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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,518 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Terry Brooks Narrator: J. Paul Boehmer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The High Druid of Shannara Series Release Date:
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Events that began in Jarka Ruus, Book One of High Druid of Shannara, come swiftly to a head in this second thrilling volume. Alliances are made, trusts are betrayed, and prices are paid. Through it all, Terry Brooks orchestrates the action with the flawless hand of a master mythmaker—fashioning another exquisite link in his chain of bestselling epics.

Loyal to none but herself and lethal even to those closest to her, Shadea a’Ru now holds sway as High Druid of Paranor—her ascension to power all but unchallenged in the wake of Grianne Ohmsford’s sudden, mysterious vanishing. Only Shadea and her catspaw—the treacherous Prime Minister Sen Dunsidan—know the secret fate of the true Ard Rhys … for it was they who engineered it, by means of dark magic. And now Grianne languishes in the fearsome and inescapable netherworld called the Forbidding.

Their bloodless coup a success, the corrupt pair, and their confederates within the Druid Council, seeks to make their dominion over the Four Lands absolute—with the aid of a devastating new weapon. But it could all be undone if Grianne’s young nephew, Penderrin, succeeds in his frantic quest to rescue her. Shadea’s airship-borne minions and the relentless assassin under her command continue their fierce pursuit of Pen and his comrades.

Eluding death is only half the battle for Pen. To breach the Forbidding and bring Grianne back to the natural world means finding the fabled Tanequil … and the talisman it alone can provide. That means journeying into the Inkrim—a dreaded region thick with shadows and haunted by harrowing legends. It also means striking a bargain more dire than Pen could ever imagine. But there can be no turning back. For in her unearthly prison, the Ard Rhys faces a demonic plight too hideous to countenance …

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A great storyteller, Terry Brooks creates rich epics filled with mystery, magic, and memorable characters. If you haven’t read Terry Brooks, you haven’t read fantasy.”

    Christopher Paolini, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Inheritance

  • “[The] Shannara books make up the most important contribution to fantasy literature since The Lord of the Rings.”

    Rocky Mountain News

  • “Filled with action, treachery, and sacrifice, Tanequil will enthrall Terry Brooks’ millions of fans as it roars to a shocking conclusion.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Brooks’ efficient pacing, skillful characterizations, and suspenseful plotting all bode well for the trilogy’s conclusion.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The large cast of well-honed characterizations…with their nonstop action, are typical of Brooks’ long-running Shannara saga, and will certainly satisfy his devoted following.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Matt Nielsen | 2/10/2014

    " Typical middle book in a trilogy. Go read my reviews for the other two books. This one is about the same. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jaimesummer Sammons | 2/8/2014

    " Picked up one of these books in junior high, still enjoying them YEARS later! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lawrence | 2/4/2014

    " I've always enjoyed visiting Shannara, and this is no exception. This trilogy, The High Druid of Shannara, could be read without reading any of the preceding Shannara books, but Brooks has nicely tied the entire Shannara series together and it's like visiting with old friends while meeting new ones. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mia Darien | 1/31/2014

    " I liked this one better than the last, since things seem to be picking up and things are actually happening in it. Unlike it felt through much of the first. I still wonder if only Brooks' notoriety made this a trilogy. So far, I wonder if it wouldn't have been a much better story cut down to one or two books. I guess I'll have a better opinion after the third book, but so much so far has seemed fairly... pointless, just stretching things out for no particular reason. But, it's still Terry Brooks and even at his lesser works, he's still better than many others. "

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