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Jarka Ruus (High Druid of Shannara #1)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  11,829 Ratings  ·  161 Reviews
More than a quarter of a century after "The Sword of Shannara" carved out its place in the pantheon of great epic fantasy, the magic of Terry Brooks's "New York Times" bestselling saga burns as brightly as ever. Three complete series have chronicled the ever-unfolding history of Shannara. But more stories are still to be told--and new adventures have yet to be undertaken. ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published July 26th 2005 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2003)
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She pulled her cloak closer about her, aware suddenly of how cold she was. It was his presence, the nearness of his evil. Even in death, it was there, in the spray off the lake, in the currents of the air, in the darkness pressing down on her. Death, come alive in the form of his shade, gave power to what he was.

The dreams of Allanon and Walker Boh have finally come true, and a new power is rising in the world of the Four Lands for the first time since before the forging of the Sword of Shannara
Dirk Grobbelaar
While I liked this book, I would have enjoyed it even more if the characters weren’t so bland. I can’t help but wonder how the Shannara series would have progressed if Brooks hadn’t replaced Walker Boh (an intense and fascinating character) with Grianne Ohmsford (meh). I’ll say one thing: he isn’t afraid of killing his druids off, but it isn’t always for the greater good. This isn’t a spoiler for this book, by the way, since it happened in a previous story arc. Anyway, that’s neither here nor th ...more
Nov 18, 2009 Bruce rated it really liked it
Brooks is a great fantasy storyteller. Notice I said storyteller, not writer. Some things about his style drive me nuts - like his incurable compulsion to explain EVERYTHING over and over and over, from every possible angle until you just want to scream, "Get on with it!" His writing style *tells* too much, and doesn't *show* enough. So why did I give this four stars? Because I couldn't give it three and a half. He's got a vivid imagination and a great knack for a compelling yarn. Still, I don't ...more
Ronda  Tutt
May 17, 2009 Ronda Tutt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantacy
Terry Brooks does an Excelent job with the creation of this story. I really enjoyed reading this through out the night. I highly recommend reading this immediately after "The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara" because the story picks back up some of the characters used within the story. The time line also is only 20 years past instead of a thousand or so and I was very happy about that.

The book gives a refresher of the characters used in "The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara" and a reminder of what happe
Jul 29, 2012 Kristen rated it it was ok
My issue with most science fiction, and why I don't read a lot of that genre, is that they never actually FINISH! I had forgotten why I normally stay away from this genre when I picked this up, because a) it sounded really interesting, and b) it didn't have "Book 1" attached to the title, which is normally a dead give-away that the book will end in a cliff-hanger and leave you wondering what happens next.

The story of Grianne, the High Druid of Paranor and the politically motivate treachery that
Jeremiah Johnson
I wanted to like this book. But I couldn't.

The story is severely lacking. The idea of Jarka Ruus seems pretty interesting. Unfortunately, only a few chapters of the book actually deal with it. The rest is made up of a never ending game of cat and mouse that is just boring.

There is a lot of conflict between the druids that isn't really accounted for. Some of it is finally explained near the end of the book, but at the start of the book it makes no sense why everyone hates each other. This makes i
Aug 09, 2013 Brian rated it liked it
Terry Brooks' writing style is much improved from his early novels at this point. The novel wasn't for me though. I typically like fantasy, but I didn't like how the characters explained what they had to do a million times. The plot was pretty boring also. I would have no interest in reading the other novels in this series.
Michael Bates
Nov 01, 2013 Michael Bates rated it liked it
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3.5 stars
Starting into the next series-set of the Shannara world, we get started with some familiar faces - which I love. Grainne was redeemed in the previous series, and she is now the High Druid. But not everyone has forgiven and moved on. Her past still haunts her, and it's about to lead to some really nasty magic. Her own druids are set against her, and when she disappears mysteriously, there are none that seem to really care.

There are a few people loyal to her though, and they instantly set off on t
Jun 08, 2017 guy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was mediocre by Terry Brooks' standards. I really thought the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilogy, like his books prior to that series, was outstanding. I really liked the Jerle Shannara trilogy and Grianne Ohmsford's character. I thought the character had so much potential!

