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The Darkling Child

The Defenders of Shannara

By Terry Brooks
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From New York Times bestselling fantasy author Terry Brooks comes the second stand-alone novel in his legendary Shannara series - a 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


NEW 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 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 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.

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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
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