January 20, 2011

The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks

Title:  The Elfstones of Shannara
Author:  Terry Brooks
Format:  PB
Pages:  564
Genre:  Fantasy
Publisher:  Del Rey, 1984
ISBN-13:  978-0345285546
Series:  Shannara, Book 2

Favorite Quote:  The legend was not legend.  The legend was life.  Evil did indeed lie beyond a Forbidding that the Ellcrys maintained.  Only she kept the Elven people safe.  And now she was dying.

Synopsis (Amazon):  Ancient Evil threatens the Elves: The ancient tree created by long-lost Elven magic, is dying. When Wil Ohmsford is summoned to guard the Amberle on a perilous quest to gather a new seed for a new tree, he is faced with the Reaper, the most fearsome of all Demons. And Wil is without power to control them....

Review:  What a huge difference from Book 1!  This was a really great read.  Adventure, excitement, and an original storyline.  I'm very happy that I decided to continue this series.  I say skip Book 1 all together and start right in with this one.  While the stories are very remotely related, I don't think anything would be missed by doing so.  In fact, I wish I had skipped it to be honest.  I am already beginning Book 3 and can see promise for it as well.  I hope the rest of the series is as good as this book was.

Rating:  4 / 5

1 comment:

  1. yes agree very good book. the story on the island was very intense and almost couldnt stop reading.

    This is the suggested reading order of the series made by Terry Brooks himself (taken from his website) if anyone decide to go and discover the Shannara world. I did the first 9 books or in other word the complete Shannara series and will soon move on with the other series....just cant stop reading Terry Brooks...


    The Sword of Shannara
    - In the Shadow of the Warlock Lord – first 1/3 of The Sword of Shannara
    - The Druids’ Keep – middle 1/3 of The Sword of Shannara
    - The Secret of the Sword – last 1/3 of The Sword of Shannara
    The Elfstones of Shannara
    The Wishsong of Shannara
    A Shannara Novella

    Indomitable – An epilogue to The Wishsong of Shannara
    A Shannara Graphic Novel

    Dark Wraith of Shannara
    The Heritage of Shannara

    The Scions of Shannara
    The Druid of Shannara
    The Elf Queen of Shannara
    The Talismans of Shannara
    A Shannara Prequel

    First King of Shannara
    The Word & Void Novels

    Running with the Demon
    A Knight of the Word
    Angel Fire East
    The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara

    Ilse Witch
    High Druid of Shannara

    Jarka Ruus
    Genesis of Shannara

    Armageddon’s Children
    The Elves of Cintra
    The Gypsy Morph
    Legends of Shannara

    Bearers of the Black Staff (in stores)
    The Measure of the Magic


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