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The Elf Queen of Shannara (Heritage of Shannara #3)

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"Find the Elves and return them to the world of Men!" the shade of the Druid Allanon had ordered Wren.
It was clearly an impossible task. The Elves had been gone from the Westland for more than a hundred years. There was not even a trace of their former city of Arborlon left to mark their passing. No one in the Esterland knew of them -- except, finally, the Addershag.
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Hardcover, 403 pages
Published March 3rd 1992 by Del Rey (first published 1992)
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Danae
Mar 18, 2015 Danae rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This easily could have been my favorite in the series so far, but it sadly ended up being the worst. The reason that changed so drastically is the main character, Wren. The little glimpses I got of Wren in the previous two books made me excited to start The Elf Queen of Shannara. She seemed tough, smart and brave, but that quickly changed when she wouldn't stop complaining. She complained how people kept secrets from her (the moment after she met them), she complained how her life wasn't what sh ...more
Timothy Stone
Feb 01, 2014 Timothy Stone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Elf Queen of Shannara, book three of The Heritage of Shannara, is the story of Wren Ohmsford, and her journey to find the Elves and restore them to the Four Lands. This journey is a perilous one, and not just due to the physical dangers she must face to rescue the Elves. She is about to discover facts and truths about herself and the Elves. Truths that will temper her in such a way that either she will emerge stronger than ever before, or she will be emotionally and psychologically destroyed ...more
Allen Garvin
Apr 29, 2009 Allen Garvin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy
Easily the best book of the second Shannara series, with Wren being sent on a journey to bring the elves back to Shannara, from wherever they vanished to. This contains a tight plot and some very harrowing scenes, the scariest since Elfstones. Unfortunately, it breaks off every now and then to tell the stories of the other characters on their separate quests. Unless you're reading the whole series, just skip those parts altogether. This would have made a very good stand-alone novel, instead of a ...more
Jon Borah
Jan 09, 2015 Jon Borah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

SUMMARY:
"Find the Elves and return them to the world of Men!" the shade of the Druid Allanon had ordered Wren.It was clearly an impossible task. The Elves had been gone from the Westland for more than a hundred years. There was not even a trace of their former city of Arborlon left to mark their passing. No one in the Esterland knew of them -- except, finally, the Addershag.The blind old woman had given instructions to find a place on the coast of the Blue Divide, build a fire, and keep it burni

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Isabella Cavallari
Eravamo rimasti che Walker Boh era riuscito ad impossessarsi della Pietra Nera degli Elfi, interessante e potente talismano capace di riportare Paranor nel mondo degli umani. Così, mentre Lui è alle prese con la sua ultima sfida e a portare così a compimento l'incarico affidatogli dall'ombra di Allanon, Wren raggiunge l'ovest, incontra un'Addershag con cui ha modo di ottenere informazioni sul popolo Elfico. Raggiunge, seguendo le sue indicazioni, il Wing Hove ed incontra un Elfo del Cielo con il ...more
Jennie
Aug 25, 2014 Jennie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this one, since I liked the first three books very much. However, the second set started out weak and by the time I got to Elf Queen, I had the distinct impression that Terry Brooks was as eager to get it over with as I was. I saw none of the care he took in Sword, Elfstones, or Wishsong, and felt he took too much time with trivial details and not enough time in making me believe the characters. A huge disappointment for me.
Stefania
Inizialmente ho fatto abbastanza fatica a proseguire la lettura, perché ad essere sincera il personaggio di Wren non mi attirava più di tanto. Successivamente però le cose si sono fatte più movimentate: sono comparsi nuovi personaggi e sono state scoperte parecchie cose nuove. Perciò è andata a finire che l'ho divorato in pochi giorni. Anche se Par e Coll sembrano scomparsi nel dimenticatoio, negli ultimi capitoli ci sarà un ritorno del buon vecchio Walker che beh... avrà il suo daffare per cerc ...more
Christopher
Argh, that was tough. Right after the surprisingly strong 2nd book in the series (Druid), this one absoultey returned to the intrigue of the first book (Scions.

Wren's story just wasn't very good. All that time on the random island was kinda just boring. The Walker Boh interludes I enjoyed. His story remains my favorite by a long shot. I'm fearful that the last book will place Par front and center again. But he actually balances protagonists pretty well.

I think the most aggravating is that he ne
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Rachel
Jul 17, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Best in the cycle up to this point, probably my favorite Shannara book yet. Lots of continuous action, good dramatic tension, nice character development. And Wren is cool.
Martti
Oct 25, 2015 Martti rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First of all, the bitching and moaning of Wren is annoying. Brooks has written indecision and doubt into his characters before, but in this case he must have added "extra stupid"into the mix that is Wren.

