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Tanequil (High Druid of Shannara #2)

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Dark magic has opened a gateway to the Forbidding and trapped within it Grianne Ohmsford, rightful High Druid of Shannara. Rescuing Grianne will be merely the beginning of the effort to return the Four Lands to some semblance of peace. Only her young nephew, Penderrin, has any hope of returning her to power. But to breach the Forbidding and bring Grianne back to the natura ...more
Paperback, 395 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Del Rey (first published 2004)
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Pen continues the journey to find the Tanequil in order to save his aunt, Grianne finally faces her greatest adversary yet inside the Forbidding, the century-long war on the Prekkendorran takes a drastic new turn as the Federation invents a secret superweapon to crush the Free-born, and the two most powerful Druids left in Paranor become lovers while each also plots to dispose of the other.

Forget Word & Void, Genesis, Legends, Heritage and Voyage. The High Druid of Shannara is the best serie
Terry Brooks is a masterful writer who takes fantasy fiction to extreme heights, with his outstandingly unique creation of Shannara. Beginning with the series on Shannara where readers are introduced to the most original and inspired creation of a distinctive world, continued with the heritage of Shannara and the voyage of the Jerle of Shannara which takes you on an epic journey that is so exceptional. In the high druid of Shannara series following on from book 1 (Jarka Ruus), Tanequil takes you ...more
Ronda  Tutt
Another great read by Terry Brooks. I love the way he leaves you hanging at the end of the story so you will jump right into the next book. As soon as I finished this book, I jumped right into Straken, the third and final book in the High Druid Of Shannara trilogy.

The journey continues for Penderrin and along the way he even picks up more help to get him to the Tanequil. Kermadec and his fellow Trolls join the journey along with Cinnaminson.

Grianne Ohmsford finds herself captured and brought to
Jon Borah

War threatens the Four Lands, and Shannara's only hope lies in Penderrin Ohmsford, but it's a dreadfully slim hope. To save his world, Pen must restore his aunt, the former Ilse Witch, to her rightful position as High Druid of Shannara. But first Pen must free his aunt Grianne from the Forbidding: the world of the demons. To have the slightest chance of freeing her, he must find the mystical tree called the Tanequil, and somehow craft a talisman from its wood. But Shadea a'Ru, the treach

Brian Schiebout
Tanequil by Terry Brooks is the second book in the High Druid of Shannara series set in the Shannara universe. The story continues from where the previous book left off with Pen and his friends questing for the Tanequil while Grianne is stuck in the land of Jarka Ruus. The story is as most middle books in trilogies very dark as the opponents of the heroes continue to gather more power that will make them invulnerable if the quest that the heroes are on can not succeed. The story reintroduces the ...more
Alan Mills
Terry Brooks continues his Shannara series (this is the second of his most recent trilogy, following Jarka Ruus). Usual excellent mix of action, character, and magic.

What Brooks has really been doing all these years is disguising typical coming of age stories as fantasy novels. In each book, a teen starts the story with little understanding of who,they are, or where they fit in the world. They gradually discover that they have power (usually the use of magic--but that is just a metaphor for powe
Duidelijk voorbeeld van het 'middelste deel van een trilogie'-syndroom.

Pen is nog altijd op de vlucht voor de druïden en kan nog steeds niet echt boeien als hoofdpersoon. Tagwen de druïde-dwerg levert geen enkele bijdrage aan de missie, behalve klagen dan. Khyber is wel interessant en Kermadec is okay als capabele leider van de Trollen. Ik heb zo mijn vermoedens over de motieven van Khyber.

Grianne wordt gevangen door een Straken Lord en via een magische halsband overheerst, niet echt een origi
The second book of the High Druid of Shannara series is arguably better than the first - Brooks manages to bring up the quality of the book by cutting down references to the previous series, The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara, and giving some air time to the Elves - and ends in a cliff hanger that had me reaching for book three immediately.

