The Elf Queen of Shannara

Written by: Terry Brooks

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"Find the Elves and return them to the world of Men!" the shade of the Druid Allanon had ordered Wren.
It was clearly an impossible task. The Elves had been gone from the Westland for more than a hundred years. There was not even a trace of their former city of Arborlon left to mark their passing. No one in the Esterland knew of them -- except, finally, the Addershag.
The blind old woman had given instructions to find a place on the coast of the Blue Divide, build a fire, and keep it burning for three days. "One will come for you."
Tiger Ty, the Wing Rider, had come on his giant Roc to carry Wren and her friend Garth to the only clear landing site on the island of Morrowindl, where, he said, the Elves might still exist, somewhere in the demon-haunted jungle.
Now she stood within that jungle, remembering the warning of the Addershag: "Beward, Elf-girl. I see danger ahead for you . . . and evil beyond imagining." It had proved all too true.
Wren stood with her single weapon of magic, listening as demons evil beyond all imagining gathered for attack. How long could she resist?
And if, by some miracle, she reached the Elves and could convince them to return, how could they possibly retrace her perilous path to reach the one safe place on the coast?
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Kevin
This story keeps getting better - I cant wait to read the final book
Claire Benham
The author kind of channeled George R. R. Martin at the end there, didn't he
Rebecca
It dragged at times for me, but overall pretty good.
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Elementalest
I enjoyed this book much more than the previous 2. Wren was a very convincing character and very well done. I found everything much more interesting, and we also got some answers about questions raised in the first book. I also liked that the book didn't jump back and forth between characters too much.

Now as for the writing, i felt he was a bit repetitive with wrens thoughts. The same doubts and thought process of a few pages back, or a chapter ago were being repeated. While i do understand that I enjoyed this book much more than the previous 2. Wren was a very convincing character and very well done. I found everything much more interesting, and we also got some answers about questions raised in the first book. I also liked that the book didn't jump back and forth between characters too much.

Now as for the writing, i felt he was a bit repetitive with wrens thoughts. The same doubts and thought process of a few pages back, or a chapter ago were being repeated. While i do understand that this helps to reinforce wrens uncertainty and state of mind, it got a bit tedious.

However, I felt that brooks helped the reading get into the inner workings of wrens mind really well. Her characters thoughts came across quite realistic and believable. It made her character so much more interesting. I wasn't sitting there thinking "pfft as if she would do that", despite the fact that my thinking is in general, different. I could see things from her point of view. There were a few times wren did something that i thought was obvious (wrong/poor judgement) - but being in the position of the reader lends one a perspective that enables you to be more objective. If I were there at the time and under the same influences as wren, perhaps I wouldn't be as objective. Or maybe I would miss some information - or forgot it. However, because Brooks did a good job of getting into the mind of wren, those instances were few.
I still think that the series is too long. It really should have been condensed into 3 books. I understand what Brooks is trying to do, but i think the series suffered because of it. Because he broke par/col, walker and wrens story up into separate books, when the story got slow and bogged down with unnecessary filler side stories, he couldn't easily switch to another character to build momentum back up and keep it at a sustained level. I found myself getting bored of the books and not reading it for weeks (months even). Though it wasn't the case for the latest book - i only stopped for a few days at a time before starting again.

It remains to be seen how the story finishes off with the final book. It will determine how good the series is overall. I feel that it will be pretty predictable, but if its written well and some cool stuff happens, it should be pretty decent. Though as everything is being tied together with the final book, it has given me high hopes that it will be good - not amazing, but a good finish. I guess i'll find out.
Cjm314
on to the next one! I love this series and I'm glad there are so many books
Davidkaden
I love fantasy fiction, and have for most of my life. For this reason, when my father was given a used copy of this book, he passed it on to me. Over the years, I had often seen books by Terry Brooks in bookstores, which told me that he must be popular, if nothing else. So I was happy to take one of his books for a spin. My happiness vanished very quickly, replaced by simple astonishment that this person ever managed to get published, never mind popular; there is not a single worthy or redeeming I love fantasy fiction, and have for most of my life. For this reason, when my father was given a used copy of this book, he passed it on to me. Over the years, I had often seen books by Terry Brooks in bookstores, which told me that he must be popular, if nothing else. So I was happy to take one of his books for a spin. My happiness vanished very quickly, replaced by simple astonishment that this person ever managed to get published, never mind popular; there is not a single worthy or redeeming feature of his writing.

The Elf Queen of Shannara is, singularly, the worst book I have ever read. Even leaving aside the damning criticism that Terry Brooks has absolutely nothing original to say, and in fact is the most appallingly blatant plagiarist I have ever encountered (why Tolkien's estate has not sued him into oblivion, I can't imagine), this book is still unreadably awful. Terry Brooks has no facility with language, and no gift for storytelling. The existence of a plot is a debatable point; it's impossible to care, even a little, about his characters; and his prose is tedious at best.

Perhaps I should also mention that when I call this book "unreadably awful", I am being quite literal: I was unable to finish it. This may not seem very significant until I tell you that I cannot say the same thing about any other book I've ever started. This is partly because I always want to give an author a fair chance, and partly because I categorically dislike leaving things unfinished. So I fought my instinct - felt by the time I finished the first page - to discard this book in disgust. Though the process was never less than excruciating, I forced myself to keep reading. But finally, after getting about two-thirds of the way through, I simply could endure no more, and I unburdened myself of this truly terrible book.

Later, it occurred to me that the author's initials are the same as those of one of the most dreaded diseases in human history. Though surely that's only a coincidence.
Al
Terry Brooks has written several series about Shannara. His books take us through generations of Ohmsfords and Elessedils in the world of the Four Lands. The Elf Queen of Shannara, book three of the "Heritage of Shannara" series, follows Wren Ohmsford on her task to find the Elves and return them to the Westland.

