An ancient evil threatens the Elves and the Races of Man. The Ellcrys, the tree of long-lost Elven magic, is dying, unravelling the spell of Forbidding that locks the hordes of Demons away from the world.
Already the fearsome Reaper is free. Only by quickening a new seed in the mysterious Bloodfire can the Ellcrys be reborn and the Forbidding made whole. Amberle, a young Elven girl, is chosen to undertake the quest for the Bloodfire.
The way is perilous, though. Other demons besides the Reaper stalk the land. Amberle will need a protector if she is to prevail, and Wil Ohmsford, heir to the Elven magics of Shannara, is chosen to accompany her.
Amberle's quest and the fate of the Four Lands will rest on Wil's ability to unlock the magic of the mysterious Elfstones of Shannara.
The Elfstones of Shannara is the second volume of the classic series that has become one of the best loved fantasy tales of all time.
©1982 Terry Brooks (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc.
"A marvellous fantasy trip." (Frank Herbert)
"Confirms Terry's place at the head of the fantasy world." (Philip Pullman)
"If Harry Potter has given you a thirst for fantasy and you have not discovered the magic of Terry Brooks, you are in for a treat." (Rocky Mountain News)
Good story. Better written than most. Interesting twist in the hint that it's set in the future - might have been better if that was enhanced a bit more.
Don't worry about the rest in the series though, they're all the same.
Obviously a classic fantasy author, I listened to the second book after hearing it was an improvement on the first (and less of a LOTR rip off!). It's a solid piece of fantasy writing but to me it feels quite dated by today's standards (black & white good vs evil). There are parts where the action gets slowed down by the reader's understanding being hammered home - no spoilers but at one point one of the characters overcomes an obstacle and it goes on 'at first he couldn't but now he realised why, before he was unable to because of this but now that he realised he could see why, it was this that has been preventing him not that, now he understood' and you just scream for the story to progress. I may listen to th
Story is good enough if a little simple in parts. It feels like the peril is solved a bit too easily for my taste.
It won't stop me wordlessly reading the next book wordlessly though.
I'm really enjoying this series. It has some very familiar ideas along to that of SoT, LOTR, and WoT. As long as your aren't precious about who had the ideas first ( I'm not) and you understand that they all follow a very similar structure that is proven to work then I think you'll enjoy them too.
"Scott Brick FTW!"
Yep. Scott Brick. F. T. W.
Started these because of the TV show, stayed because of that voice.
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