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Wards of Faerie: The Dark Legacy of Shannara [Kindle Edition]

Terry Brooks
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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.
 
Tumultuous times are upon the world now known as the Four Lands. Users of magic are in conflict with proponents of science. The dwindling Druid order is 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, which once warded the lands and kept evil at bay. 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. Whoever captures the Elfstones and their untold powers will surely hold the advantage in the devastating clash to come.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Terry Brooks's Bloodfire Quest.
 
“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

“Shannara was one of my favorite fictional worlds growing up, and I look forward to many return trips.”—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 Demon Cycle series


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Terry Brooks is a master of the craft and a trailblazer ... Required reading -- Brent Weeks, author of the Night Angel Trilogy [Brooks'] writing has eerie depths and insights that show just why he is held in such high regard DAILY MAIL If you haven't read Terry Brooks, you haven't read fantasy -- Christopher Paolini, author of ERAGON and BRISINGR I can't even begin to count how many of Terry Brooks's books I've read (and re-read) over the years -- Patrick Rothfuss, 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, author of THE PAINTED MAN Wards of Faerie is the best novel Brooks has written in years ... It's full of hair-raising escapes, twists to established traditions and set pieces familiar to Shannara fans and characters, interesting magic and monsters and diverse relationships A DRIBBLE OF INK Will have readers racing their way through the book and leave them gasping for the next in the series at the end British Fantasy Society

About the Author

Terry Brooks was a practising attorney for many years, but now writes full-time. His first novel, THE SWORD OF SHANNARA, remained on the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller list for five months, and he is widely regarded to have started the post-Tolkien boom in epic fantasy.

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  • File Size: 4177 KB
  • Print Length: 497 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (August 21, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007QPHKDC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,540 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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52 of 60 people found the following review helpful
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I've been a fan of Terry Brooks since a friend of mine pestered me until I finally agreed to read 'The Sword of Shannara' back around 1979. I have been forever grateful to my friend, and also to Mr. Brooks for being as sure a thing as death & taxes seem to be. Not all fantasy authors are created equal, which is a very true statement--and in my opinion, Terry stands head & shoulders above the rest, and I do mean ALL the rest. I know that may not be the case with everyone, but for me, its 100% true. Not once has he let me down in over 30 years. Now THAT'S a pretty good track record. I've enjoyed some books better than others, but they have ALL entertained me.

Here we go back to the world of Shannara. Always a great place for me to visit...and this time, the trip was no less entertaining--in fact, I've got to admit I'm back to that feeling I had years ago when I'd see a new Shannara novel at the bookstore. Its amazing how a novel can transport you--body & soul--to a place that is populated with entirely fictional and fantasy in nature and yet take you there all the same. Wards of Faerie picks up a few years after events which ended in the High Druid series. As usual, the Federation is a problem for essentially all good characters in the Land, and while the Druid Order isn't what it used to be, its still there and there are some members who still take the oath of a Druid serious. The story begins with Aphenglow Elessedil, who seems bent on a quest (aren't they always?). She is searching ancient books one after the other, looking and looking. For what? I'm not entirely sure if we figure that totally out. She makes a discovery pretty early on in the story, which sets her (and others) on a quest. She discovers an old diary which chronicles what may have happened to the lost Elfstones.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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This book is the beginning of another trilogy set in the world of Shannara. As has been the norm in this series, this book begins several decades after the conclusion of the previous one. It is set in the same world, and some of the characters and scenes from the previous series are still very much with us. For instance, Khyber Elessedil is still around as the druid chieftain. However, most of the other characters from before have died off and there are new generations of Ohmsfords, Leahs, and the like.

The twist to this trilogy is that while it takes place in the next-future, the key element that it entails are those magic talismans - the elfstones - that disappeared millennia ago. The first chapter lays out what happened when a diary is discovered that explains how the elfstones, other than the blue and black ones, disappeared. It involved a love affair between an Elf and a Darkling. While this diary is pretty explicit about what happened, and why, it appears that it was totally forgotten until it was discovered by chance by an Elf druid named Aphenglow Elessedil.

This discovery sets up the main quest as Aphenglow brings the diary to Khyber, who immediately organizes a party of folks to find and recover the missing elfstones. Since the main concept of Shannara has to do with the balance of all things, including good and evil, this chance discovery leads to an immediate reaction by other forces who are inimical to the druids and so we have the Federation looking to cause trouble - and incidentally gain control of the druid keep Paranor and it's magic -with their science-based armies. Also, the book hints at the fact that the evil side of the world, the followers of the Void, are also aware of what is going on and are attempting to ensure that the Elfstones remain hidden.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Deja Vu August 23, 2012
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As others have mentioned, this is a quick read and is shorter than some of the original novels set in the Four Lands. It seemed rushed and the action was painted out in broad strokes. For example, danger is emphasized by having a nameless character die but we are told this instead of shown it. My biggest problem was that many story lines are similar to earlier works. It's hard to discuss this issue without spoiling the book; however, I already knew many of the "shocking" turn of events that were to come. Here, Brooks is spelling everything out way before the action takes place. For example, whenever the young party members feel uneasy about something it's a clear indication that something bad is about to happen. Nevertheless, the characters do not change their mind or even voice their discomfort. If you've read his other series then you will find yourself experiencing deja vu as the characters go on quests and experience adventures that have come before. Expect to hear about the wishsong, elfstones, Ellcrys, Forbidding, druids, Paranor, Federation, and bad Elven leaders.

One final word: I've been having some difficulty finding good books that engage in storytelling. That's why I am leaving this review. My hope is that other people will start leaving more honest reviews so the reader knows what he/she is buying. For example, I was disappointed with David A. Wells' series even though it has more reviews than this book. However, I then read Stephen King's Wind Through a Keyhole and I remembered how great good storytelling can be.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Terry Brooks
It was a good beginning for another Shannara novel. Yet wet my appetite for the beginning of a new Shannara series.
Published 4 days ago by Judie Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Just like old times!
Definitely worth the read! Terry Brooks brings back another quest woven in between intrigue and treachery which will keep us all guessing. I'm looking forward to the next book!
Published 8 days ago by Clyde Sandford
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book
Published 16 days ago by A. Poserow
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book by Terry Brooks
I have already reviewed the Shannara series as excellent. All the books are excellent, have well developed characters that are very real, and the suspense is intense. Read more
Published 20 days ago by David Lindberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Very well written, but "dark" . . . . .
Wards of Faerie
I will place my review with this, the first book in the series, although I went on to read the second and third books in the series also. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Patrick J. Callahan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I liked it.
Published 1 month ago by Johnny S
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best of the best.
Published 1 month ago by Michael Lawrence Vincent
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Yes another great book! most keep reading on!
Published 1 month ago by geannie eades
5.0 out of 5 stars Once more into the Four Lands my friends....
This Shannara tale takes place roughly one hundred years after the events of The High Druid trilogy. Terry Brooks effortlessly takes you into a world he's known since 1977. Read more
Published 1 month ago by TIMOTHY J VREELAND
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by sandylulynn
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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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Kindle edition $7 more than paperback?
It's not even available in paperback yet. It's a brand new release. There is an option for it for some reason, but most likely a mistake on Amazon's part. Kindle edition is still the cheapest option.
Sep 3, 2012 by Kody C. Moreno |  See all 3 posts
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