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The Black Elfstone

The Fall of Shannara, Book 1
Narrated by: Simon Vance
Series: The Fall of Shannara, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
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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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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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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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A slow start but worth the read

This author take a while to build his characters but one they’re built you can’t help but fall deep into the story. This is a very good read I can’t wait to read part two

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What happened?

Good book,easy to read
Ending not very satisfying
Will read the next one to see where it goes

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Good book<br />

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audio book. Terry Brooks is creating an interesting and enjoyable storyline and I can't help but feel the nostalgia.
Simon Vance is an excellent storyteller. Hope to hear more from him.

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very good

I listened to this while at work , it kept me interested and the entire day went by quick .

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Epic

I am writing this review days before book 3 comes out. I remember being hesitant because for the first time ever I didn’t like Mr Brooks’s previous trilogy. That being said The Fall Of Shannara is amazing. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Great listen. If you enjoy fantasy this is perfect for you.

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exceptional story good narration

I would very much recommend this story in its audible form. I read some chapters and was able to relax and allow audible to read me others.

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Typical Brooks

Story starts off great but then leaves off with nothing but questions. Vance does great, but Brooks' typical book 1 style gives nothing of substance except puzzlement. Obviously leaving huge space for the companion books to fill.