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Friday, July 11, 2014

...more grand adventure!


I do hanker after works that surround the gifts of the Leah family in the Shannara stories.
The High Druid's Blade recalls those earlier stories with some alacrity.
Here we meet the solidly worthy and determined Paxon Leah and his youthful, careless yet feisty sister, Chrysallin.  
The Sword of Leah once again rises from decades of silence and legend and just maybe the gift of wishsong resurfaces as a desperate last measure.
A dark sorcerer, Arcannen captures Chrys and uses her as bait in order to lay his hands on the sword.
The Ard Rhys of the Druids is Alphenglow Ellesedil in Paranor.  However, it seems a traitor is in their midst. Various artifacts have been stolen after awakening the sword in his defence.  Paxon journeys to Paranor and the Ard Rhys gives him the opportunity to become a Druid. Since her abduction Chrys is under the watchful eye of the Druids. That changes when she is once more taken by Arcannen and rescued by the elderly woman Mischa.  Chrys was to be used as the spark to bring about the downfall of Parador.
'Blade' presents a new season of adventure, never replacing that first love affair with 'The Sword of Shannara'. Instead it helps to relive the grand memories of those times.

A NetGalley ARC

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