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Friday, May 9, 2014

The High Druid's Blade by Terry Brooks

Another tale of Shannara with familiar settings and some what familiar characters.  This tale is after the heroics of the Elfstones.   A small town young man laments the day to day drudgery of his chosen occupation.  The responsibilities of taking care of his mother and sister loom large in his life.  His heroic ancestors are just tall tales or are they?

I know I was a lot younger when I read a lot of Terry Brooks.  Perhaps they have always been Young Adult and I just didn't notice.  This book seems like a YA book, not a criticism but just a feel about the way the book is written.   The love of a brother for a sister is shown well, complete with the normal frustration shown between siblings.   Leofur could have gotten more word time.  I am looking forward to (hopefully) seeing more of her in a possible (seems likely) sequel.   Arcannen is a respectable villain but perhaps more complex than first seen.   I look forward to seeing these characters grow in future books. 

The formula of the young padawan being forged into a noble warrior is very familiar, enjoyable but familiar.  Paxon Leah is likeable as a main character.   The world of the Druids is always entertaining.

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

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