The Elfstones of Shannara

The Elfstones of Shannara

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Thousands of years after the destruction of the age of man an d science, new races and magic now rule the world, but an imminent danger threatens. A horde of evil Demons is beginning to escape and bring death upon the land. Only Wil Ohmsford, the last of the Shannara bloodline, has the power to guard the Elven Princess Amberle on a perilous quest to the save the world, while the leader of the Demon force aims to stop their mission at any cost.
Praise for Terry Brooks
“Shannara was one of my favorite fictional worlds growing up, and I look forward to many return trips.”—Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!
“If Tolkien is the grandfather of modern fantasy, Terry Brooks is its favorite uncle.”—Peter V. Brett, author of The Skull Throne
“A great storyteller, Terry Brooks creates rich epics filled with mystery, magic, and memorable characters.”—Christopher Paolini, author of Eragon

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The grandson of Shea, Wil Ohmsford, searches for Amberle, the Chosen whose gift of Bloodfire is needed to create the Ellcrys tree that protects against demons

& Taylor

The grandson of Shea, Wil Ohmsford, searches for Amberle, the Chosen whose gift of Bloodfire is needed to create the Ellcrys tree that protects against demons. Reissue.

Publisher: New York : Del Rey, 1984, c1982
Edition: 1st mass market ed
ISBN: 9780345285546
Characteristics: 564 p. : ill ; 18 cm


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Dec 19, 2018

Disregard ZenSojourner's review, if only because it is grossly inaccurate; there is, thankfully, no underage romance in Elfstones. I'd say, like much of Brooks' early work, Elfstones is ideally suited for a YA audience - and is fun to return to every once in a while.
It's somewhat slow paced in places, but infinitely more original than the first Shannara book. I remember loving this novel when I was younger.

Jul 07, 2016

I literally have no idea where ZenSojourner got the impression that Amberle is a child. Clearly they didn't read the book otherwise they might have come across the multiple passages that confirm she is, at the least, in her late teens or a young adult. That aside this is a good "standard" fantasy novel - though it doesn't really break much new ground for the genre.

Oct 12, 2013

I've said it before and will say it again - Terry Brooks is an AWFUL writer. Specifically in this book it is worth mentioning that I found the premise that a seven year old girl - elf or no elf - living on her own in a human village and being allowed to take care of the human children in that village to be totally unbelievable. Also unbelievable is the idea that any parent/grandparents would allow a 7 year old child to run away from home the way she did, leaving her to survive on her own in the human world, or be as angry as these people were over her supposed dereliction of "duty" - without bothering to find out why the child was so terribly frightened, nor making any attempt to understand her. Elves in Shannara must be really REALLY bad parents! Also the near-romance that is implied between Will and Amberle is pretty creepy, given that Amberle is SEVEN YEARS OLD. My guess is that the intent was to show a burgeoning friendship, but Terry Brooks is SUCH a bad writer that it does not come off that way.

Jun 26, 2013

The best fantasy series ever!!!!!!!!!!
Lots of action, keeps you hanging on every word.

May 18, 2013

I enjoyed the book and thought it was a good little break from the usual things I read. I would call it a more PG rated fantasy story, unlike some of the more graphic ones out there. A little slow about halfway through, but it picks up enough to keep interests flowing and does have a commonly good message within the pages. I'd recommend it as a read.


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Oct 12, 2013

Other: There is an unsettling almost-love-affair implied throughout the book between the main characters - which is unsettling because the female protagonist, Amberle, is seven years old!

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