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!