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Bloodfire Quest: The Dark Legacy of Shannara by [Brooks, Terry]
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*Starred Review* “She” selected Arling among all the Chosen to take the seedling to Bloodfire. However, in the face of this much-needed sacrifice, Arling ran away, turning her back on the peace and prosperity her land has known. For taking the seedling to Bloodfire will result in Arling’s death, a death that would come far too soon in such a young life. By running away, Arling guarantees the eventual fall of the Forbidding, the magical barriers that lock away dangerous and evil creatures. From the first pages to the harrowing ending, Bloodfire Quest, the second installment of Brooks’ newest trilogy, is a thrill ride that will leave readers wanting more. Librarians can only expect major demand from their sf fans, and this volume, paired with the first, might be just the right place to introduce new readers to this fine writer. High-Demand Backstory: For the first time in Brooks career, he will publish a novel every six months until the end of this new series; librarians need to get on the bandwagon and hang on as every new one appears. --Alison Downs

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“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, New York Times bestselling author of The Daylight War

“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

Product Details

  • File Size: 7767 KB
  • Print Length: 434 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Har/Pstr edition (March 12, 2013)
  • Publication Date: March 12, 2013
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A1MRCRQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,300 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By G. Guthrie on April 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book picks up right after the first book "Wards of Faerie" and it just gets worse for the group of heroes. The Ard Rhys and party are still in the Forbidding and that is bad, very bad, and Aphenglow Elessedil has taken her sister to the Bloodfire to renew the Ellcrys, but the idiot humans are pursuing them thinking there is magic to be found. And the elves are starting to get ready for the failing of the Forbidding. And another quest to bring back a former druid is underway (which I won't spoil). There are a lot of storylines going on, and some get skipped for a while, but its all good, because its like chaos is going on in The Four Lands, and that's how the story flows.

Brooks is not being nice here, it's one of his darkest series (and this book specifically) that he has ever written, and I like it. It remind me of his earlier work like The Elfstones of Shannara" which is his best work, in my opinion, and so far these first two books are as good as anything he has written. You know somehow this is going to end up fine in the end, but right now after reading this second book in the series I don't know how, as he's just decimated everyone that was introduced in the first book in this series. It's very exciting, and it's been making me turn the pages as fast as I can read wanting more. Great stuff; the best Brooks in a long while, and highly recommended!
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Gotta say this three book series, so far, has reminded me so much of the original three books (Sword, Elfstones and Wishsong) and the Heritage series. Complex, suspenseful, and extremely entertaining. I am on the edge of my seat reading these like I was when I was a teenager reading the orginal series, and again in my twenties reading the Hertiage series.

I've always been impressed with Mr Brook's ability to captivate me as he weaves his stories, from the word and void series, to the Landover series (which I read while deployed in Iraq). I might add that I have never laughed outloud while reading a book till the Magic Kingdom for sale...Sold book.

Shannara continues, in my opinion, to the best best fantasy series that exists. Nothing comes close to it now, and I believe that everything that comes afterwards will be compared to it.

Good job Mr Brooks, keep up the great work!
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I have been long a fan of of Terry Brooks and the Shannara series.

So, my purchase of the trilogy (this is volume two in this most recent series) is not unexpected.

Though I did not find myself as deeply engrossed by this series, and felt that the conclusion in the final volume was a bit too easy-peasy, it was a decent read.

However, compared to Terry Brooks' earlier works, I found this trilogy a bit cookie-cutter, and less interesting overall.

Sorry, Terry, you've written better, IMHO.

Respectfully,

MJR
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Brooks has been described as several things, but two descriptions that plague him regularly are "One-Trick Pony" and "...that guy who writes soft fantasy" in description of his seeming inability to write bittersweet endings. With The Measure of the Magic: Legends of Shannara he proved that he can do bittersweet, but with this new novel he proves he can do brutal.

Between heads on spikes, underlying sexual tones, and a Straken Lord wanting to kidnap a former witch, turn her into his slave queen, and sire heirs on her with or without her permission with a very rape-y vibe this is Brooks writing for adults. The plot is more complicated, the characters are a shade darker in terms of personality, and the story itself contains just enough light-hearted and familiar elements pertaining to older Brooks novels that its recognizable as his work.

Some elements of this one would be off putting to fans of his former work (the implied rape above is one of them, the brutality of the heads on spikes is also something that is slightly farther than he's gone before) and his style (that requires a lot of former world knowledge and reading) would be off putting to new fans, but in the end this is simply Brooks writing for himself and you can tell he's having more fun than he's had in awhile. He has latched on to a specific set of characters (Grianne Ohmsford in particular) who have dominated the last few stories in this era and he's still in love with them enough to make them shine.

Buy it after buying the first one, you won't be disappointed.
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The members of the Druid Quest for the missing elfstones balances on a knife's edge. Khyber Ellessedil and her companions are trapped in the Forbidding discovering just how much danger the Four Lands are in. Railing Ohmsford and the rest of the company await them in the Fangs fighting off hordes of Goblins who've slipped through gaps in the crumblind Forbidding. Meanwhile in Arborlon the Elcrys has chosen a successor, and in the Federation the assassin Stoon serves a new mistress with mysterious ends in mind.

Once again Terry Brooks has woven a page turner of a tale that brings elements from earlier works like "The Elfstones of Shanarra" with story lines of more recent books like "Antrax" and "Ilse Witch." There is enough uncertainty about what will happen to keep you going even as you draw on what you know from earlier books. Long time fans will enjoy it, but if you are new to the series you should start with "The Sword of Shannara."
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