Elfstones of Shannara Audio Cassette – Dec 2003
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Praise for Terry Brooks
“Shannara was one of my favorite fictional worlds growing up, and I look forward to many return trips.”—Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!
“If Tolkien is the grandfather of modern fantasy, Terry Brooks is its favorite uncle.”—Peter V. Brett, author of The Skull Throne
“A great storyteller, Terry Brooks creates rich epics filled with mystery, magic, and memorable characters.”—Christopher Paolini, author of Eragon --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
From the Inside Flap
Ancient Evil threatens the Elves: The ancient tree created by long-lost Elven magic, is dying. When Wil Ohmsford is summoned to guard the Amberle on a perilous quest to gather a new seed for a new tree, he is faced with the Reaper, the most fearsome of all Demons. And Wil is without power to control them....
From the Paperback edition. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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The only real character carried over from SOS is Alanon. Eventine and Flick have cameos of a sort but are not main charaters in this story. Instead we have a great lead character in Wil Ohmsford. He unlike virtually every other Ohmsford in the various Shannara stories has a carrer. He is a self made man who has worked hard to get where he is in life. He is young adult, not a teen as most other Ohmsfords when they are wisked away on a journey. I think many readers can identify with Wil as he is a young person just starting out in life with all the uncertainities that come with that age. Next we have a great supporting cast. Ander, Amberle, Allanon and Eretria are all given good character development. The Rovers were also fun to read about. Obviously the Rovers are the Brooks equivelent of Gypsies and I found their lifestlye and practices to be a nice additon to the story.
Oddly, when compared to his other Shannara writings, Brooks seems to have been able to describe a love story that really works. Unlike the relationship between Menion & Shirl that was under deveoped in SOS, the relationship between Brin and Rone in THE WISHSONG OF SHANNARA(WOS) that was over developed or the relationship between Bek and Little Red in THE VOYAGE OF THE JERELE SHANNARA trilogy that was somehow never really explained but more graphic than any of the other relationships mentioned the relationship between Amberele & Wil is a treat to watch unfold. Eretria adds to the story by making the love story a love triangle so that the reader is never quite sure how it will end.
I thought the demons made for great villans.Read more ›
While Elfstones has the above themes, it also is highly successful as an exciting, page turning (no, page ripping) flight of fear and desperation. Any Brooks fan is likely to tell you this is his finest work. It is a rare book that can give you the depth of character and boiling action to satisfy both branches of our fantasy-fan brethren.
While I hold Tolien on a different plane, Elfstones is perhaps the book that most -approaches- the level of excitement and depth of the Lord of the Rings. And in addition, it is much less derivative than other books (but some derivation is unavoidable).
Here is my advice: Read the Sword of Shannara first. It is the best introduction to this world written and should not be avoided. But while you are reading Sword keep this in mind - all the work will pay off in that a ripping adventure is waiting for the informed in the form of Elfstones.
It is an adventure that will make your heart beat, make your hair raise, and ultimatley make you cry. So deeply did I care for the two main characters that at the end I had trouble accepting it, though I knew there was no other solution within the principles of the actors. Yes, I mourned a bit.
Overall I really enjoyed this novel. As I kept reading I noticed I was sitting on the edge of my seat to see what happened next. The action sequences pump adrenaline through your body. Its like you are there trying to defend Arborlon; you could smell the stench of rotting Demon flesh, the piercing cries of your men dying, and the fear, worry, and trauma of the events. There are also some parts of the novel you have to remember in order to understand what happens later on. However, I realized that there were a few low-spots throughout the story.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Cheap paperback, as described. Arrived quickly. The book series itself is good, peaked interest after seeing TV series.Published 2 months ago by canadianmd
Another great novel in the Shannara series - a great tale of myth and magic!Published 4 months ago by Lynda
This is the first time I've read any book from Terry Brooks Shannara series. This story is actually the second of the original trilogy but I didn't feel at all lost. Read morePublished 6 months ago by J Reader
It was good, however the storyline seemed to be rushed. It was my least favorite of the trilogy, Sword of Shannara was the best followed by Wishsong, then this one.Published on March 3 2014 by Julles
The Elfstones of Shannara was published five years after author Terry Brooks’ first book in his first trilogy, The Sword of Shannara. Read morePublished on Sept. 26 2013 by Sverre Svendsen
"The Elfstones of Shannara" functions better than "Swords" in terms of showcasing Brooks personality and strengthening the differences between him and Tolkien. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2012 by MatthewLegaspi1661
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