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Terry Brooks first novel, THE SWORD OF SHANNARA, began the post-Tolkien huge boom in epic fantasy in 1977. It was a NEW YORK TIMES bestseller for five months. Since then he has written seven more SHANNARA novels, five MAGIC KINGDOM light fantasies and the KNIGHT OF THE WORD dark fantasies series. Terry Brooks divides his time between Seattle and Hawaii with his wife, Judine.
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After taking up his enchanted sword against the dark sorcerer Arcannen, Paxon Leah has become the sworn protector of the Druid order. Now a critical hour is at hand, as duty summons him ...In a distant corner of the Four Lands, the magic of the wishsong has been detected. Paxon must accompany a Druid emissary to find its source - and ensure that the formidable power is not wielded by the wrong hands. In a fearsome clash between mortal might and black magic, it is up to Paxon, as the High Druid's Blade, to defend the people of the Four Lands against a perfidious evil.
Legend has it that Paxon Leah is descended from the royals and warriors who once waged war with magical weapons. But those heroes are long gone now, and there is nothing enchanted about the antique sword that hangs above Paxon's fireplace. Paxon leads a quiet life - until extraordinary circumstances overturn his simple world ...and rewrite his destiny. When his sister is abducted by a mysterious stranger, Paxon races to her rescue with the only weapon he can find. He is stunned to discover powerful magic unleashed within him - and within his ancestors' ancient blade. But his formidable new ability is dangerous in untrained hands. Paxon must master it quickly, as his near-fatal clash with a dark sorcerer won't be his last. Leaving behind home and hearth, he journeys to the keep of the Druid order to learn the secrets of magic and earn the right to become their sworn protector ...From the New York Times bestselling Terry Brooks comes a brand new stand-alone fantasy novel - perfect for both seasoned fans and those discovering the thrilling world of Shannara for the first time. Praise for TERRY BROOKS: 'If you haven't read Terry Brooks, you haven't read fantasy' Christopher Paolini '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 'I would not be writing epic fantasy today if not for Shannara' Peter V. Brett 'A master of the craft ...required reading' Brent Weeks
Fifty years from now, our world is unrecognisable. Pollution and warfare have poisoned the skies, the water and the soil. Pockets of society still exist, living in highly fortified strongholds, while those outside the walls roam the landscape - either predator or prey. But even these isolated compounds are not safe; armies of demons and once-men assault their defences, and inevitably, one by one, they succumb. Civilisation has fallen and anarchy is the only law. Logan Tom and Angel Perez are the last two Knights to stand against the forces of chaos. These two extraordinary people have the ability to resist the dark tide, and to them will fall twin tasks: to find and protect a very old and a very new magic. They are humanity's last hope. Although the odds are stacked against them, Logan and Angel have the power to halt the destruction of the Old World. It will be up to others to usher in the New ...
Brooks is a true king of fantasy and has been for many years. His books are always magical and this trilogy, of which this is the concluding part, is absolutely no exception. If it lacks anywhere, then I’d say if the plot lines had been paired down more then it would have been nye on perfect. To find out more about the first two books in the High Druid of Shannara trilogy click on the links below.Book 1 - Jarka RuusBook 2 - TanequilSimilar this month: None.Comparison: Tad Williams, David Gemmell, Terry Goodkind.
