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The High Druid's Blade

The Defenders of Shannara

By Terry Brooks

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From New York Times bestselling fantasy author Terry Brooks comes the first stand-alone novel in his legendary Shannara series in almost twenty years - the perfect place for new readers to begin

***50 MILLION TERRY BROOKS COPIES SOLD AROUND THE WORLD***

THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES IS NOW A MAJOR TV SERIES

'Terry's place is at the head of the fantasy world' Philip Pullman


SECRETS REVEALED. POWERS UNLEASHED. A LEGEND IN THE MAKING . . .

It is said that Paxon Leah is descended from the royals and warriors who once waged war with magical weapons. But those heroes are long gone now, and there is nothing enchanted about the antique sword that hangs above Paxon's fireplace.

Little does Paxon know though, that extraordinary circumstances are about to overturn his simple world . . . and rewrite his destiny.


Praise for Terry Brooks:

'A master of the craft . . . required reading' Brent Weeks

'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

'I would not be writing epic fantasy today if not for Shannara' Peter V. Brett, author of The Painted Man

'If you haven't read Terry Brooks, you haven't read fantasy' Christopher Paolini, author of Eragon


The Defenders of Shannara:

THE HIGH DRUID'S BLADE
THE DARKLING CHILD
THE SORCERER'S DAUGHTER

Biographical Notes

Terry Brooks is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books, including the Dark Legacy of Shannara adventures Wards of Faerie, Bloodfire Quest and Witch Wraith; 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.

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  • ISBN: 9780356502182
  • Publication date: 28 Apr 2015
  • Page count: 448
  • Imprint: Orbit
Terry's place is at the head of the fantasy world — Philip Pullman
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
I would not be writing epic fantasy today if not for Shannara — Peter V. Brett, author of THE PAINTED MAN
If you haven't read Terry Brooks, you haven't read fantasy — Christopher Paolini, author of ERAGON
High adventure, lots of action, and appealing [characters] . . . a good place for new readers to jump into the author's world — LIBRARY JOURNAL on HIGH DRUID'S BLADE
Terry Brooks is a grandmaster of the fantasy genre, and his latest will both captivate and surprise readers. . . . It's truly magical — ASSOCIATED PRESS on HIGH DRUID'S BLADE
Brooks once again gifts readers with a breathless adventure in this new Shannara trilogy, the Defenders of Shannara. The action begins in the first chapter and doesn't end until the last page — RT BOOK REVIEWS on HIGH DRUID'S BLADE
If you haven't read Terry Brooks, you haven't read fantasy — Christopher Paolini, bestselling author of ERAGON and BRISINGR
Terry Brooks is a master of the craft and a trailblazer . . . Required reading — Brent Weeks, bestselling author of the Night Angel trilogy
Terry's place is at the head of the fantasy world — Philip Pullman, author of NORTHERN LIGHTS
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, bestselling author of THE NAME OF THE WIND
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***50 MILLION TERRY BROOKS COPIES SOLD AROUND THE WORLD***THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES IS NOW A MAJOR TV SERIES'Terry's place is at the head of the fantasy world' Philip PullmanNEW POWERS ARE AWAKENING. A LEGEND IS BORN . . . In a distant corner of the Four Lands, the mysterious magic of the wishsong has been detected. Paxon Leah, sworn protector of the Druid order and heir of the enchanted Sword of Leah, must travel to uncover its source - and ensure that this formidable power is not wielded by the wrong hands.But danger lies in wait, and in a fearsome clash between mortal might and dark magic, it is up to Paxon, as the High Druid's Blade, to defend the people of the Four Lands against a terrifying evil.Praise for Terry Brooks:'A master of the craft . . . required reading' Brent Weeks'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'I would not be writing epic fantasy today if not for Shannara' Peter V. Brett, author of The Painted Man'If you haven't read Terry Brooks, you haven't read fantasy' Christopher Paolini, author of EragonThe Defenders of Shannara:THE HIGH DRUID'S BLADETHE DARKLING CHILDTHE SORCERER'S DAUGHTER

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Paradise, blooded daughter of the king's First Advisor, is ready to break free from the restrictive life of an aristocratic female. Her strategy? Join the Black Dagger Brotherhood's training center program and learn to fight for herself, think for herself...be herself. It's a good plan, until everything goes wrong. The schooling is unfathomably difficult, the other recruits feel more like enemies than allies, and it's very clear that the Brother in charge, Butch O'Neal, a.k.a. the Dhestroyer, is having serious problems in his own life.And that's before she falls in love with a fellow classmate. Craeg, a common civilian, is nothing her father would ever want for her, but everything she could ask for in a male. As an act of violence threatens to tear apart the entire program, and the erotic pull between them grows irresistible, Paradise is tested in ways she never anticipated--and left wondering whether she's strong enough to claim her own power...on the field, and off.