Second, all this "Allanon must have known", "Allanon decided this and that far before anything" is getting real tiresome. Sure, he guessed and hoped, like we all. But him being allseeing and powerful. Obviously not. And it's becoming extra annoying in this "extra stupid" edition of Shannara.

But
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Jasmyn
I've been looking forward to Wren's story for awhile now. I love her character and I love elves - so it was a great combo. Her quest to find the long lost elves takes quite a few twists and turns until she finds her lucky break - the hag that finally has many of the answers she's looking for, but it only gets more dangerous and exciting from there.

When she finds the island the elves have retreated to, it isn't anything she expected. Taken over by demons, she is forced to discover some very hard
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Steen Christiansen
The Heritage of Shanna series has turned out to reveal Brooks' limits as a storyteller. By focalizing the story through four different characters, we need to be invested in all of them, but acorss the span of now three books, there is not enough momentum for all of the characeters. This one is mostly about Wren and her quest to bring back the elves. As its own story, it works well enough, but we lose sight of Alannon, Par, and Coll - so much so that everything that happens during their scenes fe ...more
Elementalest
Jan 31, 2016 Elementalest rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Monique
Nov 09, 2015 Monique rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-book, good, fantasy
This novel was really good and I would rate it 4 out of 5 stars. It only got 4 instead of 5 stars because although it was really good it tended to drag on it some parts (which I have noticed seem to be a common theme with Brook’s novels).

The novel talks about Wren’s quest to find the lost elves and being them back to the Four Lands. It also briefly talks about Coll and Par Ohmsford and the restoration of Paranor.

The plot was overall very good although it had some really dry parts. The dry parts
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Dark-Draco
Sep 06, 2013 Dark-Draco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 3rd book in the second series set in Shannara! Wren Ohmsford has been tasked with finding the Elves, who disappeared generatiosn ago, and bringing them back to the present world. Although reluctant to do so, she finds the puzzle curious, and soon she is travelling to the coast on the words of an old Seer. With her friend, Garth, she makes the perrilous journey to the island of Morrowindl, which is a nightmare of deep jungle, barren wasteland and rocky shores. The whole is haunted by ...more
Stacey
Jun 06, 2013 Stacey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terry Brooks has written several series about Shannara. His books take us through generations of Ohmsfords and Elessedils in the world of the Four Lands. The Elf Queen of Shannara, book three of the "Heritage of Shannara" series, follows Wren Ohmsford on her task to find the Elves and return them to the Westland.

In this book, Brooks is consistent with themes and characters, but the story is held back by repeated narratives of personal reflection by the lead character. It is not only noticeable
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Brian Schiebout
May 06, 2013 Brian Schiebout rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Elf Queen of Shannara by Terry Brooks is the third book in the Heritage of Shannara series set in the Shannara universe. The main character in this book is the rover girl Wren Ohmsford. When she was given the quest to find the missing elves by the shade of Allanon in The Scions of Shannara she had no idea what all she would find. In this book she discovers that the elves have retreated from the westland onto the island of Morrowindl in the middle of the blue divide. However when she gets to ...more
Al
SUMMARY:
"Find the Elves and return them to the world of Men!" the shade of the Druid Allanon had ordered Wren.It was clearly an impossible task. The Elves had been gone from the Westland for more than a hundred years. There was not even a trace of their former city of Arborlon left to mark their passing. No one in the Esterland knew of them -- except, finally, the Addershag.The blind old woman had given instructions to find a place on the coast of the Blue Divide, build a fire, and keep it burni
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Sakura87
Il terzo e penultimo libro della seconda saga di Shannara.
E’ Wren Ohmsford, questa volta, che seguiremo nella missione che Allanon le ha affidato: ritrovare gli elfi, scomparsi dalle Quattro Terre da più di cent’anni, e la sua stessa identità.
Quel che Wren non si aspetta è, al termine di un viaggio irto di pericoli al confine tra leggenda e realtà insieme all’inseparabile maestro Garth, di ritrovare quel che resta della sua famiglia: la nonna Ellenroh Elessedil. Wren è infatti la legittima ered
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Zack Parks
Apr 03, 2012 Zack Parks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I'll go ahead and say that I enjoyed this book because it was a bit different really from the others thus far in the series. Essentially, the other stories revolved around a particular protagonist being sent to find/destroy a particular object. Technically, Wren (the main character) is charged with finding something - the Elven people. The difference however, is that it's not as if she's just to find some magical rock or weapon or something and use it to kill some nameless evil. There was a bit ...more
Carl Alves
Apr 09, 2013 Carl Alves rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terry Brooks's Shannara books are usually of the highest quality as far as fantasy novels are concerned, and the Elf Queen is no different. The third novel in the Heritage of Shannara series features Wren Ohmsford as the feature character. Wren has been tasked to return the elves back to the four lands after they fled for some time. She is aided by Stresa, the splinterscat and her companion Garth.

