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The Elfstones of Shannara: Book Two of the Shannara Trilogy (The Sword of Shannara) ePub download

by Theodore Bikel,Terry Brooks

  • Author: Theodore Bikel,Terry Brooks
  • ISBN: 0787119148
  • ISBN13: 978-0787119140
  • ePub: 1960 kb | FB2: 1592 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Fantasy
  • Publisher: Dove Entertainment Inc; Abridged edition (February 1, 1999)
  • Rating: 4.3/5
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The Elfstones of Shannara: Book Two of the Shannara Trilogy (The Sword of Shannara) ePub download

The Sword of Shannara Trilogy consists of the first three Shannara novels (The Sword of Shannara, The Elfstones of Shannara and The Wishsong of Shannara) by Terry Brooks.

The Sword of Shannara Trilogy consists of the first three Shannara novels (The Sword of Shannara, The Elfstones of Shannara and The Wishsong of Shannara) by Terry Brooks. Though not originally written as a trilogy, the novels were published as The Sword of Shannara Trilogy by Del Rey Books. The second book was later adapted into a television series titled The Shannara Chronicles, created by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar.

The Elfstones of Shannara book . I'm looking forward to the next book in the Sword of Shannara trilogy. I started with this book and although the first book is good in it's own right, you can literally start with Elfstones and not be 'lost'. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this man's work! And the illustrations by Darrell K. Sweet are off the chain!.

Books by Terry Brooks. The tangle box. Witches’ BREW. The two were on the outer lip of the Vale, where the now clearly distinguishable path wound through large, crowded bushes that almost choked off human passage. The Magic Kingdom of Landover: Magic kingdom for sale-sold! The black unicorn. First king of shannara. The sword of shannara. The elfstones of shannara. The wishsong of shannara. The tall stranger stopped suddenly and stood perfectly still, head bowed, listening intently. Flick halted beside him and waited quietly, also listening, but unable to detect anything.

After reading The Sword of Shannara, I had mixed feelings about continuing the trilogy

After reading The Sword of Shannara, I had mixed feelings about continuing the trilogy. But never let it be said that I give up on something once I have started. How do I feel now I have read The Elfstones of Shannara? The second book was stronger, mainly because there wasn’t so much page-space dedicated to the history of the races.

The Elfstones of Shannara is a fantasy novel by Terry Brooks, the first sequel to The Sword of Shannara and the second book in The Original Shannara Trilogy. It provides the history of the Elves, which was only hinted at in the preceding story, and follows Wil Ohmsford, grandson of Shea (the hero of the first book) and inheritor of the Elfstones. Before the dawn of mankind was the age of Faerie, an era from which many powerful spirits (such as the King of the Silver River) came.

Читать бесплатно книгу The elfstones of Shannara - 614 p. - (Shannara) (The Shannara trilogy ; 2). - First published in 1982.

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The grandson of Shea, Wil Ohmsford, searches for Amberle, the Chosen whose gift of Bloodfire is needed to create the Ellcrys tree that protects against demons.
As many other reviewers have stated, the plot of this book involves an elven girl and her companion, a valeman, on their quest to save the world from a horde of demons who are attacking since the Ellcrys, a thousands-year-old tree, has begun to die, and the Forbidding, a magical wall built to keep out of the demons, has begun to crumble. Aeons ago the elves/druids/some combination thereof constructed the Forbidding to this end, and they tied its maintenance to the Ellcrys, and left it at that.

They also quickly covered up how the Ellcrys was made--that it demanded nothing less than the sacrifice of the life of an elven female--and not a sacrifice that lead to death either, but one that lead to imprisonment to the cause of holding up the Forbidding.

This book, at its core, involves a particular character ostensibly choosing to sacrifice her body, her independence, her mobility and her entire future to take on a burden that will last an unspecified length of time (thousands of years, most likely), in a ... shall we say, vegetated form.

