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The Heritage of Shannaraby Terry Brooks
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The old man sat alone in the shadow of the Dragon's Teeth and watched the coming darkness chase the daylight west. The day had been cool, unusually so for midsummer, and the night promised to be chill. Scattered clouds masked the sky, casting their silhouettes upon the earth, drifting in the manner of aimless beasts between moon and stars. A hush filled the emptiness left by the fading light like a voice waiting to speak.
It was a hush that whispered of magic, the old man thought.
A fire burned before him, small still, just the beginning of what was needed. After all, he would be gone for several hours. He studied the fire with a mixture of expectation and uneasiness before reaching down to add the larger chunks of deadwood that brought the flames up quickly. He poked at it with a stick, then stepped away, driven back by the heat. He stood at the edge of the light, caught between the fire and the growing dark, a creature who might have belonged to neither or both.
His eyes glittered as he looked off into the distance. The peaks of the Dragon's Teeth jutted skyward like bones the earth could not contain. There was a hush to the mountains, a secrecy that clung like mist on a frosty morning and hid all the dreams of the ages.
The fire sparked sharply and the old man brushed at a stray bit of glowing ash that threatened to settle on him. He was just a bundle of sticks, loosely tied together, that might crumble into dust if a strong wind were to blow. Gray robes and a forest cloak hung on him as they would have on a scarecrow. His skin was leathery and brown and had shrunken close against his bones. White hair and beard wreathed his head, thin and fine, like wisps of gauze against the firelight. He was so wrinkled and hunched down that he looked to be a hundred years old.
He was, in fact, almost a thousand.
Strange, he thought suddenly, remembering his years. Paranor, the Councils of the Races, even the Druids-gone. Strange that he should have outlasted them all.
He shook his head. It was so long ago, so far back in time that it was a part of his life he only barely recognized. He had thought that part finished, gone forever. He had thought himself free. But he had never been that, he guessed. It wasn't possible to be free of something that, at the very least, was responsible for the fact that he was still alive.
How else, after all, save for the Druid Sleep, could he still be standing there?
He shivered against the descending night, darkness all about him now as the last of the sunlight slipped below the horizon. It was time. The dreams had told him it must be now, and he believed the dreams because he understood them. That, too, was a part of his old life that would not let him go-dreams, visions of worlds beyond worlds, of warnings and truths, of things that could and sometimes must be.
He stepped away from the fire and started up the narrow pathway into the rocks. Shadows closed about him, their touch chill. He walked for a long time, winding through narrow defiles, scrambling past massive boulders, angling along craggy drops and jagged splits in the rock. When he emerged again into the light, he stood within a shallow, rock-strewn valley dominated by a lake whose glassy surface reflected back at him with a harsh, greenish cast.
The lake was the resting place for the shades of Druids come and gone. It was to the Hadeshorn that
THE HERITAGE OF SHANNARA
The Complete Series
After "New York Times" bestselling author Terry Brookscompleted The Sword of Shannara trilogy, millions of fans around the world clamored to immerse themselves again in his dazzling world. Brooks answered with a quartet of beloved novels-The Heritage of Shannara.Now, for the first time in one handsome collector's edition hardcover, here are: "The Scions of Shannara," "The Druid of Shannara," "The Elf Queen of Shannara," and" The Talismans of Shannara"-the thrilling continuation of the saga
that has become one of the most enduring fantasy epics of all time.
The Scions ofShannara
Since the death of the Druid Allanon, magic has been strictly forbidden in the Four Lands. Yet Par still has limited use of the Wishsong. Then a dire message from Allanon sends Par and hisbrother Coll on an impossible task: to recover the long-lost Sword of Shannara-or all life in the Four Lands will be destroyed.
The Druid of Shannara
Evilforces remain in control of the Four Lands. To restore the Keep of the Druid Allanon, Walker Boh sets out on a journey to find the black Elfstone. He must venture into perilous, unknown lands with a strange band of fellowtravelers-one of whom is hatching his own sinister plot.
The Elf Queen of Shannara"
"Ordered by the Druid Allanon to find the Elves and return themto the world of Men, Wren is carried away to an island where Elves "might "still exist. Even if by some miracle she locates the Elves, can she convince them to follow her back through a demon-hauntedjungle to the safety of the shore?
The Talismans of Shannara"
"The Shadowen still swarm over the Four Lands, poisoning everything with their darkmagic. Their leader is determined to destroy all the Scions of Shannara. With traps cleverly laid, the charges are doomed to failure-unless Par can discover a way to harness the power of the Sword ofShannara.
So continues Terry Brooks's enthralling Heritage of Shannara epic, a spellbinding saga that chronicles the ultimate battle of good vs. evil.
"Fromthe Hardcover edition."
About the Author
Terry Brooks published his first novel, The Sword of Shannara, in 1977. It was a New York Times bestseller for more than five months. He has published numerous bestsellers since, including The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara: Morgawr. His novels Running with the Demon and A Knight of the Word were each selected by the Rocky Mountain News as one of the best science fiction/fantasy novels of the twentieth century. Brooks lives with his wife, Judine, in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii.
Visit him online at www.shannara.com
And at www.terrybrooks.net.
From the Hardcover edition.
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