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Tanequil: High Druid of Shannara (High Druid of Shannara #02)by Terry Brooks
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Events that began in Jarka Ruus, Book One of the High Druid of Shannara, come swiftly to a head in this second thrilling volume. Alliances are made, trusts are betrayed, and prices are paid. Through it all, Terry Brooks orchestrates the action with the flawless hand of a master mythmaker — fashioning another exquisite link in his chain of bestselling epics.
Loyal to none but herself and lethal even to those closest to her, Shadea a'Ru now holds sway as High Druid of Paranor — her ascension to power all but unchallenged in the wake of Grianne Ohmsford's sudden, mysterious vanishing. Only Shadea and her catspaw — the treacherous Prime Minister Sen Dunsidan — know the secret fate of the true Ard Rhys...for it was they who engineered it, by means of dark magic. And now Grianne languishes in the fearsome and inescapable netherworld called the Forbidding.
Their bloodless coup a success, the corrupt pair, and their confederates within the Druid Council, seeks to make their dominion over the Four Lands absolute — with the aid of a devastating new weapon. But it could all be undone if Grianne's young nephew, Penderrin, succeeds in his frantic quest to rescue her. Shadea's airship-borne minions and the relentless assassin under her command continue their fierce pursuit of Pen and his comrades.
Eluding death is only half the battle for Pen. To breach the Forbidding and bring Grianne back to the natural world means finding the fabled Tanequil...and the talisman it alone can provide. That means journeying into the Inkrim — a dreaded region thick with shadows and haunted by harrowing legends. It also means striking a bargain more dire than Pen could ever imagine. But there can be no turning back. For in her unearthly prison, the Ard Rhys faces a demonic plight too hideous to countenance...
"Make a wish on an Elfstone and anything can happen, including a fresh second installment (after 2003's Jarka Ruus) in Brooks's bestselling High Druid fantasy trilogy, part of the long-running Shannara series whose magic has been showing signs of wear. As the Free-born Federation war continues in the Four Lands, life is packed with peril for the Ohmsford family. While High Druid Grianne Ohmsford languishes in the Forbidding, a demon tracks her gifted nephew, Pen, with orders to kill him from the Druid responsible for her banishment, the evil Shadea a'Ru. Young Pen and his followers — perky Elven Elfstone carrier Khyber, grumpy dwarf Tagwen, blind Rover girl Cinnaminson and helpful Rock Trolls — seek the tanequil, a mysterious tree from which a 'darkwand' must be formed that will aid Pen in rescuing his aunt from the Forbidding. Pen's parents, Bek and Rue, are also ensnared by Shadea, an uneasy ally of Sen Dunsidan, the Federation's prime minister. New readers may feel a little disoriented by unfamiliar references, but Brooks's efficient pacing, skillful characterizations and suspenseful plotting all bode well for the trilogy's conclusion. Agent: Anne Sibbald at Janklow & Nesbit. (Aug. 31) Forecast: Brooks has more than 21 million books in print. Expect another bestseller." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"The large cast of well-honed characterizations and convoluted plots and subplots, with their nonstop action, are typical of Brooks' long-running Shannara saga, and will certainly satisfy his devoted following." Booklist
"Brooks's ever-popular Shannara series continues with another strong entry." Library Journal
In the sequel to Jarka Ruus, Pen leads a quest to find the mystical Tanequil tree in order to save Grianne from her magical prison.
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