Cover for Terry Brooks ‘The Measure of Magic’ + Video
Never one to leave a series alone, Terry Brooks’ new book ‘The Measure of Magic’ has a cover, some snippets from the opening chapter, and some video of Terry himself reading the book.
Here are the first three paragraphs from the opening chapter of ‘The Measure of Magic’:
Humming tunelessly, the ragpicker walked the barren, empty wasteland in the aftermath of the rainstorm. The skies were still dark with clouds and the earth was sodden and slick with surface water, but none of that mattered to him. Others might prefer the sun and blue skies and the feel of hard, dry earth beneath their feet. Others might revel in the brightness and the warmth. But life was created in the darkness and damp of the womb, and the ragpicker took considerable comfort in knowing that procreation was instinctual and needed nothing of the face of nature’s disposition that he liked the least.
He was an odd looking fellow, an unprepossessing, almost comical tatterdemalion. He was tall and whipcord thin, and he walked like one of those of those long-legged water birds. Dressed in dark clothes that had seen much better days, he tended to blend in nicely with the mostly colorless landscape he traveled. He carried his rags and scraps of cloth in a frayed patchwork bag slung over one shoulder, the bag bursting at the seams with its load, looking very much as if it would rip apart completely with each fresh step its bearer took. A pair of scuffed leather boots completed the ensemble, scavenged from a dead man some years back, but still holding up quite nicely.
Everything about the ragpicker suggested that he was harmless. Everything marked him as easy prey in a world where predators dominated the remnants of a decimated population. He knew how he looked to the things that were always hunting. He knew what they thought when they saw him coming. But that was all right. He didn’t mind. He had stayed alive this long by keeping his head down and staying out of harm’s way. People like him, they didn’t get noticed. The trick was in not doing anything to call attention to yourself.
Or if you don’t like reading (why are you here again?) check out these great videos of Terry Brooks reading the book to his fans.