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Tanequil (High Druid of Shannara
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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 lives with his wife, Judine, in the Pacific Northwest.

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Powerful and malevolent magic has trapped Grianne Ohmsford, High Druid of Shannara, in the realm of the Forbidding, and it falls to her nephew Pen Ohmsford to come to her rescue. With his companions the dwarf Tagwen, Khyber the elf, and Kermadec the troll, Pen looks for the intelligent tree known as the Tanequil, which may help him find Grianne-and escape the assassin on his trail. Brooks's ever-popular "Shannara" series continues with another strong entry (after Jarka Ruus). Libraries should purchase multiple copies if there is demand. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Make a wish on an Elfstone and anything can happen, including a fresh second installment (after 2003's Jarka Russ) in Brooks's bestselling High Druid fantasy trilogy, part of the long-running Shannara series whose magic has been showing signs of wear. As the Free-born Federation war continues in the Four Lands, life is packed with peril for the Ohmsford family. While High Druid Grianne Ohmsford languishes in the Forbidding, a demon tracks her gifted nephew, Pen, with orders to kill him from the Druid responsible for her banishment, the evil Shadea a'Ru. Young Pen and his followers perky Elven Elfstone carrier Khyber, grumpy dwarf Tagwen, blind Rover girl Cinnaminson and helpful Rock Trolls seek the tanequil, a mysterious tree from which a "darkwand" must be formed that will aid Pen in rescuing his aunt from the Forbidding. Pen's parents, Bek and Rue, are also ensnared by Shadea, an uneasy ally of Sen Dunsidan, the Federation's prime minister. New readers may feel a little disoriented by unfamiliar references, but Brooks's efficient pacing, skillful characterizations and suspenseful plotting all bode well for the trilogy's conclusion. Anne Sibbald at Janklow & Nesbit. (Aug. 31) Forecast: Brooks has more than 21 million books in print. Expect another bestseller. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

"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

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