The High Druid’s Blade by Terry Brooks publishes July 8, 2014.
It is the first stand alone Shannara since 1996’s First King of Shannara. Terry has worked almost exclusively in the trilogy format for the Shannara series but now fans will be getting a self-contained story set in the Four Lands this summer. I have read it and it is less epic and a far more personal sort of tale, featuring a Leah rather than an Ohmsford as the lead character.
I decided to check-in with Terry to find out what else is going on in his writing life:
Here we go! Checking in with Terry Brooks:
CHECK-IN INTERVIEW: TERRY BROOKS
Shawn Speakman: THE HIGH DRUID’S BLADE is publishing on July 8, 2014! It is a Shannara novel but it is a departure for you of sorts as well. Can you talk about why it is?
Shawn Speakman: Even though you have been writer for fifty years now, I have often heard you say that you learn something new with every book you write. You just finished a new book that is unrelated to anything you have written before. What did you learn during its writing?
Shawn Speakman: You are notorious for being ahead of your publishing schedule. THE HIGH DRUID’S BLADE is already finished, as is its sequel, THE DARKLING CHILD. What are you working on at the moment?
Well, I think that is smart advice. Pretty awesome that Terry is writing outside of his three main series and writing new stories. Can’t wait to read them! And with The High Druid’s Blade publishing on July 8th, we have a new Shannara novel coming!
Which author would you like me to check-in with next?
Shawn Speakman is the author of The Dark Thorn, an urban/epic fantasy hybrid novel bestselling author Terry Brooks calls, “a fine tale by a talented writer.”