The triumphant conclusion to both the Fall of Shannara series and the entire Shannara saga - a truly epic final adventure from the master of modern fantasy. As the Four Lands reels under the Skaar invasion, its defenders must decide what they will risk to save their home. As one group remains to protect the Four Lands, another undertakes a perilous journey across the sea to the Skaar homeland, carrying with them a new piece of technology that could change the face of the world forever. And yet a third is trapped in a deadly realm from which there may be no escape. Packed with all of the hallmarks of Terry Brooks's magnificent storytelling, The Last Druid is a fitting end to a saga that has enthralled millions of readers around the world. Praise for Terry Brooks: '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 'Terry's place is at the head of the fantasy world' Philip Pullman 'I would not be writing epic fantasy today if not for Shannara' Peter V. Brett 'A master of the craft . . . required reading' Brent Weeks
'TERRY'S PLACE IS AT THE HEAD OF THE FANTASY WORLD' Philip Pullman Following The Black Elfstone and The Skaar Invasion comes the third book in the triumphant four-part conclusion to the Shannara series, from one of the all-time masters of fantasy. The Skaar have arrived in the Four Lands, determined to stop at nothing less than all-out conquest. They badly need a new home, but peaceful coexistence is not a concept they understand. An advance force under the command of princess Ajin has already established a foothold, but now the full Skaar army is on the march - and woe betide any who stands in its way. But perhaps the Skaar victory is not a foregone conclusion. The Druid Drisker Arc has freed both himself and Paranor from exile. Drisker's student, Tarsha Kaynin, has been reunited with the chief defender of the Druid order, and is learning to control her powerful Wishsong magic. If they can only survive Tarsha's brother and the Druid who betrayed Drisker Arc, they might stand a chance of defeating the Skaar. But that is a very big if . . . as Tarsha's brother now carries the Stiehl - one of the most powerful weapons in all the Four Lands - and is determined to take his revenge on everyone who has wronged him. Praise for Terry Brooks: '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 'I would not be writing epic fantasy today if not for Shannara' Peter V. Brett 'A master of the craft . . . required reading' Brent Weeks
'TERRY'S PLACE IS AT THE HEAD OF THE FANTASY WORLD' Philip Pullman Following The Black Elfstone comes the second book in the triumphant four-part conclusion to the Shannara series, from one of the all-time masters of fantasy. Tensions in the Four Lands are high. The mysterious force that laid waste to Paranor has revealed a more human face. While some gain a new understanding of the invaders and what they are after, others continue their existing quests even as the peril rises. For what looked to be a formidable invading force proves only the forerunner of a much vaster army - one that is now marching against the Four Lands in all its fury. '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 'I would not be writing epic fantasy today if not for Shannara' Peter V. Brett 'A master of the craft . . . required reading' Brent Weeks
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER *;Following The Black Elfstone, The Skaar Invasion is the second book of the epic four-part conclusion to the Shannara series from one of the acknowledged masters of the fantasy genre. The Four Lands are under siege. Wielding a magical ability virtually impossible to combat, mysterious invaders defeat the most fearsome Troll armies, then focus their savagery on the Druid orderand all hope seems lost.Eventually the invaders reveal a more human face, but understanding their motives in no way mitigates the brutality of their actions. Dar Leah, once the High Druid's Blade, has crossed pathsand swordswith their ruthless leader before. So he knows that if any hope exists, it rests in the hands of the Druid Drisker Arc, now trapped inside vanished Paranor.As Drisker races to find the ancient knowledge that could free him, Dar goes in search of Tarsha Kaynin, the young woman blessed with the powerful gift of the wishsong, whose magic could draw Drisker back into the world of the living. But little do they know that what appeared to be a formidable invading force may only be the forerunner of a much larger armyone intent on nothing less than total conquest.Praise for The Skaar Invasion';LikeThe Black Elfstonebefore it, and perhaps even more so,The Skaar Invasionis one of [Terry] Brooks's most aggressively political novels. It engages with familiar conflicts and themes, digging deep into the challenges facing humanity and askingbeggingfor us to do better. . . . The Skaar Invasionis an exhilarating, intricate portrait of a world at war with itself.'Tordotcom ';Brooks continues the mastery of the world, as may be expected when working in one as developed as Shannara.'RT Book Reviews
