Monday, August 6, 2012

Wards of Faerie- Terry Brooks

Wards of Faerie

Terry Brooks

Del Rey, Aug 21 2012, $28.00

ISBN 9780345523471

Aphenglow Elessedil the Druid finds an ancient journal documenting the theft of the magical Elfstones many centuries ago. She takes his discovery to his relative Khyber Elessedil. She organizes a team to locate and retrieve the elfstones.

At the same Federation Prime Minister Drust Chazhul wants to eradicate the Druids; as his enemy’s extinction would allow his scientific based people to rule the Four Lands. Khyber assigns Aphen to stay behind to protect the Druid city of Paranor, which is where Chazhul deploys his army to attack. Others are also interested in either possessing or concealing the elfstones.

Though the first Legacy of Shannara fantasy has the same overall déjà vu feel of many of the previous series novels and newcomers at a minimum need to read the previous trilogy (High Druid of Shannara), saga fans will enjoy the latest quest. Filled with action, readers will want to join Khyber on the search, root for Aphen and boo the intolerant Chazhul.

Harriet Klausner

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