The highlight of Tanequil is the character growth. Brooks has developed a trademark style of writing about teens who have no clue about their place in the world
Tanequil was hit and miss. I found myself very interested for a few chapters in a row, and then Brooks would change focus and the story lagged for another two chapters before picking up again.

Penderrin is developing well as a character, and most of the plots, especially Grianne's and the Federation/Free-Born War can easily hold their own. However, WHY didn't Brooks dedicate just a bit more time to the Tanequil? I was hoping for something more along the lines of the "Stone King" from The Druid o
I'm probably beginning to sound repetitive about these books, but this was another fantastic novel in the series.

On his journey to save his Aunt, Pen has to gain a lot, and lose it, and begins to feel that he cannot succeed. As he and his comapnions try to outrun both the Druids and their mysterious, un-human like persuer, there only chance is to find the the Trolls, hidden deep in their hidden villages. But even there they are not safe. And his problems are only just beginning when he finds the
Aaron Carson
Terry Brooks relies a little too heavily on desparation, and a ridiculous amount of odds stacked against the heros and heroines, for my taste. The characters and settings he creates are interesting enough, and his writing ability is elaborate enough to make for an interesting read, but the protagonists are put under such a strain, that one begins to feel stressed reading his books. It's a little like watching American News. You're kept at a level of panic, just short of an aneurism.

He also seem
War threatens the Four Lands, and Shannara's only hope lies in Penderrin Ohmsford, but it's a dreadfully slim hope. To save his world, Pen must restore his aunt, the former Ilse Witch, to her rightful position as High Druid of Shannara. But first Pen must free his aunt Grianne from the Forbidding: the world of the demons. To have the slightest chance of freeing her, he must find the mystical tree called the Tanequil, and somehow craft a talisman from its wood. But Shadea a'Ru, the treach
Brian Layman
Well, Good Reads lost my first review of this book. I won't likely be as eloquent this time.

I was hoping that this book would kick the High Druid series into gear. However, I am left feeling that this series is likely targeted at a teen audience, as it is fairly predictable. Still, it is an OK adventure and worth reading if only for thoroughness.

There have been some negative comments with regard to this series containing "sex". If you want to know non-spoiler details, read on.

While indeed the fi
The middle volume of the trilogy had all the best of a good quest story in epic fantasy. We get our first glimpses into the mysterious Forbidding where the Ard Rhys, Grianne, has been banished by her power hungry fellow druids. Her nephew, Pen, continues his quest to find the "dark wand", a magical device to be obtained from a tree known as the Tanequil. The majority of the novel focuses on the quest to find the tree and the obtaining of the magical device that can defeat the renegade druids an ...more
Great Shannara sequel, terrible narrator

I will just start this off by saying that the narration is extremely bad. When you are used to Scott Brick reading with an English accent, the extreme change is very difficult to tolerate.
The book itself is typical Terry Brooks. If you like his style, then you will more than love this follow-up to Jarka Ruus.
Frank Waits
Excellent chapter in the current arc, possibly the best single book in the Shannara series entirety. 'Elfstones', notwithstanding. Classic Brooks, with diverse arcs going on throughout the book, plenty of suspense at the right times, and of course a death or 3 as required by his stories that always involve sacrifices. A great addition to the current arc, and to the previous related arc (Jerle Shannara) as well. Starting the 3rd chapter immediately.
Caius Roth
As much of a rousing adventure as any Brooks book. The dialog seems more awkward at times, but I might just be noticing it more. Brooks has never been an author I've read expecting beautiful prose; I read him for a fun story. I didn't much care for the ending to this one. The build up to it was spot-on, but then the elements that made up the ending seemed to fall into place way too easily, to the point where it seemed wrong rather than natural. It was particularly bothersome because Brooks usual ...more
Another well-written book; Brooks has again done a good job with the second in a trilogy, drawing smaller plots to a close and leading larger ones to a suitable point of transition between the books. The last few pages in particular were very difficult to read slowly; I really wanted to zip through them and find out how things would be left for the third book.

