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The Black Elfstone: Book One of the Fall of Shannara

By Terry Brooks

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Through twenty-eight novels written over the course of forty years, Terry Brooks's Shannara series has entranced millions of readers around the world. Now, with The Black Elfstone - the first book in the Fall of Shannara - Terry begins to bring his epic vision to a grand conclusion

'TERRY'S PLACE IS AT THE HEAD OF THE FANTASY WORLD' Philip Pullman

The first book of the triumphant four-part conclusion to the Shannara series, from one of the all-time masters of fantasy.

The age of peace that has reigned across the Four Lands is now at an end. An army of invaders, wielding a terrible new magic, is cutting a bloody swathe across the far north . . .

The fate of the world now rests on the shoulders of an exiled druid, a conflicted warrior and a young woman struggling to master a powerful magic. As the conflict grows, they will face dangerous adversaries and deadly challenges - and the consequences of their actions will determine the future of the Four Lands.

Through twenty-eight novels written over the course of forty years, Terry Brooks's Shannara series has entranced millions of readers around the world. Now, with The Black Elfstone - the first book in the Fall of Shannara - Terry begins to bring his epic vision to a grand conclusion.

'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

'I would not be writing epic fantasy today if not for Shannara' Peter V. Brett

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

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  • ISBN: 9780356510163
  • Publication date: 01 Mar 2018
  • Page count: 464
  • Imprint: Orbit
Terry's place is at the head of the fantasy world — Philip Pulman
Fantastic . . . one of the best books in this saga — SFREVU
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
If you haven't read Terry Brooks, you haven't read fantasy — Christopher Paolini
A strong opening book . . . The Four Lands face a new threat — FANTASY BOOK REVIEW
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
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