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Bloodfire Quest (The Dark Legacy of Shannara #2)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  3,057 ratings  ·  248 reviews
For the first time in his career, Terry will be publishing a book every six months from the start to end of this series: here is the second in a brand-new trilogy, following The Wards of Faerie, in the New York Times bestselling Shannara universe!

Long ago, many dangerous creatures were locked behind a magical barrier, bringing peace and prosperity to the land. But now thos
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by Del Rey (first published October 16th 2012)
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Albert Riehle
I need to preface my comments by saying that Terry Brooks is one of all-time most favorite authors and that I have a really hard time reading other writers in the fantasy genre because I find that they simply don't compare. He's a master storyteller, his characters are rich and full, they stay with you long after you've put one of his books down. At his worst, a Terry Brooks book is better than most other author's best. And even one of his less-than-stellar books is worth reading.

That said, I'm
I've been a fan of Mr. Brooks since I was a kid and first read Magic Kingdom for Sale: Sold. I've been keeping up with his work, always reading and enjoying the new books as they come out. So it really pains me to say this, but I can't help but think that he's either getting old or lazy or both.
I was first disappointed with the Legends of Shannara duology and now the Dark Legacy of Shannara continues the trend. I felt like in The Bloodfire Quest Mr. Brooks is just recycling all his old books. I
This series is much better than the preceding two (High Druid of Shannara and Legends of Shannara). However, there's still too much repetition in the story, characters, situations, settings for me to rate it better than three stars. I'm enjoying it, but feels too familiar. Another complaint I have with this volume in particular is that the story doesn't move along that much. There's a lot of filler here, interesting, but filler none the less. I feel that this volume served the only purpose of cr ...more
Sam Charlton
I was hesitant to buy this novel after the first book in the Dark Legacy series, which I didn't enjoy due to poor characterisation, lack of originality and a mind-numbingly slow pace. However, I found 'The Bloodfire Quest' a pleasant surprise. Although the book does have a few too many similarities to the Elfstones of Shannara, I found this book a lot more exciting, darker and faster paced than the last.

The highlights of this book for me (without spoilers) were:

- some exciting, well-written figh
Scott (GrilledCheeseSamurai)
I enjoyed this one more than the first in this trilogy. Don't get me wrong - it is still fairly redundant - but now some of the characters have grown on me and have had a chance to develop into something more than just another generic fantasy tropes.

I enjoyed the pacing with this story. We follow a few different groups of people in differing plot lines and it breaks everything up nicely. I found all the story lines equally entertaining and was never disappointed when jumping from one to another.
I am really enjoying this latest installment of the Shannara series - dark being the operative word in "Dark Legacy". This is a soft 5 star; it is not great literature but I would strongly recommend it to anyone who reads fantasy and recommend this series as start point for people who don't.

By linking "The Word and the Void" to Shannara the adult level of this series has stepped up with truly vicious antagonists of such power that not everyone is going to make it out. As much as I enjoyed the f
Pam Blome
Wow! I just finished this book! My copy of this book was an ARC copy from NetGalley and the publisher, Del Rey Books. I was first introduced to Terry Brooks and Shannara in the 1990s when I took a young adult literature class as part of my Library Science program, and I was hooked! All the books are well written, the world building is spectacular, the characters well developed. I loved being back in this world and catching up with with these wonderful characters. Bloodfire Quest is the second bo ...more
Bloodfire Quest picks up where Wards of Faerie left off. The quest to find the missing Elfstones has hit a serious snag — some of quest members are trapped in the desolate Forbidding with a scary assortment of dangerous creatures. The others remain in the Four Lands, besieged by vicious predators and unable to find a way to rescue their friends. Meanwhile, back in Arborlan, the Ellcrys communicates to one of her Chosen that she is dying. Unlike Amberle in The Elfstones of Shannara, this Chosen k ...more
Shawn Speakman
A great book! The Dark Legacy of Shannara is quickly becoming one of my favorite Terry Brooks stories. I loved the set up in Wards of Faerie but Bloodfire Quest ratchets it all up to a new level. By the time I finished the book, I just couldn't believe what Terry had done!

