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The Druid of Shannara
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The Druid of Shannara
The Heritage of Shannara Series, Book 2
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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Terry Brooks's The Measure of the Magic.

In the three hundred years since the death of the Druid Allanon, the evil Shadowen have seized control of the Four Lands. If they are to be saved, the black Elfstone must be retrieved, at whatever cost to life or love....

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Terry Brooks's The Measure of the Magic.

In the three hundred years since the death of the Druid Allanon, the evil Shadowen have seized control of the Four Lands. If they are to be saved, the black Elfstone must be retrieved, at whatever cost to life or love....

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  • Lexile:
    910
  • Interest Level:
    UG
  • Text Difficulty:
    4 - 5

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    The King of the Silver River stood at the edge of the Gardens that had been his domain since thedawn of the age of faerie and looked out over the world of mortal men. What he saw left him sad and
    discouraged. Everywhere the land sickened and died, rich black earth turning to dust, grassy plains
    withering, forests becoming huge stands of deadwood, and lakes and rivers either stagnating or
    drying away. Everywhere the creatures who lived upon the land sickened
    and died as well, unable to sustain themselves as the nourishment they
    relied upon grew poisoned. Even the air had begun to turn foul.

    And all the while, the King of the Silver River thought, the Shadowen
    grow stronger.

    His fingers reached out to brush the crimson petals of the cyclamen that
    grew thick about his feet. Forsythia clustered just beyond, dogwood and
    cherry farther back, fuchsia and hibiscus, rhododendrons and dahlias,
    beds of iris, azaleas, daffodils, roses, and a hundred other varieties
    of flowers and flowering plants that were always in bloom, a profusion
    of colors that stretched away into the distance until lost from sight.
    There were animals to be seen as well, both large and small, creatures
    whose evolution could be traced back to that distant time when all
    things lived in harmony and peace.

    In the present world, the world of the Four Lands and the Races that had
    evolved out of the chaos and destruction of the Great Wars, that time
    was all but forgotten. The King of the Silver River was its sole
    remnant. He had been alive when the world was new and its first
    creatures were just being born. He had been young then, and there had
    been many like him. Now he was old and he was the last of his kind.
    Everything that had been, save for the Gardens in which he lived, had
    passed away. The Gardens alone survived, changeless, sustained by the
    magic of faerie. The Word had given the Gardens to the King of the
    Silver River and told him to tend them, to keep them as a reminder of
    what had once been and what might one day be again. The world without
    would evolve as it must, but the Gardens would remain forever the same.

    Even so, they were shrinking. It was not so much physical as spiritual.
    The boundaries of the Gardens were fixed and unalterable, for the
    Gardens existed in a plane of being unaffected by changes in the world
    of mortal men. The Gardens were a presence rather than a place. Yet that
    presence was diminished by the sickening of the world to which it was
    tied, for the work of the Gardens and their tender was to keep that
    world strong. As the Four Lands grew poisoned, the work became harder,
    the effects of that work grew shorter, and the boundaries of human
    belief and trust in its existence--always somewhat marginalaO"began to
    fail altogether.

    The King of the Silver River grieved that this should be. He did not
    grieve for himself; he was beyond that. He grieved for the people of the
    Four Lands, the mortal men and women for whom the magic of faerie was in
    danger of being lost forever. The Gardens had been their haven in the
    land of the Silver River for centuries, and he had been the spirit
    friend who protected its people. He had watched over them, had given
    them a sense of peace and well-being that transcended physical
    boundaries, and gave promise that benevolence and goodwill were still
    accessible in some corners of the world to all. Now that was ended. Now
    he could protect no one. The evil of the Shadowen, the poison they had
    inflicted upon the Four Lands, had eroded his own strength until he was
    virtually sealed within his Gardens,...

About the Author-
  • Terry Brooks has thrilled readers for decades with his powers of imagination and storytelling. He is the author of more than thirty books, most of which have been New York Times bestsellers. He lives with his wife, Judine, in the Pacific Northwest.
Reviews-
  • Publisher's Weekly

    March 4, 1991
    The second installment of Brooks's new series, after The Scions of Shannara , follows Walker Boh as he reluctantly seeks the Black Elfstone, needed to bring back vanished Paranor, a quest laid on him by the shade of the Druid Allanon as part of the effort to save the Four Lands from the wraith-like Shadowen. Walker is rescued from a Shadowen attack by the beautiful and tragic Quickening, daughter of the legendary King of the Silver River. Walker and Quickening, with Morgan Leah and Pe Ell, travel to the land of the Stone King, who has stolen the Elfstone and is determined to turn the world into his own element. As the small band struggles though hostile terrain, Pe Ell's secret mission to assassinate Quickening complicates the battle with the Stone King's minions and his awesome powers. While this volume briefly touches on the fortunes of other questers, it appears that they will form the basis of future installments. Broadening the landscape of his magic world, Brooks has produced a deep and thoughtful fantasy.

  • Rocky Mountain News "If Harry Potter has given you a thirst for fantasy and you have not discovered the magic of Terry Brooks, you are in for a treat."
  • Santa Cruz Sentinel "If you were delighted and entranced by Michael Ende's The Never Ending Story, you will definitely want to sample one of more of Terry Brooks's books."
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