With Jarka Ruus Terry Brooks embarks on yet another journey with the legendary Ohmsford family. Beginning 20 years after the conclusion of the The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara, the High Druid of Paranor Grianne Ohmsford finds herself struggling to unite the druids amid political morass risen from her prior history as the dreaded Ilse Witch. Her enemies' schemes come to fruition quickly and she is banished behind the wall of the Forbidding, the anti-demon security feature that collapsed so spectacularly in the magnificent Elfstones of Shannara. Her fate falls in the lap of the youngest Ohmsford, Penderrin, who unlike his Aunt Grianne and his parents is without the gift of magic. Pen along with Khyber and her uncle, the Elven Prince Ahren Elessedil, learn they must jump through the usual Brooks' hoops to unlock the door of the Forbidding and free Grianne.
Brooks is right at home in this formulaic addition to the Shannara franchise. All the furniture is here: the Druid Keep of Paranor, dark creatures in pursuit of reluctant young heroes and, of course, the Elfstones. The good news is that Brooks remains a master of description and the book hums along with comfortable ease. Devout Shannara fans will find their favorite magical realm exactly as they left it and no doubt anticipate this cliffhanger's sequel.
Twenty years have passed since Grianne Ohmsford denounced her former life as the dreaded Ilse Witch. Fulfilling the destiny predicter for her, she has established the Thurd Druid Council and dedicated herself to its goals of peace, harmony among the races and defense of the Four Lands. Bud despite her devotion to the greater good as Ard Rhys, the High Druid of Paranor, Grianne still has bitter enemies
Twenty years have passed since Grianne Ohmsford denounced her former life as the dreaded Ilse Witch. Fulfilling the destiny predicted for her, she has established the Thrid Druid Council and dedicated herself to its goals of peace, harmony among the races, and defense to the Four Lands. But despite her devotions to the greater good as Ard Rhys, the Higher Druid of Paranor, Grianne still has bitter enemies. Even her few allies -- chief among them her trusted servant Tagwen -- know of the plots against her. But they could never anticipate the sudden, ominous disappearance fo the Ard Rhys, in the dead of night and without a trace. Now Tagwen joins Grianne's brave young nephew, Pen Ohmsford, and the wise, powerful elf Ahren Elessdis on a desperate and dangerous mission of search and rescue -- to deliver the High Druid of Shannara from an unspeakable fate.