Monday, 27 April 2015

REVIEW - The High Druid's Blade by Terry Brooks


THE FIRST STAND-ALONE NOVEL IN TERRY BROOKS’ LEGENDARY SHANNARA SERIES IN ALMOST TWENTY YEARS  
  
'I can't even begin to count how many of Terry Brooks's books I've read (and re-read) over the years'  
PATRICK ROTHFUSS  

'If you haven't read Terry Brooks, you haven't read fantasy'  
  CHRISTOPHER PAOLINI   

'I would not be writing epic fantasy today if not for Shannara'  
PETER V. BRETT  


'A master of the craft… required reading' 
BRENT WEEKS 


Thank you to Little Brown for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review


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 . . .




Once more the mark of a great book is the fact it has a kick-ass fellow redhead on the cover, The High Druid's Blade is a great book and Paxon Leah is a kick-ass redhead!

This is my first Terry Brooks book and I can honestly say I really enjoyed it, as well as the redheaded cover, within the first few pages there was a map, I love a map, look at me gushing over a map but when you have a novel that covers a vast area (for example The Lord of the Rings) a map is the way to go, all my favourite books have maps.

So I award one star for redheadedness, another for the map, what makes up the three further stars I am giving this book, well what makes it up is sheer delight, an intoxicating story.

Paxon Leah has led a quiet life, in charge of the family business following his father's death, he lives with his mother and younger sister, a sword that hangs over the fireplace gives a hint of what his descendants once took part in but for now his life is ordinary.  

It all changes when his sister is kidnapped by a sinister stranger following a night gambling, unable to pay her debt the stranger abducts her, naturally wanting to find his sister Paxon takes the sword, his only means of defending himself and follows.

He finds his sister but he also finds trouble in the shape of a dark sorcerer, his sister's abductor, a sinister man with an equally sinister agenda.  On freeing his sister he lets his sword do the talking and he finds to his surprise magic is unleashed, magic he does not truly understand but it helps them escape.

Once home Paxon is summoned by the Druid order, his use of magic has been brought to their attention and he needs to be trained properly, magic is dangerous in untrained hands.  With promises of his family being watched over he goes to the Druids and begins his training.

However whilst training he realises that his sister's abduction was a ruse, a ploy to get him and his sword out in the open, the sorcerer who took his sister is after him and is extremely dangerous.

Now I have nothing to compare this to having never read a Terry Brooks novel but it a great story, magic and mystery weave their spells throughout the vast kingdom he has created, the characters are engaging especially Paxon, he goes very capably from leading a humble life to ably coping with all that is thrown at him.

A 5 star read.




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