The Measure of the Magic by Terry Brooks
Legends of Shannara

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Brooks really does plunge us into the histories of Shannara and once again we find ourselves on a quest to find the Elfstones and save the valley dwellers.
-The British Fantasy Society

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For five hundred years, the survivors of the Great Wars lived peacefully in a valley sanctuary shielded by powerful magic from the dangerous outside world. But the enchanted barriers have crumbled, and the threat of annihilation looms large once more. As he lay dying, Sider Ament, bearer of the last black staff and protector of the valley, gave stewardship of the powerful talisman to the young Tracker Panterra Qu. Now the newly anointed Knight of the Word must take up the battle against evil wherever it threatens: from without, where an army of bloodthirsty Trolls is massing for invasion; and from within, where the Elf king of Arborlon has been murdered, his daughter stands accused, and a heinous conspiracy is poised to subjugate the kingdom. But even these affairs will pale beside the most harrowing menace Panterra is destined to confront—a nameless, merciless agent of darkness on a relentless mission: to claim the last black staff . . . and the life of whoever wields it.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Terry Brooks's The Wards of Faerie.
 

About Terry Brooks

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Terry Brooks is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books, including the Shannara’s Dark Legacy adventure The Wards of Faerie; the Legends of Shannara novels Bearers of the Black Staff and The Measure of the Magic; the Genesis of Shannara trilogy: Armageddon’s Children, The Elves of Cintra, and The Gypsy Morph; The Sword of Shannara; the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilogy: Ilse Witch, Antrax, and Morgawr; the High Druid of Shannara trilogy: Jarka Ruus, Tanequil, and Straken; the nonfiction book Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life; 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.
 
Published August 23, 2011 by Del Rey. 482 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Measure of the Magic
All: 5 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 1

Book Reporter

Excellent
on Aug 25 2011

With THE MEASURE OF THE MAGIC, Brooks still regales the reader with a sense of wonder, mystery and magic. He just keeps doing it better.

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City Book Review

Good
on Sep 15 2011

This book offers a great villain — one of Brooks’ best in some time — and contains some scenes that are extraordinary and will have fans standing and applauding.

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The British Fantasy Society

Above average
on Jan 18 2012

Brooks really does plunge us into the histories of Shannara and once again we find ourselves on a quest to find the Elfstones and save the valley dwellers.

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Volante Online

Below average
on Feb 14 2012

Should a devoted Brooks fan pick this book up...They will find themselves skipping over unnecessary dialogue and events in an attempt to get to the better parts of the story they know from experience should be there.

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Fantasy Faction

Good
on Oct 22 2011

The Measure of the Magic is nonetheless classic Terry Brooks, with perhaps a hint of modernism that reflects Shannara’s growth over time...

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