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)
I've been working in bookshops nearly all my life, and Terry Brooks is one of those pillars of fantasy sections- a mental bookmark that helps you reshelve as you alphabetize, anything after 'br' can go past the huge colourblocked swathe he takes up on the shelf. I sort of mentally had him categorized in with Robert Jordan or Anne McCaffrey, so when I finally picked up Wards of Faerie I was surprised how little it stirred a chord in me.
It felt... adequate. Derivative of JRR Tolkein in such a serious way that it never really sparked my imagination. I've been told that the sequels get better about that, and turn into their own thing, but it doesn't come through in this book. I wish I loved it, because Brooks is pretty prolific, but for me this one was a non-starter. I finished the book but I won't pick up the next one in the series- but if you liked Mercedes Lackey or LE Modessit, Piers Anthony or anyone in that kind of big pulpy fantasy era it might be worth a go!
Ive listened to all the audiobooks in the Shannara series up to this point, and this was just as good as the rest. This is the first book in the series to have a female narrator, and she did it very well!
I'm not sure why, but Terry Brooks seems determined to crush the intelligence out of the world of Shannara. With each successive book the main characters make more ridiculous decisions and show even less foresight. When a fantasy book, which by definition has a wide margin for suspension of disbelief, leaves you thinking that you "can't believe" anyone would be that stupid, it might just mean the author isn't trying as hard to make the decisions plausible.
I've read or listened to every Shannara book up to this point. I'm giving him one more book to fix the trend. I can't keep reading a series in which the protagonists are complete imbeciles.
I am walking to my computer to get book to now, I only wish the books or longer they seem to end just when I'm getting into it.
The story is great but the heavy British accent takes a little getting use to, but not a negative. The drop in stars has to do with flaws in story I found but won't share to save the entertainment for others.
Anything terry brooks is a greatread
British easy clear
Definitely worth your time.
The narrator sounds like she should do professional lullabies. I couldn't listen for longer than 30 min at a time because she lacked the necessary animation and enthusiasm all great narrators exhibit.
No. It takes a ton of patience befor it even starts getting slightly interesting.
She lacks personality.
Nope. I've heard enough. It's too hackneyed of a story anyway. Give me characters that are unique.
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