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Product Details

  • Series: The Defenders of Shannara
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; First Edition edition (July 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345540700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345540706
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (322 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The High Druid’s Blade
 
“High adventure, lots of action, and appealing [characters] . . . a good place for new readers to jump into the author's world.”Library Journal

“Terry Brooks is a grandmaster of the fantasy genre, and his latest will both captivate and surprise readers. . . . It’s truly magical.”—Associated Press
 
“Brooks once again gifts readers with a breathless adventure in this new Shannara trilogy, the Defenders of Shannara. The action begins in the first chapter and doesn’t end until the last page.”RT Book Reviews
 
“A great place to introduce yourself to all of Brooks’s novels . . . [The High Druid’s Blade] is a great stand-alone book and will definitely throw you headfirst into the world of Shannara.”—Whedonopolis
 
The High Druid's Blade is an intriguing, action-filled novel that you are sure to love.”—Faire’s Fair Book Reviews
 
“Readers both new [and old] will enjoy reading The High Druid’s Blade.”—The Arched Doorway
 
“An enjoyable read . . . I will definitely be picking up the next book when it comes out.”—Jessie Reads Everything

Praise for Terry Brooks
 
The Sword of Shannara is an unforgettable and wildly entertaining epic, animated by Terry Brooks’s cosmically generative imagination and storytelling joy.”—Karen Russell, New York Times bestselling author of Swamplandia!
 
“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
 
“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 is a master of the craft and a trailblazer who established fantasy as a viable genre. He is required reading.”—Brent Weeks, New York Times bestselling author of The Night Angel Trilogy
 
“The Shannara books were among the first to really capture my imagination. My daydreams and therefore my stories will always owe a debt to Terry Brooks.”—Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Beyonders and Fablehaven series

About the Author

Terry Brooks is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books, including the Dark Legacy of Shannara adventures Wards of Faerie, Bloodfire Quest, and Witch Wraith; the Legends of Shannara novels Bearers of the Black Staff and The Measure of the Magic; the Genesis of Shannara trilogy: Armageddon’s Children, The Elves of Cintra, and The Gypsy Morph; 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:® Episode I The Phantom Menace.™ 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 lives with his wife, Judine, in the Pacific Northwest.

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

It wasn't bad.....just not up to his usual books.
Rob
Excellent story written with compelling characters and strength.
John
Did not have the normal twist and turns to the story line.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Omar Siddique TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 4, 2014
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An unusually lightweight new chapter in the Shannara saga, set a hundred or so years after the last book.

There's the usual formula with the coming-of-age of uncertain-but-talented youthful characters from legendary families, but other than an intense couple of chapters in the middle, it's cut and dry. (brief spoilers until end of paragraph) I won't recap the plot, but things like the hero being bored with life, but seeming to barely react to discovering he has the long-lost family magic, or that the Sword of Leah is really a magical artifact. The teenage sister who seems only a little phased to find herself kidnapped and sent to a "dark" bordello. A barely competent evil nemesis. Only the evil witch and the part of the story centered on her have much passion to them. (end of spoilers)

While the naming implies the start of a series, there's no cliffhanger at the end-- the plot is largely tied off. Mostly, things are "too easy"-- few twists and turns, few places where the good guys look like they will lose, no dark force moving secretly against them through its pawns. It reads fast, even too fast-- my reaction was "that's all there is"?

Ever since the "The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara" trilogy (probably after the "High Druid of Shannara"), Brooks' works have been getting...softer. Less captivating, less compelling, less edgy, less interesting. This volume fits into that trend.

I've been reading Shannara books since the early days, and while the world isn't as fresh or unique as it once was, I do still enjoy immersing myself in it, and I was lucky enough to get a pre-publication copy of this volume. Fans will still want to read this quick-and-simple visit into the world of Shannara, but unlike earlier series, I wouldn't recommend this for newcomers-- too much is left unsaid, and without the context of past stories it would seem dull and unimaginative. I'd categorize it as airplane or vacation reading. Recommended for fans only.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By N. Wallach VINE VOICE on January 25, 2014
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Three or four generations have passed in Shannara since the events depicted in the Dark Legacy of Shannara trilogy and it's time to revisit the lands and see what the current denizens are up to. It appears that not much has changed: the Federation is still in place, with its restrictions on the use of magic; the land of Leah is still verdant farmland; and the Druids still occupy Paranor. Some things have changed: Since the days of Railing, Redding and Mirai, the Ohmsford line seems to have disappeared while the Leah line is currently contained by only two. A brother and sister pair. One thing that is still constant though, is that the Ard Rhys of the Druids is Alphenglow Ellesedil. She is now 150 years old and has managed to live this long by liberal uses of the Druid Sleep.

As is usual with Terry Brooks novels, we have the two young people who are the inheritors of a long line of magic users who are aware of the legends, but have not displayed any way of using it. This changes within the first few chapters, of course, and off we go on quests and adventures and start finding out what's really been going on in the world. Of course, there must be a villain involved who is the current master of the dark arts, and who is plotting to take over the world. In this book, we are introduced to him very early on - his name is Arcannen. Arcannen kidnaps Chrysallin, and her brother - Paxon - takes the family sword from off the mantel and is off to help her escape. As it happens, the family sword is the fabled Sword of Leah and we are off on the romping adventure.

Reading a new Terry Brooks novel is always enjoyable for me. He tends to release his works as trilogies and they have become somewhat formulaic over the years.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Neal Reynolds VINE VOICE on April 1, 2014
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It's sad watching a top fantasy writer such as Terry Brooks on the decline. It happens to us all. This isn't a good book and it pains me to say it. I'm not about to trash it, and truly loyal fans will read it and find it worth reading. But it's not a book for those new to the author. Read his earlier books and if you become enamored of his writing as many of us have, then give this one a try after you've read most of his earliet and better works.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Library Girl Reads VINE VOICE on February 20, 2014
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The last trilogy that I reviewed by Brooks, The Dark Legacy of Shannara, was not my favorite of the Shannara series mainly due to the ending. I felt that much was left hanging and wondered how the events of the final chapters would affect future books.

The High Druid's Blade takes place a century or so after The Dark Legacy series but so far I have seen little carry over from the events of those books. I enjoyed this tale of Paxon Leah although parts were fairly predictable as it follows Brooks usual formula.

It is important to note that this is NOT the first book in a new trilogy but instead the first of three stand alone Shannara novels that will have loose connections. This does change the reading experience somewhat as longtime Shannara fans are used to Brooks writing in short series and having endings that often transition directly into the next book. Instead The High Druid's Blade has a single main quest and the action is contained to a smaller cast of characters. Now I am curious to see how much cross over there will be in the other two books and if either of those will answer some of the questions that remain from The Dark Legacy of Shannara series.
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