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Summary

The second volume of The Heritage of Shannara, which continues one of the most popular fantasy series of all time

Ancient evil forces remain in control of the Four Lands. To restore the Kepp of the Druid Allanon, Walker Boh sets out on a journey to find the black Elfstone. After narrowly escaping death, he learns that the Elfstone lies in the hands of the Stone King. Now Walker Boh must venture into perilous, unknown lands with a strange band of fellow travelers that includes Morgan Leah, whose once-magic sword has been broken; Quickening, the daughter of the ancient King; and Pe Ell, an assassin who hatches his own dark, sinister plot. 

Thus continues the enthralling Shannara epic, a spellbinding tale of adventure, magic, and myth....

©2016 Terry Brooks (P)2016 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

"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." ( Rocky Mountain News)
"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." ( Santa Cruz Sentinel)

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disappointed

The story is OK.....but the narration left a lot to be desired., ...he did not bring the characters to life, he sounded bored with the story

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brilliant

loved it start to finish kept me wanting to know more and off to the next I go

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Excellent book

Story very good. Narrator very easy to listen to. if you liked other Brooks, books, then I recommend this one too.

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the story is great. John Lee is awful

John lee is awful, the story is great but please change narrator as soon as possible. His style is just terrible. He cannot read properly and thinks that by talking in staccato he will do well. pathetic.

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One of my absolute favourite books of all time.

This may ha mve been my first ever fantasy novel and I still love eit to this day.
the narrator gets better over the course of the series but is still not phenomenal. He is however decent and if you like the series dont let the misgivings of the comments get in your way.

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  • Joshua Krumlauf
  • 17-03-20

Classic

One of my all time favorites. Terry Brooks almost never disappoints. And this one is one of his best.

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  • Greg
  • 08-08-16

So, so, err, yeah, not sure

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So, first the performance is very good. Second the story, viewed from beginning to end, is also very good, and well thought out. Third, it annoys the hell out of me at times. Now, this could be a reflection of personal taste, so your interpretation may differ, but, the story is very "overly wordy/pompous/full of itself" at times. "He took a step forward, not because that is how one walks, but because that was the force of man to the world, the weight of existence in a single step that would have meaning for a thousand, thousand years...if not for the second step, which thundered in the minds and body of the million souls that watched from the woods of damnation...but then came the third step" .....so if, you can ignore each step of the 1000 mile journey, the story is quite pleasant. If you can not, then save the credit. If you can sorta ignore it on and off, then do so. I can only hope that book three eases up on the preaching.

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  • billybobwood
  • 09-11-16

Lot if filler

I like the books but it has a lot of filler material like he was going for page count hope the next ones better

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  • HarksGirl
  • 22-03-21

Fabulous Reading by John Lee

Terry Brooks! Read by John Lee, I have enjoyed it greatly and I know I will again.

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  • Jesse
  • 22-07-19

The Druid of Shannara

Out of the four Heritage novels this one is my favorite. Walker and Morgan grow into far deeper characters in this one.

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  • Amanda via
  • 17-11-18

Extraordinary!

Terry Brooks has done it again! I got interested in his work because of the series on television, The Shannara Chronicles. His work far exceeded my expectations. This amazing adventure, paired with John Lee's phenomenal performance narrating, keeps me wanting more! Four thumbs up!😁

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  • phil dreher
  • 16-06-22

Insistent on inane repetition

I don't think the author knows what "inspite of himself" means even though you could put a counter on how many times he used it.

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  • Grizzo40
  • 12-05-22

Nostalgia barely wind over bad narration

I really enjoyed this book when I was younger. Narrator almost ruins it. Almost. The almost robotic delivery in which he stresses each sentence exactly the same, regardless of what it says, makes it difficult to stay focused on the story. Brooks uses a lot of meandering setting descriptions that in print are fine, but when this guy narrates them, they become interminable.

This is fine for a reread, but I would not introduce a new reader to Shannara via these audible versions.

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  • Lora S.
  • 22-03-22

Finding the Black Elfstone

The Druid of Shannara continues the story begun in The Scions of Shannara. In that story, three descendants of the Ohmsford family were charged with three tasks to save the world of the Four Lands from the latest threat by the current crop of evil beings. You will probably enjoy this book more if you have read the previous book.

This second book focuses primarily on the quest of Walker Boh, who was meant to find the Black Elfstone and use it to restore the Druid Keep of Paranor to the world. His first attempt doesn’t work out well – instead of getting the Elfstone, he is bitten by some sort of stone serpent and his arm begins to turn to stone. The only way for him to get out before turning completely to stone involves leaving part of his arm behind. He goes back home to suffer and spends his time moping around, vowing never to get mixed up in the plots of Druids again.

But the King of the Silver River has taken pity on the world and created a magical construct that he calls his daughter to help set things right. Her name is Quickening, and she comes to the Dwarf town where Morgan Leah has come to check on the Dwarf orphans and their keepers. There she restores the town’s garden, to the wonderment of everyone. She also recruits Morgan Leah and an assassin by the name of Pe Ell to accompany her and Walker Boh on his quest.

Quickening is able to convince Walker to come with her and her group to the city of Eldwist, an ancient city from the time before the return of magic, to confront the Stone King, Uhl Belk. Uhl Belk, like Quickening herself and her father, is an elemental. According to Quickening, he has stolen the Black Elfstone.

They travel north through cold and mountains, picking up a couple of other characters along the way. Though it is dangerous, they succeed in making their way into the city, only to discover it has been turned almost completely to stone. Apparently, it once had subways, and it also has an extensive underground network of tunnels of various kinds. For a long time, they find only find two (sort of) living things in it – something they call a ‘creeper,’ and a monster that Quickening informs them is the son of Uhl Belk, in the same way as she is the daughter of the King of the Silver River. Either of these monsters would be happy to eat them.

Lives are lost, before, during, and after the adventure in Eldwist. The one we miss least is the assassin, Pe Ell, who was obsessed with taking the Elfstone for himself, and/or killing everyone, especially Quickening. He is the most interesting character in some ways, but he was not a nice person.

We don’t see much of the other Ohmsford children in this one. The only useful thing we learn about them is that Col has not been turned into a Shadowen after all.

The narrator on this one is good – much better than the narrator for the original Shannara series.

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  • ELI B.
  • 28-11-21

Keeps it going.

So good I got the rest of the series. Performance was spot on and I can't wait to read or listen to the rest. Next!