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For more than three decades, New York Times bestselling
author Terry Brooks has ruled the epic fantasy realm with his
legendary Shannara series. With each new novel the mythos has
deepened, ever more fascinating characters have arisen, and
increasingly breathtaking vistas of magical adventure have emerged.
Now the evolution of one of imaginative fiction's most beloved
worlds continues in the first book of the new series Legends of
Shannara: Bearers of the Black Staff.
Five hundred years have passed since the devastating demon-led war
that tore apart the United States, leaving nothing but scorched and
poisoned ruins, and nearly exterminating humankind. Those who
escaped the carnage and blight were led to sanctuary by the boy
savior known as the Hawk-the gypsy morph. In an idyllic valley, its
borders warded by powerful magic against the horrors beyond,
humans, elves, and mutants alike found a place they believed would
be their home forever.
But after five centuries, the unimaginable has come to pass: The
cocoon of protective magic surrounding the valley has vanished.
When Sider Ament, the only surviving descendant of the Knights of
the Word, detects unknown predators stalking the valley, he fears
the worst. And when Panterra Qu and Prue Liss, expert Trackers from
the human village of Glensk Wood, find two of their own gruesomely
killed, there can be no doubt: The once safe haven of generations
has been laid bare and made vulnerable to whatever still lurks in
the wasteland of the outside world.
Together, Ament, the two young Trackers, and a daring Elf princess
race to spread word of the encroaching danger-and spearhead plans
to defend their ancestral home. But suspicion and hostility among
their countrymen threaten to doom their efforts from within-while
beyond the breached borders, a ruthless Troll army masses for
invasion. And in the thick of it all, the last wielder of the black
staff and its awesome magic must find a successor to carry on the
fight against the cresting new wave of evil.