The plot in this novel is very well developed and thought it. It moves at a strong pace and is fille
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Claire
Nov 27, 2013 Claire rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Original rating: 2/5; revised rating: 3/5
Review written after 2nd reading


When I first read this book, I found the pacing slow and the book simply too long over all - hence my 2/5 rating. As I was re-reading and not finding it as plodding as I had the first time, I realized a few things. When I first read it, I was impatient to find out what happened with the other plot lines and didn't take enough notice of how Brooks is very carefully crafting the transformation of Wren Ohmsford; in order to d
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Jeffery Moulton
Apr 03, 2011 Jeffery Moulton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-books
Elf Queen is a fun read. It is fast-paced, has interesting characters, exciting action, and a fascinating new world to boot. It did have some issues, but it was much improved over the last entry in the series.

This book continues the story lines stared in The Scions of Shannara. In the first book, the shade of the druid Allarnon called the Olhmsford descendants on various quests to save the Four Lands from the evil Shadowen. Par and Coll were called to find the Sword of Shannara, Walker Boh was s
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Davidkaden
Dec 08, 2009 Davidkaden rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I love fantasy fiction, and have for most of my life. For this reason, when my father was given a used copy of this book, he passed it on to me. Over the years, I had often seen books by Terry Brooks in bookstores, which told me that he must be popular, if nothing else. So I was happy to take one of his books for a spin. My happiness vanished very quickly, replaced by simple astonishment that this person ever managed to get published, never mind popular; there is not a single worthy or redeeming ...more
Mark
May 22, 2011 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I still highly enjoy the Heritage of Shannara series the second time around, I found "Elf Queen of Shannara" to not quite meet up to the standards set in "Druid of Shannara". Honestly, the best parts of the book were when the focus switched back to Coll, Par, or Walker Boh, rather than the more lengthy story of Wren. Sure, there were interesting parts, especially once the action actually started moving a bit faster, and there were some great plot twists, but overall, the whole story of the ...more
William
I fought constantly with this addition to the Heritage series. I am not usually one that likes to give up on a book and I try to see it through, hoping that there may be some redeemable moments further on.
Fortunately there were some redeeming aspects that changed my mind frame and I felt not so irritated by the ending of the story. I didn't feel altogether connected with the Wren character and yawned mostly with the descriptions and events of the island of Morrwindl. Though some characters tha
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Dave
Apr 29, 2010 Dave rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The most disappointing book of the series by far, and you might have thought it would have been the preceding book (because I was unaware it was basically the first half of a two-part book). It seemed to me as though these books should really have been a single book (these two and the next): the formula to this point had been to tell a story in a single volume, but the formula seems to be breaking down, and not just from that perspective. The characters in the book seem to be following their pat ...more
Shane Noble
More light reading, but decent. This book does start a little slowly. It's also a little frustrating that Brooks relies again on keeping the protagonist in the dark about Important Secrets. Lots of kudos to him, though, for peppering his books with a number of strong, female characters. Epic fantasy often turns into a sausage-fest, so good on Brooks for breaking that mold.

As an aside, shame on Ballantine Books for spelling every instance of 'fog' (which is used a lot) with 'vog.' Really?
Matteo Pellegrini
Jan 22, 2014 Matteo Pellegrini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy

Tutte le terre e tutti i popoli sono destinati a perire, gli unici che possono impedirlo sono gli appartenenti al popolo degli Elfi, così recita una profezia. Nessuno però ha più visto un elfo da almeno un secolo e molti dubitano che siano mai esistiti. Solo una vecchia cieca sembra saperne ancora qualcosa, un antico segreto che viene rivelato solo alla bella Wren. Wren scopre così che qualcosa la lega indissolubilmente al mondo degli Elfi e, con pochi compagni, parte all'avventurosa ricerca di

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Jeremiah Johnson
Best book in the series so far. It reminded me of some of my favorite fantasy movies from the 80s. Adventure, suspense, exotic companions, it had it all.
Most of the story was around Wren, whom I didn't really care for previously. There's a few chapters with the others just to make sure you don't forget about them.
Really looking forward to how the series is wrapped up.
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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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Heritage of Shannara (4 books)
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