Synopses & Reviews
More than a quarter of a century after The Sword of Shannara
carved out its place in the pantheon of great epic fantasy, the magic of Terry Brooks's New York Times
bestselling saga burns as brightly as ever. Three complete series have chronicled the ever-unfolding history of Shannara. But more stories are still to be told and new adventures have yet to be undertaken. Book One of High Druid of Shannara
invites both the faithful longtime reader and the curious newcomer to take the first step on the next extraordinary quest.
Twenty years have passed since Grianne Ohmsford denounced her former life as the dreaded Ilse Witch saved by the love of her brother, the magic of the Sword of Shannara, and the destruction of her evil mentor, the Morgawr. Now, fulfilling the destiny predicted for her, she has established the Third Druid Council, and dedicated herself to its goals of peace, harmony among the races, and defense of the Four Lands. But the political intrigue, secret treachery, and sinister deeds that have haunted Druid history for generations continue to thrive. And despite her devotion to the greater good as Ard Rhys the High Druid of Paranor Grianne still has bitter enemies.
Among the highest ranks of the Council she leads lurk those who cannot forget her reign of terror as the Ilse Witch, who covet her seat of power, and who will stop at nothing to see her deposed...or destroyed. Even Grianne's few allies chief among them her trusted servant, Tagwen know of the plots against her. But they could never anticipate the sudden, ominous disappearance of the Ard Rhys, in the dead of night and without a trace. Now, barely a step ahead of the dark forces bent on stopping him, Tagwen joins Grianne's brave young nephew, Pen Ohmsford, and the wise, powerful elf Ahren Elessedil on a desperate and dangerous mission of search and rescue to deliver the High Druid of Shannara from an unspeakable fate.
Expect no end of wonders, no shortage of adventure, exhilaration, suspense, and enchantment, as Terry Brooks demonstrates, once again, that there is no end to his magic of invention and mastery of storytelling.
"Brooks proves himself a master at reworking and enriching the conventions of fantasy while maintaining the integrity of the...elves, dwarves, humans, and the other peoples of the saga that he set up at its very beginning. A sure winner." Sally Estes, Booklist
"[T]reads complacently along the well-worn path of its predecessors....Jaded readers are likely to seek their thrills elsewhere, but fans of formula fantasy will be quite content with the smooth prose, vivid descriptions and comfortable pacing." Publishers Weekly
"[I]t's business as usual, with little action until well after the halfway mark....Satisfying but often lamentably prosaic but sure to be another bonanza for this one-man industry." Kirkus Reviews
Pen Ohmsford, the faithful dwarf Tagwen, and the elf Ahren Elessidil go in rescue of the former IIse Witch, now reformed and dedicated to the good, in this first volume of a new series.
About the Author
is New York Times
bestselling author of more than twenty books, including The Sword of Shannara
, The Voyage of the
Jerle Shannara trilogy: Ilse Witch
, and Morgawr
, and the novel based upon the screenplay and story by George Lucas: Star Wars
®: Episode I The Phantom Menace
™. His novels Running with the Demon
and A Knight of the Word
were selected by the Rocky Mountain News
as two of the best science fiction/fantasy novels of the twentieth century.
The author was a practicing attorney for many years but now writes full time. He lives with his wife, Judine, in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii.
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From the Hardcover edition.