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Unfettered

Shawn Speakman
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Unfettered is an anthology of original fantasy fiction by some of the very biggest names in fantasy fiction, and it also features deleted scenes from A MEMORY OF LIGHT, the final book in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series.This collection is not only a fantastic anthology in its own right, but it's a testament to the generosity found in the science fiction and fantasy community. When author Shawn Speakman fell seriously ill and was unable to pay his medical bills, that's when New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks offered to donate a short story that Shawn could sell to help alleviate those bills. He also suggested he ask the same of his other writer friends, and Unfettered is the incredible result. Twenty-four tales comprise this superb collection, and as the title suggests, the writers were free to contribute whatever they wished. Table of contents:- Foreword by Patrick Rothfuss- Introduction: On Becoming Unfettered- Imaginary Friends by Terry Brooks- How Old Holly Came To Be by Patrick Rothfuss- The Old Scale Game by Tad Williams- Game of Chance by Carrie Vaughn- The Martyr of the Roses by Jacqueline Carey- Mudboy by Peter V. Brett- The Sound of Broken Absolutes by Peter Orullian- The Coach with Big Teeth by R.A. Salvatore- Keeper of Memory by Todd Lockwood- Heaven in a Wild Flower by Blake Charlton- Dogs by Daniel Abraham- The Chapel Perilous by Kevin Hearne- Select Mode by Mark Lawrence- All the Girls Love Michael Stein by David Anthony Durham- Strange Rain by Jennifer Bosworth- Nocturne by Robert V.S. Redick- Unbowed by Eldon Thompson- In Favour with Their Stars by Naomi Novik- River of Souls by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson- The Jester by Michael J. Sullivan- The Duel by Lev Grossman- Walker and the Shade of Allanon by Terry Brooks- The Unfettered Knight by Shawn Speakman- The Twilight Dragon by Shawn Speakman (bonus story for UK edition)

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***50 MILLION TERRY BROOKS COPIES SOLD AROUND THE WORLD***THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES IS NOW A MAJOR TV SERIES'Terry's place is at the head of the fantasy world' Philip PullmanFor centuries, the Four Lands enjoyed freedom and peace, protected by a magical barrier from the dark dimension known as the Forbidding. But now the unthinkable is happening: the ancient wards securing the border have begun to erode - and the monstrous creatures imprisoned there are poised to spill forth, seeking their revenge.Young Elf Arling Elessedil possesses the means to close the breach, but her efforts may be doomed when she is taken captive. The only hope lies with her determined sister Aphen, who bears the Elfstones and commands their magic. Now the fate of their world rests upon her shoulders . . .Praise for Terry Brooks:'A master of the craft . . . required reading' Brent Weeks'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'I would not be writing epic fantasy today if not for Shannara' Peter V. Brett, author of The Painted Man'If you haven't read Terry Brooks, you haven't read fantasy' Christopher Paolini, author of EragonThe Dark Legacy of Shannara:VOL. 1: WARDS OF FAERIEvOL. 2: BLOODFIRE QUESTVOL. 3: WITCH WRAITH

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The legendary hero Allanon takes center stage in the first of three gripping new stand-alone eBook short stories set in the world of the fantasy-fiction phenomenon that is Shannara - by beloved New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks.The history is thus: The once-Druid Brona, seduced by his pursuit of dark magic, was forever transformed into the Warlock Lord - whose evil would be the downfall of the Four Lands and the death of the Races. Against him, the Elven King Jerle Shannara wielded the fabled sword that bore his surname and triumphed. Or so it was believed. But though the Dark Lord was driven out . . . he was not destroyed.The Druid Allanon knows only too well the prophecy passed down to him by his late master: that eventually the Warlock Lord will return. Now, after hundreds of years, that day seems imminent. And the time is at hand for the Sword of Shannara to once more be brought forth from its sanctuary to serve its ancient purpose. All that remains is for a blood descendent of the Elven house of Shannara to carry the blade into battle.With ever more portents of doom on the horizon, Allanon must seek out the last remaining Shannara heir, who alone will bear the burden of defending the Four Lands' destiny. But with agents of darkness closing in from behind, unexpected enemies lying in wait ahead, and treachery encroaching on every side, there can be no certainty of success. Nor any assurance that this desperate quest will not be the Druid's last.PRAISE FOR TERRY BROOKS'A great storyteller, Terry Brooks creates rich epics filled with mystery, magic, and memorable characters. If you haven't read Terry Brooks, you haven't read fantasy' - Christopher Paolini, bestselling author of ERAGON and BRISINGR 'Terry Brooks is a master of the craft and a trailblazer . . . Required reading' - Brent Weeks, bestselling author of the Night Angel trilogy '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, bestselling author of THE NAME OF THE WIND 'Terry's place is at the head of the fantasy world' - Philip Pullman, author of NORTHERN LIGHTS

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***50 MILLION TERRY BROOKS COPIES SOLD AROUND THE WORLD***THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES IS NOW A MAJOR TV SERIES'Terry's place is at the head of the fantasy world' Philip PullmanTHERE WAS AN AGE WHEN THE WORLD WAS YOUNG.It was a time before the coming of humans, a time when magic was the dominant power - and it was named the age of Faerie. Ever since this time, a bitter war has been raging between the forces of good and evil. And it was during this age that the Elfstones protecting the Elven race disappeared. They have been missing for thousands of years. Now a clue to their location may have surfaced in the ancient diary of a princess, and it will be the beginning of an adventure that no-one could have anticipated.This is the beginning of a breathtaking new series from the master of modern fantasy Terry Brooks. Returning to his core Shannara world, this spellbinding series will astound both seasoned Terry Brooks fans and those discovering his magical world for the first time.Praise for Terry Brooks:'A master of the craft . . . required reading' Brent Weeks'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'I would not be writing epic fantasy today if not for Shannara' Peter V. Brett, author of The Painted Man'If you haven't read Terry Brooks, you haven't read fantasy' Christopher Paolini, author of EragonThe Dark Legacy of Shannara:VOL. 1: WARDS OF FAERIEvOL. 2: BLOODFIRE QUESTVOL. 3: WITCH WRAITH

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