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Wards of Faerie

(The Dark Legacy of Shannara #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  7,503 ratings  ·  551 reviews
Tumultuous times are upon the world now known as the Four Lands. Users of magic are in conflict with proponents of science. The dwindling Druid order is threatened with extinction. A sinister politician has used treachery and murder to rise as prime minister of the mighty Federation. Meanwhile, poring through a long-forgotten diary, the young Druid Aphenglow Elessedil has ...more
Hardcover, 366 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Del Rey
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J.L.   Sutton
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
There's magic and a sense of wonder in the unfolding quests in the Shannara novels. Such quests are a hallmark of high fantasy, the type of novels I first read when I was in junior high and high school. Returning to them and the world of Shannara felt like something of a homecoming. And yes, this is another quest novel. However, that didn't matter. It was deceptively easy to get caught up in Wards of Faerie (The Dark Legacy of Shannara #1). The quest which drives this story became increasingly c ...more
Jul 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shannara, 2018, fantasy
Wards of Faerie is Terry Brooks recycling old ideas. You would think the Shannara setting has some predetermined cyclical timeline forcing events to repeat again and again. Somehow, this book is still enjoyable because of the same remarkable, unputdownable suspense that Brooks is a master of. But of course, it is pointless to read unless you have read and enjoyed all the previous ones, and you wish to know how it all goes.
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
I started this new Shannara book with only one concern: that I would be frustrated not to be able to read the next 2 books right away to know the end of the story. Well... this concern was short-lived.

I could not find the magic that stuck me to the previous books of Shannara. Although well written, I found absolutely no novelty in the story. It felt more like bits and pieces from the previous ones, gathered to make a new book. I struggled to find anything original.

So, let's go on another adventu
Shea Macaran
Jun 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: the-whole-series
It's a funny thing. Every time i reread sword of Shannarra i realize, yet again, that Terry Brooks writing is not, actually, that good. His language is archaic in a cumbersome (rather than beautiful) way. His characters tend to be - well, not one dimensional, but not three either. And the story line is almost blatantly predictable. But then,i think, why keep reading? Two utterly redeeming qualities: within the story line there are always surprises in either imaginative elements or how those elem ...more
Shawn Speakman
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Terry rarely disappoints but sometimes he hits a double home run. WARDS OF FAERIE is one of those books. Set 120 years after the events of the High Druid of Shannara trilogy, Terry introduces us to the Fourth Druid Order, led by Ard Rhys Khyber Elessedil. She has taken up the mantle once carried by Grianne Ohmsford a century earlier. But when a diary bearing cryptic information about the lost multiple-colored sets of Elfstones from Faerie is found in the Elven archives, the Ard Rhys must gather ...more
Albert Riehle
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
All in all, this was one of my more favorite Terry Brooks books in some time. I should say that I consider myself a huge fan of this author though and objectively speaking, it's probably not the ideal place to come into the series, but it's also not too difficult to do so. It provided some brand new looks into some of the mysteries fans have been wondering about since Sword of Shannara, his first book and just the fact that there are so many mysteries that are still left to be covered in more de ...more
Kevin Xu
Sep 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
Come on, I can't believe after 35 years of publishing Terry Brooks is still writing the same simple plot structure in every book he writes of setting out on a quest. I mean how many times can you do that with basically the same characters and similar quests, but jumping a few years in the timeline. If I kept writing the same thing over and over again I would have gotten tired of it already, but I guess he never will.

I wish he would just finished the Shannara series, as many who wrote in the 70s
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
I love Brooks, and I love Shannara, but this was not one of his better ventures into that land. From start to finish, it followed a predictive pattern, and while he could get away with reusing the same plots over and over again when his characters were all unique and interesting, the characters in this one were bland and stock as well. Nothing about the Ohmsfords (always my favorites!) made them stand out. The Druids were dull and blended together. Even Khyber was shadowy and dim. The bad guys c ...more
Michael Bates
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
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GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)

3.5 stars if I could.

Terry Brooks, the master of fetch quest stories, continues on with the start of another Shannara trilogy, and once again, I am gobbling it up like candy. I just can't help myself.

