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An ancient evil threatens the Elves and the Races of Man. The Ellcrys, the tree of long-lost Elven magic, is dying, unravelling the spell of Forbidding that locks the hordes of Demons away from the world.

Already the fearsome Reaper is free. Only by quickening a new seed in the mysterious Bloodfire can the Ellcrys be reborn and the Forbidding made whole. Amberle, a young Elven girl, is chosen to undertake the quest for the Bloodfire.

The way is perilous, though. Other demons besides the Reaper stalk the land. Amberle will need a protector if she is to prevail, and Wil Ohmsford, heir to the Elven magics of Shannara, is chosen to accompany her.

Amberle's quest and the fate of the Four Lands will rest on Wil's ability to unlock the magic of the mysterious Elfstones of Shannara.

The Elfstones of Shannara is the second volume of the classic series that has become one of the best loved fantasy tales of all time.

©1982 Terry Brooks (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A marvellous fantasy trip." (Frank Herbert)
"Confirms Terry's place at the head of the fantasy world." (Philip Pullman)
"If Harry Potter has given you a thirst for fantasy and you have not discovered the magic of Terry Brooks, you are in for a treat." (Rocky Mountain News)

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  • Colorado
  • 04-12-16

Scott Brick FTW!

Yep. Scott Brick. F. T. W.
Started these because of the TV show, stayed because of that voice.

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  • kevin brooker
  • 05-10-16

Good series, slow in places, overall good.

I'm really enjoying this series. It has some very familiar ideas along to that of SoT, LOTR, and WoT. As long as your aren't precious about who had the ideas first ( I'm not) and you understand that they all follow a very similar structure that is proven to work then I think you'll enjoy them too.

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  • gemma
  • 02-20-16

another great listen

a great story line and a wonderful listen looking forward to listening to the third one

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-19-18

Love can be self-consuming

The second part of the tale of Shannara. Being one with our whole being is crucial for us all.. but more do when it is a matter of live and death.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-20-17

I absolutely love this trilogy. I get so engrossed

fantastic books. great narrator. love this trilogy. I get so engrossed in these books. Will read/listen to them all..

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  • WinterWolf
  • 05-15-17

For LotR fans, it will be a treat

The story and reading were too slow paced for me, it's very reminiscent of Lord of the Rings. It's good writing, it just didn't captivate me.

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  • Leigh Moreton
  • 03-20-17

great listen

Love the entire series very good story for those interested in magic and fantasy. epic

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  • murray
  • 03-02-17

Better than the first

What did you like most about The Elfstones of Shannara?

I really enjoyed the story... it seemed to flow much better than the first and held my attention more.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved Will and Perk. Amberley really frustrated me as I wanted to tell her to man up and get on with things.

Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I like Scott Brick

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I could not have listened to this in one go even if I had wanted to.

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  • DankDodgers
  • 12-01-16

Amazing Narrator!

Scott Brick reading was absolutely fantastic the nation mark Terry Brooks stories are always enjoyable. Definitely check this one out.

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  • C. Sexton
  • 09-14-16

Good Story

Good story. Better written than most. Interesting twist in the hint that it's set in the future - might have been better if that was enhanced a bit more.
Don't worry about the rest in the series though, they're all the same.

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  • Tony
  • 06-07-16

Classic but feels dated

Obviously a classic fantasy author, I listened to the second book after hearing it was an improvement on the first (and less of a LOTR rip off!). It's a solid piece of fantasy writing but to me it feels quite dated by today's standards (black & white good vs evil). There are parts where the action gets slowed down by the reader's understanding being hammered home - no spoilers but at one point one of the characters overcomes an obstacle and it goes on 'at first he couldn't but now he realised why, before he was unable to because of this but now that he realised he could see why, it was this that has been preventing him not that, now he understood' and you just scream for the story to progress. I may listen to th

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  • Jenny Taylor
  • 08-30-16

great story, ordinary narration

wish the narrator would confer with the author about pronunciations before recording begins.

incorrect pronunciation of Shanarra and Aritrea's name