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High Druid of Shannara: Tanequil (The High Druid of Shannara) [Kindle Edition]

Terry Brooks
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Book Description

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Terry Brooks's The Measure of the Magic.

Events that began in Jarka Ruus, Book One of High Druid of Shannara, come swiftly to a head in this second thrilling volume. Alliances are made, trusts are betrayed, and prices are paid. Through it all, Terry Brooks orchestrates the action with the flawless hand of a master mythmaker– fashioning another exquisite link in his chain of bestselling epics.

Loyal to none but herself and lethal even to those closest to her, Shadea a’Ru now holds sway as High Druid of Paranor–her ascension to power all but unchallenged in the wake of Grianne Ohmsford’s sudden, mysterious vanishing. Only Shadea and her catspaw–the treacherous Prime Minister Sen Dunsidan–know the secret fate of the true Ard Rhys . . . for it was they who engineered it, by means of dark magic. And now Grianne languishes in the fearsome and inescapable netherworld called the Forbidding.

Their bloodless coup a success, the corrupt pair, and their confederates within the Druid Council, seeks to make their dominion over the Four Lands absolute–with the aid of a devastating new weapon. But it could all be undone if Grianne’s young nephew, Penderrin, succeeds in his frantic quest to rescue her. Shadea’s airship-borne minions and the relentless assassin under her command continue their fierce pursuit of Pen and his comrades.

Eluding death is only half the battle for Pen. To breach the Forbidding and bring Grianne back to the natural world means finding the fabled Tanequil . . . and the talisman it alone can provide. That means journeying into the Inkrim–a dreaded region thick with shadows and haunted by harrowing legends. It also means striking a bargain more dire than Pen could ever imagine. But there can be no turning back. For in her unearthly prison, the Ard Rhys faces a demonic plight too hideous to countenance. . . .

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War threatens the Four Lands, and Shannara's only hope lies in Penderrin Ohmsford, but it's a dreadfully slim hope. To save his world, Pen must restore his aunt, the former Ilse Witch, to her rightful position as High Druid of Shannara. But first Pen must free his aunt Grianne from the Forbidding: the world of the demons. To have the slightest chance of freeing her, he must find the mystical tree called the Tanequil, and somehow craft a talisman from its wood. But Shadea a'Ru, the treacherous usurper of his aunt's position, will do anything to stop Pen--and she has already captured Pen's parents and forced them to reveal their son's whereabouts. Sen Dunsidan, the monstrous Prime Minister of the Federation, has armed his greatest airship with a horrible new weapon. And Pen is just a boy, accompanied on his dangerous quest by only a Dwarf, a young Elf, and a blind Rover girl.

Filled with action, treachery, and sacrifice, Tanequil will enthrall Terry Brooks's millions of fans as it roars to a shocking conclusion. However, newcomers to the Shannara series should not begin with Tanequil. It's the middle book of the High Druid of Shannara trilogy, and the thirteenth novel of a complicated high-fantasy series with numerous characters and sentient races. Newcomers should start with Jarka Ruus, the first book of the High Druid trilogy--or, better yet, with The Sword of Shannara, the first book of the series. --Cynthia Ward

From Publishers Weekly

Make a wish on an Elfstone and anything can happen, including a fresh second installment (after 2003's Jarka Russ) in Brooks's bestselling High Druid fantasy trilogy, part of the long-running Shannara series whose magic has been showing signs of wear. As the Free-born Federation war continues in the Four Lands, life is packed with peril for the Ohmsford family. While High Druid Grianne Ohmsford languishes in the Forbidding, a demon tracks her gifted nephew, Pen, with orders to kill him from the Druid responsible for her banishment, the evil Shadea a'Ru. Young Pen and his followers—perky Elven Elfstone carrier Khyber, grumpy dwarf Tagwen, blind Rover girl Cinnaminson and helpful Rock Trolls—seek the tanequil, a mysterious tree from which a "darkwand" must be formed that will aid Pen in rescuing his aunt from the Forbidding. Pen's parents, Bek and Rue, are also ensnared by Shadea, an uneasy ally of Sen Dunsidan, the Federation's prime minister. New readers may feel a little disoriented by unfamiliar references, but Brooks's efficient pacing, skillful characterizations and suspenseful plotting all bode well for the trilogy's conclusion.
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  • File Size: 549 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 034548066X
  • Publisher: Del Rey; 1st edition (August 31, 2004)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC1W6E
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A formual fanasty September 25, 2004
TANEQUIL is the second installment of the story of Penderrin Ohmsford and his quest to free his aunt. Mr. Brooks has supplied Penderrin with a host of characters that are either out to stop him or aide him.

Overall, the book was a typical second volume - the go between. It picks up where the first left off and then leaves the reader waiting for the conclusion. This book is not for the first time reader of Mr. Brooks. My suggestion would be to start with the Heritage of Shannara and continue on to Tanequil. His earlier books are his best offering.

Also it is a typical offering from Mr. Brooks of late. His recent plots and characters have become flat. Penderrin lacks the dimension of his earlier ancestors from the Heritage of Shannara. I found story to be told, not as involving as in the earlier books. Surprises are in the character development or plot are minimal and rarely interesting.

