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 attackers—a 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 guild—and 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
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The morals of hollyweired
I use to be a die hard fan but find myself becoming less and less so. It seems the liberal agenda has its teeth in the book before this one and especially the very bad tv series. It could have been greater than lord of the rings but that has been done away with in one fatal swoop. This book is better than the last and I hope he gets back to his normal characters which I always liked. I dont really want to read about the homosexual agenda that was basically his last book. Most people probably wont like the review, but I really dont care. Nor do I care if Terry likes it or not. He works for me, I do not work for him.
The Saga continues!
Love the writing of Terry Brooks, especially the Shannara series.
3 stars because it’s Terry Brooks and that’s about the only positive. What happened to the fantasy the excitement the I can’t put this book down and most of all where’s the magic? I guess out of loyalty I’ve kept buying his books even though they really have not lived up to my expectations for a very long time, which saddens me. They are just to boring and political now. And I feel for many years each new book is just a redo of the past book(s) with slight variations, this will be my last purchase of his books.