The way that Grianne, and the other characters from the Jerle Shannara series ended up was terrible. I thought it a huge waste of potential and wildly divergent from what was set up for those characters, at in t
Bende Gyöngyi
May 10, 2017 Bende Gyöngyi rated it it was amazing
Just love the story :)
Rose Boyer
Jun 02, 2017 Rose Boyer rated it it was amazing
I don't recall reading this series ~ meaning I missed the final trilogy without even knowing it. It has been a joy to read this book and I look forward to the next.
Mar 06, 2012 Shaheen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been wanting to get back to the Shannara world after completing The Voyage of Jerle Shannara series a few years ago, but to be honest, I was disappointed in that trilogy and always found an excuse not to start Jarka Ruus. Which, as it turns out, was a huge mistake.

Brooks hasn’t given his Druids a large voice before – preferring to keep their thoughts and motives a secret. In previous books saw more of Walker than Alannon, who Brooks kept aloof from the reader. We peeked into Walker’s life –
Brady Nelson
Mar 03, 2017 Brady Nelson rated it really liked it
If you got a little bored with the Voyage of Shannara series, the High Druid of Shannara series is much better.
Jefferson Coombs
Feb 27, 2017 Jefferson Coombs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoyed this book. Brooks does a good job of switching between the story in the Four Lands and the story in the Forbidding. It follows pretty closely in time to the prior Shannara Trilogy.
Chip Hunter
Dec 29, 2016 Chip Hunter rated it really liked it
This one picks up 20 years after the close of the The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara Trilogy, with Griane Ohmsford leading the Druid Council and with the rest of the Four Lands in essentially the same situation it was in then. Optimally, you should read the entire Shannara series before reading this one, but minimally you should read the Voyage trilogy. Compared to the rest of the Shannara saga, Jarka Ruus stands up well. Very similar to the common Brooks' fare you've read before in many ways. We ...more
Jan 07, 2016 Nigel rated it really liked it
The start of a new Shannara trilogy Jarka Ruus slips cleanly into the well worn format of the Shannara saga. In this novel Brooks cleverly links both the recent and far past of the Shannara saga. It continues the story of Grianne Orhmsford after she has taken up her position as High Druid in Paranor which she was charged with at the end of the Voyages of the Jerle Shannara by Walker. Unfortunately many people cannot see past her life as the Isle Witch and want her out of the druid order complet ...more
Brian Schiebout
Apr 18, 2014 Brian Schiebout rated it liked it
Jarka Ruus by Terry Brooks is the first book in the High Druid of Shannara series set in the Shannara universe. Grianne Ohmsford has refounded the druid order after her return on the Jerle Shannara. However due to her own past and her willingness to accept anyone into her new order because of the fact that she found redemption the order is rife with internal disputes and treacherous plots. One of these plots finally succeeds in working on the High Druid and sending her off to the land of Jarka R ...more
Sep 06, 2013 Dark-Draco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fantastic novel in the Shannara series. Grianne is now Ard Rhys, leader of the Druid Council, but there are many people who can't forget that she was once the Isle Witch. Factions plot against her even as she attempts to discover who has been conducting rites in the old Skull Kingdom. But she is unprepared for the attack when it comes, transported into the demonical world of the Forbidding by powerful black magic. Here she finds that her magic works differently, that friends are hard to ...more
Feb 07, 2013 Al added it
With Jarka Ruus Terry Brooks embarks on yet another journey with the legendary Ohmsford family. Beginning 20 years after the conclusion of the The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara, the High Druid of Paranor Grianne Ohmsford finds herself struggling to unite the druids amid political morass risen from her prior history as the dreaded Ilse Witch. Her enemies' schemes come to fruition quickly and she is banished behind the wall of the Forbidding, the anti-demon security feature that collapsed s
Mar 11, 2013 Lucas rated it really liked it
Terry Brooks never fails to get me back into the world of Shannara right away. I have always enjoyed his books, and I was not let down with Jarka Ruus. I have read all of the Shannara books from 'The Sword of Shannara' to Jarka Ruus, and found myself wondering why I had waited so long to pick up this first book of the 'High Druid' saga. The great thing about Terry brooks is he makes it possible to pick up any of these novels without ever having read one of the preceding books of the series, thou ...more
Jon Borah
Jan 09, 2015 Jon Borah rated it it was amazing

