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PRAISE FOR LEGENDS OF SHANNARA
 
BEARERS OF THE BLACK STAFF
 
“A finely wrought tale of sacrifice, adventure, betrayal, magic, loss, and a world on the precipice.”—Brent Weeks, author of The Way of Shadows
 
“A story that will delight Brooks’ legions of fans . . . Here’s to many more tales of this incredible world.”—SFRevu
 
THE MEASURE OF THE MAGIC
 
“Classic Terry Brooks . . . infused with details of Shannara’s legends.”—Fantasy Faction
 
“Foolproof for fantasy lovers.”—Library Journal

About the Author

Terry Brooks is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books, including the Dark Legacy of Shannara adventure Wards of Faerie; 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 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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Product Details

  • Series: The Dark Legacy of Shannara (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; First Edition edition (August 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345523474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345523471
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (434 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,246 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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53 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Edwards VINE VOICE on July 7, 2012
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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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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By N. Wallach VINE VOICE on July 7, 2012
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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Patrick L. Randolph on 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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