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Before the Great Wars and the Old Race of Man, there was a world populated by different beings: elves, demons, faeries, and the like. The Elves and the Demons constantly fought each other, until the Elves finally imprisoned them with the enchanted tree called the Ellcrys. Thousands of years later the Ellcrys still survives and still keeps the Demons imprisoned within the Spell of Forbidding, but not for much longer, the Ellcrys is dying. Amberle Elessidil and Wil Ohmsford must set out to find the Bloodfire and put the sacred Ellcrys seed within it. But dark on their trail comes the Reaper, most fearsome of all Demons, aiming to crush their mission at any cost. Only the Elfstones of Shannara can protect them.
©1982 Terry Brooks (P)2003 Books on Tape
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5 out of 5 stars
By Daniel on 02-03-16

Another Great Shannara Story

I do love Terry Brooks depiction of the mythical land of Shannara. He does a wonderful job of world building in every book, so that you really don't need to read from the very first book to "get it". The ending is such a surprise, I won't spoil it with this review.

Scott Brick. What can I say about Scott Brick? I'm sure many people find his style to be terrific. And, I will say he is a very good reader, with plenty of depth to his reading and he rarely gets words wrong. I don't, for example, hear him pronouncing the medical corps as the medical "corpse" rather than "medical core". Don't laugh. I've heard that done, and as a former medical corpsman, (pronounced core-man, not "corpse-man" ) I can tell you that kind of mistake is very off-putting.

But Mr. Brick does read even mundane passages and scenes as though they're fraught with the same tension and meaning and danger as scenes that actually do deserve that kind of treatment. When you read "He turned and closed the door." with the same intensity and tremulous, heart in your throat sort of voice as "He breathed out and between the heartbeats felt the trigger give and watched the President fall dead through his scope." , well, one wonders if anything is truly filled with tension, danger or intensity. Eventually, it loses its effect. It's his default voice when he reads, thus the lower "grade". Sorry, Scott.

Over all, wonderful story, and if you can take Scott Brick's style of reading, I recommend it.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Paul on 09-10-07

Great story

Carrying on two generations later from "Sword of Shannara", you taken on another fantastic journey. Though this story is filled with great action, it lacks any occasional humor to help endear the reader to the characters, leaving the story a little dry. Also the continous waves of action seem repetivite when the story hits on large scale events, but does not take away from the enjoyment. Just don't try to listen to the battle events at 1AM. I can't wait till the next book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Saffo on 07-06-16


Easy to listen to and get lost in, good narration. What more is there? I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

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