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*Starred Review* “She” selected Arling among all the Chosen to take the seedling to Bloodfire. However, in the face of this much-needed sacrifice, Arling ran away, turning her back on the peace and prosperity her land has known. For taking the seedling to Bloodfire will result in Arling’s death, a death that would come far too soon in such a young life. By running away, Arling guarantees the eventual fall of the Forbidding, the magical barriers that lock away dangerous and evil creatures. From the first pages to the harrowing ending, Bloodfire Quest, the second installment of Brooks’ newest trilogy, is a thrill ride that will leave readers wanting more. Librarians can only expect major demand from their sf fans, and this volume, paired with the first, might be just the right place to introduce new readers to this fine writer. High-Demand Backstory: For the first time in Brooks career, he will publish a novel every six months until the end of this new series; librarians need to get on the bandwagon and hang on as every new one appears. --Alison Downs

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“Explodes from the first page . . . and the action doesn’t stop until the novel’s cliffhanger ending. . . . Intense and exhilarating . . . The author balances character development with intense action, and he has a gift for creating characters the reader cares about. Brooks is one of the best fantasy writers in the business, and Bloodfire Quest is better than its predecessor.”—Associated Press
 
“Shannara fans will delight in Brooks’s sorcerous action, skilled characterizations, and rapid-fire storytelling twists.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“Brooks mixes things up here with several sharp battle scenes, for which he brings his distinct talent, giving a true grandeur to clashes involving terrifying creatures and powerful magic. . . . A fine middle chapter to Brooks’ latest Shannara adventure.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“From the first pages to the harrowing ending, Bloodfire Quest . . . is a thrill ride that will leave readers wanting more. . . . This volume, paired with the first, might be just the right place to introduce new readers to this fine writer.”—Booklist (starred review)
 
Praise for Terry Brooks
 
“I can’t even begin to count how many of Terry Brooks’s books I’ve read (and reread) over the years. From Shannara to Landover, his work was a huge part of my childhood.”—Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind
 
“Terry Brooks has been my constant companion over a lifetime of exploring my beloved fantasy genre. I say with all honesty I would not be writing epic fantasy today if not for Shannara. If Tolkien is the grandfather of modern fantasy, Terry Brooks is its favorite uncle.”—Peter V. Brett, New York Times bestselling author of The Desert Spear
 
“Terry Brooks is a master of the craft and a trailblazer who established fantasy as a viable genre. Not only do I owe him for many hours of reading pleasure, I owe him my job. He is required reading.”—Brent Weeks, New York Times bestselling author of The Night Angel Trilogy
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Product Details

  • Series: The Dark Legacy of Shannara (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Har/Pstr edition (March 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780345523501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345523501
  • ASIN: 0345523504
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (373 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry Brooks is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including the Genesis of Shannara novels Armageddon's Children and The Elves of Cintra; The Sword of Shannara; the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilogy: Ilse Witch, Antrax, and Morgawr; the High Druid of Shannara trilogy: Jarka Ruus, Tanequil, and Straken; the nonfiction book Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life; and the novel based upon the screenplay and story by George Lucas, Star Wars(R): Episode I The Phantom Menace.(tm) His novels Running with the Demon and A Knight of the Word were selected by the Rocky Mountain News as two of the best science fiction/fantasy novels of the twentieth century. The author was a practicing attorney for many years but now writes full-time. He lives with his wife, Judine, in the Pacific Northwest.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. Guthrie on April 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book picks up right after the first book "Wards of Faerie" and it just gets worse for the group of heroes. The Ard Rhys and party are still in the Forbidding and that is bad, very bad, and Aphenglow Elessedil has taken her sister to the Bloodfire to renew the Ellcrys, but the idiot humans are pursuing them thinking there is magic to be found. And the elves are starting to get ready for the failing of the Forbidding. And another quest to bring back a former druid is underway (which I won't spoil). There are a lot of storylines going on, and some get skipped for a while, but its all good, because its like chaos is going on in The Four Lands, and that's how the story flows.

Brooks is not being nice here, it's one of his darkest series (and this book specifically) that he has ever written, and I like it. It remind me of his earlier work like The Elfstones of Shannara" which is his best work, in my opinion, and so far these first two books are as good as anything he has written. You know somehow this is going to end up fine in the end, but right now after reading this second book in the series I don't know how, as he's just decimated everyone that was introduced in the first book in this series. It's very exciting, and it's been making me turn the pages as fast as I can read wanting more. Great stuff; the best Brooks in a long while, and highly recommended!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Thomas J. Cook on March 13, 2013
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Gotta say this three book series, so far, has reminded me so much of the original three books (Sword, Elfstones and Wishsong) and the Heritage series. Complex, suspenseful, and extremely entertaining. I am on the edge of my seat reading these like I was when I was a teenager reading the orginal series, and again in my twenties reading the Hertiage series.

