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The first book of the triumphant and epic four-part conclusion to the Shannara series, from one of the all-time masters of fantasy.

Across the Four Lands, peace has reigned for generations. But now, in the far north, an unknown enemy is massing. More troubling than the carnage is the strange and wondrous power wielded by the attackers—a breed of magic unfamiliar even to the Druid order. Fearing the worst, the High Druid dispatches a diplomatic party under the protection of the order’s sworn guardian, Dar Leah, to confront the mysterious, encroaching force and discover its purpose.

But another crucial journey is being undertaken. Exiled onetime High Druid Drisker Arc has been living in quiet seclusion, far from the politics and power struggles of his former life, until two brutal attacks by would-be assassins force him to seek out an infamous murder-for-hire guild—and find the hidden enemy who has marked him for death.

At his side is Tarsha Kaynin, a young woman gifted with the wishsong and eager to be schooled in its formidable power by a master. She, too, is pursuing a mission: to locate her wayward brother, whose own magic has driven him to deadly madness and kindled his rage for vengeance . . . against his sister.

In their darkest hours, facing dangerous adversaries, the lives and quests of Dar Leah, Drisker Arc, and Tarsha Kaynin will be inextricably drawn together. And the challenges each confronts will have resounding consequences for the future of the Four Lands.

Praise for The Black Elfstone:

“Epic scope, heroic characters, and so much heart . . . proof that the Shannara series can still reach new heights.” (Tordotcom)

“A strong opening book . . . The Four Lands face a new threat.” (Fantasy Book Review)

“Fantastic . . . one of the best books in this saga.” (SFRevu)

©2017 Terry Brooks (P)2017 Random House Audio

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Noooooo!

I listened to this all the way through. barely taking time to sleep! It is bitter sweet to see it all come to an end as all things muust! I have been a Shanara fan since High school! Loved this book!

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Terry Brooks continues his masterful work.

This book grabs from the get go and there are quite a few dangling threads to follow. Excitement abounds for this series!

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I love Brooks but this felt recycled.

flat and unoriginal. reader's accentmade it harder for minute to connect. key names weren't right.

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enjoyed it

was great to hear the words come off the page in vivid details. first time to hear it read to me

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nice story not bad

I loved this book can't wait for the sequel. nice start and good finish I wasn't bored at all

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Book has potential.

I thought the book was good. I had a little trouble getting into it in tbe beginning but the story got a little better later on. I found that unlike some of Brooks' prior books, it was not childish as there was a bit of gore and darkness. Overall, not his best but it was good. Maybe i am more positive because after following Brooks and Shannara for so many years, this series represents the end of the Shannara saga.

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A solid comeback after the last several books

This is obviously the start of a longer series- the book leaves a lot of unanswered questions and does a lot of character development in this book, but shows a lot more of the "old" Terry Brooks in the setup. While not everything was gold, I genuinely liked the characters he is developing, and am intrigued to see what happens in the next book. He did a pretty good job of building both the world that the story takes place in, as well as tension in the story without really revealing much as of yet; but there is a lot of promise here!
I gave the story 3 stars instead of 4 because, as I said above, there is a lot of setup here and not quite the action- even the danger is veiled for a large portion of the story. This does not follow a typical Brooks formula where an enemy is known and a significant victory is awarded the protagonist by the end- instead, we get a cliffhanger and a continued escalating of the plot. I rather liked it despite the cliffhanger. At only 10 hours though, I wonder if this should have simply been "act 1" of a longer book, as Sword of Shannarra was. Still, I can't fault Brooks for working the system to bring in the $$- as long as he keeps writing good stories like this one and not the crappy "defenders" series that came before, I'll keep buying!

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Great Read!!

The Sword of Shannara was my first fantasy novel, and I have not been disappointed by Terry Brooks since...Although I'm sad to see the Shannara series go, can't wait until the next one!

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Excellent!!

Great start to this series. I'm sure the rest of the series will be just as good.

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Great Story

Great Read. Great characters, development, plot. In keeping with the best in the series.