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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: Charles Keating Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The High Druid of Shannara Series Release Date: August 2004 ISBN: 9780739314982
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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, author of Eragon
  • [The] Shannara books make up the most important contribution to fantasy literature since The Lord of the Rings. Rocky Mountain News
  • Nonstop action [and] well-honed characterizations . . . will certainly satisfy his devoted following. Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shirley Wilsey | 2/19/2014

    " This is the first of the series that I've read. Interesting, but hard to follow out of context. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mel Gapper | 2/18/2014

    " Brilliant Terry writing is so lyrical and moves quickly and I was unable to put it down read it in 3 days! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Henderson | 2/13/2014

    " Good book, often painful to read what happens to the characters! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna Pelletier | 2/4/2014

    " I enjoyed this book as I do all of Terry Brooks books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave Jorsch | 1/30/2014

    " I would give this book 3 1/2 stars. Good adventure. Terry Brooks keeps coming up with new material to keep the interest of the reader. The plot is generally the same in each series, but if you like one plot then you like them all. Still can see the similarities to Tolkien in terms of lore and characters but then Tolkien influenced most fantasy writers. I continue to find Brooks's books easy to follow and easy to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Collin | 1/26/2014

    " See my review for Jarka Ruus (High Druid of Shannara, Book 1). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 1/7/2014

    " Clearly the second of a trilogy. I found it no worse or better than the first book. It is really setting the stage for the last book. But taken as a whole I quite enjoyed the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dale w | 1/5/2014

    " Great book never a dull moment. Seems your always on edge waiting for the next thing to happen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick | 12/24/2013

    " Fun, but typical Brooks. His later "Shannara" works tend to be very formulaic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte Bird | 12/20/2013

    " the best book of this particular trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Nielsen | 12/13/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mom | 12/7/2013

    " the people and the not people in this triology just keep you reading--i love them "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianna | 12/6/2013

    " I love how Brooks has all these little mini-series in his great big Shannara series. I kind of wish I'd read the mini-series right before this High Druid series, because then I'd remember everything about the Ilse Witch, but they can stand apart just fine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 11/6/2013

    " Even thought this is the second book of the trilogy, it is as good as the first one. I can't wait to see how this story ends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 5/21/2013

    " The Tanequil was excellent, of course, and got me all anxious for the next book. Brooks splits his books up like other authors would split up parts of books, so you're always left hanging from the last book, waiting for the next. Great fantasy read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gilly | 5/17/2013

    " Good twists, kept me guessing how it would end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 3/28/2013

    " Good continuation of the story started in the first book. A bit easy to predict, at least in some parts, but overall quite enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelley | 1/26/2013

    " This second of the High Druid series hit me about the same as the first--nothing too exciting. It is nice light reading that only takes a few hours, which I am enjoying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 7/4/2012

    " It doesn't feel like enough really happens in so many pages. Like so many other books, it feels like it's trying to keep a secret and build up to something so I read on, and by the time it starts to get moving it it's the last page with a cliff hanger... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoAnna | 5/15/2012

    " The second book in the High Druid of Shannara series starts off with Penderrin Ohmsford in the middle of his quest to save his aunt from a terrible banishment. Pen is becoming more confident in himself and shows more maturity as he faces some difficult decisions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 4/17/2012

    " Very good. Bek next generation with Grianne captured. I love the other world that we see creatures from in The Elfstones of Shannara, and how you actually get to visit it this time, in this series of three books. Good good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allen Garvin | 2/9/2012

    " Terry Brooks fluffy goodness: predictable story line, but you know what you're getting. The end comes to a rather quick conclusion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vampiress_demitri | 1/19/2012

    " Love the characters and plot "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 12/20/2011

    " I love this trilogy...I think it's quite possibly the best of the whole Shannara series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/8/2011

    " This book starts out a little slow, but is great by about chapter 10. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey | 9/6/2011

    " Tanequil: the tree that will save them all.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lawrence | 8/28/2011

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mom | 5/16/2011

    " this series is as good as the armagedion children---i love brooks stories "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keiran | 9/28/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book and this series, I prefer much of Terry Brooks new work than his old, i.e. sword, elf stones and wishsong. These are not so long more manageable and well just excellent "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louella | 5/12/2010

    " I need the sequel. The journey isn't over yet. It isn't badly written though. The writer knows what she's doing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey | 3/10/2010

    " After reading the first few chapters, I got hooked. And after stopping, I realized that I was halfway through. Terry Brooks is able to continue the legacy of the Shannara bloodline, while adding new challenges, new adventures, and wonderful settings. hands down, a classic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 1/13/2010

    " This is the first of the Shannara series I've read (dumb I know) and I enjoyed it. I'm not usually a huge fan of fantasy, but this one grabbed me and was easy and fun to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brett | 4/22/2009

    " More of the same ol' Brooks. What's not to like? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelley | 3/19/2009

    " I felt pretty lukewarm about this one. It took a while to get into the story, but the end picked up a little. As part of my quest to read all of Brooks' Shannara series, I really felt that I was just checking this one off the list. Hopefully the next one will be better. "

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Author Terry Brooks

Terry Brooks has thrilled readers for decades with his powers of imagination and storytelling. He is the author of more than thirty books, most of which have been New York Times bestsellers. He is a recipient of the 2017 World Fantasy Association’s Life Achievement Award. His novels Running with the Demon and A Knight of the Word were chosen by the Rocky Mountain News as two of the best fantasy novels of the twentieth century.