I've always been impressed with Mr Brook's ability to captivate me as he weaves his stories, from the word and void series, to the Landover series (which I read while deployed in Iraq). I might add that I have never laughed outloud while reading a book till the Magic Kingdom for sale...Sold book.

Shannara continues, in my opinion, to the best best fantasy series that exists. Nothing comes close to it now, and I believe that everything that comes afterwards will be compared to it.

Good job Mr Brooks, keep up the great work!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 13, 2013
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Don't get me wrong I enjoy Terry's writings, but so far these latest editions tend to have a familiar base formula, becomes too predictable and easy to figure out.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on March 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
In a time when the world was young, before the age of man, when magic ruled the day in a world of Faerie, the Elves waged war against demons and darkness. Understanding that the world needed balance but no longer wanting endless war, the Elves called upon all their strength and crafted the Forbidding --- a magical barrier that imprisoned the demons and kept the Four Lands free and safe. But the barrier could only be maintained by the Ellcrys, and should the Ellcrys die, the Forbidding would fail and the demons would be loosed.

Within the pages of BLOODFIRE QUEST, author Terry Brooks brings the world to just such a brink. The Ellcrys is beginning to fade, but she has named her successor --- young Arlingphant Elessedil. Arlingphant, however, is terrified and heartbroken, for to take on the role of the Ellcrys is to sacrifice yourself, to give up life in order to give the Ellcrys tree new birth and keep the world safe. This rebirth requires the finding of the Bloodfire, and so a quest must be mounted to locate the fountain before it's too late. Arlingphant is reluctant to take on this task, wanting instead to join her sister, Aphenglow, as a Druid. Wanting to keep her life.

The Druid Order, however, is in shambles following the events in WARDS OF FAERIE. Paranor has been sealed following the failed siege by Drust Chazhul, and the Ard Rhys Khyber Elessedil has undertaken a mission to locate the two lost Elfstones. The Ard Rhys and her companions have now discovered that the Forbidding is, in fact, failing, and they have found themselves trapped on the other side, in the land of the Jarka Ruus. Hunted by savage beasts and the Straken Lord, Tael Riverine, the team seeking the Elfstones is no longer concerned with their quest. Their only hope now is to stay alive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Reeves on January 3, 2015
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I have been long a fan of of Terry Brooks and the Shannara series.

So, my purchase of the trilogy (this is volume two in this most recent series) is not unexpected.

Though I did not find myself as deeply engrossed by this series, and felt that the conclusion in the final volume was a bit too easy-peasy, it was a decent read.

However, compared to Terry Brooks' earlier works, I found this trilogy a bit cookie-cutter, and less interesting overall.

Sorry, Terry, you've written better, IMHO.

Respectfully,

MJR
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lora Foley on September 7, 2013
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Terry Brooks is a great writer but this was just so,so. He has written many other books that are hard to put down.
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Format: Hardcover
The second book in Terry Brooks's trilogy, The Dark Legacy of Shannara, Bloodfire Quest does not disappoint. Unlike the middle books of his last three Shannara trilogies, Bloodfire Quest causes the reader to turn pages as fast as they can be read. I haven't read a Shannara book in three sittings or less since the fourth volume of the Heritage series. This book as well as the first book in the Dark Legacy trilogy was reminiscent of Brooks' earlier works. In short, Brooks has put a new fire into the series which was desperately needed. The last five Shannara books were written to tie his Shannara world to that of the Void series and in my opinion none of them were anywhere close to being a good Shannara entry.
The problem with Brooks' trilogies is that the middle books have tended to drag and extend the conflict in the story lines. I have thought that he could have just added three or four chapters to the first and last books in those trilogies and just skipped the middle book altogether. The plots were good, but I felt like the middle books were created as a way to make money for the publisher. This is definitely not the case with Bloodfire Quest. As a devoted Shannarite who has read every book in the long running series I equate this trilogy with the Heritage series as being action packed and containing a good plot line with interesting characters. Actually, the plot line is so interesting that some of the secondary characters aren't as fleshed out as they could be, but that does not detract from the book at all.
The main characters are fleshed out quite well. I do wish he would stop killing off the Troll Guards who along with Elven Hunters are the Shannara equivalent of red shirt wearers in Star Trek.
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