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Shannara

The Scions of Shannara

Written By:Terry Brooks - 1990

  • The Scions of Shannara  - Terry Brooks cover

    Del Rey MME - March 1991

  • The Scions of Shannara  - Terry Brooks cover

    Del Rey MME - 22nd printing


Synopsis

Del Rey MME - March 1991

Forbidden Magic

Three hundred years have passed since the death of Allanon, and the Four Lands are sadly changed. The Elves have vanished, and the Dwarves are enslaved. The Southland is now under the totalitarian rule of the Federation, and magic is strictly forbidden.

Yet Par Ohmsford still has some power of the Wishsong. While his brother Coll recites the old legends, Par uses his Wishsong to bring them to life. Then a mythic horror known as a Shadowen confronts them. A man calling himself Cogline drives it off, but also brings a message from the ancient Druid, Allanon—to go to the dread Hadeshorn, along with the other Scions of Shannara: Wren, who lives in the Westland, and Walker Boh, somewhere in the Eastland.

At the Hadeshorn, Allanon's spirit reveals a terrible future where Shadowen have destroyed all life in the Four Lands. To prevent that, he orders Par to recover the long-lost Sword of Shannara, Wren to discover the vanished Elves, and Walker Boh to bring back the Druids and their ancient vanished stronghold of Paranor.

All those tasks are manifestly impossible!

Del Rey MME - 22nd printing

Since the death of the Druid Allanon, the Four Lands have changed profoundly, with magic strictly forbidden in the Southland, now under totalitarian rule. Yet Par still has some power of the Wishsong. When he accidently brings a mythic horror to life, a man calling himself Cogline drives it away. Cogline brings a message from Allanon: venture to the dread Hadeshorn, along with the other Scions of Shannara. For in the future, all life in the Four Lands will be destroyed. To prevent this terrible fate, Allanon commands Par to recover the long-lost Sword of Shannara, a task that is next to impossible.

Excerpt

Del Rey MME - March 1991

The Raging of the Shadowen

The Shadowen was huge, manlike thing, its body covered with shaggy hair and its massive limbs ending in paws that were clawed. It stood looking at Par and Coll Ohmsford, studying them. Then it launched itself with a shriek.

Coll struck it so hard with his short sword that he severed one arm above the elbow. The Shadowen reeled away, darted back, snatched up its severed limb, and retreated again. Carefully, it placed its arm back. There was a movement, a entwining of muscle and bone, like snakes moving. The limb reattached itself.

It came at them again. One great arm caught Par across the face, snapping his head back. Then the Shadowen was right in front of him, clawed forelimbs spread wide to embrace him. Par backed away, searching for an escape. But the creature was too close...

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