Nothing is as it seems. For those people who say that Terry has become predictable, they are wrong, wrong, wrong. The last chapters of this book will leave you reading late into the night and the last page will have you fling t
The Shanara series was my first introduction to fantasy. I read the first one while in high school and loved it. But I am thinking that this series need to come to an end, especially as the author is starting to recycle his own story lines, not once, but twice. We once again need a new Elcrys and are back in the forbidding. I loved the first book with the Elcrys, was shocked to learn just what it to for the tree to be reborn, the second time around, not so much. The same can be said with the act ...more
This book did not progress much from the first one and felt like ground already covered. I will read the next one because of the characters.
Hope this is just an issue of being the middle book of a trilogy but i didn't enjoy this one very much.
Shawn Spjut
Bloodfire Quest, number two in Terry Brooks three part "Dark Legacy of Shannara' series.

As my readers know I was not very kind to Mr. Brooks in my review of "Wards of Faerie" and felt like his writing style had/has become rushed and far more commercialized than his previous works. And I still think that's true but...I also said I believed that an author of his caliper would no doubt redeem himself...and he has, in spades.

Even though I miss the days when Terry Brooks spent a lot more time develop
The is the second book in " The Dark Legacy of Shannara" series; the Ellcrys tree is dying and has to be renewed to keep the horrors trapped in the Forbidden land from escaping. Arlingfant Elessedil has been chosen and is reluctant to take the seed to the Bloodfire, knowing the ultimate cost of that decision. She fights her inner fears and weaknesses as her sister Aphenglow and the elf hunter Camprian struggle to help the young girl even if it means accompanying her on a search for the Bloodfire ...more
This book picks up right after the first book "Wards of Faerie" and it just gets worse for the group of heroes. The Ard Rhys and party are still in the Forbidding and that is bad, very bad, and Aphenglow Elessedil has taken her sister to the Bloodfire to renew the Ellcrys, but the idiot humans are pursuing them thinking there is magic to be found. And the elves are starting to get ready for the failing of the Forbidding. And another quest to bring back a former druid is underway (which I won't s ...more
You can find the full review over at The Founding Fields:

Shadowhawk reviews two of the latest novels from Random House/Del Rey – the second Coveted novel Kept by Shawntelle Madison and the second Dark Legacy of Shannara novel The Bloodfire Quest by Terry Brooks.

On Kept: “A thoroughly engaging and flawed novel that failed on a very interesting premise.” ~The Founding Fields

On The Bloodfire Quest: “Mostly a rehash of The Elfstones of Shannara, the new novel
Allison Barron
I usually only write a book review if I love the book; I know how much work an author puts into his writing and I don't want to drag him down just because his story wasn't my cup of tea. However, Terry Brooks is my favourite author and I've written many good reviews of his work, so I don't feel bad telling you I was a bit disappointed by this book.

I loved the first book in the series, Wards of Faerie, as it set up the story just right with a perfect amount of suspense and adventure. Bloodfire Qu
Mike Walsh
I read my first book in the Shannara series 19 years ago, when I was 12 years old.

I will read them for as long as they exist. The more fantasy books I read the more I come to realize that while there are more technically sound authors out there and better stories to be found, Terry Brooks delivers a consistent read again and again, once or twice a year for the last 30 years.

This book feels like something of a greatest hits... The Ellcrys failing, characters trapped inside the Forbidding, a hin
Brent Bullock
Brooks has been one of my favorite authors for many years. I regularly go to his website for updates. I don't know if it is just me and my reading tastes have changed or if it is Brooks but the last few series he has written have just been blah to me. It may not be coincidence that this started happening when I discovered Brandon Sanderson, David Farland and Peter Brett. This is book 2 of the trilogy, and after having finished this book I find it it it may be hard to finish the series, mostly be ...more
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In a time when the world was young, before the age of man, when magic ruled the day in a world of Faerie, the Elves waged war against demons and darkness. Understanding that the world needed balance but no longer wanting endless war, the Elves called upon all their strength and crafted the Forbidding --- a magical barrier that imprisoned the demons and kept the Four Lands free and safe. But the barrier could only be maintained by the Ellcrys, and should the Ellcrys die, the Forbidding would fail ...more
Timothy Stone
Bloodfire Quest continues the storyline in The Dark Legacy of Shannara trilogy. This novel, as an intermediate one, has a lot less that goes on than the previous book. It seems to be dedicated to info-dumps and to setting up the plot threads for the third and final book, Witch Wraith.

