From New York Times bestselling fantasy author Terry Brooks comes the first stand-alone novel in his legendary Shannara series in almost twenty years - the perfect place for new readers to begin
Secrets revealed. Powers unleashed. Discover a Shannara you've never seen before.
Legend has it that Paxon Leah is descended from the royals and warriors who once waged war with magical weapons. But those heroes are long gone now, and there is nothing enchanted about the antique sword that hangs above Paxon's fireplace. Paxon leads a quiet life - until extraordinary circumstances overturn his simple world . . . and rewrite his destiny.
When his sister is abducted by a mysterious stranger, Paxon races to her rescue with the only weapon he can find. He is stunned to discover powerful magic unleashed within him - and within his ancestors' ancient blade.
But his formidable new ability is dangerous in untrained hands. Paxon must master it quickly, as his near-fatal clash with a dark sorcerer won't be his last. Leaving behind home and hearth, he journeys to the keep of the Druid order to learn the secrets of magic and earn the right to become their sworn protector . . .
From the New York Times bestselling Terry Brooks comes a brand-new stand-alone fantasy novel - perfect for both seasoned fans and those discovering the thrilling world of Shannara for the first time.
Terry Brooks has delivered some of the best fantasy tales written in the past thirty-five years [and] Brooks' Shannara series is a grand example of the best of the best in the genre . . . The design of
the Shannara books spreads the story line across centuries, yet also makes it easy for new readers to jump in at any point - Associated Press
If you haven't read Terry Brooks, you haven't read fantasy - Christopher Paolini
Terry Brooks is a master of the craft and a trailblazer . . . Required reading
I can't even begin to count how many of Terry Brooks's books I've read (and re-read) over the years - Patrick Rothfuss
Terry's place is at the head of the fantasy world
[Brooks'] writing has eerie depths and insights that show just why he is held in such high regard
Terry Brooks is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books, including the Dark Legacy of Shannara adventures Wards of Faerie and Bloodfire Quest; the Legends of Shannara novels Bearers of the Black Staff and The Measure of the Magic; the Genesis of Shannara trilogy: Armageddon's Children, The Elves of Cintra, and The Gypsy Morph; and The Sword of Shannara. The author was a practising attorney for many years but now writes full-time. He lives with his wife, Judine, in the Pacific Northwest.