Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Wards of Faerie: The Dark Legacy of Shannara

 I have always loved Terry Brooks' series of Shannara. I read The Sword of Shannara many years ago and just fell in love. He has created an absolutely magical world with rich history and myths all its own. I especially like how throught the different books/series, it's not all about one person. For instance, The Sword of Shannara is about Shea Ohmsford, then the next in the series is Elfstones of Shannara about his son Wil, and then Wishsong of Shannara deals with Wil's daughter Brea. So each book is complete in itself yet the series itself is intertwined. They're great. AND NOW, I see he has a new one out! I think I'm going to have to request this one for Christmas!

Wards of Faerie: The Dark Legacy of Shannara


Seven years after the conclusion of the High Druid of Shannara trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks at last revisits one of the most popular eras in the legendary epic fantasy series that has spellbound readers 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.

“[Terry Brooks is] the most important fantasy writer since J.R.R. Tolkien.”—Rocky Mountain News

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