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The High Druid's Blade: The Defenders Of Shannara

by Terry Brooks

Random House Publishing Group | July 8, 2014 | Hardcover

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Legend has it that Paxon Leah is descended from the royals and warriors who once ruled the Highlands and waged war with magical weapons. But those kings, queens, and heroes are long gone, and there is nothing enchanted about the antique sword that hangs above Paxon's fireplace. Running his family's modest shipping business, Paxon leads a quiet life-until extraordinary circumstances overturn his simple world . . . and rewrite his destiny.
 
When his brash young sister is abducted by a menacing stranger, Paxon races to her rescue with the only weapon he can find. And in a harrowing duel, he is stunned to discover powerful magic unleashed within him-and within his ancestors' ancient blade. But his formidable new ability is dangerous in untrained hands, and Paxon must master it quickly because his nearly fatal clash with the dark sorcerer Arcannen won't be his last. Leaving behind home and hearth, he journeys to the keep of the fabled Druid order to learn the secrets of magic and earn the right to become their sworn protector.
 
But treachery is afoot deep in the Druids' ranks. And the blackest of sorcery is twisting a helpless innocent into a murderous agent of evil. To halt an insidious plot that threatens not only the Druid order but all the Four Lands, Paxon Leah must summon the profound magic in his blood and the legendary mettle of his elders in the battle fate has chosen him to fight.

Praise for The High Druid's Blade
 
"High adventure, lots of action, and appealing [characters] . . . a good place for new readers to jump into the author''s world."-Library Journal

"Terry Brooks is a grandmaster of the fantasy genre, and his latest will both captivate and surprise readers. . . . It's truly magical."-Associated Press
 
"Brooks once again gifts readers with a breathless adventure in this new Shannara trilogy, the Defenders of Shannara. The action begins in the first chapter and doesn't end until the last page."-RT Book Reviews
 
"A great place to introduce yourself to all of Brooks's novels . . . [The High Druid's Blade] is a great stand-alone book and will definitely throw you headfirst into the world of Shannara."-Whedonopolis
 
"The High Druid''s Blade is an intriguing, action-filled novel that you are sure to love."-Faire's Fair Book Reviews
 
"Readers both new [and old] will enjoy reading The High Druid's Blade."-The Arched Doorway
 
"An enjoyable read . . . I will definitely be picking up the next book when it comes out."-Jessie Reads Everything
 
Praise for Terry Brooks
 
"The Sword of Shannara is an unforgettable and wildly entertaining epic, animated by Terry Brooks's cosmically generative imagination and storytelling joy."-Karen Russell, New York Times bestselling author of Swamplandia!
 
"If Tolkien is the grandfather of modern fantasy, Terry Brooks is its favorite uncle."-Peter V. Brett, New York Times bestselling author of The Desert Spear
 
"I can't even begin to count how many of Terry Brooks's books I've read (and reread) over the years. From Shannara to Landover, his work was a huge part of my childhood."-Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 3.76 × 2.57 × 0.45 in

Published: July 8, 2014

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345540700

ISBN - 13: 9780345540706

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The High Druid's Blade: The Defenders Of Shannara

by Terry Brooks

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 3.76 × 2.57 × 0.45 in

Published: July 8, 2014

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345540700

ISBN - 13: 9780345540706

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One Paxon Leah paused in the midst of chopping wood to gaze out across the misty Highlands surrounding the city of Leah. The Highlands were called Leah, too, and the confusion sometimes caused outlanders to wonder if the inhabitants were limited to a single name for everything. It was worse in his case, since his surname was Leah, as well, passed down through countless generations from the rulers of old, for whom the city and the Highlands had been named when the Leahs were their Kings and Queens. But all that was long ago and far away, and it had little to do with him. He might be the descendant of those Kings and Queens, but that and a few coins would buy you a tankard of ale at the Two Roosters tavern. There hadn’t been a monarchy in Leah for generations; the last members of the royal family had walked away from the responsibility not long after Menion Leah had helped dispatch the Warlock Lord by finding and employing the fabled Sword of Shannara. Vague history, long forgotten by many, it was a legacy he carried lightly and with little regard. He chopped another dozen pieces of firewood for the winter stash before pausing again. The Leahs were commoners now, no different from anyone else. They hadn’t even served on the Highlands Council, the current governing body, for many years. His parents had inherited the shipping business that had been in the family for half a dozen generations—a once-thriving but now marginal source of income and sustenance, operat
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Legend has it that Paxon Leah is descended from the royals and warriors who once ruled the Highlands and waged war with magical weapons. But those kings, queens, and heroes are long gone, and there is nothing enchanted about the antique sword that hangs above Paxon's fireplace. Running his family's modest shipping business, Paxon leads a quiet life-until extraordinary circumstances overturn his simple world . . . and rewrite his destiny.
 
