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The High Druid's Blade: The Defenders of Shannara [Kindle Edition]

Terry Brooks
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Praise for The High Druid’s Blade
 
“High adventure, lots of action, and appealing [characters] . . . a good place for new readers to jump into the author's world.”Library Journal

“Terry Brooks is a grandmaster of the fantasy genre, and his latest will both captivate and surprise readers. . . . It’s truly magical.”—Associated Press
 
“Brooks once again gifts readers with a breathless adventure in this new Shannara trilogy, the Defenders of Shannara. The action begins in the first chapter and doesn’t end until the last page.”RT Book Reviews
 
“A great place to introduce yourself to all of Brooks’s novels . . . [The High Druid’s Blade] is a great stand-alone book and will definitely throw you headfirst into the world of Shannara.”—Whedonopolis
 
The High Druid's Blade is an intriguing, action-filled novel that you are sure to love.”—Faire’s Fair Book Reviews
 
“Readers both new [and old] will enjoy reading The High Druid’s Blade.”—The Arched Doorway
 
“An enjoyable read . . . I will definitely be picking up the next book when it comes out.”—Jessie Reads Everything

Praise for Terry Brooks
 
The Sword of Shannara is an unforgettable and wildly entertaining epic, animated by Terry Brooks’s cosmically generative imagination and storytelling joy.”—Karen Russell, New York Times bestselling author of Swamplandia!
 
“If Tolkien is the grandfather of modern fantasy, Terry Brooks is its favorite uncle.”—Peter V. Brett, New York Times bestselling author of The Desert Spear
 
“I can’t even begin to count how many of Terry Brooks’s books I’ve read (and reread) over the years. From Shannara to Landover, his work was a huge part of my childhood.”—Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind
 
“Terry Brooks is a master of the craft and a trailblazer who established fantasy as a viable genre. He is required reading.”—Brent Weeks, New York Times bestselling author of The Night Angel Trilogy
 
“The Shannara books were among the first to really capture my imagination. My daydreams and therefore my stories will always owe a debt to Terry Brooks.”—Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Beyonders and Fablehaven series

Kurzbeschreibung

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Legend has it that Paxon Leah is descended from the royals and warriors who once ruled the Highlands and waged war with magical weapons. But those kings, queens, and heroes are long gone, and there is nothing enchanted about the antique sword that hangs above Paxon’s fireplace. Running his family’s modest shipping business, Paxon leads a quiet life—until extraordinary circumstances overturn his simple world . . . and rewrite his destiny.
 
When his brash young sister is abducted by a menacing stranger, Paxon races to her rescue with the only weapon he can find. And in a harrowing duel, he is stunned to discover powerful magic unleashed within him—and within his ancestors’ ancient blade. But his formidable new ability is dangerous in untrained hands, and Paxon must master it quickly because his nearly fatal clash with the dark sorcerer Arcannen won’t be his last. Leaving behind home and hearth, he journeys to the keep of the fabled Druid order to learn the secrets of magic and earn the right to become their sworn protector.
 
But treachery is afoot deep in the Druids’ ranks. And the blackest of sorcery is twisting a helpless innocent into a murderous agent of evil. To halt an insidious plot that threatens not only the Druid order but all the Four Lands, Paxon Leah must summon the profound magic in his blood and the legendary mettle of his elders in the battle fate has chosen him to fight.

Praise for The High Druid’s Blade
 
“High adventure, lots of action, and appealing [characters] . . . a good place for new readers to jump into the author's world.”Library Journal

“Terry Brooks is a grandmaster of the fantasy genre, and his latest will both captivate and surprise readers. . . . It’s truly magical.”—Associated Press
 
“Brooks once again gifts readers with a breathless adventure in this new Shannara trilogy, the Defenders of Shannara. The action begins in the first chapter and doesn’t end until the last page.”RT Book Reviews
 
“A great place to introduce yourself to all of Brooks’s novels . . . [The High Druid’s Blade] is a great stand-alone book and will definitely throw you headfirst into the world of Shannara.”—Whedonopolis
 
The High Druid's Blade is an intriguing, action-filled novel that you are sure to love.”—Faire’s Fair Book Reviews
 
“Readers both new [and old] will enjoy reading The High Druid’s Blade.”—The Arched Doorway
 
“An enjoyable read . . . I will definitely be picking up the next book when it comes out.”—Jessie Reads Everything
 
Praise for Terry Brooks
 
The Sword of Shannara is an unforgettable and wildly entertaining epic, animated by Terry Brooks’s cosmically generative imagination and storytelling joy.”—Karen Russell, New York Times bestselling author of Swamplandia!
 
