Shelves: fantacy Terry Brooks does an Excelent job with the creation of this story. I really enjoyed reading this through out the night. I highly recommend reading this immediately after "The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara" because the story picks back up some of the characters used within the story. The time line also is only 20 years past instead of a thousand or so and I was very happy about that.
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Shelves: fantacy Terry Brooks does an Excelent job with the creation of this story. I really enjoyed reading this through out the night. I highly recommend reading this immediately after "The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara" because the story picks back up some of the characters used within the story.
The time line also is only 20 years past instead of a thousand or so and I was very happy about that. The book gives a refresher of the characters used in "The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara" and a reminder of what Terry Brooks does an Excelent job with the creation of this story. The book gives a refresher of the characters used in "The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara" and a reminder of what happened: Grianne Ohmsford, once the Ilse Witch who was saved by her brother with the use of the Sword of Shannara in killing her evil mentor, the Morgawr.
These few wanted her dead and look for ways to kill her or out of the picture from being Ard Rhys the leader of the Druids. Tagwen and Penderrin meet The King of the Silver River which further convinces Penderrin to go on the journey to save his aunt and tells him where she is and how to bring her back.
The King of the Silver River tells Pen that a talisman is needed to negate its magic and this talisman is a Dark Wand which is a juring stick that must be fashioned by hand from the limb of a tree called Tanequil. The Tanequil is sentient, it is a living, breathing creature that will only give up a limb only if it is persuaded of the need for doing so and must act freely because if it is taken by force, the magic that it bears will be destroyed. The only one that communicate with the Tanequil is Pen since he has a gift of magic power of being able to talk and communicate with plants and animals.
This magic was passed on to him through the Ohmsford from the use of the wish song. The place to find the Tanequil is in a forest on an island deep in the Charnal Mountains, so the journey begins and the first place they go to seek aid in this journey is to retrieve Ahren Elessdil, the elf who brought back the Elf Stones to his people who had sailed on the Jerle Shannara.
The journey begins. Mean while, Grianne discovers she is no longer in her room when she awakes and discovers that she is in the land of Jarka Ruus - the forbidding, the place that the Ellcrys have shut all the evil away for thousands of years, the place consisted of faery, dragons, and different species of evil.
He even finds time to fall in love with a girl named Cinnaminson, who happens to be blind but has the sight to see within her mind. The story is great and full of action and magic, Grianne wonders through out the forbidding and is finally captured by creatures at the end of the book.
The story continues in the next book called Tanequil High Druid of Shannara Notice I said storyteller, not writer. So why did I give this four stars? I listened to this book on CD in the car, and despite its length, I rarely got bored
It was first published in Finding Bek and his wife Rue Meridian otherwise disposed, Tagwen joins forces with their son Pen , who has a supernatural ability to commune with nature. Advised by the King of the Silver River , they set out in search of the legendary Tanequil tree, which they are told can provide a means to reach Grianne in the Forbidding. They are joined by the elf Ahren Elessedil , now a Druid, and his niece Khyber heir to the magic Elfstones , as well as the mysteriously empathic Rover girl Cinnaminson, for whom Pen develops strong feelings. Along the way, they are stalked by traitorous Druid minions and their spider-like assassin accomplice, Aphasia Wye. Meanwhile, Grianne finds the Forbidding to be a dark mirror of the Four Lands.