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With the discovery of ancient powers, a legend begins... There was an age when the world was young. It was a time before the coming of humans, a time when magic was the dominant power - and it was named the age of Faerie. Ever since this time, a bitter war has been raging between the forces of good and evil. And it was during this age that the Elfstones protecting the Elven race disappeared. They have been missing for thousands of years. Now a clue to their location may have surfaced in the ancient diary of a princess, and it will be the beginning of an adventure that no-one could have anticipated.

"This book had a slower pacing and buildup, which helped allow me to focus on the characters and their motivations. While the action – the quest – is key, spending time on the company helped flesh them out a bit more and made the choice and results have more weight. Brooks is building a longer story here and wants us to be invested in not just the end result, but the people. I, for one, found this to be a welcome change. And I also have a sense we may see some other old friends again."  Fantasy Book Review logo logo

Reader reviews

from England


Absolutely brilliant. It's like the author of the article said: a strong mix of good and old. Brooks neglected to describe at first how elves look and other things like this and he was right to do so. We weren't bored with unnecessary details: he knew what was right for the story and went with it. It's traditional fantasy and that's what I like most about it. It's not all wizards and wands. It's politics. It's inexplicable events that make you wonder how they happened. It makes you worry for the characters. The only negative I have is it carries on to another book. But I dearly look forward to being engrossed in his next story as much as I was with this one. Not quite my favourite author just yet. Cornwell is hard to beat but it's the closest any author has come to being my favourite since him. Terry Brooks deserves no less than a 10. I loved it and I'll love the rest of his books.

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