*This person spent her entire life deliberately avoiding this fate (though she didn't understand exactly what it was).
*This person was chosen for this fate by a being who had been forced through a similar fate at an earlier time.
*One other person (Allanon, who else?) knew all of this (because, in the words of a druid, "I Knew. I Am A Druid."), and did not tell--but forced her into the situation where she would have to make the final decision.
*She understood the decision demanded only at the last minute when the balance of the entire world's existence weighted on it and there was absolutely no time left to find another solution.

And then, Allanon declares this was free choice, a fair game, etcetera.

Since when was this "free choice"? Let's see--the fate of the entire world hinges on your decision to give up your life and take up a terrible responsibility. At that rate, even if you were selfish and walked away, you'd find you had no life to return to, because by then the demons will have already destroyed your homeland, killed most of the people you know, and blotted out the sun and so on. This is the very meaning of the phrase "damned if you do, damned if you don't." Already the elven army has been decimated and the land scarred--and their blood is on your head if you don't go through with it. If you're a remotely decent person, what do you do--?

This brings up the question, was there really an alternative? Of course there was; the Forbidding/Ellcrys system was designed by mortal beings; a new system could have been devised. Why wasn't the old Ellcrys devising that system during those thousands of years? Out of bitterness? Instead, she thrust the sacrifice on a new person. Why didn't Allanon explain the horrible price, and suggest they find a new way to set up the Forbidding? Why didn't he find a way to pay that price himself, if he still felt blood had to be given? One could argue there wasn't time for all this, but there was last time!

This is nothing short of cowardice, on his part, extreme cowardice, that locked every other character in the book into their fate as though that fate were handed down from the gods. But it wasn't. It was the fault of a slothful, cowardly man. The choice forced at the end of the book was a result of -his- actions and -his- choices, not destiny. The dices were loaded and the choice had already been sabotaged.

What is Terry Brooks' social message here? From what I've read from and about the man, he didn't intend to have one--but he does. It showed up on paper, deliberately or otherwise. Allanon is a failed man--he lets not one, but many people die--peoples' deaths which he forsees--and does nothing about. This ommission -is- an act. It is nothing short of murder. Will is a failed hero; the one time he uses his healing skills on his trip (and he is, ostensibly, a Healer), is to con and deceive an inkeeper into giving him something he wants. He also (as Eretria points out) has a way of abandoning women in distress--he leaves Eretria to be a slave, ditches Amberle in the woods with a broken ankle, and later ditches Amberle again for circumstances that were out of her control (horrible circumstances). Yet these women cling to him as though he were a great friend and helper.

While Eretria does fight and throw off the bonds of her servitude, a similar servitude (actually, much worse) is later demanded of Amberle. She enters the same bondage, and with a slew of excuses from Allanon/the author to back it up.

In this story, women are relegated to slavery and virgin sacrifice, blood for the harvest, the safety and the land. Men (Ander, Wil--Shea in Sword of Shannara as well) are manipulated and coerced as well. Allanon holds undisputed power and authority--and rejects responsibility for the way in which he uses that power to subjugate others. He vanishes into the sidelines for vast swaths of this book (and Sword), leaving the sacrifices to be made by others. He doesn't act when action is called for, doesn't innovate when it could save lives, doesn't tell the truth, and doesn't even admit to his lies. He encourages other characters to act as though their destiny is ordained from above--when it is really ordained by Allanon.

This may seem a silly tirade to make about a rather silly novel, but these problems are all over fiction. One tires of reading eternally about how we are all pawns of destiny and so on and so forth. Particularly when there is usually some other character who is responsible for all of it.

At that rate, I don't ultimately care if Terry Brooks stands for control, subjugation and determination. But he should admit it! Instead he hides in his cowl like Allanon, stating that his books are for entertainment, not to make a statement or to write character-driven work. These are excuses for his short-comings--nothing more!

