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The High Druid of Shannara Trilogy [Deckle Edge] [Hardcover]

Terry Brooks
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Oct. 25 2011 The High Druid of Shannara
The complete three-book series

In one handsome collector’s edition hardcover, here are all three novels that comprise Terry Brooks’s bestselling High Druid of Shannara trilogy—Jarka Ruus, Tanequil, and Straken. These thrilling novels demonstrate this acclaimed author’s magic of invention and mastery of storytelling.

Twenty years have passed since Grianne Ohmsford denounced her former life as the dreaded Ilse Witch. Fulfilling the destiny predicted for her, she has established the Third Druid Council and dedicated herself to its goals of peace and defense of the Four Lands. But the intrigue, treachery, and sinister deeds that have haunted Druid history for generations continue to thrive. And despite her devotion to the greater good as Ard Rhys, the High Druid of Paranor, Grianne still has bitter enemies who will stop at nothing to see her deposed—or destroyed.

As wicked plots are hatched, the Ard Rhys suddenly disappears in the dead of night and without a trace. Now, barely a step ahead of the malevolent forces at work, Grianne’s brave nephew, Pen Ohmsford, embarks on a dangerous mission to find and deliver the High Druid of Shannara from wherever she may be held.

With no shortage of adventure, exhilaration, suspense, and enchantment, the High Druid of Shannara trilogy proves why Terry Brooks is one of the most beloved fantasy authors of all time.

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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, author of Eragon and Brisingr
 
HIGH DRUID OF SHANNARA TRILOGY
Jarka Ruus
 
“Brooks is off on another Shannara adventure . . . and the ride, as always, is pleasurable.”—Contra Costa Times
 
Tanequil
 
“What makes this series special is Brooks’s unique ability to remain faithful to the Shannara universe, and, at the same time, keep the adventures fresh and believable.”—Rocky Mountain News
 
Straken
 
“Rich and riveting . . . Brooks unerringly weaves the many threads of his complex saga into an intricate and colorful tapestry.”—Booklist

About the Author

Terry Brooks is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books, including the Legends of Shannara novels Bearers of the Black Staff and The Measure of the Magic; the Genesis of Shannara novels Armageddon’s Children, The Elves of Cintra, and The Gypsy Morph; 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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5.0 out of 5 stars perfect May 27 2014
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Wow! Perfect condition! Absolutly love it! Great presententation, over and above what I was hoping for.... thank you so much...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another shannara classic Dec 13 2011
By McKell Sanderson - Published on Amazon.com
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Terry Brooks delivers again in High Druid of Shannara. This continues the story after the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilogy. Was a fun read, but can only give 4 stars, because I'm comparing with his earlier classics, like the Sword of Shannara or the Elfstones (personal favorite). The High druid series takes you to the other side of the demon the prison created by the Ellcrys, the forbidding. I enjoyed reading this story as it helped me to better picture the harsh home of the demons in the Elfstones of Shannara. The mirror world concept was particularly interesting, and helped me to quickly understand what the Heroine was facing, as I'd become familiar with the 4 lands.

To sum it up, I enjoyed the series, but don't imagine re-reading it over and over like the Sword trilogy or the Heritage series. Definitely a MUST READ for Brooks fans out there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good solid buy if you are a shannara fan Aug. 15 2012
By Ian Gann - Published on Amazon.com
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Basically if you have not read the most recent trilogy in the Shannara series then you should by this book. It contains all three books and is cheaper then buying them seperately - slightly. I would not advise reading this as the first installment in the Shannara series as you will more then likely be quite lost - better to start with the previous trilogy as it contains some of the same characters (unless of course you decide to start from the beginning). Storywise it's a great book which, in addition to being an enjoyable read, takes the reader into areas of the Shannara mythology no previous books have gone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Druid Coup Feb. 19 2012
By Arthur W. Jordin - Published on Amazon.com
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The High Druid of Shannara Trilogy (2011) is a Fantasy omnibus of the High Druid subseries in the Shannara sequence. It contains Jarka Ruus, Tanequil, and Straken. The initial work in this sequence is First King of Shannara.

Jarka Ruus is the first novel in this subseries. A decade after the events of The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara, Grianne Ohmsford has fulfilled the wishes of Walker Boh and the other Druid shades by founding the Third Druid Council with herself as Ard Rhys. Ignoring some heated objections, she has welcomed people of all races into the Council. Many persons with magical talents have come to learn and to disseminate such learning among the Four Lands.

Despite these accomplishments, the High Druid has some heavy problems. Many on the Council and elsewhere cannot forget that she was once the Ilse Witch. Conspiracies are forming within the Council itself. Moreover, the leader of the Federation fears her and plans her downfall and the Elf King blames her for the deaths of his grandfather and father.

Grianne refuses to listen to advice from her closest associates regarding the conspirators, for she is afraid that she will revert to the persona of the Ilse Witch. She has turned her back on her previous behavior to the extent of denial of even reasonable suspicions and precautions. As a result, she is caught in a magical trap that transfers her to Jarka Ruus.

