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The Darkling Child: The Defenders of Shannara by [Brooks, Terry]
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The Darkling Child: The Defenders of Shannara Kindle Edition

4.4 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in The Defenders of Shannara (3 Book Series)
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Praise for "The Darkling Child"
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Brimming with magic . . . a bubbling cauldron of fantasy and intrigue. This novel shines best through a full-bodied embrace of its most wildly imaginative magic and artifice, which is careful not to overshadow the story s greater half, fueled by a complex but well-constructed manifold of motives. The intrigue, grounded in a world that strays just enough from a traditional fantasy universe to elicit delighted curiosity, guarantees a solid fantasy read, especially for those already drawn into [Terry] Brooks s vast world of Shannara. "Booklist"
Brooks s fans and those who prefer their fantasy on a smaller scale will appreciate the more personal but still high-stakes turn in this famous world. "Publishers Weekly"
Praise for Terry Brooks
"The Sword of Shannara" is an unforgettable and wildly entertaining epic, animated by Terry Brooks s cosmically generative imagination and storytelling joy. Karen Russell, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Swamplandia!"
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If Tolkien is the grandfather of modern fantasy, Terry Brooks is its favorite uncle. Peter V. Brett, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Desert Spear"
I can t even begin to count how many of Terry Brooks s books I ve read (and reread) over the years. From Shannara to Landover, his work was a huge part of my childhood. Patrick Rothfuss, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Name of the Wind"
Terry Brooks is a master of the craft and a trailblazer who established fantasy as a viable genre. He is required reading. Brent Weeks, "New York Times" bestselling author of The Night Angel Trilogy
The Shannara books were among the first to really capture my imagination. My daydreams and therefore my stories will always owe a debt to Terry Brooks. Brandon Mull, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of the Beyonders and Fablehaven series

"From the Hardcover edition.""

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 812 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345540794
  • Publisher: Orbit (9 Jun. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HP4HG24
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,428 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have read an earlier book in this series, and absolutely loved it so I was extremely looking forward to this one and it didn't disappoint! Terry Brooks has an amazing way of weaving a plot that sucks the reader in from the very first page. The storyline of The Darkling Child is unique in so many ways. At an initial glance it may seem like a typical paranormal, war based novel, but there really is so much more to it than that. The characters are well scripted, the language used is beautifully descriptive and you can't stop yourself from getting hooked!
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I have been a fan of Terry brooks since I read 'The Sword of Shannara' many years ago . I eagerly await each new book, which I can devour within a couple of days. I have however been less impressed with his more recent books and in particular this latest one ' The Darkling Child' . Terry brooks strength has been his ability to transport the reader to a world of magic, myth and sword play, with strong characters who you care about and themes which captivate the reader. This latest book felt as if it was one chapter stretched out into a book and it took me two weeks to read, at the end of which I still don't know who the Darkling child is !!. Please bring back the old Druid styles, ellesedils and the excitement and magic we have come to love from the world of Shannara
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It was really good to read another Terry Brooks novel. He is a master of the genre and if you've read his other books then it's like putting on a comfortable garment, as the background and family histories are all familiar. I look forward to the next in the series.
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While it's a Shannara book, and it was interesting, I found it was not quite up to Terry Brooks's storytelling standard. Maybe he's struggling to keep up the momentum. I look forward to the third in this series to see if he's picked up the momentum again,
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Having read everything in the series this installment is as well written as everything else. I have grown up reading Terry's books and can't wait for the next it's a must read for anyone who has read any of his work
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Format: Hardcover
The Shannara stories were the first set of fantasy books I voluntarily picked up as a young adult and are, without doubt, the reason for my total and obsessive love with this genre. I was so very excited to learn I would be getting a copy to review. Things did not go as expected.

I had read the first story in anticipation of receiving the second instalment from this new subset of Shannara books. It wasn't great. The story is almost verbatim, what has happened in several other books, just this time, new names, but still the same places (as expected, it is set in the same world, after all) and the same situations.

Paxon, the male lead, has found, quite by accident, that the old family sword that's hung over the fireplace since he was a child, has magic. At the end of the first book, we also found his sister has awoken the dormant Wishsong magic within herself but can remember nothing of it. Paxon is offered the chance to live and work with the Druids, to not only learn about his powers but also to become the Sword of the Ard Rhys (A sort of magical protector). Several months have passed and Paxon still has to decide whether to tell his sister that she carries the Wishsong Magic that has been dormant in his family for several generations. She has used it once but it was so traumatic, she has forgotten. I'm not going to recount what happens. It was too trite.
Paxons constant dithering really ground on my nerves. The evil sorcerer from the last book has been marked for death by the government and the an elite squad in the army. Yet again, through pure luck, he escapes. Paxon and a Druid colleague are sent to bring him to justice once and for all.
The entire book was painful to read.
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By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Jun. 2015
Format: Hardcover
Having been a huge Shannara fan for years, I always love the chance to return to Terry’s world to spend time with not just the characters but events that help shape it. Whilst many of the books are tied in to various series, this is the authors only second stand alone (although personally as a reader I still reread the whole set fitting the new one into the correct place in the timeline.)

As usual with Terry you’re drawn in with cracking prose, solid storytelling and perhaps best of all flawed heroes who seek to uphold their ideal’s whilst not only remaining true to their ideal’s but managing to grow despite what their choices throw at them. Its definitely a series that will have you cheering, have you reading long into the night alongside giving the reader the chance to share their successes and of course their losses.

Its definitely a series I can’t help but love but when you also add the way that Terry manages to add extra layers to what we already know, generates quite a unique experience. Absolutely cracking.
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As an avid Terry Brooks Fan, I eagerly awaited the new book, and was not disappointed in the slightest, but for the best enjoyment, I'd thoroughly suggest reading all his word & demon and shannara books then you will enjoy the book even more.
Terry has the art to be able to bring characters to life, making them more than two dimensional characters. Just as you think you know where its going, then there is a wrinkle and off at another angle you go.
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