The Druid of Shannara

The Druid of Shannara

Book - 1991
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In the three hundred years since the death of the Druid Allanon, the mysterious, evil Shadowen have seized control and are ruining the Four Lands. Using Cogline as messenger, the shade of Allanon summons the four scions of Shannara: Par, Coll, Wren, and Walker Boh. To Walker Boh he gives the duty of restoring the lost Druid's Keep, Paranor. For that, Walker needs the black Elfstone, but his search leads him only to a trap. Meanwhile, the King of the Silver River, a fabulous being as old as mankind, creates a daughter named Quickening and sends her to help. She is joined by Morgan Leah and Pe Ell, an assassin who plans eventually to kill her. They find Walker Boh dying after an attack by the Shadowen, Rimmer Dall. Quickening heals him and tells him that the Elfstone is in the hands of another ancient being, the Stone King, who seeks to turn all the world to stone. The journey will lead them to the far north, through the Charnal Mountains and beyond, into a perilous and unknown land. And no one knows what horrible monsters the Stone King has set to guard his citadel.
Publisher: New York :, Ballantine Books,, 1991
Edition: First edition. --
ISBN: 9780345362988
0345362985
Branch Call Number: FIC Brook
Characteristics: 423 pages : map. --

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Dec 26, 2016

I have read nearly all the books in the Shannara series, and this is definitely one of the best. One can only marvel at Brooks’ imagination for fantasy writing, as he has us join an unforgettable cast of characters on yet another fascinating quest. The world of Shannara takes place thousands of years in the future after the “Great Wars,” when mankind all but annihilated itself and magic and mythical creatures returned to the lands. In this story, Brooks comes up with some of his most imaginative and intriguing characters and places – like the Stone King, the elemental Quickening, the Maw Grint and the ruins of Eldwist (a city dating from our times). This is Terry Brooks at his best.

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acej
Jul 27, 2013

This did feel like a very long read, and it took a while because I left off about half way through, due to.....well one must be in the mood for a Shannara novel or it just won't work. This installment had its perks, but not as good as Scions of Shannara, it's predecessor.

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Jan 05, 2012

Interesting story, but it felt really long!

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Jul 27, 2013

acej thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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FavouriteFiction Oct 08, 2009

Book #2 The Heritage of Shannara

Walker Boh, an Ohmsford descendant, searches for the black Elfstone, the only thing that will enable him to restore Paranor, the druid's keep. He is joined in his quest by Morgan Leah, Pe Ell an assassin and Quickening the daughter of the King of the Silver River.

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