Wards of Faerie: The Dark Legacy of Shannara
by Terry Brooks
Cover Artist: Stephen Youll
Review by Drew Bittner
Del Rey Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780345523471
Date: 21 August 2012 List Price $28.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Acting on the words of an ancient journal, Druid leader Khyber Elessedil takes an expedition into the untamed and magic-infested wilderness, while diabolical plots against the Druid Order threaten everything she holds dear. As the balance between magic and science tips perilously in favor of the Old World's bygone technology, it may be that only the object of her quest can maintain a very precarious peace. Maybe.From official release/information:
Product Description: Seven years after the conclusion of the High Druid of Shannara trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks at last revisits one of the most popular eras in the legendary epic fantasy series that has spellbound readers for more than three decades.
When the world was young, and its name was Faerie, the power of magic ruled--and the Elfstones warded the race of Elves and their lands, keeping evil at bay. But when an Elven girl fell hopelessly in love with a Darkling boy of the Void, he carried away more than her heart.
Thousands of years later, tumultuous times are upon the world now known as the Four Lands. Users of magic are in conflict with proponents of science. Elves have distanced their society from the other races. The dwindling Druid order and its teachings are threatened with extinction. A sinister politician has used treachery and murder to rise as prime minister of the mighty Federation. Meanwhile, poring through a long-forgotten diary, the young Druid Aphenglow Elessedil has stumbled upon the secret account of an Elven girl's heartbreak and the shocking truth about the vanished Elfstones. But never has a little knowledge been so very dangerous--as Aphenglow quickly learns when she's set upon by assassins.
Yet there can be no turning back from the road to which fate has steered her. For whoever captures the Elfstones and their untold powers will surely hold the advantage in the devastating clash to come. But Aphenglow and her allies--Druids, Elves, and humans alike--remember the monstrous history of the Demon War, and they know that the Four Lands will never survive another reign of darkness. But whether they themselves can survive the attempt to stem that tide is another question entirely.
(Source: Del Rey)