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Wards of Faerie: The Dark Legacy of Shannara | [Terry Brooks]

Wards of Faerie: The Dark Legacy of Shannara

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 Druid order is threatened.
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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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    Laurie Meridianville, AL, United States 03-03-13
    Laurie Meridianville, AL, United States 03-03-13 Member Since 2010
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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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    Richard Yonkers, NY, United States 02-27-13
    Richard Yonkers, NY, United States 02-27-13 Member Since 2009

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    "back to a new begining"
    What made the experience of listening to Wards of Faerie the most enjoyable?

    it brought back the magic! I like the world he (Terry Brooks) created.
    I wish the remainder of the last series was available on audio book but it is not (Word &Void).


    What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

    she did a good job


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    at times yes to both


    Any additional comments?

    please get the The Word & Void Novels
    •Running with the Demon
    •A Knight of the Word
    •Angel Fire East
    on audio.
    I am having a hard time with my eyes over the years,
    I have difficulty reading

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen chandler, AZ, United States 12-09-12
    Karen chandler, AZ, United States 12-09-12
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    "cant wait!"
    Would you listen to Wards of Faerie again? Why?

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


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. S. Griffith Beaver, WV United States 09-21-12
    R. S. Griffith Beaver, WV United States 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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon MAKANDA, IL, United States 09-17-12
    Sharon MAKANDA, IL, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2008

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    "It's good to go back to Shannara"

    If you love Shannara; if you love Terry Brooks, you will enjoy this book. Interesting but familiar characters; good story. I wish Scott Brick was back to read the book; even Phil Gigante would be okay. Rosalyn Landor is a great narrator but she just isn't a good fit for a Shannara book. Overall, this is definitely "credit-worthy"! One caveat: this is the first of a trilogy and all sorts of things are left hanging at the end of the book. It is NOT a stand-alone book. But it's a fantasy trilogy, right? So relax and enjoy a trip back to Shannara!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shawna United States 08-26-12
    Shawna United States 08-26-12 Member Since 2011
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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.

    1 of 1 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 2009
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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.

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Arvada, CO, United States 08-27-12
    Michael Arvada, CO, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Not one of the best listens"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Having a female narrator distracted from the story in my opinion.


    What three words best describe Rosalyn Landor’s performance?

    ok, mechanical, oh-hum


    Any additional comments?

    Scott Brick, Dick Hill and Phill Gigante made this series of books come alive, especially Scot Brick.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    HarshMovieCritOne 04-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Ok but not any where as good as the first 9"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Nope, I found it kind of like the other books but without interesting characters


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    There was really nothing new, basically a new generation of uninteresting characters reliving the previous books.


    What didn’t you like about Rosalyn Landor’s performance?

    bla


    Could you see Wards of Faerie being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    NEVER


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