With Jarka Ruus Terry Brooks embarks on yet another journey with the legendary Ohmsford family. Beginning 20 years after the conclusion of the The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara, the High Druid of Paranor Grianne Ohmsford finds herself struggling to unite the druids amid political morass risen from her prior history as the dreaded Ilse Witch. Her enemies' schemes come to fruition quickly and she is banished behind the wall of the Forbidding, the anti-demon security feature that collapsed s

Aug 02, 2011 Mark rated it liked it
I'm not quite sure where this book fits in with the rest of the Shannara series. Several of the characters from the previous trilogy play pivotal roles, the Forbidding is revisited, an incredibly dangerous and near-impossible quest is undertaken, and druids are back. But... I'm a little miffed that the druid council has apparently been going strong almost immediately after Grianne took over Walker's goal to reform the council, (and after she received support from the elves). There just wasn't en ...more
Jun 03, 2012 Patrickderaaff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Vlot geschreven verhaal dat zich afspeelt in een inmiddels zeer vertrouwde wereld.

Er zijn 3 verhaallijnen die elkaar afwisselen:

1. De daden van de samenzweerders tegen Grianne Ohmsford, voormalig Ilseheks en Hoge Druïde van Shannara.
2. Grianne's gevangenschap in een magische wereld die veel wegheeft van de Vier Landen, maar er juist ook zeer van verschilt.
3. Grianne's neef Pen die door het lot is uitgekozen als enige persoon die zijn tante kan redden.

De avonturen van Grianne en het kijkje in de
Oct 27, 2009 Blair rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe that there is enough material left in this series to go for another three books, but Terry Brooks is going to try. The series leaves off about 20 years after the last series. Grianne Ohmsford - once the Ilse Witch - has reformed her life and reformed the Druid Council in the hopes of bringing together the Four Lands. But treachery from within and a secret magic banish her to the Forbidding - the land of Faerie created millennia ago to house the darkest and most evil of Faerie cre ...more
Feb 14, 2016 Squire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#21/29 in my Epic Shannara Quest.

Terrific start to a new Shannara trilogy that breaks from established conventions in unexpected, but not unwanted ways. There's no Druid carrying dire warnings of a threat to the Four Lands that an Ohmsford must struggle to put down (well, there is, but it's not presented that way) and, more significantly, no descendant of Leah in the picture (at least not yet--the Leah characters have pretty much been the same thoughout anyway, just with different names).

The Sh
Oct 17, 2007 Kevin rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes good stories
Shelves: religion
I've been a fan of Terry Brooks for a long time. Most people would probably be familiar with his work when he wrote the Novel "Hook" which was a sequel of Peter Pan. The underlying concepts of this book are great. The idea that a mystical land was once a rigid materialistic society, like our own in their ancient history, is an intriguing concept. If I had time to read books of this nature, I certainly would get back into it. If you like Myth, then you will like this book.

Many may question why I
David Pankey
May 08, 2008 David Pankey rated it really liked it
This is the beginning of a great series the book start off with the disappearance of the High Druid. The tale is the story of younge Penderrin Ohmsford as he begins a search for the High Druid. The tale takes him all over the known and unknown portions of the world of Shannara. As the tory progresses Pen makes some fascinating friends and some powerful enemies that dog him at every turn. This story has everything from Love to Betrayal, from war to revenge, and everything in between.

You can learn
Frank Waits
Jun 10, 2014 Frank Waits rated it really liked it
Good start to a new arc that takes place about 20 years past the previous one. The Ilse Witch is now the Ard Rhys (High Druid) after picking up the now dead Druid Walker's mantle to build a Druid Council. She has done this, as part of her penance to try and make up for all the evil things she did in her earlier years. However there are others (within the council and without) that do not accept her, and want her out of the picture. Not an easy task for a skilled wielder of the Wishsong, but there ...more
Feb 17, 2013 Charlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first of a trilogy. It's a tale of deception, adventure, loyalty, love, and triumph -- to an extent.

From the story's beginning, Brooks captures the dark and deceptive nature of Paranor. There is dissent among the "delegates" and a deceptive removal of Grianne Ohmsford from her post.

Once Grianne suffers a magical disappearance, those closest and loyal to her begin an exhaustive journey to rescue her. This journeys begin the maturation of her nephew, innocent and young, Pen Ohmsford.

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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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