Wards of Faerie by Terry Brooks
The Dark Legacy of Shannara

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Overall, the book was a good first installment of what looks to be a defining change in the Shannara world.
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Synopsis

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.
 
Tumultuous times are upon the world now known as the Four Lands. Users of magic are in conflict with proponents of science. The dwindling Druid order is 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, which once warded the lands and kept evil at bay. 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. Whoever captures the Elfstones and their untold powers will surely hold the advantage in the devastating clash to come.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Terry Brooks's Bloodfire Quest.
 
 

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 21, 2012 by Del Rey. 497 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Sports & Outdoors, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Wards of Faerie
All: 5 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 1

Publishers Weekly

Excellent
May 07 2012

This opening salvo in Brooks’s Legacy of Shannara trilogy is Tolkien-derivative, but suitably rousing and occasionally touchingly sentimental.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Stephen Hubbard on Aug 24 2012

Terry Brooks shines once again, and this new chapter in the legacy of the world of Shannara is a must-read installment.

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The British Fantasy Society

Excellent
Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins

This is traditional fantasy with just enough of a dark touch to give it a slightly more modern feel whilst still preserving those old conventions that we love so much.

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Good
Reviewed by Brian Herstig

Overall, the book was a good first installment of what looks to be a defining change in the Shannara world.

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Staffer's Book Review

Below average
Reviewed by Justin Landon on Aug 14 2012

I can’t recommend new readers give Wards of Faerie a try, nor old Brooks adherents hoping for improvement.

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