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The Elfstones of Shannara: The Shannara Series, Book 2 | [Terry Brooks]

The Elfstones of Shannara: The Shannara Series, Book 2

Before the Great Wars and the Old Race of Man, there was a world populated by different beings: elves, demons, faeries, and the like. The Elves and the Demons constantly fought each other, until the Elves finally imprisoned them with the enchanted tree called the Ellcrys. Thousands of years later the Ellcrys still survives and still keeps the Demons imprisoned within the Spell of Forbidding, but not for much longer, the Ellcrys is dying.
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Before the Great Wars and the Old Race of Man, there was a world populated by different beings: elves, demons, faeries, and the like. The Elves and the Demons constantly fought each other, until the Elves finally imprisoned them with the enchanted tree called the Ellcrys. Thousands of years later the Ellcrys still survives and still keeps the Demons imprisoned within the Spell of Forbidding, but not for much longer, the Ellcrys is dying. Amberle Elessidil and Wil Ohmsford must set out to find the Bloodfire and put the sacred Ellcrys seed within it. But dark on their trail comes the Reaper, most fearsome of all Demons, aiming to crush their mission at any cost. Only the Elfstones of Shannara can protect them.

©1982 Terry Brooks; (P)2003 Books on Tape

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    Aaron Holden, ME, USA 05-03-06
    Aaron Holden, ME, USA 05-03-06
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    "A good story"

    Terry Brooks is often accused of plagiarising J.R.R. Tolkien's the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I would encourage people not to think of these books as plagiarism but as a further exploration of a world that we didn't get to see enough of before Mr.Tolkien's death. After I finished the Lord of the Rings I really wanted more. There were so many corners of Middle Earth that were left unexplored, so much more to see. I think that's what authors like Terry Brooks offer us. His world is not Middle Earth, as that's a copyrighted name, but it's clearly based off of it. None of the ideas here are unique. They are taken from better series like the Lord of the Rings and put into a post-apocalyptic world just like Stephen King's Dark Tower series but if you want more of the same, which I did, these books will deliver. I wouldn't recommend them as your first fantasy novels, I'd recommend LoTR, Dark Tower, The Song of Ice and Fire and The Wheel of Time series first, but when you're done with those and want more, as many fans do, the Shanarra books are a good read. They have all your favorite monsters and creatures revisted. There are better books out there but I feel the Shannara stories are good extensions of those tales for people who don't feel like they've had enough yet.

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Houston, TX, United States 09-10-07
    Paul Houston, TX, United States 09-10-07 Member Since 2012

    I've been an Audie Awards judge since 2008. I have enjoyed audiobooks since the days when they were called "Books on Tape".

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    "Great story"

    Carrying on two generations later from "Sword of Shannara", you taken on another fantastic journey. Though this story is filled with great action, it lacks any occasional humor to help endear the reader to the characters, leaving the story a little dry. Also the continous waves of action seem repetivite when the story hits on large scale events, but does not take away from the enjoyment. Just don't try to listen to the battle events at 1AM. I can't wait till the next book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Euryleia Buena Park, CA United States 08-27-07
    Euryleia Buena Park, CA United States 08-27-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Read the book"

    I remember enjoying this book when I first read it, many years ago, so I was pretty excited to get the unabridged audiobook... Then I started listening. Scott Brick's voice is clear and rich, pleasant to listen to, but his narration style makes me want to stab myself in the ear with a sharp object. EVERYTHING is dramatic- extremely dramatic- whether or not anything important is happening in the story. This style might work for reading Poe or Shakespearean drama but it doesn't work here. It completely destroys the flow and pacing of the story by trying to add artificial tension. The overall effect is 23 hours of torture. My advice is to read the books and spend your Audible credits elsewhere.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Kristi Gainesville, FL, USA 03-11-07
    Kristi Gainesville, FL, USA 03-11-07
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    "Very Good Story"

    After reading the first book in the series, which was complete Tolkien plagiarism, I was very hesitant to listen to anything else in the Shannara series. However, after about an hour into the "Elfstones", I found myself captivated by the story. There were some similarities to Tolkien, but, for the most part, this book showed a clear divergence from LOTR. Not to leave the review on that backhanded compliment, I will write that if you are a fan of the genre, this is a worthwhile listen.

    Scott Brick is NOT a good fantasy narrator, but once you get over his annoying and seemingly constant (Brooks writes in extremes) "ANYTHING" inflections, the story keeps you interested enough to continue.

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    Nathan E. Hatch 10-24-08 Member Since 2013
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    I thought that this was a great book. I liked it much more than sword of shannara. The plot was better and I thought the characters were developed better. I think that Brooks is a great author and look forward to finishing this series.

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    nathan tooele, UT, United States 05-20-11
    nathan tooele, UT, United States 05-20-11
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    "Technician"

    Very well read entertaining book. Terry Brooks is a very good writer and I would recommend all of his work. Scott Brick is awesome in his ability to tell the story and makes it very entertaining.

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    Sharon Makanda, IL, USA 12-13-09
    Sharon Makanda, IL, USA 12-13-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Marvelous fantasy, extremely well read"

    I have never read a Terry Brooks book I didn't like and they are particularly well suited to audio. Scott Brick is one of my favorite readers and he does a great job in all the Brooks books he reads. Listen to them all!

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    Martin 09-30-09
    Martin 09-30-09
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    "Great book, not great narration"

    I love this series. But I am really tired of this narrator, Scott Brick. These books read so easily when you read them in hardcopy. The characters are fun, and you get involved in the storyline. This guys narration is just grating. If you only listen to books on audio then go ahead and listen. Just have to ignore the narrators tone, silly cadence, and emphasis on every single line.

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    "Reader is overly dramatic"

    He reminds me of a pastor delivering a sermon. It actually is making it difficult to get into the story.

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    icedragon86 04-18-15
    icedragon86 04-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "grate book"

    love this series have since I was in Jr high school it never fails to make me fill like I'm there with the characters

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