Author(s): Terry Brooks
The first book of the triumphant and epic four-part conclusion to the Shannara series, from one of the all-time masters of fantasy.
Across the Four Lands, peace has reigned for generations. But now, in the far north, an unknown enemy is massing. More troubling than the carnage is the strange and wondrous power wielded by the attackers--a breed of magic unfamiliar even to the Druid order. Fearing the worst, the High Druid dispatches a diplomatic party under the protection of the order's sworn guardian, Dar Leah, to confront the mysterious, encroaching force and discover its purpose.
But another crucial journey is being undertaken. Exiled onetime High Druid Drisker Arc has been living in quiet seclusion, far from the politics and power struggles of his former life, until two brutal attacks by would-be assassins force him to seek out an infamous murder-for-hire guild--and find the hidden enemy who has marked him for death. At his side is Tarsha Kaynin, a young woman gifted with the wishsong and eager to be schooled in its formidable power by a master. She, too, is pursuing a mission: to locate her wayward brother, whose own magic has driven him to deadly madness and kindled his rage for vengeance . . . against his sister.
In their darkest hours, facing dangerous adversaries, the lives and quests of Dar Leah, Drisker Arc, and Tarsha Kaynin will be inextricably drawn together. And the challenges each confronts will have resounding consequences for the future of the Four Lands.
Praise for The Black Elfstone
"Epic scope, heroic characters, and so much heart . . . proof that the Shannara series can still reach new heights."--Tordotcom
"A strong opening book . . . The Four Lands face a new threat."--Fantasy Book Review
"Fantastic . . . one of the best books in this saga."--SFRevu
Brooks' Shannara series is a grand example of the best of the best in the genre . . . The design of the Shannara books spreads the story line across centuries, yet also makes it easy for new readers to jump in at any point * ASSOCIATED PRESS * A strong opening book . . . The Four Lands face a new threat * FANTASY BOOK REVIEW * If you haven't read Terry Brooks, you haven't read fantasy * Christopher Paolini * I would not be writing epic fantasy today if not for Shannara -- Peter V. Brett I can't even begin to count how many of Terry Brooks's books I've read (and re-read) over the years * Patrick Rothfuss, author of THE NAME OF THE WIND * A master of the craft . . . required reading -- Brent Weeks Fantastic . . . one of the best books in this saga * SFREVU * Terry's place is at the head of the fantasy world -- Philip Pulman
Terry Brooks is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books, including the Dark Legacy of Shannara adventures Wards of Faerie and Bloodfire Quest; 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; and The Sword of Shannara. The author was a practising attorney for many years but now writes full time. He lives with his wife, Judine, in the Pacific Northwest.