When his brash young sister is abducted by a menacing stranger, Paxon races to her rescue with the only weapon he can find. And in a harrowing duel, he is stunned to discover powerful magic unleashed within him-and within his ancestors' ancient blade. But his formidable new ability is dangerous in untrained hands, and Paxon must master it quickly because his nearly fatal clash with the dark sorcerer Arcannen won't be his last. Leaving behind home and hearth, he journeys to the keep of the fabled Druid order to learn the secrets of magic and earn the right to become their sworn protector.
 
But treachery is afoot deep in the Druids' ranks. And the blackest of sorcery is twisting a helpless innocent into a murderous agent of evil. To halt an insidious plot that threatens not only the Druid order but all the Four Lands, Paxon Leah must summon the profound magic in his blood and the legendary mettle of his elders in the battle fate has chosen him to fight.

Praise for The High Druid's Blade
 
"High adventure, lots of action, and appealing [characters] . . . a good place for new readers to jump into the author''s world."-Library Journal

"Terry Brooks is a grandmaster of the fantasy genre, and his latest will both captivate and surprise readers. . . . It's truly magical."-Associated Press
 
"Brooks once again gifts readers with a breathless adventure in this new Shannara trilogy, the Defenders of Shannara. The action begins in the first chapter and doesn't end until the last page."-RT Book Reviews
 
"A great place to introduce yourself to all of Brooks's novels . . . [The High Druid's Blade] is a great stand-alone book and will definitely throw you headfirst into the world of Shannara."-Whedonopolis
 
"The High Druid''s Blade is an intriguing, action-filled novel that you are sure to love."-Faire's Fair Book Reviews
 
"Readers both new [and old] will enjoy reading The High Druid's Blade."-The Arched Doorway
 
"An enjoyable read . . . I will definitely be picking up the next book when it comes out."-Jessie Reads Everything
 
Praise for Terry Brooks
 
"The Sword of Shannara is an unforgettable and wildly entertaining epic, animated by Terry Brooks's cosmically generative imagination and storytelling joy."-Karen Russell, New York Times bestselling author of Swamplandia!
 
"If Tolkien is the grandfather of modern fantasy, Terry Brooks is its favorite uncle."-Peter V. Brett, New York Times bestselling author of The Desert Spear
 
"I can't even begin to count how many of Terry Brooks's books I've read (and reread) over the years. From Shannara to Landover, his work was a huge part of my childhood."-Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind

About the Author

Terry Brooks is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books, including the Dark Legacy of Shannara adventures Wards of Faerie, Bloodfire Quest, and Witch Wraith; the Legends of Shannara novels Bearers of the Black Staff and The Measure of the Magic; the Genesis of Shannara trilogy: Armageddon's Children, The Elves of Cintra, and The Gypsy Morph; The Sword of Shannara; the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilogy: Ilse Witch, Antrax, and Morgawr; the High Druid of Shannara trilogy: Jarka Ruus, Tanequil, and Straken; the nonfiction book Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life; and the novel based upon the screenplay and story by George Lucas, Star Wars:® Episode I The Phantom Menace.™ His novels Running with the Demon and A Knight of the Word were selected by the Rocky Mountain News as two of the best science fiction/fantasy novels of the twentieth century. The author lives with his wife, Judine, in the Pacific Northwest.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The High Druid’s Blade   “High adventure, lots of action, and appealing [characters] . . . a good place for new readers to jump into the author''s world.” — Library Journal “Terry Brooks is a grandmaster of the fantasy genre, and his latest will both captivate and surprise readers. . . . It’s truly magical.” —Associated Press   “Brooks once again gifts readers with a breathless adventure in this new Shannara trilogy, the Defenders of Shannara. The action begins in the first chapter and doesn’t end until the last page.” — RT Book Reviews   “A great place to introduce yourself to all of Brooks’s novels . . . [ The High Druid’s Blade ] is a great stand-alone book and will definitely throw you headfirst into the world of Shannara.” —Whedonopolis   “ The High Druid''s Blade is an intriguing, action-filled novel that you are sure to love.” —Faire’s Fair Book Reviews   “Readers both new [and old] will enjoy reading The High Druid’s Blade .” —The Arched Doorway   “An enjoyable read . . . I will definitely be picking up the next book when it comes out.” —Jessie Reads Everything Praise for Terry Brooks   “ The Sword of Shannara is an unforgettable and wildly entertaining epic, animated by Terry Brooks’s cosmically generative imagination and storytelling joy.&rdquo
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