Los herederos de Shannara lucharan para salvar las Cuatro Tierras en una epica batalla finalLos umbrios dominan las Cuatro Tierras y lo han contaminado todo con su magia negra. Y su lider, Rimmer Dall, esta decidido a acabar con los herederos de Shannara. Contra Walker Boh envia a los terribles Cuatro Jinetes. Contra Wren, a un amigo desleal. Y, para Par, prepara el mas terrible de los fines. Con estas trampas habilmente dispuestas, los herederos estan condenados al fracaso y no podran cumplir la mision que les encargo el espectro del druida Allanon... a menos que Par descubra como utilizar el poder de la mitica espada de Shannara.La saga de fantasia epica que ha vendido 27 millones de ejemplares"e;No se cuantos libros de Terry Brooks he leido (y releido) en mi vida. Su obra fue importantisima en mi juventud."e;Patrick Rothfuss"e;Un gran narrador, Terry Brooks crea epopeyas ricas llenas de misterio, magia y personajes memorables."e;Christopher Paolini"e;Confirma el lugar de Terry Brooks a la cabeza del mundo de la fantasa."e;Philip Pullman"e;Un viaje de fantasa maravilloso."e;Frank Herbert"e;Shannara fue uno de mis mundos favoritos de la literatura cuando era joven."e;Karen Russell"e;Si Tolkien es el abuelo de la fantasa moderna, Terry Brooks es su to favorito."e;Peter V. Brett
Todos creian que los elfos habian desaparecido... pero tal vez no sea asi Wren Ohmsford se enfrenta a una de las aventuras ms difciles de toda su vida. El espectro del druida Allanon le ha encomendado la misin de encontrar a los elfos y llevarlos de vuelta a las Cuatro Tierras. Pero hay un problema: los elfos desaparecieron hace ms de cien aos y, desde entonces, nadie ha visto ninguno Wren se embarcar en una peligrosa misin para salvar a la raza y descubrir que solo ella, la verdadera reina de los elfos, tiene el poder para conseguirlo. "e;No s cuntos libros de Terry Brooks he ledo (y reledo) en mi vida. Su obra fue una parte importantsima de mi juventud."e;Patrick Rothfuss"e;Confirma por qu Terry Brooks est en lo ms alto del mundo de la fantasa."e;Philip Pullman"e;Shannara es uno de mis mundos ficticios favoritos y cada vez crece ms. No hago ms que buscar excusas para volver a l."e;Karen Russell, autora de Tierra de Caimanes
'TERRY'S PLACE IS AT THE HEAD OF THE FANTASY WORLD' Philip Pullman The first book of the triumphant four-part conclusion to the Shannara series, from one of the all-time masters of fantasy. The age of peace that has reigned across the Four Lands is now at an end. An army of invaders, wielding a terrible new magic, is cutting a bloody swathe across the far north . . . The fate of the world now rests on the shoulders of an exiled druid, a conflicted warrior and a young woman struggling to master a powerful magic. As the conflict grows, they will face dangerous adversaries and deadly challenges - and the consequences of their actions will determine the future of the Four Lands. Through twenty-eight novels written over the course of forty years, Terry Brooks's Shannara series has entranced millions of readers around the world. Now, with The Black Elfstone - the first book in the Fall of Shannara - Terry begins to bring his epic vision to a grand conclusion. '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 'I would not be writing epic fantasy today if not for Shannara' Peter V. Brett 'A master of the craft . . . required reading' Brent Weeks
Solo los herederos de Shannara pueden salvar las Cuatro TierrasHan pasado trescientos aos desde que el druida Allanon muri y unos misteriosos seres se han adueado de las Cuatro Tierras. El espectro de Allanon convoca a los cuatro herederos de Shannara -Par, Coll, Wren y Walker- y les encarga que restauren la desaparecida Fortaleza de los druidas en Paranor con el objetivo de recuperar las Cuatro Tierras. Para llevar a cabo la misin, Walker deber recuperar la piedra lfica negra, pero su bsqueda lo conducir a una inesperada trampa. La saga de fantasa pica que ha vendido 25 millones de ejemplares"e;No s cuntos libros de Terry Brooks he ledo (y reledo) en mi vida. Su obra fue una parte importantsima de mi juventud."e;Patrick Rothfuss"e;Confirma por qu Terry Brooks est en lo ms alto del mundo de la fantasa."e;Philip Pullman"e;Shannara es uno de mis mundos ficticios favoritos y cada vez crece ms. No hago ms que buscar excusas para volver a l."e;Karen Russell, Autora de Tierra de Caimanes
