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Wards of Faerie Audiobook
Wards of Faerie
Written by: 
Terry Brooks
Narrated by: 
Rosalyn Landor
Wards of Faerie Audiobook

Wards of Faerie: The Dark Legacy of Shannara

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Publisher's Summary

Seven years after the conclusion of the High Druid of Shannara trilogy, New York Times best-selling author Terry Brooks at last revisits one of the most popular eras in the legendary epic fantasy series that has spellbound listeners for more than three decades.

When the world was young, and its name was Faerie, the power of magic ruled - and the Elfstones warded the race of Elves and their lands, keeping evil at bay. But when an Elven girl fell hopelessly in love with a Darkling boy of the Void, he carried away more than her heart.

Thousands of years later, tumultuous times are upon the world now known as the Four Lands. Users of magic are in conflict with proponents of science. Elves have distanced their society from the other races. The dwindling Druid order and its teachings are threatened with extinction. A sinister politician has used treachery and murder to rise as prime minister of the mighty Federation. Meanwhile, poring through a long-forgotten diary, the young Druid Aphenglow Elessedil has stumbled upon the secret account of an Elven girl's heartbreak and the shocking truth about the vanished Elfstones. But never has a little knowledge been so very dangerous - as Aphenglow quickly learns when she's set upon by assassins.

Yet there can be no turning back from the road to which fate has steered her. For whoever captures the Elfstones and their untold powers will surely hold the advantage in the devastating clash to come. But Aphenglow and her allies - Druids, Elves, and humans alike - remember the monstrous history of the Demon War, and they know that the Four Lands will never survive another reign of darkness. But whether they themselves can survive the attempt to stem that tide is another question entirely.

©2012 Terry Brooks (P)2012 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"[Terry Brooks is] the most important fantasy writer since J.R.R. Tolkien." (Rocky Mountain News)

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    Karen chandler, AZ, United States 12-09-12
    Karen chandler, AZ, United States 12-09-12 Member Since 2008
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    Would you listen to Wards of Faerie again? Why?

    Cant wait for the next one.. Terry does it again.. love this series


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    R. S. Griffith 09-21-12
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    "Good Read, character names a little hard to remem."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is a sci-fi quest book. The characters are likable and the story is interesting.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shawna United States 08-26-12
    Shawna United States 08-26-12 Member Since 2014
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    "WOW! So glad I picked it up....."
    Any additional comments?

    I love Terry Brooks and especially the Shannara series....this is true to the series, but fresh and exciting. The story is so relevant to the long standing story line that flows through all the Shannara stories (much more than the High Druid series). I only wish the whole series were already complete. I read this in only two days and now find myself contemplating in anguish the years it will take before the journey is complete.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Whitehouse, TX, United States 08-26-12
    Amazon Customer Whitehouse, TX, United States 08-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Thanks for a better book."

    Welcome back from Hawaii Terry. This book is back on track. Great writing and interesting story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-01-14

    Meg

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    "Mishmash, but entertaining"
    What did you like best about Wards of Faerie? What did you like least?

    Best:

    1. The author's depiction of a non gender-biased society, people are valued for their skills and not their gender. Inherent sexism is given no space in this book.

    2. Dialogue, when it's developed. In fact, the dialogue, when it heralded originality, i.e. wasn't overtly borrowing from other authors, was the very best part.

    3. Direct connections between the fallibility of the character's judgements and the outcomes of their futures. Everyone makes errors in judgement. As a reader, this allowed me to better identify with the character development. Killing off characters due to their own ego indulgence or faulty judgement was strangely validating, especially in comparison to other stories that refuse to allow characters to experience the consequences of faulty/immoral decisions.

    Least:

    1. Liberal borrowing of concepts/passages from other book series was thinly veiled: e.g. The Hobbit... Blend of faerie species on quest to dark land, led by powerful magic person, to recover stolen powerful magic treasure that will save the land; Star Trek/Dune/Harry Potter...think Volcan mind meld ala BeniJeserat mind probe ala Dumbledor memory threads; Star Wars... undisciplined, young son(s) with extraordinary skills and passion for flying machines, desperate to assist widowed mother, possessing special magical skills -wishsong aka "the Force"; King Killer Chronicles... Tempi warrior; Clan of the Cave Bear..."the Mogur used to have a name, long since forgotten, now he is just called The Mogur" and in this story, "the Speakman used to have a name, long since forgotten, now he is just called the Speakman;" Darkover... forbidden crystals that power flying machines skimming over the land (also StarTrek dilithium crystals, and more), Harry Potter/Darkover... Order of magic, prejudice against species and attempt to annihilate/genocide, etc., etc, etc,...

