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The third volume of The Heritage of Shannara, which continues one of the most popular fantasy series of all time

"Find the Elves and return them to the world of Men!" The shade of the Druid Allanon had ordered Wren. 

It was clearly an impossible task. The Elves had been gone from the Westland for more than a hundred years. There was not even a trace of their former city of Arborlon left to mark their passing. No one in the Esterland knew of them - except, finally, the Addershag. 

The blind old woman had given instructions to find a place on the coast of the Blue Divide, build a fire, and keep it burning for three days. "One will come for you." 

Tiger Ty, the Wing Rider, had come on his giant Roc to carry Wren and her friend Garth to the only clear landing site on the island of Morrowindl, where, he said, the Elves might still exist, somewhere in the demon-haunted jungle. 

Now she stood within that jungle, remembering the warning of the Addershag: "Beware, Elf-girl. I see danger ahead for you...and evil beyond imagining." It had proved all too true. 

Wren stood with her single weapon of magic, listening as demons evil beyond all imagining gathered for attack. How long could she resist? 

And if, by some miracle, she reached the Elves and could convince them to return, how could they possibly retrace her perilous path to reach the one safe place on the coast? 

©2016 Terry Brooks (P)2016 Random House Audio

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One of the best in the series so far

At last, Brook's female protagonist has more to her than innocent beauty or petulant sexiness

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The best Shannara book?

I have read the first 7 (publication order) Shannara books plus the First King, and this is my favourite. Usually, I greatly enjoy Brooks' novels despite glaring weaknesses in his writing, but here, he does things well that he usually does badly. For example, Wren, Stresa, and to a lesser extent Garth are beautifully drawn characters. The moment of greatest pathos in the novel is pitched perfectly, and I am left moved by it rather than irritated by the melodrama. It's not perfect (Wren's moral dilemma, which is no dilemma at all, gets annoying after a while), and it needs to be read as part of the series to be really enjoyed, but I think that this is peak Terry Brooks. The narration is also excellent.

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outstanding

the only thing I can say is BRILLIANT in all ways like all the other books can't wait for more to be released by audible

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such an addictive read. love this auther

absolutely adore this auther. His books are captivating! I love them all but this has been my favourite so far.

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another hit

another great story in the shannara series about to start the talismans can't wait to see how it comes together

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  • 07-03-18

money for old rope

exposition followed by exposition. she thought. he pondered. i silently screamed, john lee tries hard.

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  • 27-08-21

Great story and great narrative!

The reading was done very well. I have read the series multiple times so it was easy to follow. I would recommend reading the series, but for those who just don’t have the time nothing is lost when you listen to the narrative by John Lee.

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  • Chris
  • 13-05-21

It's the little things

it's the little things. Lee's narration features some of the best attention to detail I can recall from a narrator. The voice of Stresa alone deserves a 5 star review. One of my favorite Shannara books narrated in brilliant fashion. Bravo!

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  • Sherri Hudson
  • 29-03-21

Great depth

What a master storyteller! The depth of characters, scenes and action pulls the reader right into the story. The characters are delightful, even those of death and destruction.
John Lee has a mesmerizing voice that carries you right into the story!!

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  • KU Jayhawk
  • 06-03-21

slow start, but Strong Finish

I thought this book would suffer from the third in a series curse, especially after a slow start. So glad to be wrong.

Wren's character development makes an interesting story as the history of the elves slowly unfolds.

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  • greg3759
  • 19-11-20

Excellent fantasy listen

The performance was generally really good. The book itself is also a very good read.

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  • Tanya Greeff
  • 26-10-20

Terry Brooks and John Lee - what a combination!

Absolutely love this series with the best narrator and brilliant writer! Wish there were more!

Thank you legends!

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  • Amy Kempf
  • 13-07-20

Another great book by Terry!

Another great book by Terry! I love this series! I do wish that the narrators would all pronounce the names the same in this series though. Otherwise great!

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  • Tyler Tarter
  • 01-06-20

Best of the series so far

Way better then the last one. Good story and it answers questions instead of wasting time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-05-20

Why the random chapters?

Loved the story. Just don't get why 3 random chapters from Druid were thrown in...

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  • Bruce
  • 18-04-20

Easy to follow

Elf Queen may be in (what some these days are calling) the New Adult Category. Long before YA was a huge market, this add-on trilogy series was remarkably unencumbered with needless ero-ism. The relatively small cast and simple names reduces the burden on the ears; the large number of restatements and repetitions also make fast listening easy. Still, too much inner dialog and unnecessary wordiness for my taste, but some like it. That's what separates it from books for younger readers.

This quartet made the original Shannara Trilogy more clear. Following the advice of others, I have gone back and re-listened to the Original and the Heritage series again. Not wasted time!