Paladins of Shannara by Terry Brooks
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  • Paladins of Shannara is a series of stories dedicated to some of the most famous characters from the world of the Four Lands, the scene of action in the eternal saga Shannara of the best-selling author of New York Times Terry Brooks
  • The perspective of the famous Druid is more interesting, but does not affect the sense of mystery and power that emanates from it
  • I recommend this story to all who love Terry Brooks and the world of the Four Lands
  • I think that this is a very well written fantasy story


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      “Paladins of Shannara” is a series of stories dedicated to some of the most famous characters from the world of the Four Lands, the scene of action in the eternal saga ” Shannara” of the best-selling author of “New York Times” Terry Brooks.

      Allanon’s Quest is the first story of “Paladins of Shannara.” It is dedicated to perhaps the most iconic hero of the series - the enigmatic and powerful druid hero Allanon. The last member of his order, Allanon is trained in the secrets of the magic by his predecessor, the druid Bremen. Allanon has spent several centuries in druid sleep -a spell that allows him to extend his life for centuries. Now he has awakened to save the Four Lands from certain doom. Many centuries ago, the King of the Elves Jerle Shannara crushed the mythical Lord of magic with the help of a legendary sword, a carrier of arcane magic. But Allanon
      knows that the victory of Jerle was not final. The warlock lord survived and is now back from the spirit world to take revenge and conquer all available races in the Four Lands. The only thing that can stop him is the Sword of Shannara. This weapon is an anathema both to him and to his servants - the winged carriers of the skull. However, the dark lord knows that only a descendant of Jerle can pick up the weapon against him - and therefore sends creatures to kill all descendants of the legendary ruler. The only hope is in the old chronicler, a connoisseur of the genealogy of Elvish royal families. Allanon must find him before the holders of the skull and ask him for help. The trouble, however, is that the chronicler does not feel any warm feelings towards the elves nor to their kings… “The task of Allanon” is a great fantasy story, whose only flaw is that it is too short. The perspective of the famous Druid is more interesting, but does not affect the sense of mystery and power that emanates from it. His enemies did look absolutely ruthless which as if increase the drama of the story of the classic first novel in the series - “The Sword of Shannara.” I recommend this story to all who love Terry Brooks and the world of the Four Lands.

      After the story of the druid Allanon, Terry Brooks continued his mini-series about the most famous characters from the saga with a story about Gareth Jax - a master of weapons - an invincible, steadfast warrior who travels around the four lands and exercises his deadly craft. Having long lost everything that makes normal people vulnerable he seems invulnerable to any enemy no matter how multiple or strong he is. He does not worship anyone, though ...


      • Paladins of Shannara by Terry Brooks
      sometimes is doing services to those who can afford it. But when to his camp comes the beautiful and mysterious Liriana, things change. The young woman looks both strong and vulnerable, determined but also desperate. Gareth Jax is the last person who can help her. Her hometown Tazharin, has fallen under the sway of an evil wizard, a monster that drains the souls of his victims. Lariana has already lost her brother. There is no one to help her town. Even the brave warriors of the Border Legion will not be able to deal with the wizard.

      Although he hesitates and feels that Lariana is hiding something from him, Garrett Jax decides to help her and goes with her through icy mountain passes to find himself into a city of despair, an arena of unprecedented horror… and a terrible tragedy. But that does not matter. Above all, Garret Jax is a master of weapons. Nothing and nobody can stop him!

      I think that this is a very well written fantasy story. Terry Brooks is a great storyteller and those who love the world of “Shannara” will once again have a chance to sink into his superb style, describing a harsh, broken, but still a beautiful world. The emotions that Brooks describes with words are strong and dark this time - besides the typical “Shannara” horror and suspense this time there are threads of a deep melancholy that at least a little bit unveils some of the mysticism, that veiled Gareth Jax. For some the book may even seem too dark with a crushing finale bearing hopelessness even in victory. But, as I said above, it does not matter. Gareth Jax is primarily a master of weapons, the most phenomenal warrior ever portrayed in a fantasy book and any adventure of his is a great gift for the reader. This is no exception.




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