“If Tolkien is the grandfather of modern fantasy, Terry Brooks is its favorite uncle.”—Peter V. Brett, New York Times bestselling author of The Desert Spear
 
“I can’t even begin to count how many of Terry Brooks’s books I’ve read (and reread) over the years. From Shannara to Landover, his work was a huge part of my childhood.”—Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 2653 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 321 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0345540700
  • Verlag: Del Rey (8. Juli 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00DPTK4KY
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Typischer atemraubender Shannara Buch 17. August 2014
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In de bekannte Art de Terry Brroks wird mann mitgenommen in der welt von Shannara.
Mit oft unerwartete Wendungen geht die Geschichte weiter.
Im Ende ist auch das Schluss ganz anders wie gedacht..
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3.0 von 5 Sternen a lightweight chapter in the Shannara saga 4. Februar 2014
Von Omar Siddique - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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An unusually lightweight new chapter in the Shannara saga, set a hundred or so years after the last book.

There's the usual formula with the coming-of-age of uncertain-but-talented youthful characters from legendary families, but other than an intense couple of chapters in the middle, it's cut and dry. (brief spoilers until end of paragraph) I won't recap the plot, but things like the hero being bored with life, but seeming to barely react to discovering he has the long-lost family magic, or that the Sword of Leah is really a magical artifact. The teenage sister who seems only a little phased to find herself kidnapped and sent to a "dark" bordello. A barely competent evil nemesis. Only the evil witch and the part of the story centered on her have much passion to them. (end of spoilers)

While the naming implies the start of a series, there's no cliffhanger at the end-- the plot is largely tied off. Mostly, things are "too easy"-- few twists and turns, few places where the good guys look like they will lose, no dark force moving secretly against them through its pawns. It reads fast, even too fast-- my reaction was "that's all there is"?

Ever since the "The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara" trilogy (probably after the "High Druid of Shannara"), Brooks' works have been getting...softer. Less captivating, less compelling, less edgy, less interesting. This volume fits into that trend.

I've been reading Shannara books since the early days, and while the world isn't as fresh or unique as it once was, I do still enjoy immersing myself in it, and I was lucky enough to get a pre-publication copy of this volume. Fans will still want to read this quick-and-simple visit into the world of Shannara, but unlike earlier series, I wouldn't recommend this for newcomers-- too much is left unsaid, and without the context of past stories it would seem dull and unimaginative. I'd categorize it as airplane or vacation reading. Recommended for fans only.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen New Adventures in the land of Shannara 25. Januar 2014
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Three or four generations have passed in Shannara since the events depicted in the Dark Legacy of Shannara trilogy and it's time to revisit the lands and see what the current denizens are up to. It appears that not much has changed: the Federation is still in place, with its restrictions on the use of magic; the land of Leah is still verdant farmland; and the Druids still occupy Paranor. Some things have changed: Since the days of Railing, Redding and Mirai, the Ohmsford line seems to have disappeared while the Leah line is currently contained by only two. A brother and sister pair. One thing that is still constant though, is that the Ard Rhys of the Druids is Alphenglow Ellesedil. She is now 150 years old and has managed to live this long by liberal uses of the Druid Sleep.

As is usual with Terry Brooks novels, we have the two young people who are the inheritors of a long line of magic users who are aware of the legends, but have not displayed any way of using it. This changes within the first few chapters, of course, and off we go on quests and adventures and start finding out what's really been going on in the world. Of course, there must be a villain involved who is the current master of the dark arts, and who is plotting to take over the world. In this book, we are introduced to him very early on - his name is Arcannen. Arcannen kidnaps Chrysallin, and her brother - Paxon - takes the family sword from off the mantel and is off to help her escape. As it happens, the family sword is the fabled Sword of Leah and we are off on the romping adventure.

