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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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Same predictable Terry Brooks storyline

I love the Shannara series since the beginning, but the overall story lines are always essentially the same thing. Always a spy who easily infiltrates, add a little side stories, etc... it’s plug and play...but I still like the fantasy world, just wish another author could take over a bring something more original to the four lands

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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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Sleep timer / shopping

Please add more times. Or have a sliding scale.
And why can’t we just buy thru app instead of having to via amazon? Pain. Thanks!

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Not sure

Not sure how I feel about this one. You know characters are smarter than the decisions they make. Which is frustrating. Narration is great as always.

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Up to Terry Brooks's standards.

A good opening book for a new series on Shannara. New characters but still following the ongoing story line.

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Always Exceptional

There is just a flow and voice in Terry Brooks that stands out above all others. An intriguing listen!

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same formula as previous. losing the magic. so many why moments. narrator was alright. Plot was kinda predictable. cannot recommend

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fantastic

another incredible story from Terry Brooks. the reading was spot-on, couldn't be better. can't wait to listen to the next book in the series.

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Great Read

Been awhile since I have read a Terry Brooks book. This brought back all the goodness. Loved the characters and it was easy to keep up with the story line. Looking forward to the next one.