The Defenders of Shannara

3 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,858 ratings

The High Druid's Blade Publisher's Summary

Legend has it that Paxon Leah is descended from the royals and warriors who once ruled the Highlands and waged war with magical weapons. But those kings, queens, and heroes are long gone, and there is nothing enchanted about the antique sword that hangs above Paxon’s fireplace. Running his family’s modest shipping business, Paxon leads a quiet life - until extraordinary circumstances overturn his simple world…and rewrite his destiny.

When his brash young sister is abducted by a menacing stranger, Paxon races to her rescue with the only weapon he can find. And in a harrowing duel, he is stunned to discover powerful magic unleashed within him - and within his ancestors' ancient blade. But his formidable new ability is dangerous in untrained hands, and Paxon must master it quickly because his nearly fatal clash with the dark sorcerer Arcannen won’t be his last. Leaving behind home and hearth, he journeys to the keep of the fabled Druid order to learn the secrets of magic and earn the right to become their sworn protector.

But treachery is afoot deep in the Druids’ ranks. And the blackest of sorcery is twisting a helpless innocent into a murderous agent of evil. To halt an insidious plot that threatens not only the Druid order but all the Four Lands, Paxon Leah must summon the profound magic in his blood and the legendary mettle of his elders in the battle fate has chosen him to fight.

©2014 Terry Brooks (P)20114 Random House Audio
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  • Book 1

    • The High Druid's Blade

    • The Defenders of Shannara, Book 1
    • By: Terry Brooks
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 833
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 782
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 781

    Legend has it that Paxon Leah is descended from the royals and warriors who once ruled the Highlands and waged war with magical weapons. But those kings, queens, and heroes are long gone, and there is nothing enchanted about the antique sword that hangs above Paxon’s fireplace. Running his family’s modest shipping business, Paxon leads a quiet life - until extraordinary circumstances overturn his simple world…and rewrite his destiny.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A departure from the typical Shannara storyline

    • By Christopher on 03-04-15

    Regular price: $35.00

  • Book 2

    • The Darkling Child

    • The Defenders of Shannara
    • By: Terry Brooks
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 549
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 506
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 505

    After taking up his enchanted sword against the dark sorcerer Arcannen, Paxon Leah has become the sworn protector of the Druid order. Now a critical hour is at hand, as a beloved High Druid nears the end of her reign and prepares to pass from the mortal world to the one beyond. There is little time for Paxon to mourn his friend and benefactor before duty summons him. For in a distant corner of the Four Lands, the magic of the wishsong has been detected.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not as engaging as previous story lines...

    • By Christopher on 06-19-15

    Regular price: $35.00

  • Book 3

    • The Sorcerer's Daughter

    • The Defenders of Shannara
    • By: Terry Brooks
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 476
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 437
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 436

    The inspiration for the epic MTV series, the world of Shannara is brimming with untold stories and unexplored territory. Now best-selling author Terry Brooks breaks new ground with a standalone adventure that's sure to thrill veteran audiences and recent converts alike.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • not my favorite

    • By Mike Fitch on 07-30-16

    Regular price: $35.00