Tanequil and a hot cup of tea is ideal for a winter night.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A look inside the Forbidding December 1, 2004
"Tanequil" is the second volume in the "High Druid of Shannara" series by Terry Brooks. It continues the story which was begun in "Jarka Ruus". The former High Druid of Paranor, Grianne Ohmsford (the Isle Witch from the last trilogy) has been betrayed by one of her druids and sent into the Forbidding. The Forbidding, if you remember "The Elfstones of Shannara", is the demon dimension which is sealed shut by the power of the Elcrys. It is a nasty, nasty place and Grianne is now stuck there. Her nephew Pen Ohmsford is on a quest to find the Tanequil, a tree which holds the key to rescuing Grianne. Like many other Shannara novels, he was put on this path by the King of the Silver River, a mythical creature who has guided many Ohmsfords over the course of the Shannara series.

While Pen is searching for the Tanequil, he and his companions (there are always companions) are also running for their lives. They are being tracked by a fearsome killer which has already killed one of their own. Grianne is left by herself to find her way in the Forbidding when she is captured by some of the demons. Rather that slaughter her like an animal, there seems to be something of a culture (such as it is) among the demons. Dealing with torture and captivity and isolation, Grianne fears that she may once again become the unfeeling Isle Witch which once terrorized the Four Lands. She doesn't want to, but it may be the only way to survive. At what price is survival worth it?

The previous trilogy, "The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara" was something of a disappointment, but "Jarka Ruus" and now "Tanequil" have been something of a return to the earlier quality of the "Scions of Shannara" quartet.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
As the second book in the "High Druid of Shannara" trilogy, Brooks picks up right where he left off; with his heroes in dire straights. Betrayed by the treachery of her fellow Druids, Grianne Ohmsford has found herself transported into the Forbidding, the dimension that all the demons and monsters of the world were banished into thousands of years ago. Despite making a somewhat flimsy alliance with a create called Weka Dart, Grianne has now been captured by the terrible Straken Lord Tael Riverine, who has a terrible future in store for her - as well as plans for her world.

Only her niece Penderrin "Pen" Ohmsford and a small band allies carry the hope of releasing her from her prison, travelling to the region of Inkrim in order to find the magical tree tanequil and request from it the use of one of its boughs in order to make a talisman through which Pen may retrieve Grianne. Despite the fact they have managed to destroy a Druid airship hunting them, they still have to content with the frightening figure of Aphasia Wye, a monstrous Druid assassin who has taken over their airship and holding Cinnaminson - Pen's beloved - hostage. All this is under the orders of Shadea a'Ru, who has taken over as Ard Rhys of the Druid Council and taking drastic measures to prevent any chance of her rival's return.

As well as this, Brooks explores several other storylines within the context of the book; a new weapon has been created that could tip the balance of war in favour of the Federation, Shadea is still juggling the loyalties of the Druids now under her command, and - as in the previous book - an even darker plan is at work, that threatens to undermine everyone's plans for the future.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good story, but weak character development October 16, 2004
By J. Ward
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I have been a long time Terry Brooks fan from the time the Sword of Shannara came out through all his other books including the Magic Kingdom and all the Shannara books. I have to say I am somewhat dissapointed with the last series of Shannara books (Isle Witch, Antrax, Morgwar) and the current series (Jarku Russ, Tanequil).

I seems many authors seem to lose their flair over time (Piers Anthony, others) and Terry Brooks appears to be suffering somewhat from the same fate. The more recent books (Tanequil is no exception) lack depth and subtlety. The character development is weak. The only characters we get to know very much are Pen and Grianne. For the most part all the other characters come across as nothing more than props to the story and have little life on their own.

The story itself comes across as being old and predictable. Terry Brooks uses the same formula that he has used in the previous Shannara books and there is little original material. Basically the story comes down to, next generation Ohmsford coming of age is forced on an adventure, meets the King of the Silver River who sends them on a quest to find an item to save the world. There were several instances that I found myself able to predict what would happen much further down the story, such as the death of Ahren (in the first book), to what would happen to the Moor Cat, to Cinnaminson's fate and when the Druids would catch up to them.

The book does have some redeeming qualities, such as what happens to Grianne and her adventures, which I found to be refreshing and original. During Grianne's segments we do spend some time with her and get to know here, something that is lacking with the other characters.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Love Terry Brooks and the Shannara series. Great reading
Published 5 days ago by Robin R. Snyder
5.0 out of 5 stars he is very happy with it
This was part of a gift set for my husband, he is very happy with it.
Published 1 month ago by fay mennare
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
You did it again!!!! The suspense was hair raising plus the creatures so unique as to seem real. Loved it.
Published 2 months ago by marlene v norby
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read...
I've always been a big fan of Terry Brooks and he doesn't disappoint with this second installment of the High Druid of Shannara. I'm ordering the third, Straken, right now.
Published 4 months ago by Luke
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is the second book in a series of 3. It takes off right where the first ended. Wonderful reading! Definitely worth the money.
Published 5 months ago by Sue Duren
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent addition to the Shannara series. Magic, adventure, and...
Terry Brooks continues his Shannara series (this is the second of his most recent trilogy, following Jarka Ruus). Usual excellent mix of action, character, and magic. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Alan Mills
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent, but wobbles a little
Tanequil is the second novel in Terry Brooks' High Druid of Shannara trilogy. It immediately follows the events in Jarka Ruus as our little crew try to find their way to the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rocky Sunico
5.0 out of 5 stars Used book
I have written before that I love the Shannara series and I love being able to buy the books at such a decent price when they are not available at our local library. Thanks!
Published 12 months ago by Eileen Strohmeyer
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
I am a Terry Brooks fan from the first Shannara book. I really like the characters he scribes on paper. Read more
Published 13 months ago by JerryH
5.0 out of 5 stars Tanequil book 2
Having read the first book of this trilogy (JARKA RUUS) I had to buy the second book. I have read many books by this author and haven't been disappointed yet. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Bert E. Farnum Jr.
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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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