The Black Elfstone

The Black Elfstone

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Across the Four Lands, peace has reigned for generations. But now, in the far north, an unknown enemy is massing. More troubling than the carnage is the strange and wondrous power wielded by the attackers—a breed of magic unfamiliar even to the Druid order. Fearing the worst, the High Druid dispatches a diplomatic party under the protection of the order’s sworn guardian, Dar Leah, to confront the mysterious, encroaching force and discover its purpose. But another crucial journey is being undertaken. Exiled onetime High Druid Drisker Arc has been living in quiet seclusion, far from the politics and power struggles of his former life, until two brutal attacks by would-be assassins force him to seek out an infamous murder-for-hire guild—and find the hidden enemy who has marked him for death. At his side is Tarsha Kaynin, a young woman gifted with the wishsong and eager to be schooled in its formidable power by a master. She, too, is pursuing a mission: to locate her wayward brother, whose own magic has driven him to deadly madness and kindled his rage for vengeance . . . against his sister.
Publisher: ©2017.
New York, NY :, Del Rey,, [2017].
Edition: First Edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017.
ISBN: 9780553391480
Characteristics: 318 pages : map ; 25 cm.
Summary: Across the Four Lands, peace has reigned for generations. But now, in the far north, an unknown enemy is massing. More troubling than the carnage is the strange and wondrous power wielded by the attackers—a breed of magic unfamiliar even to the Druid order. Fearing the worst, the High Druid dispatches a diplomatic party under the protection of the order’s sworn guardian, Dar Leah, to confront the mysterious, encroaching force and discover its purpose. But another crucial journey is being undertaken. Exiled onetime High Druid Drisker Arc has been living in quiet seclusion, far from the politics and power struggles of his former life, until two brutal attacks by would-be assassins force him to seek out an infamous murder-for-hire guild—and find the hidden enemy who has marked him for death. At his side is Tarsha Kaynin, a young woman gifted with the wishsong and eager to be schooled in its formidable power by a master. She, too, is pursuing a mission: to locate her wayward brother, whose own magic has driven him to deadly madness and kindled his rage for vengeance . . . against his sister.
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NYSandy23
Nov 17, 2017

A welcome return to Shannara and a great cast of familiar but different characters. The last few series of books have been okay reads but not like the first few in the series. With the end of the series and perhaps the Four Lands as we know them on the horizon, Mr. Brooks has crafted a throwback to the original books in the series with good plot lines, characters with flaws and not always so likeable and villains that seem unknowable. If you are a fan of the series you will not be disappointed. It is a quick read, but that is because it is a page turner and you want to keep reading. Drisker Arc, Dar Leah and Tashia are a compelling trio to build upon. Will definitely wait for Book #2

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Principoo
Jun 25, 2017

I've read all the Shannara books and this new series lives up to the whole Shannara Series. I loved the new characters and found the book exciting and could not put it down. I hate to see the Shannara saga coming to an end. But I am looking forward to the next book in this new series.

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