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The Wards of Faerie de Terry Brooks
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The Wards of Faerie (edició 2012)

de Terry Brooks

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During a tumultuous period in the Four Lands, young Druid Aphenglow stumbles on a dangerous secret about an Elven girl's heartbreak and the vanished Elfstones. Set seven years after the High Druid series.
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Títol:The Wards of Faerie
Autors:Terry Brooks
Informació:Orbit (2012), Hardcover
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Not bad for a book thats starting another trilogy. Look forward to seeing where this is going ( )
  aldimartino | Nov 24, 2020 |
Not bad for a book thats starting another trilogy. Look forward to seeing where this is going ( )
  Andy_DiMartino | Nov 24, 2020 |
It was with a little trepidation that I began reading Wards of Faerie. It had been decades since I'd last read a Terry Brooks novel, and the Shannara series was never one I had gotten into too deeply, mostly for a lack of resources. I knew that over the years the breadth of the story had grown, and that series that didn’t used to be related, like the Word and the Void, had been incorporated into the larger mythos. Still, most of my exposure came from a summer reading through the Magic Kingdom books. Could I jump in unscathed?

The Wards of Faerie, as it turns out, is very open to the new reader. A brief run through wikipedia wouldn't hurt the new reader, but Terry Brooks is ever the consummate story teller, and with almost no effort gives us a story that is very easy to fall into. It is a world where science and magic are at ends with each other, with many of the secrets of magic lost even to the Druids, caretakers of such knowledge. Aphenglow Elessedil, an elf and a Druid, stumbles upon a lost journal that hints at the whereabouts of the famed elfstones. The Druid’s quest to recover the elfstones will mean the gathering of a party and following a vision beyond the known lands as they seek out the lost elfstones.

It's always a pleasure to read something written by a master of the craft, and this was no exception. Brooks has spent over thirty years developing this world, and the world-building shows. The world that this story is set in has a depth that we can see just beneath the surface without being dragged through it, which helps the story move along at a good pace. The characters that populate it are well developed and believable, rather than the stock two dimensional characters that seem to litter the genre so often.

Knowing in advance that this will be yet another trilogy, though, I do have to say I was a bit disappointed with where the book ended. This isn't just the poignant disappointment of a story that ended sooner than the reader may have wanted. The bulk of the book was spent developing characters and introducing us to the world as it is, but just as the party is formed and the real action began to start up, the book came to an end.

My rating of this book came after a lot of thinking, and ultimately was tied to the fact that the story, the meat of why we are reading, is cut too short too soon. Knowing that we are only looking at a trilogy, it seems as though too much time was spent developing characters rather than moving the plot along. Fans of the milieu will enjoy the book, knowing that it will lead somewhere in the next book. Casual readers, though, I think will be put off unless they are already committed to seeing the story develop in the next volume.

My thanks to Netgalley and Random House for giving me the opportunity to review this work and providing an advanced reader’s copy. ( )
  kodermike | Jul 31, 2020 |
A great read by one of my favorite authors. ( )
  Linyarai | Feb 16, 2020 |
I have to start this review stating outright that I am a huge fan of Terry Brooks and the Shannara series. I know a lot of reviewers have mentioned that this book just rehashes old plot lines, but I personally don't think that is a problem when you're talking about an epic fantasy series as long as the Shannara series, and more importantly, if the writing itself remains fresh and includes enough surprises along the way to keep the reader engrossed in the story. Having read Wards of Faerie, I can say that I wasn't disappointed. Just when I thought I knew where the story was taking me, it would go in another direction entirely, and, as an avid reader, that keeps me invested and wanting more.

The story begins with the diary of a young elfin girl who falls in love with, and is betrayed by, a darkling boy. That is the start of an epic quest for the missing elfstones (something any lover of the Shannara books will understand), involving the druids of the Fourth Order, trolls, gnomes, Ohmsfords, a Leah, and others (including a rather unhinged seer) that they pick up along the way. They fight enemies on many fronts, human and magical creatures alike, and lose many of their own as a result.

The characters are many, but they are woven into the story in such a way that you get to know them intimately. The back stories are worked in effortlessly so you become invested in the characters naturally without feeling like the information given was force fed to you.

One of my favorite things about the books Terry Brooks writes is his use of imagery to describe things that would otherwise be rather mundane. For example: " 'I don't like speaking to other people.' The voice was soft and whispery, the soft sound of clothing being unfolded, hardly more than that." He doesn't just say "He spoke softly," and leave it at that. He takes it just a hint further, and draws the reader an even better picture. I homeschool my son and they are big on teaching imagery in relation to stories and essays the kids write, so I'm always on the lookout for good examples to show him LOL.

In summary, I enjoyed this book very much, and, as it is the first book in a new series entitled "The Dark Legacy of Shannara," I am looking forward to reading the rest of the books that follow.

I was given a copy of this book free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. ( )
  jwitt33 | Jan 5, 2019 |
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