara series here comes a new trilogy expanding on the world and happenings. Set in a volatile period of Elven history, where science and technology is getting rediscovered by the races just as the magical power is slowly waning (the exception being the handful of druids still very much invested in it), it goes sufficiently far to be an intriguing volume drawing you into the new trilogy.

A quest for finding long lost elfstones is one of the main threads in the book, the other being the defence of the druid order as such. While there is a partial resolution to the one part, the book is more or less only a scene setter to the other one.

As the book is a scene setter for the rest of the trilogy, most of the characters are covered only vaguely - the exception being Aphenglow Elessedil, the female protagonist (elven druid). With her you get a reasonably well developed, rounded character.

The book finds a reasonable balance between scene setting, character development and action sequences, and while the high number of characters only allows some of them to be developed fully (and some disappear before getting there), it all remains intriguing enough to look forward to the second and third installments to the trilogy. While I have read other Shannara works by the author, doing so is not essential (even if somewhat helpful) for one's enjoyment of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Continueing to please 3 Feb 2013
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Terry Brooks has again brought to life a new adventure that teases at dark things to come.
I will not spoil the plot so will just say that the characters have been introduced and led into peril by the end with what promises to be a darker story than most.
Brooks continueing to weave his magic in the world of Shannara.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars St+f
a very good and fun book to read and a very logical follow on to his other books and I look forward to the next two books
Published 21 hours ago by Choc
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I like nearly all of his books
Published 3 days ago by hombre65james
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it !
Going to be in 7th Heaven for quite a while ! Didn't realise until now that Terry had writtain more was gutted when I thought that was it ! Read more
Published 26 days ago by liz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading
I've always loved science fantasy reading, and this is a trilogy of reading that you would not want to put down. Loved it.
Published 27 days ago by Lambert John-Baptist
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I was recently introduced to Terry Brooks books by a friend and now I can't stop reading them, I'm hooked!
Very well written - I didn't want to put it down!.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Roma Crump
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction
A great start to the trilogy introducing all the Characters and giving you a image of how they look and act.
Published 2 months ago by Carl Hughes
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I considered myself a real fan and loved the original Shannara books back in the day. However was disappointed with this and felt it lacked that magical spark the original series... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sheila
3.0 out of 5 stars Passable
Delighted to have another in the Shanara series to read, but this one falls foul of putting the Druids back into a position of naivety where they either aren't aware of or can't... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lorcan Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars I always like his work
I love everythings Terry Brooks does. I love his style of writing and I love the characters he creates. Another good read.
Published 2 months ago by paul-m
3.0 out of 5 stars the Dark Legacy of Shannara.
Enjoyed the book very much. The story line held me and I thought the book had lots of action in it.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Jacqueline D. Bond
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