Reading a new Terry Brooks novel is always enjoyable for me. He tends to release his works as trilogies and they have become somewhat formulaic over the years. His writer's skills have not diminished over the years and his descriptions of the people, locations, and events make for very entertaining reading. Therefore, it is never a chore for me to pick up a Brooks novel in anticipation of hours of enjoyment. While this book did not disappoint me, I did notice that I seemed to be flying through it rather more quickly than most. After finishing it, I noticed that I was disenchanted with it and started thinking about why that might be. I've concluded that there were two main reasons for my disappointment.

The most important reason for my disappointment was the lack of subplotting. In a normal Terry Brooks trilogy, the first book introduces the characters, sets the stage, and introduces us to some of the plots that are involved. The first book rarely resolves anything but tends to end in a cliffhanger where the main hero or heroes have to make some kind of decision that will affect their lives in a very meaningful way. The world of Shannara is complex and inhabited by many different peoples who have different aspirations and story arcs. This makes for interesting connections and many storylines within the major events that are portrayed in the books. In this novel, all of that was missing. We are introduced to the main characters and their desires within the first few pages, and it does not appear to be anything else going on in the world that's of any connection with this story. In other words, it was a much simpler plot than any previous book on Shannara. There is no cliffhanger.

The second problem, and it is related to the first, is that the story was very straightforward and lacked the normal convolution of a Terry Brooks Shannara story. The girl gets kidnapped, the boy gets the magic sword and knowing who the kidnapper is, chases him down. Later on, we find that there is a traitor amongst the druids, but there is no attempt to hide who it must be. All of this was way too easy to figure out. About the only surprise in the book was that Arcannen was allowed to escape - but even that is not much of a surprise as otherwise why would there need to be a second volume to the series?

I consider these failings to be rather substantial, and based on that evaluation decided to give this book a three star rating. This book is OK, but it was not as gripping or interesting as any other Shannara book. I do wonder if this simplification will carry through in the next novels?
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2.0 von 5 Sternen For the most loyal Brooks fans 1. April 2014
Von Neal Reynolds - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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It's sad watching a top fantasy writer such as Terry Brooks on the decline. It happens to us all. This isn't a good book and it pains me to say it. I'm not about to trash it, and truly loyal fans will read it and find it worth reading. But it's not a book for those new to the author. Read his earlier books and if you become enamored of his writing as many of us have, then give this one a try after you've read most of his earliet and better works.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Classic Terry Brooks 20. Februar 2014
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The last trilogy that I reviewed by Brooks, The Dark Legacy of Shannara, was not my favorite of the Shannara series mainly due to the ending. I felt that much was left hanging and wondered how the events of the final chapters would affect future books.

The High Druid's Blade takes place a century or so after The Dark Legacy series but so far I have seen little carry over from the events of those books. I enjoyed this tale of Paxon Leah although parts were fairly predictable as it follows Brooks usual formula.

It is important to note that this is NOT the first book in a new trilogy but instead the first of three stand alone Shannara novels that will have loose connections. This does change the reading experience somewhat as longtime Shannara fans are used to Brooks writing in short series and having endings that often transition directly into the next book. Instead The High Druid's Blade has a single main quest and the action is contained to a smaller cast of characters. Now I am curious to see how much cross over there will be in the other two books and if either of those will answer some of the questions that remain from The Dark Legacy of Shannara series.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Not the Best Chapter in the Series 16. März 2014
Von Avid Reader - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The quality of the Shannara series has been on the decline for some time now, but never more so than in this latest outing. Maybe it's because the Leah family has never been all that interesting to me in the previous novels and this one focuses in on them, or maybe it's just that the books are the same story. The difference between this book and the previous novels is that I struggled to finish it. I probably won't search out the next novels in this series.
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