After 40 years, the Shannara series is coming to an end. The beginning of the end started today with the release of The Black Elfstone: The Fall of Shannara. It’s the first book of a four part conclusion to Terry Brooks’ legendary Shannara series.
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.
In their darkest hours, facing dangerous adversaries, the lives and quests of Dar Leah, Drisker Arc, and Tarsha Kaynin will be inextricably drawn together. And the challenges each confronts will have resounding consequences for the future of the Four Lands.
I still remember the excitement of picking up the original Shannara trilogy in a small town bookstore in upstate New York when I was a kid. Terry Brooks was one of my earliest experiences with epic fantasy, so the time I spend reading these four books will be special. You can check out a preview of The Black Elfstone: The Fall of Shannara in the widget below. Based on what I’ve read so far, it seems like vintage Shannara: