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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (Aug. 24 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345484177
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345484178
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 16.9 x 3.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #277,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Terry Brooks displays the sure hand of a master. Bearers of the Black Staff is filled with iconic characters and heroes not diminished but made human by their flaws. A finely-wrought tale of sacrifice, adventure, betrayal, magic, loss, and a world on the precipice."--Brent Weeks, author of The Way of Shadows

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Terry Brooks is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including the Genesis of Shannara novels Armageddon’s Children and The Elves of Cintra; The Sword of Shannara; the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilogy: Ilse Witch, Antrax, and Morgawr; the High Druid of Shannara trilogy: Jarka Ruus, Tanequil, and Straken; the nonfiction book Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life; and the novel based upon the screenplay and story by George Lucas, Star Wars®: Episode I The Phantom Menace.™ His novels Running with the Demon and A Knight of the Word were selected by the Rocky Mountain News as two of the best science fiction/fantasy novels of the twentieth century. The author was a practicing attorney for many years but now writes full-time. He lives with his wife, Judine, in the Pacific Northwest.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bart Breen TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 5 2011
Format: Hardcover
Terry Brooks and Shannara have been around since the 1970s. I remember stumbling across Brooks after reading all of Tolkien's works and wondering if there was anyone else out there who could write and create a world like Tolkien. I didn't realize at the time, how tall an order that was. I read a lot of imitators and wannabes and was about to give up, but thanks to Brooks and a few others I was pleasantly surprised that there was some fantasy literature out there worth reading.

Over time though, I began to feel that Terry was dragging things out just a little and some of the plots and stories were wearing a little thin. It was with this background and sense of wonder as to where Terry would go with a Shannara related book so many years later, that I picked this book out and I have to say, I wasn't disappointed.

It's been a long time since I read the original Shannara books and I wondered if I was going to be able to come back so many years later and remember enough for the book to make sense. As it turned out, there was no reason to worry. This book stands well by itself and while it certainly has some ties to previous works, I didn't find myself confused or needing to recall characters or plots from the past to make sense of what was going on here.

Brooks' writes smoothly (as I remember well) and strikes a good balance between character development, plot progression with surprises along the way that keep the reader from getting too comfortable. Tied into this series as well is a good tie to our good old "mundane" world with some speculation as to what things might be in the aftermath of, oh I don't know .... how about a nuclear holocaust? It does it however without the tempting social commentary that another writer might have indulged in.
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By Lesley Roberta on Jan. 11 2011
Format: Hardcover
What's to not like :)

I have been enjoying the saga started so long ago by Terry Brooks with the Sword of Shanara. And now we get to see the process of how an epic fantasy setting that began so long ago, and actually evolved out of our own real world, came to pass.

I have yet to dislike a single book ever written by Mr Brooks.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read a Terry Brooks Novel a long time ago and wasn't that impressed, so I thought I would give him another chance with this book which I got for $3. Its a good book but I would not recommend it to a connoisseur reader of fantasy or science fiction, more suited to people who like the Harry Potter series of fantasy.
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By Gay Carefoot on Jan. 29 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
My husband enjoyed reading this book.
He has read many books that Terry Brooks has written, and he enjoys them all the time.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I couldn't put the book down, and was surprised when I reached the last page. I'm anxious to read how the worlds tie together.
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