Wards of Faerie

Wards of Faerie

Book - 2012
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Seven years after the conclusion of the High Druid of Shannara trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks at last revisits one of the most popular eras in the legendary epic fantasy series that has spellbound readers for more than three decades.
 
When the world was young, and its name was Faerie, the power of magic ruled--and the Elfstones warded the race of Elves and their lands, keeping evil at bay. But when an Elven girl fell hopelessly in love with a Darkling boy of the Void, he carried away more than her heart.
 
Thousands of years later, tumultuous times are upon the world now known as the Four Lands. Users of magic are in conflict with proponents of science. Elves have distanced their society from the other races. The dwindling Druid order and its teachings are threatened with extinction. A sinister politician has used treachery and murder to rise as prime minister of the mighty Federation. Meanwhile, poring through a long-forgotten diary, the young Druid Aphenglow Elessedil has stumbled upon the secret account of an Elven girl's heartbreak and the shocking truth about the vanished Elfstones. But never has a little knowledge been so very dangerous--as Aphenglow quickly learns when she's set upon by assassins.
 
Yet there can be no turning back from the road to which fate has steered her. For whoever captures the Elfstones and their untold powers will surely hold the advantage in the devastating clash to come. But Aphenglow and her allies--Druids, Elves, and humans alike--remember the monstrous history of the Demon War, and they know that the Four Lands will never survive another reign of darkness. But whether they themselves can survive the attempt to stem that tide is another question entirely.
 
"[Terry Brooks is] the most important fantasy writer since J.R.R. Tolkien."-- Rocky Mountain News
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, c2012.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780345523471
0345523474
Branch Call Number: FIC Brook
Characteristics: 371 pages : color illustrations, color map.

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Oct 30, 2014

True, I jumped into this mid-series, but I often found Terry Brooks' storytelling repetitive and disjointed. A bit of a shaggy dog story...as is often the case, we are nowhere at the end of the book, and need to await the next sequel for further developments. Fair enough, but I appreciate it when the author indulges me by tying up at least a few loose ends. Brooks' writing contains long descriptive passages about scenery, personalities, and battle scenes; he would do well to follow the old adage, "Show, don't tell."

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danomcd
Sep 30, 2014

This book is incredibly SLOW. One of the main characters (Aphenglow) is also incredibly STUPID. Really you have had two attempts on your life (and had to be saved both times) but you are STILL going to hide from your hired bodyguard???? She is also incredibly dishonest (although Terry Brooks tries to make her out not to be) she basically feels that her vows to anyone other then her chief druid can be broken whenever she likes.
One interesting aspect of this book is the fact that Terry Brooks has broken from the typical quest format - in the sense that you take a main character who is young and not good or evil and put them through a series of challenges to make them choose. Maybe I have to wait until book 2 to see this?

rfassettkelly Aug 13, 2013

First book I ever read by Terry Brooks. I liked it a lot, already on the last book of the series.

bookfanatic1979 Jan 29, 2013

The first in what promises to be another solid Shannara trilogy. Every time I read a Shannara book I'm tempted to re-read the whole set. I'm just that fond of them.

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