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Jarka Ruus: High Druid of Shannara, Book 1 | [Terry Brooks]

Jarka Ruus: High Druid of Shannara, Book 1

Despite denouncing her former life as the dreaded Ilse Witch, Grianne Ohmsford still has bitter enemies within the Third Druid Council. Among the highest ranks lurk those who cannot forget her reign of terror, who covet her seat of power, and who will stop at nothing to see her deposed, or destroyed. Even Grianne's few allies know of the lots against her. But they could never anticipate her sudden, ominous disappearance in the dead of the night without a trace.
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Twenty years have passed since Grianne Ohmsford denounced her former life as the dreaded Ilse Witch. Now fulfilling the destiny predicted for her, she has established the Third Druid Council and dedicated herself to its goals of peace, harmony among the races, and defense of the Four Lands. But the political intrigue, secret treachery, and sinister deeds that have haunted Druid history for generations to continue to thrive. And despite her devotion to the greater good as Ard Rhys, the High Druid of Paranor, Grianne still has bitter enemies.

Among the highest ranks of the Council she leads lurk those who cannot forget her reign of terror as the Isle Witch, who covet her seat of power, and who will stop at nothing to see her deposed, or destroyed. Even Grianne's few allies, chief among them her trusted servant Tagwen, know of the lots against her. But they could never anticipate the sudden, ominous disappearance of the Ard Rhys, in the dead of the night without a trace.

Now, barely a step ahead of the dark forces bent on stopping him, Tagwen joins Grianne's brave young nephew Penderrin Olmsford, and the wise, powerful elf Ahren Elessedil on a desperate and dangerous mission of search and rescue: to deliver the High Druid of Shannara from an unspeakable fate.

©2003 Terry Brooks; (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc.; Published in arrangement with Random House Audio Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.

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    Jimmy Willow Springs, MO, USA 12-24-03
    Jimmy Willow Springs, MO, USA 12-24-03
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    "Brooks is Back!"

    Having greatly disliked the previous Shannara series, The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara, I had misgivings about starting a new one. I'm glad I chose to give it a chance -- Brooks is back in form! The style and plotting of this series is nothing new -- the usual quest with an Ohmsford along for good measure -- but that doesn't deter from a great plot with well-developed characters, some new, some old from the previous trilogy. This book harkens back to the Heritage of Shannara series, which is IMHO the best of the group. Scott Brick is also a great reader.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Felix vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 07-06-05
    Felix vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 07-06-05
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    "Great book enhanced by great reader"

    I have always been a fan of Terry Brooks. So I knew right away I would like the book. But what makes an audiobook a masterpiece is the quality of the reader and in this case I am not dissapointed. After the first few minutes I became a fan of Scott Bricks. He is easy to understand and know how to use all the secret of his trade to make this wonderful book exceptional.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lesley Seattle, WA, United States 01-30-08
    Lesley Seattle, WA, United States 01-30-08 Member Since 2005

    From Austen to zombies!

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    "Slow start, but worth it"

    This is a great pick for anyone who enjoyed the other Shannara books. Grianne Ohmsford is back, no longer the Ilse Witch--now she's Ard Rhys of the druids and desperate to get the druid council up and running. She has a lot to worry about, including some indications of strange magic going on near Paranor.

    At the start of the book I found myself bored with druidic politics and wishing something interesting would happen. But about an hour in, after meeting Pen Ohmsford, the story took off like an airship, with several exciting plot lines going at once. I couldn't stop listening.

    Scott Brick as always does a great job here. One warning: the story is a little more epic than some of Brooks's other books (hence the long set-up time at the beginning), and it ends on somewhat of a cliffhanger. Don't start this one unless you're prepared to get part 2, Tanequil.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    allison 06-13-10
    allison 06-13-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Book, random ending"

    I loved this book, but it ended very oddly mid story. There was no "finale" or wrap-up of current struggles, there was simply an epilogue that explained how the book was randomly ending and a teaser that the next book would continue where this one left off.

    Very odd...

    I also found out that this is not the first book of the Shannara series, but the 7th series within several sets of books.

    Those gripes aside, I'll probably get the next book to see what happens, and may some day go back to start with Armageddon's Children (what appears to be the actual first book).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Darryl Addington 11-04-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Am I missing something?"

    I'm a long time reader of fantasy and science fiction but hadn't "read" a Terry Brooks novel until this one. I have to say that I don't get the appeal. All the reviews indicate that this should be an excellent novel but I don't get it. The characters seem to be slaves to the plot and I can't shake the feeling that author thinks I'm too dumb to interpret emotions if they aren't explicitly told to me. I can't recommend this book to anybody who isn't desperate for a fantasy novel.

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    Lois Huntington, WV, United States 04-09-09
    Lois Huntington, WV, United States 04-09-09 Member Since 2009
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    "I really wanted to like it"

    Am I missing something? When I started this book it felt like I started in the middle of a story not the beginning. I tried to listen in the hopes it would get better, but I found myself repeatedly checking to make sure I was listening to book one part one. I ended up giving up on the story

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    "One big compalint"

    Scott Brick is always good but I was very annoyed that he changed the voices he used from book 1 to book 2. Book 1 had more British-like accents and in Book 2 they all sound American...wondering now what I'll get in book 3...

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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