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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; New Ed edition (3 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743414985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743414982
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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War threatens the Four Lands, and Shannara's only hope lies in Penderrin Ohmsford, but it's a dreadfully slim hope. To save his world, Pen must restore his aunt, the former Ilse Witch, to her rightful position as High Druid of Shannara. But first Pen must free his aunt Grianne from the Forbidding: the world of the demons. To have the slightest chance of freeing her, he must find the mystical tree called the Tanequil, and somehow craft a talisman from its wood. But Shadea a'Ru, the treacherous usurper of his aunt's position, will do anything to stop Pen--and she has already captured Pen's parents and forced them to reveal their son's whereabouts. Sen Dunsidan, the monstrous Prime Minister of the Federation, has armed his greatest airship with a horrible new weapon. And Pen is just a boy, accompanied on his dangerous quest by only a Dwarf, a young Elf, and a blind Rover girl.

Filled with action, treachery, and sacrifice, Tanequil will enthrall Terry Brooks's millions of fans as it roars to a shocking conclusion. However, newcomers to the Shannara series should not begin with Tanequil. It's the middle book of the High Druid of Shannara trilogy, and the thirteenth novel of a complicated high-fantasy series with numerous characters and sentient races. Newcomers should start with Jarka Ruus, the first book of the High Druid trilogy--or, better yet, with The Sword of Shannara, the first book of the series. --Cynthia Ward --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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" A great storyteller, Terry Brooks creates rich epics filled with mystery, magic, and memorable characters. If you haven' t read Terry Brooks, you haven' t read fantasy."
- Christopher Paolini, author of Eragon
" [The] Shannara books make up the most important contribution to fantasy literature since The Lord of the Rings."
- Rocky Mountain News
" Nonstop action [and] well-honed characterizations . . . will certainly satisfy his devoted following."
- Booklist

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"A great storyteller, Terry Brooks creates rich epics filled with mystery, magic, and memorable characters. If you haven't read Terry Brooks, you haven't read fantasy."
-Christopher Paolini, author of Eragon
"[The] Shannara books make up the most important contribution to fantasy literature since The Lord of the Rings."
-Rocky Mountain News
"Nonstop action [and] well-honed characterizations . . . will certainly satisfy his devoted following."
-Booklist

A great storyteller, Terry Brooks creates rich epics filled with mystery, magic, and memorable characters. If you haven t read Terry Brooks, you haven t read fantasy.
Christopher Paolini, author of Eragon
[The] Shannara books make up the most important contribution to fantasy literature since The Lord of the Rings.
Rocky Mountain News
Nonstop action [and] well-honed characterizations . . . will certainly satisfy his devoted following.
Booklist" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on 28 Oct. 2004
Format: Hardcover
As Terry becomes older and writes more, as all writers, he gets better; but heres the difference from he and other writers. As he grows older he gets better and better at the same rate where as many writers slow down and stop eventually. His novels are just an example this; with this novel being one of his best yet. Some may say that if you write too many books you'll run out of ideas but Terry just keeps on rolling with each new series. I eagerly await the arrival of the final book in the series and implore you that this is not the beginning of a spiral downwards as one reviewer percieved but his steady climb upwards! It's a great novel for all ages and brings the reader into first person, feeling what the character feels and worrying for him/her as much as though they were family, whilst feeling much fear and hatred for the enemies and hating every part of their enemies malicious beings!
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Terry Brooks made his name with the Shannara series, coming back to it again and again in various trilogies (and one four-parter). It got to the point where even some of his fans were saying "enough!" They all started sounding the same with small differences (the Jerle Shannara trilogy took place across the sea, for one thing). Then, Brooks came out with Jarka Ruus. While still very similar in content, Brooks appeared to be taking the series in a bit of a new direction. Now, we have the second book in the High Druid of Shannara trilogy, Tanequil It's a step down from the first book, but not too bad. Average is probably the best word for it (though I'm sure Brooks wouldn't think so).
There's one major problem with Tanequil, which is that it's kind of boring. It reads very much like all the other Shannara books (the main characters spend a lot of time brooding about their situation), but the action is much less. Thus, we spend a disproportionate amount of time in the characters' heads, and it isn't that interesting. Either the villain is musing over her plans for Grianne or ultimate power, the Prime Minister of the Federation is going over what he intends to do with a new weapon, or Pen is brooding over what the cost of his little expedition has been in lives and heartache. What's even worse is that he repeats himself a little bit. Why Shadea has to tell the reader multiple times that her current relationship is one of convenience that she's willing to throw away as soon as it's no longer useful is unclear. This has always been a problem with Brooks, but he's always made up for it with exciting action scenes. This time, he doesn't. Compared to the rest of the books, there's relatively little.
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I have been a big fan of Terry Brooks since I was very young (started reading Sword of Shannara when i was 10) and have observed how the books have changed over the years. He created legends from the first 3 Shannara novels, which all of the Shannara books following have been based on. However the legends which he created now seem so far away and part of a golden age of Shannara story telling. Dont get me wrong, I loved The Heritage series of Shannara novels, but since the start of where increased technology seemse to be introduced into the world (and less belief and useage in magic), it seems slightly less.....well magic. Anyway, to the book: Tanequil starts off slower than his other books. You do not get thrown strait into the action for a while and I think this may deter some of his younger fans. However I am older now and appreciate this far more than I would have done had I been younger. This gives you time to explore whats been happening in the four lands and how the characters are developing. However this books is like wine and matures through time; the more you read through the story the more you enjoy it. This is another aspects of the Shannara novels which has changed because its one of the few Shannara novels that has not left me hooked throughout. Every other Shannara novel has left me gasping for more and more of the story until its finished, but Tanequil leaves you wondering and wondering and well..... wondering for over half the book before the pace speeds up and the core of the plots and the characters are uncovered and developed. However once it gets hold of you, it does not let you go after that. There are of course discrepinses (which may be fixed or at least smoothed out in the third book).Read more ›
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This is a very good second book in the trilogy. Anyone who is a Terry Brooks fan will be glued to this book, I read it in two days. The book continues with the missing Grianne who is being held by someone very upleasant! There is twists and turns in this book and you have to know the story so far and the characters to boot but it is a cliffhanger again as all Terry's books are I now have the frustration of waiting to see how the story ends can't come quick enough fo me, the last book is called Straken which when you read the book, I brings the thought who is the straken relating to...will Pen, Bek and the others be in time, will the elves be saved so much reading so little time.
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