The first book of the triumphant and epic four-part conclusion to the Shannara series, from one of the all-time masters of fantasy. Across the Four Lands, peace has reigned for generations. But now, in the far north, an unknown enemy is massing. More troubling than the carnage is the strange and wondrous power wielded by the attackersa breed of magic unfamiliar even to the Druid order. Fearing the worst, the High Druid dispatches a diplomatic party under the protection of the order's sworn guardian, Dar Leah, to confront the mysterious, encroaching force and discover its purpose. But another crucial journey is being undertaken. Exiled onetime High Druid Drisker Arc has been living in quiet seclusion, far from the politics and power struggles of his former life, until two brutal attacks by would-be assassins force him to seek out an infamous murder-for-hire guildand find the hidden enemy who has marked him for death. At his side is Tarsha Kaynin, a young woman gifted with the wishsong and eager to be schooled in its formidable power by a master. She, too, is pursuing a mission: to locate her wayward brother, whose own magic has driven him to deadly madness and kindled his rage for vengeance . . . against his sister. In their darkest hours, facing dangerous adversaries, the lives and quests of Dar Leah, Drisker Arc, and Tarsha Kaynin will be inextricably drawn together. And the challenges each confronts will have resounding consequences for the future of the Four Lands.Praise for The Black Elfstone ';Epic scope, heroic characters, and so much heart . . . proof that the Shannara series can still reach new heights.'Tordotcom ';A strong opening book . . . The Four Lands face a new threat.'Fantasy Book Review ';Fantastic . . . one of the best books in this saga.'SFRevu
In Sometimes the Magic Works, New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks shares his secrets for creating unusual, memorable fiction. Spanning topics from the importance of daydreaming to the necessity of writing an outline, from the fine art of showing instead of merely telling to creating believable characters who make readers care what happens to them, Brooks draws upon his own experiences, hard lessons learned, and delightful discoveries made in creating the beloved Shannara and Magic Kingdom of Landover series, The Word and The Void trilogy, and the bestselling Star Wars novel The Phantom Menace. In addition to being a writing guide, Sometimes the Magic Works is Terry Brooks's self-portrait of the artist. ';If you don't think there is magic in writing, you probably won't write anything magical,' says Brooks. This book offers a rare opportunity to peer into the mind of (and learn a trick or two from) one of fantasy fiction's preeminent magicians.
***50 MILLION TERRY BROOKS COPIES SOLD AROUND THE WORLD*** THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES IS NOW A MAJOR TV SERIES 'Terry's place is at the head of the fantasy world' Philip Pullman BLOOD AND MAGIC WILL COLLIDE . . . Leofur is the daughter of Arcannen, a power-hungry sorcerer prepared to use the blackest of magic to get what he wants. But she is also devoted to Arcannen's nemesis, Paxon Leah - sworn protector of the Druids who defend the Four Lands against evil. When the Druids are forced to flee, having been framed for a murderous rampage which leaves many dead, Paxon knows that the evil sorcerer Arcannen is behind it. As the Druids seek sanctuary, Leofur sets out on a perilous quest to thwart her father's desires to destroy them all . . . Praise for Terry Brooks: 'A master of the craft . . . required reading' Brent Weeks '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 'I would not be writing epic fantasy today if not for Shannara' Peter V. Brett, author of The Painted Man 'If you haven't read Terry Brooks, you haven't read fantasy' Christopher Paolini, author of Eragon The Defenders of Shannara: THE HIGH DRUID'S BLADE THE DARKLING CHILD THE SORCERER'S DAUGHTER
When Running with