    2. Rush to character development: too much telling/description, too little showing/dialogue. As a reader, it's always more enriching for me to assess the characters through dialogue so I can draw my own conclusions, rather than be told what to think about the character, especially without supporting evidence.

    3. The chaotic, undeveloped entrance of myriad new characters. Plot twists and complexity are one thing, ADD plot twists are another.

    4. Abruptness. Everywhere.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Terry Brooks again?

    Yes. Despite the liberal borrowing, there was enough reconfiguration of used ideas and sprinkles of originality that I feel the need to finish the series.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. I've seen all those movies. Give me something entirely new.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator's vocal abilities were fun. Nice job.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Chris's Card Winchester, Virginia 11-20-14
    Chris's Card Winchester, Virginia 11-20-14

    Chris W.

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    "A mystery unfolds......"
    Where does Wards of Faerie rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Number 2 !


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wards of Faerie?

    Each scene had special moments through the whole book.


    What does Rosalyn Landor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent voice for this story !!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was captivated by the whole story. Each character, as well !! I will listen to this a few more times.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry Greenville, TX, United States 11-11-14
    Sherry Greenville, TX, United States 11-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    This book seemed different from the many previous and was interesting to listen to. Very good reader.

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    Laurie Freeman 03-03-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting quest"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Wards of Faerie to be better than the print version?

    Made it fun to listen/read along


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wards of Faerie?

    the Druids at Paranor


    Have you listened to any of Rosalyn Landor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    first one


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Enjoyed the book so that I returned to the original book and started reading the entire series. I helps fill in the details of this book to go back and find out the history which was in the previous books.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the authors site and a reading list for catching up with the series and began the series from the beginning.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dustin32 09-18-12
    Dustin32 09-18-12 Member Since 2010
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    "It's a have to read if you're a fan"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would if they had read all his other books. It's not a starter book for anyone.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wards of Faerie?

    I'd rather not say so I don't spoil it for anybody who hasn't read it yet.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    She just wasn't a good one for these books. But not the worst narrator I've ever heard. You kinda get used to her. Phil Gigante or Sam Tsoutsouvas are really the best guys for Terry Brooks.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I have always been a huge fan of Terry Brooks. I did enjoy this story, and have big hopes for the series. It wasn't as long as I had hoped. There wasn't as much action as there should have been. I just wish that one Druid would come along that is as bad-ass as Allanon or Grianne. These Druids are weak and pitiful.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wesley New Britain, CT, United States 08-25-12
    Wesley New Britain, CT, United States 08-25-12 Member Since 2012

    I love to read and since 2011 I have been mostly listening to audiobooks because oftentimes there is nothing like a good narrator.

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    "Sad to say the Druids are dissapointing"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The Druids. There aren't any real Druids in this book. They are child pretenders and not real Druids. Grianne Ohmsford was a real Druid and so was Allanon and even Walker Boh. Can you imagine what Bremen would say about a Druid that would confront dozens of armed soldiers and the only thing she can do is "fling" 3 of them back a little bit and then send a tripping magic at a few?Also, Paranor has fallen to treachery in the past and they know it. Now soldiers are at the gates and they know for a fact that a traitor is in the Druid Keep. Do they think to....Oh I don't know....maybe CHECK THE DOORS???? They know the soldiers can't get into the keep unless someone opens a door for them and they know there is a traitor, and even have it narrowed down to two people, and the next morning a few hundred soldiers amass in front of the keep. The Druids know they can't attack or if they do attack, they will be destroyed. So, do they check the doors? No. They stand on the wall and stare at the soldiers saying that "hmm, we have a traitor" but do nothing about it.Once the Keep takes down the airships and kills all those men, maybe 400 are left? 500 at the most? That ends up being enough to take the Keep and only the old magic, from the pit below the keep, is enough to save it? It has to take the keep and lock it away the way Allanon did years before. Those Driuids were pathetic.


    What could Terry Brooks have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Think about the Druids a little more.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Rosalyn Landor?

    Yes although I hope its not as whisper quiet as this one.


    Was Wards of Faerie worth the listening time?

    Yes but it's not his best work, not by far.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, when the elfling Druid defended herself in Arborlon she had to kill a man. His body disappeared and no one ever mentioned it again, not even the Druid.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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