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Shannara

Elfstones of Shannara

Written By:Terry Brooks - 1982

  • Elfstones of Shannara - Terry Brooks cover

    Del Ray - January 1984 1st Mass Market Edition

  • Elfstones of Shannara - Terry Brooks cover

    Del Ray - 40th Edition


Synopsis

Del Ray - January 1984 1st Mass Market Edition

Ancient Evil threatens the Elves. For the Ellcrys—the tree created by long-lost Elven magic—is dying, loosing the Spell of Forbidding that bars the hordes of vengeful Demons from the Races of Man.

Allanon, legendary guardian of Earth, summons Wil Ohmsford to guard the Elven girl Amberle on a perilous quest as she carries seed from the Ellcrys to the mysterious Bloodfire, there to be quickened into a new Ellcrys.

Ravening behind them comes the Reaper, most fearsome of all Demons. Against it, Wil has only the Elfstones on Shannara—and he has lost all power to control them. Helplessly, he watches the shadow of the Reaper appear on the trail before him...

Here are valiant companions, awesome foes, wonders—and the ancient mystery of how the Elves survived.

Del Ray - 40th Edition

The magical Ellerys tree is dying, loosening the spell that bars the Demons from enacting vengeance upon the land. Now Wil Ohmsford must guard the Elven girl Amberle on a perilous quest as she carries one of the Ellerys' seeds to a mysterious place where it can be quickened into a powerful new force. But dark on their trail comes the Reaper, most fearsome of all Demons, aiming to crush their mission at any cost.

Excerpt

Del Ray - January 1984 1st Mass Market Edition

THE TRAIL OF EVIL

"Lauren?" Prince Ander Elessedil spoke the Elf's name softly.

No answer came. He stepped through the entry into the darker shadows beyond. A flicker of movement registered at the edge of his vision, movement that came from somewhere within the surrounding evergreens. A sudden apprehension swept through him, leaving him cold all over.

He stood motionless for a time, waiting for something more. But there was no further movement, no sounds betraying the presence of another living being. Resolutely he went forward.

"Lauren...?"

Then his sight adjusted to the dimmer interior, and the young Elf's name caught in his throat.

Bodies lay strewn about the main room like discarded sacks, torn and broken and lifeless. Lauren, Jase—all of the Chosen were dead, ripped apart as if by maddened animals. Despair filled him. Now no Chosen remained to carry the seed of the Ellcrys in search of the Bloodfire. Now there could be no rebirth of the tree, no salvation for the Elves. Sickened by the carnage, he stood there, horror and revulsion sweeping through him, a single word shrieking in his mind.

Demons!

Del Ray - 40th Edition

The Trace of Evil

"Lauren?" Prince Ander Elessedil spoke the Elf's name softly.

No answer came. He stepped through the entry into the darker shadows beyond. A flicker of movement registered at the edge of his vision, movement that came from somewhere within the surrounding evergreens. A sudden apprehension swept through him, leaving him cold all over.

He stood motionless for a time, waiting for something more. But there was no further movement, no sounds betraying the presence of another living being. Resolutely he went forward.

"Lauren...?"

Then his sight adjusted to the dimmer interior, and the young Elf's name caught in his throat.

Bodies lay strewn about the main room like discarded sacks, torn and broken and lifeless. Lauren, Jase—all of the Chosen were dead, ripped apart as if by maddened animals. Despair filled him. Now no Chosen remained to carry the seed of the Ellcrys in search of the Bloodfire. Now there could be no rebirth of the tree, no salvation for the Elves. Sickened by the carnage, he stood there, horror and revulsion sweeping through him, a single word shrieking in his mind.

Demon!

Catastrophe:

war

Type:

fantastical
Other Titles in the Shannara list

-8     Running with the Demon

-7     Knight of the Word, A

-6     Angel Fire East

-5     Armageddon's Children

-4     Elves of Cintra, The

-3     Gypsy Morph, The

-2     Bearers of the Black Staff

-1     Measure of the Magic, The

0     First King of Shannara

1     Sword of Shannara, The

2     Elfstones of Shannara

3     Wishsong of Shannara, The

4     Scions of Shannara, The

5     Druid of Shannara, The

6     Elf Queen of Shannara, The

7     Talismans of Shannara, The

8     Ilse Witch

9     Antrax

10     Morgawr

11     Jarka Ruus

12     Tanequil

13     Straken

14     World of Shannara, The