The Elfstones of Shannara

The Elfstones of Shannara

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An ancient evil threatens the Elves and the Races of Man. The Ellcrys, the tree of long-lost Elven magic, is dying, unravelling the spell of Forbidding that locks the hordes of Demons away from the world. Already the fearsome Reaper is free. Only by quickening a new seed in the mysterious Bloodfire can the Ellcrys be reborn and the Forbidding made whole. Amberle, a young Elven girl, is chosen to undertake the quest for the Bloodfire.

The way is perilous, though. Other demons besides the Reaper stalk the land. Amberle will need a protector if she is to prevail, and Wil Ohmsford, heir to the elven magics of Shannara, is chosen to accompany her. Amberle's quest and the fate of the Four Lands will rest on Wil's ability to unlock the magic of the mysterious Elfstones of Shannara.

THE ELFSTONES OF SHANNARA is the second volume of the classic series that has become one of the best loved fantasy tales of all time.

Publisher: New York, NY : Ballantine Books, 1982.
ISBN: 9781857231106
Characteristics: 469 pages
Additional Contributors: Sweet, Darrell K. - Illustrator


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Jul 07, 2016

I literally have no idea where ZenSojourner got the impression that Amberle is a child. Clearly they didn't read the book otherwise they might have come across the multiple passages that confirm she is, at the least, in her late teens or a young adult. That aside this is a good "standard" fantasy novel - though it doesn't really break much new ground for the genre.

Oct 12, 2013

I've said it before and will say it again - Terry Brooks is an AWFUL writer. Specifically in this book it is worth mentioning that I found the premise that a seven year old girl - elf or no elf - living on her own in a human village and being allowed to take care of the human children in that village to be totally unbelievable. Also unbelievable is the idea that any parent/grandparents would allow a 7 year old child to run away from home the way she did, leaving her to survive on her own in the human world, or be as angry as these people were over her supposed dereliction of "duty" - without bothering to find out why the child was so terribly frightened, nor making any attempt to understand her. Elves in Shannara must be really REALLY bad parents! Also the near-romance that is implied between Will and Amberle is pretty creepy, given that Amberle is SEVEN YEARS OLD. My guess is that the intent was to show a burgeoning friendship, but Terry Brooks is SUCH a bad writer that it does not come off that way.

Jun 26, 2013

The best fantasy series ever!!!!!!!!!!
Lots of action, keeps you hanging on every word.

May 18, 2013

I enjoyed the book and thought it was a good little break from the usual things I read. I would call it a more PG rated fantasy story, unlike some of the more graphic ones out there. A little slow about halfway through, but it picks up enough to keep interests flowing and does have a commonly good message within the pages. I'd recommend it as a read.


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Oct 12, 2013

Other: There is an unsettling almost-love-affair implied throughout the book between the main characters - which is unsettling because the female protagonist, Amberle, is seven years old!

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