I have been reading Terry Brooks since...well...since I learned how to read books on my own. This man, this author, has been a part of my childhood and now a part of my adulthood my entire life. I have grown up with Shanarra and the Four Lands have always been there for me, because of this, these bo
Dorine White
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have to tell you, when I got approval to read this ARC, I jumped up and down. I love Terry Brooks and I grew up with the Shannara books. So, the chance to read Wards of Faerie was huge.

The Story- There’s so much to tell. This story takes place seven years after the High Druid of Shannara series and brings in a bit of the past from The Word and The Void and other prequels.

Science is once again beginning to thrive in the world, and many are wary of its potential. Young eleven druid Aphenglow lea
Peter Schott
Sep 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Terry Brooks' Shannara series
Another start to an adventure in the Four Lands by Terry Brooks. This builds on the previous Shannara stories as hints are uncovered to where the lost Elfstones may be found. Once again, the Ohmsfords are called on to help the Druids find the lost magic. This first book in the series introduces us to the new generation of Druids, Ohmsfords, and Leahs as well as setting the stage for new intrigue in the human-run Federation and the Elven Kingdom.

I hate to say that this is formulaic, but it does f
Lizzy Lessard
Aug 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed, fantasy
Overall: I don’t think that this is Terry Brook’s best work. The language and writing is expertly done but both the plot and characters feel like they were lazily done. I had so much trouble reading this book because it felt that all the author’s energy was on world-building and everything else was lacking. There is no romance in this book (and I mean none). If you want to read a bestseller novel by Terry Brooks, this is not the book to read.

Characters: There is such a huge cast of characters th
Stacey O'Neale
Jul 29, 2012 rated it liked it
This book was reviewed by Michael Cummings, senior reviewer with the Fantasy Book Addict.

It was with a little trepidation that I began reading Wards of Faerie. It had been decades since I’d last read a Terry Brooks novel, and the Shannara series was never one I had gotten into too deeply, mostly for a lack of resources. I knew that over the years the breadth of the story had grown, and that series that didn’t used to be related, like the Word and the Void, had been incorporated into the larger m
Ryan Lawler
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Almost 5 stars, and that is something I never thought I would say again about a Terry Brooks book. It's taken 30 years but Brooks has written a book that plays to our expectations and then subtly subverts them.

Things start off according to the Shannara formula, a druid discovers some long lost magic and then goes about collecting a bunch of characters with familiar last names (Ohmsford, Leah, etc.) so that they can go on an adventure to retrieve the long lost magic for the greater good. But the
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Terry Brooks is one of my long standing favourite fantasy writers. I have read and been enthralled by many of his books. The first of a trilogy the book basically is concerned with a search for long lost elven stones and the remaining druids. I don't like giving away lots of the plot of any novel so I will only say it is full of exciting dark twists and turns, has lots of characters and I have the next in the series on my list of "to buy" books. Magical! ...more
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this one a lot. You could say all Terry Brooks books are kind of the same with similar characters and similar story lines, but that doesn't bother me as much. I think he does keep adding new twists and I really like his way of writing. I loved Aphenglow and her story. ...more
Kirstie Ellen
Dec 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy Lovers
Shelves: fantasy, fae
Initial Thoughts
Oh. My. God. This book has destroyed me - I am in a heap of NOPE right now. I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH. I will definitely be continuing the series and also buying every single book written by Brooks. Right now I just can't even begin to describe how much that punished my heart. I suggest not getting attached to characters because the amount of death in this is terrifying.


Wards of Faerie
This book was so much fun to read. For some reason it di
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must have read about twenty of Terry Brooks’ books over the years and I think I enjoyed all of them. This one is no exception

I read this book a couple of years ago, but when I wanted to continue the series I found I did not remember much about it. Does that mean the book is forgettable? Maybe… but I liked it enough to buy the rest of the trilogy at the time. So I decided to read it again. Whilst reading it, I remembered most of the characters, but I still did not remember the story. At least t
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: epic-fantasy
(review originally found on The Raven's Quill)