When she disappears, the conspirators move to take over the Council. Tagwen, the High Druid's administrative associate, leaves to find her brother, Bek Ohmsford, but instead gains the help of Pen Ohmsford, the teenage son of Bek and Rue Meridian. As Tagwen and Pen flee the conspirators, their airboat is blown into the land of the King of the Silver River, who saves them from their pursuers and sets them on a quest to rescue Grianne from her exile. Pen worries about his role in this quest, for he has only a minor magical talent, but apparently his abilities are the key to the release of his aunt.

Tanequil (2004) is the second Fantasy novel in this subseries.
Dunsidan returns to his quarters to relax, but his guard captain knocks on the door to announce a visitor. Etan has something to show the Prime Minister back in his lab. Dunsidan watches him use a series of diaspon crystals to produce a powerful beam of energy. Dunsidan immediately puts him back to work on the weapons.

Shadea receives a note by message bird from Wye. He says that the Galaphile was destroyed and that Terek Molt and Ahren Elessedil are dead. He is tracking Pen. Shadea shares this information with Rowan and Wence.

Later Rowan and Wence inform her that the spies have found Pen's parents. They are camping in the Eastlands. Shadea sends Rowan to bring back Bek and Rue.

Tagwen, Pen and Khyber are aware that Wye is hunting them in the Rover airship Skatelow. Pen knows that Cinnaminson had been alive earlier and may be on the Skatelow. He insists on trying to separate the thing chasing them from the ship so that they can steal the airship and free Cinnaminson.

Their plan goes awry. Khyber sees the thing ignore the stuffed cloaks and go after Tagwen and Pen. Wye is scurrying faster than they can travel. Then a moor cat attacks the twisted man.

Khyber runs toward the Skatelow. Pen and Tagwen manage to board the airship. Pen takes the airship up, but Wye catches the rope ladder. Physical efforts and a bit of magic dislodge the anchoring pins and Wye falls away from the airship.

Pen searches the Skatelow and finds Cinnaminson. He releases her from the gag and bonds and then holds her while she cries for her murdered family. They try to be strong for each other.

Rowan finds Bek and Rue. He tells them that Grianne has vanished and Pen has gone into the bush with Tagwen and Ahren. The Ohmsfords agree to return him to the Druid Keep on their airship. Both distrust the big Druid.

The next morning, Bek calls the wishsong and searches the lands. He hides a small ripple, but later rechecks that spot. As he brings his hands back toward himself, they pass over Paranor and the scry pool boils and then geysers up into the air. Bek is knocked down by the erupting waters.

Straken (2005) is the third novel in this trilogy. Pen travels back from the Tanequil to the bridge, only to find that his friends have been captured by Gnome Hunters. The Druid leaders, Truant Rowan and Pyson Wence, try to talk him into surrendering and Pen agrees provided that his companions are released without harm. After all, he still has to get back to Panador with the darkwand.

Khyber Elessedil hides on another of the ships returning to Panador. She wears a Gnome Hunter cloak and forages through the ship only at night. She is seen once, but distracts the Gnome and glides away before he can identify her.

Grianne makes an agreement to take Weka Dart back to her world if some way can be found. He releases her and removes the conjure collar from her neck. They slip away through the tunnels beneath Kraal Reach. The journey is interrupted only once, but she uses the wishsong magic to destroy a Graumth chasing them; she is frightened more by the strength and insistence of the magic than by the Graumth.

Bek Ohmsford and Rue Meridan escape from their cells with the aid of Trefen Morys, a young Druid faithful to the Ard Rhys. They sneak through Druid's Keep to the courtyard where the Swiftsure is moored. Trefen's companion Bellizen has prepared the airship for launching, but first the escapees must pass through the deadly arrows and bolts shot by Gnomes on the outer walls.

Pied Sanderling rallies the Elves after the fire launcher destroys their airships and kills the King and his sons. Driven from their fortifications, the survivors withdraw into the hills. There Pied sets up an ambush and defeats the Federation pursuers. Then he leads his Elves east to the enclave held by Varden Wick and his Free-Born troops.

Shadea a'Ru comes to believe that all her henchmen are failing in their responsibilities. She is surrounded by shirkers and losers. If she wants it done right, she must do it herself!

This subseries contains many familiar trappings of the Shannara series, including the wishsong and the Elfstones. There is even a cameo appearance by the shade of the Warlock Lord. However, the realm of Jarka Ruus is new scenery to the reader, with the High Druid stranded amidst dangers only mentioned in old legends.

Grianne and Shadea have similar experiences with untrustworthy subordinates, but Shadea seems incapable of learning anything from her failures. Grianne, however, shows her ability to adapt by changing the Druid Order.

This trilogy ends in a rather muddled way. The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilogy ended in much the same open-ended manner. However, it leaves plenty of room for another subseries, which may answer some outstanding questions. The following installment in this sequence is the Legends of Shannara duology.

Highly recommended for Brooks fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of various magics, political intrigue, and a touch of romance. Read and enjoy!

-Arthur W. Jordin
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good a read as you could want May 17 2014
By rossargy - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been a fan of Terry Brooks for quite some time. This was another one I didn't want to put down or want to finish. I will have to read the full Shannara story again. Well written and entertaining as anything you will find available. I highly recommend this book. Once again, thank you Terry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy Books March 10 2014
By Randy Hill - Published on Amazon.com
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Terry Brooks' Shannara series are one of my all time favorite fantasy series. I bought the hard cover editions to add to my "permanent" library.Great reading!
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