the Demon appeared two years ago, it was recognized at once as a masterpiece in the making, a bold departure that promised to revitalize contemporary urban fantasy and showcase Terry Brooks's vast storytelling gifts as never before. The second book of the series, A Knight of the Word, raised expectations even higher. Now, in Angel Fire East, sure to be hailed as his most ambitious, most accomplished work yet, Terry Brooks brings his bestselling epic trilogy of good and evil to an unforgettable close.As a Knight of the Word, John Ross has struggled against the tireless dark forces of the Void for twenty-five years. A rootless wanderer scarred as deeply by the magic he wields as by the unspeakable horrors he has witnessed in its service, Ross is driven by dreams that show the world reduced to blood and ashes by the Void and its minions. The grim futures he dreams each night will come true unless he can stop them now, in the present. But for all his power, John Ross is only one man, while the demons he hunts--and which hunt him in turn--are legion.Then Ross learns of the birth of a gypsy morph, a rare and dangerous creature formed of wild magics spontaneously knit together. If he can discover its secret, the morph could be an invaluable weapon against the Void. But the Void, too, knows the value of the morph, and will not rest until the creature has been corrupted--or destroyed. Desperate, Ross returns to the town of Hopewell, Illinois, home of Nest Freemark, a young woman with magical abilities of her own. Twice before, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance, the lives of Ross and Nest have intersected. Together, they have prevailed.But now they face an ancient evil beyond anything they have ever encountered, for a demon of ruthless intelligence and feral cunning awaits them in Hopewell. As a firestorm of good and evil erupts, threatening to consume lives and shatter dreams, Ross and Nest have but a single chance to solve the mystery of the gypsy morph--and of their own profound connection.
A no-holds-barred battle between Good and Evil . . .Eight centuries ago the first Knight of the Word was commissioned to combat the demonic evil of the Void. Now that daunting legacy has passed to John Ross--along with powerful magic and the knowledge that his actions are all that stand between a living hell and humanity's future.Then, after decades of service to the Word, an unspeakable act of violence shatters John Ross's weary faith. Haunted by guilt, he turns his back on his dread gift, settling down to build a normal life, untroubled by demons and nightmares.But a fallen Knight makes a tempting prize for the Void, which could bend the Knight's magic to its own evil ends. And once the demons on Ross's trail track him to Seattle, neither he nor anyone close to him will be safe. His only hope is Nest Freemark, a college student who wields an extraordinary magic all her own. Five years earlier, Ross had aided Nest when the future of humanity rested upon her choice between Word and Void. Now Nest must return the favor. She must restore Ross's faith, or his life--and hers--will be forfeit . . .
La saga de fantasia epica que ha vendido 25 millones de ejemplaresHan pasado trescientos aos desde la muerte de Allanon y las Cuatro Tierras han cambiado drsticamente. El gobierno de la Tierra del Sur ha quedado en manos del cruel rgimen totalitario de la Federacin, que ha hecho prisioneros a los enanos, y los elfos han desaparecido misteriosamente de la faz del mundo. Adems, la magia est totalmente prohibida. Para salvar el destino de las Cuatro Tierras, el fantasma de Allanon encomienda a Cogline, un antiguo druida, una importante misin: reunir a los descendientes de los grandes hroes de Shannara, quienes debern recuperar la espada perdida y traer de vuelta a los elfos y la magia. Pero lograrn hacer frente al tenebroso poder de la Federacin?"e;No s cuntos libros de Terry Brooks he ledo (y reledo) en mi vida. Su obra fue importantsima en mi juventud."e;Patrick Rothfuss"e;Un gran narrador, Terry Brooks crea epopeyas ricas llenas de misterio, magia y personajes memorables."e;Christopher Paolini"e;Confirma el lugar de Terry Brooks a la cabeza del mundo de la fantasa."e;Philip Pullman"e;Un viaje de fantasa maravilloso."e;Frank Herbert"e;Shannara fue uno de mis mundos favoritos de la literatura cuando era joven."e;Karen Russell"e;Si Tolkien es el abuelo de la fantasa moderna, Terry Brooks es su to favorito."e;Peter V. Brett