Wards of Faerie is the first book of Terry Brook’s latest fantasy trilogy, The Dark Legacy of Shannara. As one of the most renowned living epic fantasy authors, Brooks once again delivers a story full of grand odysseys, subterfuge, and hidden surprises—not to mention his colorful host of characters.
The main plot is simple enough. As with all epics, the lead cast of characters find themselves undertaking a dangerous and life-altering quest, brought o
Michael Cummings
Jun 30, 2012 rated it liked it
It was with a little trepidation that I began reading Wards of Faerie. It had been decades since I'd last read a Terry Brooks novel, and the Shannara series was never one I had gotten into too deeply, mostly for a lack of resources. I knew that over the years the breadth of the story had grown, and that series that didn’t used to be related, like the Word and the Void, had been incorporated into the larger mythos. Still, most of my exposure came from a summer reading through the Magic Kingdom bo ...more
Jun 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-books
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Publication Date: August 21st, 2012
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
ISBN: 0345523474
Age Group: Young Adult/Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure
Source: ARC provided by Edelweiss
Lootability: ***

Wards of Faerie is Terry Brooks' 22nd book, chronologically and in publication order, of his esteemed Shannara trilogy. I was lucky enough to score an ARC galley from Edelweiss and so I have completed the first instalment of the latest Shannara series.

The other el
Sep 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Terry Brooks is a terrific writer. The world he's created is incredibly detailed, alive, interesting. His characters are also compelling and he writes very good plots. However, after many years writing about the same world, it's only natural that the author will start to repeat himself. There are a lot of familiar themes and situations and even characters that are easily recognised from past novels. I've read every single book Terry Brooks has written, with the exception of his short stories. Af ...more
Daniel Ferguson
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like the last book, The Measure of the Magic: a bit of an awkward title, hard-to-pronounce villain's name, politics when I want adventure. At first I felt the title was a bit... off... but not so much as I thought the last book's was. So I went into this one sceptical, but hopeful.

And boy, was I happy with it. This is definitely Terry's BEST in several years. I liked the Armageddon's Children trilogy and Bearers of the Black Staff, but it was good to be back to the other end of the Shan
Guy Haley
Sep 03, 2012 rated it liked it
The twenty-fourth book in the Shannara saga rejoins the Ohmsford clan for a new three-part adventure. Skipping down the generations of his hero-family has always been Brooks’ way, and this time the gifted twins Redden and Railing get their turn on the world’s stage in a hunt for the Elfstones. In a thinning world reclaiming the science of old Earth (Brooks’ Four Lands is Earth long after a sorcerous apocalypse), the return of the magic Elfstones represents a great hope.
The multi-character story
Samantha Charlton
Sep 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Disappointing in comparison to Brook's earlier books. The book was too short, lacked character development and appeared a mish-mash of Brook's earlier books. I also found this book, more than any Brook's earlier works, lacked subtlety. There was nothing to keep the reader guessing, and nothing that surprised or intrigued - he dropped hints like boulders - that you would have been blind to miss. Also, and I imagine this is just a personal gripe, the use of airships to get around, completely remov ...more
Feb 23, 2015 rated it liked it
So ... a good number of the main characters are dead already (first book in a trilogy). Apparently, I was supposed to be super invested in a romantic relationship between two of the characters that the author barely touched on. The writing was meh and there were WAY too many typos on this book to overlook. I have read very few books without any typos, but there was practically one per page in this one. Bad job on the editor.

Anyway, I found this in the Bargain Books section and it looked interest
Jan 23, 2016 rated it liked it
3.8 ☆
It was interesting to read, but on those almost 500 pages not a lot have happened. Interesting but not so exciting. I will maybe read the rest of the series and maybe not. :I
Jonathan Koan
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Terry Brooks returns to form!

Part of what I love about Epic fantasy is the feel of it. The magic, the dwarves, the elves, the tropes, the adventure, and the tolkienesque vibe that only certain authors can nail. While Brooks has written almost all great novels, sometimes he doesn't hit all of the things I'm looking for. The "High Druid of Shannara" trilogy had some amazing premises, but did some character things I didn't like. The "Genesis of Shannara" trilogy was refreshing and new, but it wasn'
Alexander Kwok
Dec 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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 his ...more

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