Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Brooks, Terry. Bearers of the Black Staff (Legends of Shannara)

Brooks, Terry Bearers of the Black Staff (Legends of Shannara)
Ballantine see Random 2010 353p 27.00
978-0-345-48417-8 hs/adult
Shannara saga continued in new series VG-BN

Five hundred years after the events of the Genesis of Shannara series (Gypsy Morph, Armageddon’s Children, Elves of Cintra), the peace of the magically protected valley is threatened by evil creatures. Fans of Shannara (now more than 20 works) will welcome this “sequel” to The Gypsy Morph. Out of the devastation that concluded with the Genesis of Shannara series, Hawk led the remaining elves, men and other races to a mountain valley where a wall created by their combined magic has kept the evil demons without at bay for 500 years. Now that magical wall has been breached, allowing evil creatures to enter the valley. Once again, a magical quest must be undertaken to save the fragile world. With each addition to the Shannara mythology, Brooks becomes more adept at creating memorable, well-drawn characters, a taut plot and a believable universe. This novel will not disappoint, and will leave fans eagerly awaiting the planned sequel, The Measure of Magic. Sword and sorcery fanatasy at its finest. Fantasy Naismith, Pat

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