SF & Fantasy

The High Druid’s Blade by Terry Brooks


brooks-witchI am reading The High Druid’s Blade by Terry Brooks.

A bit early. The book is publishing in 2014. Terry has once again gotten ahead of his writing schedule and I’m sure Del Rey Books will be taking advantage of that fact—luckily for us fans!

For this year though, we still have Witch Wraith to look forward to. It is the conclusion of The Dark Legacy of Shannara and the first two books in the series—Wards of Faerie and Bloodfire Quest—have gotten great reviews.

For me personally, Dark Legacy is one of Terry’s top four stories told, right up there with The Elfstones of Shannara, Angel Fire East, and The Wishsong of Shannara.

That’s one of the reasons I’m really excited about the new book. The High Druid’s Blade takes place a century after Witch Wraith. It is the first Shannara stand alone novel since 1996’s First King of Shannara. Terry has long been entrenched in long epic series. Instead, with Blade, he is telling a very different tale. Fewer characters being scattered to the winds of the Four Lands. Instead, Terry has crafted a more personal journey, of a hero unable to protect his family unless he unleashes the power of his ancestors.

Here are some things Terry has said about The High Druid’s Blade while on tour:

  • A Leah is the main character, the first time ever.
  • It takes place in the Southland where Terry has never ventured before.
  • It’s a stand alone book.
  • It takes place a hundred years after Witch Wraith.

I’m enjoying it thus far. Only about seven chapters in. But I plan to be done by the weekend!

Then some of you will howl at my good fortune!

Let the blade free!


4 Responses to “The High Druid’s Blade by Terry Brooks”

  1. Mark (Xioulong) says:

    What is going on? Terry! What is going on? Are you leaving the reigns to Shawn? I NEED TO KNOW!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Dusty Craine says:

    Mark,

    That was an April Fools Day joke. Even the article itself was so out there that I don’t know how it could have been taken seriously. 50 Shades of Shannara. Seriously, Shawn?! =)

    But this post is strictly Shawn bragging that he gets to read Terry’s stuff well in advance of the rest of us. Consider it a ‘Na na na na boo boo’ post. Well, I guess it’s also a ’sharing a little about the book’ post, but it’s more fun to just accuse Shawn of torturing us with his good fortune.

  3. Leslie Mogford says:

    Evil Shawn, just evil…lol. Glad for a glimpse of what is coming

  4. Carl says:

    The book is out on 7-8-14. Read the review here, get ready for next week!
    http://sharonsloveofbooks.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-high-druids-blade-defenders-of.html

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