- File Size: 3310 KB
- Print Length: 40 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey (July 9, 2012)
- Publication Date: July 9, 2012
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008C82N6G
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,290 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Paladins of Shannara: Allanon's Quest (Short Story) Kindle Edition
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Allanon – sole surviving Druid of Paranor – has waited for centuries for signs of the Warlock Lord’s return. Those signs are now manifesting and he must move to counter the danger while he still can.
Easier said than done, for it would appear the Warlock Lord has anticipated Allanon’s strategy and is already eliminating any and all threats to his machinations.
What form that takes quickly becomes apparent and helps us understand why it is that Shea Ohmsford of Shady Vale is the only person alive who can hope to save the day.
I gave it a 4 star because for any fans of the Shannara World, this is a good filler short story. If you haven't read the real books yet, this book probably wouldn't be for you because it skip a lot of the character development and expects that the reader already knows a little bit about what happened before and after.
I would give this book 4 1/2 stars. It is a wonderful tale about a Druid, Allanon, who goes in search of the last remaining blood relative of the Shannara family. All the others have been wiped out by Dark Lord who was once a Druid but passed to the dark side. His mission is urgent as only a true blood relative will be able to wield the famous Sword of Shannara and finally kill the Brone the Warlock Lord who went evil a long time ago.
Allanon was searching for a man called Eldra Derrivanian. He was the keeper of records for the Elessidils, the royal family, because he would be the only person who would have such information. Allanon enters a tavern in the small villiage of Archer Trace to ask the location of Derrivanian. The Druid is not well received. He is seven feet tall and dark complected and dressed in black robes. of course the barkeeper is suspicious and does not willingly give out information. However the Druid has special secret abilities to garner what he wants.
He then follows instructions and finds Derrivanian's house and as he enters he is aware of something that isn't quite right. Derrivanian very reluctantly gives him the information he wants. He finds the person who is supposedly the last of the Elessidil's blood line. He walks right into a trap only to discover that at his own hands, albiet unwittingly, the heir is killed. Allanon is engaged in a battle for his life agains the Skull Bearers the dark Lord's death squad.
Allanon returns to Archer Trace to confront Derrivanian who he is sure has betrayed. him. This is when Derrivanian confesses that he did set up the Druid and explains why. He also explains that there is one last of the blood line. The Druid then embarks on a journey to find this last, and until now unknown, heir. Here the tale comes to an end and leaves one with the huge desire to read the book that follows. Terry Brooks never disapponts. He is a great teller of tales.
I liked riding with Allanon as he was starting out on his great mission to find the last heir of Shannara, but so much of that story is already known, and has been known for a couple decades now. Still, there was some good action and Allanon is one of those heroes that commands attention.
On the downside, the overall story IS known. I had no worries that Allanon was going to fail or get killed. His ultimate success in finding the heir lies ahead of him at the end of this story, so nothing is truly resolved.
The story reads like the initial series of events in Dracula, what became the short story "Dracula's Guest." Only in Bram Stoker's case, that short story was cut from the novel. This story could easily be wedded to The Sword of Shannara as a prologue although it was written decades after the fact.
This is supposed to be the first of three such stories, but I can't find any information about the other two. Presumably they will be along soon.
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