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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

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"[Terry Brooks is] the most important fantasy writer since J.R.R. Tolkien." (Rocky Mountain News)

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love it<br />

can't get enough of Terry Brooks simply epic great stories every time I won't feel satisfied until I hear them all thanks audible

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Mmm mmm good!

As always, Terry Brooks keeps you captivated until the end. Can not wait for the next book. Which I will be starting in about 30 seconds.

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Good twist but somewhat predictable

My husband and I have read just by every single book of Terry Brooks. They’re really great reading easy to enjoy and a follow the history and every side stories. I’ve grown to the point where I recognize that there are times where I can predict what’s going to happen more often then I know and I can see hints where they’re dropping. You think nobody would notice, so if you want something to really is challenge you, this is probably not going to be. But if you just like listening to a good story this is for you.

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The missing elfstones!

The title says it all. What could you not love about this?!

Listened to this having just come off of the measure of magic which I was actually quite disappointed in. This reinstated my faith in the Shannara series which I've been following for roughly 30 years. The performance was barely noticeable, in a good way, leaving room for the story. Loved it!

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The Narrator killed it for me.

Would you try another book from Terry Brooks and/or Rosalyn Landor?

I don't think this reader even attempted to learn what vocalizations or pronunciations had taken place prior in the series. Dwarfs, who have had a traditional vocalization, and trolls, with their guttural sounds, now sound like cockney Englishmen. Due to this performance, I will not purchase the other two in the series and may forgo the rest altogether. (This is compounded by the previous two books from the preceding series, was the male version of bad reading, lest you think me sexist.) Note that I have every audible book in the series, chronologically, since the Word and Void Series. The reading from the past three has been so jarring, it removes me from the story.

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Overall - 2 because of poor performance

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I wish I got it.

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!

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Another instant classic from Terry Brooks

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!

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  • 09-24-16

The dumbing down of Shannara continues

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.

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I am walking to my computer to get book to now, I

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.

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Good story

Good story and very well read. It's good for fans of the series and for new comers. Highly recommended.