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
"[Terry Brooks is] the most important fantasy writer since J.R.R. Tolkien." (Rocky Mountain News)
Cant wait for the next one.. Terry does it again.. love this series
This book is a sci-fi quest book. The characters are likable and the story is interesting.
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.
Welcome back from Hawaii Terry. This book is back on track. Great writing and interesting story.
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.
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.
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.
No. I've seen all those movies. Give me something entirely new.
The narrator's vocal abilities were fun. Nice job.
Number 2 !
Each scene had special moments through the whole book.
Excellent voice for this story !!
I was captivated by the whole story. Each character, as well !! I will listen to this a few more times.
This book seemed different from the many previous and was interesting to listen to. Very good reader.
Made it fun to listen/read along
the Druids at Paranor
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.
I found the authors site and a reading list for catching up with the series and began the series from the beginning.
I would if they had read all his other books. It's not a starter book for anyone.
I'd rather not say so I don't spoil it for anybody who hasn't read it yet.
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.
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.
I love to read and since 2011 I have been mostly listening to audiobooks because oftentimes there is nothing like a good narrator.
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.
Think about the Druids a little more.
Yes although I hope its not as whisper quiet as this one.
Yes but it's not his best work, not by far.
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.
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