The Elfstones of Shannara

The Elfstones of Shannara

Book - 1991
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Ancient Evil threatens the Elves: The ancient tree created by long-lost Elven magic, is dying. When Wil Ohmsford is summoned to guard the Amberle on a perilous quest to gather a new seed for a new tree, he is faced with the Reaper, the most fearsome of all Demons. And Wil is without power to control them....

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The grandson of Shea, Wil Ohmsford, searches for Amberle, the Chosen whose gift of Bloodfire is needed to create the Ellcrys tree that protects against demons

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Ballantine Books, c1991
ISBN: 9780345302533
Characteristics: 469 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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Jul 07, 2016

I literally have no idea where ZenSojourner got the impression that Amberle is a child. Clearly they didn't read the book otherwise they might have come across the multiple passages that confirm she is, at the least, in her late teens or a young adult. That aside this is a good "standard" fantasy novel - though it doesn't really break much new ground for the genre.

Oct 12, 2013

I've said it before and will say it again - Terry Brooks is an AWFUL writer. Specifically in this book it is worth mentioning that I found the premise that a seven year old girl - elf or no elf - living on her own in a human village and being allowed to take care of the human children in that village to be totally unbelievable. Also unbelievable is the idea that any parent/grandparents would allow a 7 year old child to run away from home the way she did, leaving her to survive on her own in the human world, or be as angry as these people were over her supposed dereliction of "duty" - without bothering to find out why the child was so terribly frightened, nor making any attempt to understand her. Elves in Shannara must be really REALLY bad parents! Also the near-romance that is implied between Will and Amberle is pretty creepy, given that Amberle is SEVEN YEARS OLD. My guess is that the intent was to show a burgeoning friendship, but Terry Brooks is SUCH a bad writer that it does not come off that way.

Jun 26, 2013

The best fantasy series ever!!!!!!!!!!
Lots of action, keeps you hanging on every word.

May 18, 2013

I enjoyed the book and thought it was a good little break from the usual things I read. I would call it a more PG rated fantasy story, unlike some of the more graphic ones out there. A little slow about halfway through, but it picks up enough to keep interests flowing and does have a commonly good message within the pages. I'd recommend it as a read.


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Oct 12, 2013

Other: There is an unsettling almost-love-affair implied throughout the book between the main characters - which is unsettling because the female protagonist, Amberle, is seven years old!


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