Although there are several roles that have been present in many of the Shannara books to this point, characters in those roles frequently
Jim C
The second book of a trilogy. You need to read the first book to understand the story so far. This book continues the story of Pen trying to rescue his aunt. Grianne doesn't have many scenes in this book as this book concentrates on the trials and tribulations characters are making trying to rescue her. Bek and Rue are back with scenes in this book also. I enjoyed this book more than the first book. This book had more of an effect on me than the first one and the loss these characters have endur ...more
Bruno Silva
Gostei muito. Este 2º volume da Trilogia High Druid of Shannara desenvolve o local para onde foi enviada a Ard Rhys/Grianne Ohmsford e as dificuldades que se lhe deparam em sobreviver e não reverter à selvajaria e frieza da Ilse Witch.
É-nos revelado também porque razão foi Grianne Ohmsford enviada por troca para um local tão assustador.
Ao mesmo tempo, é-nos apresentada a falta de bom-senso que se verifica nos cargos de maior responsabilidade e que leva ao massacre de inocentes. Mas o mais poder
Loved this book. Terry Brook never ceases to entertain. He's also just as good at throwing curveballs at the reader without killing everybody (*cough* GRRM *cough*) ;)
This is the second novel in Brooks' High Druid of Shannara series. This adventure story continues Pen's journey to seek out the tanequil to rescue his aunt, who has been "magically erased" to an area called the Forbidding.

Unlike the first book in the series, this story seemed less about escape and the chase (though there are a few). This story was more about the characters' journey -- losing their doubt, growing up and developing deeper relationships between one another.

I enjoyed this read larg
Nicole Acheson
Tanequil is book 2 of the high druid of shannara series by Terry Brooks. It is better in my opinion than book one: Jarka Ruus. It has a little bit of everything in it; adventure, love, suspense etc. This book is a must read in the series. In this book Penderrin continues on his quest to find his act and in the process he must find a tree called the tanequil, who will give him a darkwand with magic runes on it to allow him to get into the forbidding to rescue his aunt and bring her out of the for ...more
Mia Darien
I liked this one better than the last, since things seem to be picking up and things are actually happening in it. Unlike it felt through much of the first. I still wonder if only Brooks' notoriety made this a trilogy. So far, I wonder if it wouldn't have been a much better story cut down to one or two books. I guess I'll have a better opinion after the third book, but so much so far has seemed fairly... pointless, just stretching things out for no particular reason. But, it's still Terry Brooks ...more
Excellent series, my second time through them.
Book #21 of 2008. The latest read in the Shannara series holds true to form. A great escape that swept me away for a weekend. The Rock Trolls are great. It got a little sappy with the latest Ohmsford, Pen, and the blind Rover girl, Cinnaminson in one spot, but generally you get at least one super-sappy spot in each trilogy in the series. Evil forces are out to do the unthinkable, something that will destroy life as the people of the Four Lands know it - and you really feel the impact of how terr ...more
Dee Renee  Chesnut
This is the 26th book I read from the chronological order of Shannara, and it is part of a project to read all the Shannara books in our home library.

Tanequil does the job of a second book of a trilogy: it continues the original quest and it raises the stakes and urgency for the quest's completion.

I recommend it for fans of the series. I recommend new readers start elsewhere, at least start with Jarka Ruus, the beginning of the High Druid of Shannara trilogy.
Excitement and eagerness to find out, how it resolves, make this a page-turner. One of my quickest reads (nearly 100 pages an hour).

There are some things deterring from the overall experience: you know too much about the actions of the bad guys in order to up the suspense what the heroes have to overcome in their struggles, plus Brooks is not afraid to use cliffhangers at the end of chapters and parts of the telling of the story centered on one protagonist.
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Terry Brooks was born in Illinois in 1944, where he spent a great deal of his childhood and early adulthood dreaming up stories in and around Sinnissippi Park, the very same park that would eventually become the setting for his bestselling Word & Void trilogy. He went to college and received his undergraduate degree from Hamilton College, where he majored in English Literature, and he received ...more
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