The Druid of Shannara (Heritage of Shannara, Bk 2)
The Druid of Shannara - Heritage of Shannara, Bk 2 Author:Terry Brooks In the three hundred years since the death of the Druid Allanon, the mysterious, evil Shadowen have seized control fo the Gour Lands. The shade of Allanon summons the four scions of Shannara: Par, Coll, Wren, and Walker Boh. The Walker Boh he gives the duty of restoring the lost Druids Keep, Paranhorl. For that, Walker Boh needs the black Elfsto... more »ne, but his search leads him into a trap. Quickening, the daughter of the ancient King of the Silver River, finds Walker dying after an attack by the Shadowen Rimmer Dall. She heals Walker and tells him that the Elfstone is in the hands of the Stone King, who seeks to turn all the world to stone. To secure the Elfstone they must ravel through the Charnal Mountains into the perilous, unknown land beyond. And no one knows what horrible monsters the Stone King has set to guard his citadel. They form a strange company to undertake the quet: Walker, with only one arm and no longer able to summon his magic; Morgan Leah, whose once-magic sword has been broken; Quickening, who must depend on the men for her defense; and Pe Ell, an assassin who plan eventually to kill her. Thus, the quest for the black Elfstone begins...« less
The second book in the Heritage of Shannara series finds a group of friends on a quest to find a black Elfstone, an item which could help them force the dreaded Shadowen out of their world. All of the early Shannara books are good (except for maybe the first one), but this series within the series really put the books on the map. The characters in this book are very likable and you can truly feel their triumph and pain in the book. One of the best in the series by far!