To say nothing of the shoddy prose. There are up to seven "wordlessly"s in half of the chapters, 3-4 at the very least. Not to mention everything being "big" or "massive", or a pronoun (just use the characters' names once in a bloody while), the writing is very tell-not-show, predictable, dull and uninvolved. And, for the record, Sword -is- a direct rip-off of Tolkien. Not just the world, but worse, the entire storyline. Even down to specific incidents. Come on! While we're at it, "A Princess of Landover" sounds a lot like the title of ER Burroughs' classic "A Princess of Mars." Which, by the way, is far superior writing to anything I've read by Brooks (not to mention, illustrating a fundamentally more useful approach to life)

Even if you -do- dig the whole pawn thing, there are much, much better examples of it (Harry Potter--which has its share of willful heroes in it too, despite the coercion done to many of them).

Anyway, if you are into the whole high-fantasy-adventure thing with the elves and dwarves and swords and sorcery, there are some -much- better writers:

Robert Jordan
David Eddings
Tad Williams
JRR Tolkien
Michael Scott Rohan
ER Burroughs (sci fi, but still adventure-based)
Terry Pratchett (who realizes the silliness of it all--and yet still writes stories that are compelling and moving)

and so on.

If you are a kid getting into fantasy, there are far superior offerings you might try:

JK Rowling
Patricia Wrede
Diane Duane
Tamora Pierce
C.S. Lewis

Or any of the above, really. And if you want to read books featuring free will instead of the oppression of authority and the illusion of unstoppable fate, try His Dark Materials, by Philip Pullman, or Dune, by Frank Herbert. Winter of the World by Michael Scott Rohan is another great example. Anything by Pratchett. You'll find yourself with something more inspiring, -and- you'll experience the joy of readable prose. Not to mention better action, higher adventure, more compelling characters, and more glorious victories!
After reading The Sword of Shannara, I had mixed feelings about continuing the trilogy. But never let it be said that I give up on something once I have started.

How do I feel now I have read The Elfstones of Shannara? The second book was stronger, mainly because there wasn’t so much page-space dedicated to the history of the races. It was still, however, a long book and I felt the pace could have been quicker and the detail less in order to make a more exciting book.

The threat originally comes from the Dadga Mor, one of the first demons to break through and act as a leader to the hordes that followed him. But for a terrifying demon, his presence was severely under-used. He directed his minions to cause terror – and the Reaper was certainly a character to send a chill up your spine and into your heart. But the Dadga Mor himself didn’t really do a lot, apart from having one final fight, that he ultimately lost.

The real threat, the threat that drives the characters, comes from the mass of demons swarming to destroy the elves. This meant that half the book was the war between elves and demons – and it made for thoroughly enjoyable reading.

Wil and Amberle were supposedly the main characters. But I couldn’t truly connect with either of them. We don’t get to see enough of Amberle – and what we do mainly reveals her to be a frightened girl until the end. Wil was a likeable enough character, there was just something about him that meant I never really empathised with his character the way I should have done.

The overlooked prince of the elves, Ander Elessedil, was the type of true hero we all love reading about. Faced with impossible odds and decisions that should have never been his responsibility, he rose to lead his people. He was a strong character from beginning to end and was thoroughly likeable. He stole it for me as he was definitely my favourite!

Have you ever noticed a particular writing trait that annoys you, and then you see it throughout the entire book? I had that exact problem! Honestly, if I read the phrase `the Valeman and the Elven girl` one more time, I was going to chuck the book at something. For a 600-page book, Brooks has a way of repeating himself that starts to grate on you once you have noticed it.

While there wasn’t the same history lesson included in this one as the first, there was still a lot of description that threatened to lose me at places. It wasn’t that it was badly written; it just extended for too long in places that you could be halfway through a chapter before realising whose narration you were following.

The extended fight scenes meant I got some real enjoyment out of this book. But that isn’t what fantasy is known for, and I still have my doubts about this series!
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