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The Elfstones of Shannara (Shannara, No. 2)…
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The Elfstones of Shannara (Shannara, No. 2) (utgåvan 1983)

av Terry Brooks (Författare), Darrell K. Sweet (Illustratör)

Serier: Shannara (2), Shannara Trilogy (2), Shannara-Zyklus (Omnibus 4-6 - [Buch II]), Shannara Universe: Chronological (11)

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Ancient Evil threatens the Elves: The ancient tree created by long-lost Elven magic, is dying. When Wil Ohmsford is summoned to guard the Amberle on a perilous quest to gather a new seed for a new tree, he is faced with the Reaper, the most fearsome of all Demons. And Wil is without power to control them....From the Paperback edition.… (mer)
Medlem:mgeorgebrown89
Titel:The Elfstones of Shannara (Shannara, No. 2)
Författare:Terry Brooks (Författare)
Andra författare:Darrell K. Sweet (Illustratör)
Info:Del Rey (1983), 576 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:***
Taggar:Ingen/inga

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This is the 2nd book in the Shannara Series. The first book was Terry Brooks 1st published, I gave that one 4 stars for the effort and I was happy to move on to book 2 as the story line is wonderful, and I was curious to find out if his writing would improve. Not so much his writing, but his over use of descriptions. *Sigh* Not so much....this book would have come in closer to 400 pages if the Editors had done their job and IMO told him to take it easy with the adjectives.

Still his world building and characters have drawn me in. This book takes place 50 years after the WarLord was defeated. Wil Ohmsford, grandson of the holder of the Elfstones, is the hero of the tale. We find out early that Wil has been gifted the Stones, and it is clear (at least in my mind) that this gift will only lead to something bad.

The EllCrys-the Tree of Life that protects the Westlands of The Elves is dying. So of course there is a Quest, there is a story of love, there is danger and lots of battle scenes. A good old fashion fantasy.

As I said, Brooks has me hooked now-so I will continue to read the series-and hope that somewhere along the line his description of the dark woody area-will say just that.

3 1/2 stars and rounding up to 4, because it is a darn captivating world ( )
  JBroda | Sep 24, 2021 |
I re-read this book recently, having enjoyed it in the past when it was first published. Now, though, it feels derivative and slow. All the battle scenes just became a boring blur to me. The demons were just this evil faceless mass that was winning because of numbers, and all the fights were a variation on this theme. I liked the idea of a magical tree being responsible for protecting the land.

The characters could have been better. Wil is just stupid at times. And he's been studying healing and is called 'Healer' but we never see him actually healing anyone, except in one instance that backfires. It would have been interesting to see more of that reverence for life in his character. Amberle is the token innocent child like woman, and Eretria is the token sexual woman. These stereotypes bugged me. But at least Elfstones had two more female characters than Sword.

But, I had a lot of nostalgia for this series, back when there wasn't much in the way of original fantasy. So three stars. ( )
  TheGalaxyGirl | Sep 21, 2021 |




I enjoyed the TV series but I'm not sure I'll ever get to the story.
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Q: I'm currently re-reading The Elfstones of Shannara and I was wondering whether you will ever write about the birth of the Ellcrys?

A: Now there is a suggestion I haven't heard before. I would have to go back to the time of Faerie to do that, and that would mean writing about a world that I haven't set a story in before and that would mean a whole lot of world-building. So if I do write something about it, likely I will do it as a shorter work of fiction and not a novel.
  Seayla2020 | Aug 23, 2021 |
This book came as a significant surprise to me. Welcome to the world of Shannara.

The second book in Brooks' epic Shannara universe by publication, he abandoned the Tolkien imitation of his first book to really find his own vision as an author. While there is groundwork laid in the first book- the Druids, the Ohmsfords, the Leahs- it becomes its own distinct world here. Gnomes that aren't all selfish and evil introduced via the Storlock healing community. The origin of the Elves and the tie of magic to Faerie explained.

Before the Old World, with its technology and superweapons (our world), there was the time of Faerie. The King of the Silver River had his origins in this time, as did the "real" inspirations for much of human mythology. These creatures lived in magic and used it as naturally as breathing- and they went to war, those who reveled in evil and destruction against those who did not.

In the city of the Elves, there is a special tree, the Ellcrys. And she is dying. And with her dying it is revealed that she was the answer to the war in Faerie- for the Elves were one of the Faery races, and used their magic to seal the "Demon" races away in the Forbidding- the Forbidding that is maintained by the Ellcrys. She must be reborn- one of her Chosen must take her seed to the Earthfire to bathe it, so the Forbidding can be made anew.

But the Demons, the strongest, are already breaking free. Most of the Chosen are slaughtered. Allanon, last of the Druids, is needed to hold the line with the now all-but-human Elves, whose nature embraced change and evolution. So he turns to Wil Ohmsford, grandson of Shea, and inheritor by him of the blue Elfstones, the seeking stones that protect the bearer, to guard the last Chosen on her journey.

Wil may look like an Elf, as did his grandfather- but Wil is but 1/8th Elf. The Elfstones don't always work for him- and he can feel something inside him changing as they do. And he finds himself falling for the young Elfmaid, and desperate to protect her. And in the Westlands of the Elves, it is war- steel against tooth, claw, magic, and the savagery of ages imprisoned. ( )
  BrainFireBob | Jul 23, 2021 |
I enjoyed parts of this book a great deal, but others just seemed rather two-dimensional retellings of Lord of the Rings. The Eco-fantasy angle was a bit heavy-handed at times. Still, if this is your first encounter with Brooks because you watched the tv show, I think you will agree that the book is still better than what you saw on telli.

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  WiebkeK | Jan 21, 2021 |
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