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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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Markus
Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Carmine
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Chiacchiericcio nel Divieto

Tael Riverine, dal suo castello nero come la pece, racconta a Grianne di quanto fossero belle le antiche epoche con i demoni liberi a pascolare nel mondo, mentre gli umani stavano zitti e muti; e che i tempi erano ormai maturi per il ritorno (migliaia e migliaia di anni in attesa non si sa bene di cosa).
Insomma, nel Divieto si sparano fregnacce a destra e sinistra; addirittura a un certo punto si fanno riferimenti sibillini a piani d'accoppiamento tra l'umana e il de
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Ronda  Tutt
May 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantacy
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
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Lucinda
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mark
Aug 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Squire
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#22/29 in my Epic Shannara Quest.

Another thrilling chapter in the development of the Shannara saga. Exciting with some shamelessly cinematic scenquences that still manage to entertain. Nothing unexpected happens (the demon plot to subjugate the Four Lands was obvious halfway through the previous book in this trilogy), but the continuing dark tone of Tanequil maintains the tension throughout. Eerily beautiful climactic scene.
Geoff Battle
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After the Voyage of Jerle Shannara I was left disappointed that Brooks had somehow maintained a formula, but the magic of the company's tale was not as stong as his previous work. With the first book in the High Druid of Shannara series, Jarka Ruus, came a stronger storyline, a more entangling series of events and an underlying political plotline which allowed Brooks' mastery to come forth. In Tanequil it all moves up a notch. It's fast paced, full of backstabbing, intrigue, character developmen ...more
Mike
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A much better improvement. I enjoyed book 1 (Jarka Ruus) quite a bit, but I loved Tanequil. Terry Brooks again excels at creating breathtaking imagery and inserting you.

I highly recommend it if you're a Terry Brooks fan.
Kelly
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Intense.
Bende Gyöngyi
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story :)
Darrell
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the series.
Rose Boyer
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What fun and great imagination.
Jefferson Coombs
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoyed this book. I thought he moved the story ahead well. It has a climax but leaves the right amount of suspense for the final book in the trilogy.
Shaheen
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Gregg
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grianne Ohmsford is trapped in the Forbidding. Can her nephew find the mystical tree Tannequil and craft the dark and, to travel where she is trapped and rescue her? Terry Brooks continues his story of the Jarka Ruus...
Jeremiah Johnson
Apr 11, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When I first started reading the Shannara series of books, I longed for more stories about the original characters. Now, every story is split into trilogies of books, and I wish that they'd go back to single stories.

If this trilogy was compressed into a single book, it might be tolerable. As it is, there is so much filler that makes it very hard to care about anything. The war between the Federation and the Freeborn has been raging for decades, and now all of a sudden we are supposed to care abo
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Dark-Draco
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jon Borah
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

SUMMARY:
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

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Al
SUMMARY:
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
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Patrickderaaff
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
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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
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Brian Schiebout
Apr 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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Brian Layman
Mar 29, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2009
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
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Roger
Jul 12, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Katelyn
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book High Druid of Shannara by Terry Brooks tells the story of Dark magic opened a gateway to the threatening and trapped within Grianne ohmsford, rightful High Druid of Shannara. Rescuing Grianne will be merely the beginning of the effort to restore the four lands to some semblance of peace. Overall, I thought the book was a pretty great book because it was kind of like the harry potter books with all of the magic and everything. The book had a lot of action going off and on throughout the ...more
Caius Roth
Feb 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Dave
Dec 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Charlene
Oct 05, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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Jim C
Nov 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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High Druid of Shannara (3 books)
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