As the story begins, the heroes are scattered and nearly decimated from the events of the first book, the Druids are utterly defeated, and worse yet, the Ellcrys is now failing. The Ellcrys is, by the by, the sentie
Whitney St-Marseille
Terry Brooks’ “Bloodfire Quest” is a sequel of one of his many series about mythical world of Shannara. An epic fantasy tale with various creatures and characters, it makes for a great read. Clearly bearing the mark of a precise male author (instead of emotional female), the only detail I can find lacking is the relationship development. Basically, Aphen and Arling must work together to find the Elvenstones, their missing comrades, and save the Ellcrys tree to stop the wards of the Forbidding fr ...more
This starts right after the first books The Sword of Shannara. Things are not going well for Ard Rhys and her followers.

There are a few story lines occurring here: The Druids, the Elves, the Humans and the Forbidding; so lots going on. The great thing is that I didn't get confused, but some of the story lines felt forced; they need to happen for to allow the story to flow into the third book, Witch Wraith.

I couldn't wait to start Witch Wraith.

4 stars
Laureen (Ms. Bibliophile)
Bloodfire Quest picks up right where we left off at the end of Wards of Faerie. Arlingfan has been chosen by the Ellcrys to be the one to bear the seed to the Bloodfire and become the new Ellcrys. Half the Druid party is lost in the Forbidding, and the rest are scattered on their own individual paths.

Jim C
My actual rating is 2.5 stars.

This is the second book of a trilogy and the first book must be read to understand this one. Some members of the group are trapped in the Forbidding and this book tells of their survival. Also, Aphen's little sister ,Arling, is chosen by the Ellcrys to replace her but Arling doesn't want this responsibility.

I liked the first book in this trilogy but I felt like this one did not live up to its predecessor. There were a couple aspects I did like in this novel. This on
Typical Brooks fare with stock characters and the requisite extra elves and trolls who go on a quest,their main purpose to be killed when the first beasts attack. The poor guys are just monster fodder. Oh well. It's formula fantasy and I knew that going in.

My main problem with this series is that it is basically one book published in thirds. There is no resolution to any of the conflicts set up by the first in the series - with the possible exception being who would end up being attracted to wh
SO good! As usual, I was submerged back into such an awesome and colorful world that Brooks has built. Shannara is one of those series that its very easy to become completely immersed in, and lose yourself in reality. I LOVE all of them, and this one most certainly did not disappoint.
Disclaimer- this was an audio book that I listened to over the course of a long time while doing laundry or crocheting (nerd alert!), so it was enjoyable in that sense. Easy to follow and easy to pick up on again after a while. Had I read it, I might have found it a bit dullish.

Also, I only read Terry Brooks series if I know that all books in the series are available because there really is no discernable ending to the "books" just a stop and the next book picks right up. That's a pet peeve of
I guess I am tiring of these books. I did not enjoy this at all. The heroes die (badly) right, left, center, up, down, sideways, etc. etc. But even more than that, the heroes of this book are not very bright. Calling them dumb is being kind. Terry Brooks keeps setting up foreshadowing passages that I can see coming from a mile away, but the heroes of the book are unable to use simple logic to determine that someone (something) is coming to kill them. For a story like this, you need good heroes o ...more
Rebecca Lovatt
Received an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley. Review will be posted closer to release date.
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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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The Dark Legacy of Shannara (3 books)
  • Wards of Faerie (The Dark Legacy of Shannara, #1)
  • Witch Wraith (The Dark Legacy of Shannara, #3)
The Elfstones Of Shannara  (The Original Shannara Trilogy, #2) The Sword of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy #1) The Talismans Of Shannara (Heritage of Shannara #4) The Wishsong of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy #3) Magic Kingdom For Sale/Sold (Magic Kingdom of Landover, #1)

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