The Darkling Child: The Defenders of Shannara by Terry Brooks book review

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The Darkling Child is the second book in The Defenders of Shannara series by Terry Brooks.  The Darkling Child is available now in ebook format and hardcover.

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New powers are awakening. A legend is born . . .

In a distant corner of the Four Lands, the mysterious magic of the wishsong has been detected. Paxon Leah, sworn protector of the Druid order and heir of the enchanted Sword of Leah, must travel to uncover its source – and ensure that this formidable power is not wielded by the wrong hands.

But danger lies in wait, and in a fearsome clash between mortal might and dark magic, it is up to Paxon, as the High Druid’s Blade, to defend the people of the Four Lands against a terrifying evil.

From the international bestselling Terry Brooks comes a thrilling new adventure – and an unforgettable new hero.

I’d like to thank the publisher for an arc in return for an honest review.  I’d also like to thank Mr Kraftireader for his help in reading this novel and writing this review.

This book is the sequel to Terry Brooks’ The High Druids Blade: The Defender’s of Shannara.  Yet again Terry Brooks has got it right with this story.  There is manipulation, betrayal, love, hatred and the hunter becoming the hunted. We have many of the old characters such as Arcannen and Paxon, but following the death of his druid friend he now has to team up with a new personality, a female druid.  Could there be tension in the air between the two of them? We have new threats from even more powerful people with magic; a boy that could hold the key to life and death just with his voice, and a girl of such beauty she is able to get what she desires.

Paxon and his new druid friend Avelene are my favourite characters the chemistry between them is electrifying.

This book is better than the first instalment of The Defenders of Shannara and I would highly recommend it.  I look forward to reading more from Terry Brooks.

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The High Druid’s Blade by Terry Brooks book review

the high druids bladeThe High Druid’s Blade: The Defenders of Shannara by Terry Brooks is available to purchase now as paperback, hardcover and ebook.

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Legend has it that Paxon Leah is descended from the royals and warriors who once waged war with magical weapons. But those heroes are long gone now, and there is nothing enchanted about the antique sword that hangs above Paxon’s fireplace. Paxon leads a quiet life – until extraordinary circumstances overturn his simple world . . . and rewrite his destiny.

When his sister is abducted by a mysterious stranger, Paxon races to her rescue with the only weapon he can find. He is stunned to discover powerful magic unleashed within him – and within his ancestors’ ancient blade.

But his formidable new ability is dangerous in untrained hands. Paxon must master it quickly, as his near-fatal clash with a dark sorcerer won’t be his last. Leaving behind home and hearth, he journeys to the keep of the Druid order to learn the secrets of magic and earn the right to become their sworn protector . . .

IMG_1234I’d like to thank the publishers for an arc of this novel in return for an honest review.  I’d also like to thank Mr Kraftireader for his help with reading and reviewing this novel.

I must admit this is the first fantasy fiction book I’ve read in a long time but after reading the synopsis I was interested and I soon got into the storyline and enjoyed this new genre and new author for me.  Its good to open your eyes to new genres and especially new authors.

The book had heroes and villains, heroes such as Paxon Leah who came from an old line of forgotten Royals.  Villains such as Arcannen, an evil twisted person that would do anything to get what he wanted.

The story is about sacrifice and taking risks, giving your all to overcome the odds that are put in front of you. The storyline and characters were great and it took only a few chapters to get me hooked into wanting to read more. The favourite character for me was Paxon, not just because of his heroes status, but because his beliefs, honour, family loyalty and what he is willing to risk to uphold what he holds sacred.  I will honestly say that I would be happy to pick up more of Terry Brooks books off the shelf and read and review them.  I thoroughly recommend this author and this novel.
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