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

Terry Brooks
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Book Description

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

Editorial Reviews


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
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,070 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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51 of 58 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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57 of 74 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ah, Terry, you could have done so much more! August 23, 2012
By Cat
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Terry Brooks has long been one of my favorite authors. His first 7 Shannara books were a staple of my young adulthood. However, I feel like since then, his story-telling has dropped off. I had hoped this would not be the case in "Wards", but I was disappointed.

The book primarily follows the latest Elessedil, Aphenglow, in her quest to learn more about long-forgotten Elven magic. When Aphenglow discovers a diary that could lead her to the lost elfstones, she and the rest of the Druids are pulled into a journey (both literal and figurative) that will change the face of the Four Lands. It's not the most original premise, but the book started off well nonetheless, with a strong female character and enough mystery to keep me reading.

Unfortunately, after the first 40 pages or so, "Wards" began to read like a mashup of Brooks' other books. We've got beleaguered Druids, scheming Federation ministers, useless Elven councils, an airship quest to a far corner of the Four Lands and the ubiquitous Ohmsfords (who are, unsurprisingly, young, male, somewhat impetuous, and possessed of the wishsong.)

I think Brooks made a good decision when he decided to tell the tale mostly from the point of view of Aphenglow and Khyber Elessedil. But even with that, the book was predictable and formulaic. It was pretty obvious from the first few pages that ***SPOILER*** the Ellcrys was dying and Aphen's sister, Arling, would be chosen to replace her.***END SPOILER*** Brooks dropped clues like anvils, so as a cliffhanger, that whole concept didn't quite work. Also, other than Aphenglow and Khyber, the character development was minimal. The Ohmsfords were present because they had to be, and they seemed like a shadow of former, stronger Ohmsford characters like Wil or Par.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing for a die-hard fan.
I have read almost all of Terry Brooks books. His Landover series got me to love reading in high school. I met him at a book signing when I was in college. Read more
Published 9 days ago by stukincalifornia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Book, Great series.
Published 13 days ago by jojwoodruff
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Again wanted more held on.. But fell a little flat in the end
Published 18 days ago by Tiac73
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great fantasy work!
Published 20 days ago by KenB
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent series for those who love fantasy
This is an excellent series for those who love fantasy. I am now on the third book and have enjoyed them all. Hard to put down
Published 25 days ago by Betsy L. Howard
4.0 out of 5 stars a good escapism in times of need
these books were suggested by a girl at work... can't put them down ... a good escapism in times of need...
Published 27 days ago by Susanne Douglass
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good. Keep u into it.
Published 29 days ago by rosco
5.0 out of 5 stars As usual great job by Terry Brooks
As usual great job by Terry Brooks. He manages to take the same worlds and character types and put a new and interesting spin on them everytime.
Published 1 month ago by Jonder Salomon
5.0 out of 5 stars Another enjoyable addition to the Brooks legacy
Thank goodness Terry Brooks loves to write or those of us who love his books would be in big trouble! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Linda Barnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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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.

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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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