In this book, Brooks is consistent with themes and characters, but the story is held back by repeated narratives of personal reflection by the lead character. It is not only noticeable Terry Brooks has written several series about Shannara. His books take us through generations of Ohmsfords and Elessedils in the world of the Four Lands. The Elf Queen of Shannara, book three of the "Heritage of Shannara" series, follows Wren Ohmsford on her task to find the Elves and return them to the Westland.

In this book, Brooks is consistent with themes and characters, but the story is held back by repeated narratives of personal reflection by the lead character. It is not only noticeable in the Elf Queen, but in the other books in this series as well. The text of these reflection passages is very repetitive throughout the book. There is little character growth from one reflection to the next. While character development is important, most of these passages are superfluous.

The story was very interesting and full of action. Such features as the introduction of talking magical animals, an Elf Stone that could contain an entire city, and the inclusion of a character with disabilities are all highlights to this book. It is unfortunate that the character reflections distracted from this great elf tale.
Brian Schiebout
The Elf Queen of Shannara by Terry Brooks is the third book in the Heritage of Shannara series set in the Shannara universe. The main character in this book is the rover girl Wren Ohmsford. When she was given the quest to find the missing elves by the shade of Allanon in The Scions of Shannara she had no idea what all she would find. In this book she discovers that the elves have retreated from the westland onto the island of Morrowindl in the middle of the blue divide. However when she gets to The Elf Queen of Shannara by Terry Brooks is the third book in the Heritage of Shannara series set in the Shannara universe. The main character in this book is the rover girl Wren Ohmsford. When she was given the quest to find the missing elves by the shade of Allanon in The Scions of Shannara she had no idea what all she would find. In this book she discovers that the elves have retreated from the westland onto the island of Morrowindl in the middle of the blue divide. However when she gets to Morrowindl she discovers that not all is well in paradise as somehow a new form of demons have shown up on the island and now have the elves trapped in their capital city. In this strange environment Wren journeys to discover that her own forgotten past is more tied into that of the elves than she ever imagined. She discovers that she is the heir to the elven throne as her grandmother is queen. However more of the secrets she learns are more costly to learn as she struggles to both free the elves and discover whether she believes that they should be freed. Overall a fun read if a bit tragic.
Stefania
Inizialmente ho fatto abbastanza fatica a proseguire la lettura, perché ad essere sincera il personaggio di Wren non mi attirava più di tanto. Successivamente però le cose si sono fatte più movimentate: sono comparsi nuovi personaggi e sono state scoperte parecchie cose nuove. Perciò è andata a finire che l'ho divorato in pochi giorni. Anche se Par e Coll sembrano scomparsi nel dimenticatoio, negli ultimi capitoli ci sarà un ritorno del buon vecchio Walker che beh... avrà il suo daffare per cerc Inizialmente ho fatto abbastanza fatica a proseguire la lettura, perché ad essere sincera il personaggio di Wren non mi attirava più di tanto. Successivamente però le cose si sono fatte più movimentate: sono comparsi nuovi personaggi e sono state scoperte parecchie cose nuove. Perciò è andata a finire che l'ho divorato in pochi giorni. Anche se Par e Coll sembrano scomparsi nel dimenticatoio, negli ultimi capitoli ci sarà un ritorno del buon vecchio Walker che beh... avrà il suo daffare per cercare di adempiere il suo compito! Ad ogni modo anche questa volta Terry Brooks non si risparmia con le uccisioni, e io come mio solito ho pianto come una fontana, sebbene non avrei mai creduto di essere così affezionata a quel personaggio di cui non dirò il nome per evitare spoiler. Ora che mi resta solamente l'ultimo libro sono molto curiosa di sapere come finirà tutto, e spero proprio che le mie aspettative non vengono deluse!
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
This book, like most of Terry Brooks' works, was such a pleasure to read! This is the third volume in the Heritage of Shannara series, and the characters and plotline are engaging and emotional as I have come to expect from his books. I espescially love the beautiful and lush descriptions of the Four Lands. I have read about a dozen or so of Terry Brooks' books so I thought I knew his writing style very well. Not so! This book threw me for a loop on so many different aspects! I never expected Ga This book, like most of Terry Brooks' works, was such a pleasure to read! This is the third volume in the Heritage of Shannara series, and the characters and plotline are engaging and emotional as I have come to expect from his books. I espescially love the beautiful and lush descriptions of the Four Lands. I have read about a dozen or so of Terry Brooks' books so I thought I knew his writing style very well. Not so! This book threw me for a loop on so many different aspects! I never expected Garth or Owl to die. I would have never expected Eowen to be turned into a Shadowen. And I really never expected Gavilan to turn evil, and then face such a horrific death. This book really kept me guessing what would happen next!
Rocky Sunico
My favorite book in the original trilogy was the Elfstones of Shannara, which dealt with the not-quite-as-magical race of the elves. Fast forward to the Heritage of Shannara series and you get this book, the reincarnation of the Elfstones story. I felt this was a good book and perhaps the best in this particular set of books. While it's annoying to have the Elves fighting off a race of monsters from beyond once more like in Elfstones, you have to hand it to Brooks that he has mastered the art of My favorite book in the original trilogy was the Elfstones of Shannara, which dealt with the not-quite-as-magical race of the elves. Fast forward to the Heritage of Shannara series and you get this book, the reincarnation of the Elfstones story. I felt this was a good book and perhaps the best in this particular set of books. While it's annoying to have the Elves fighting off a race of monsters from beyond once more like in Elfstones, you have to hand it to Brooks that he has mastered the art of describing the classic siege with his own magical twist in things.

While still not better than the original story of the Elfstones of Shannara, it's a great book and one of the stronger additions to the overall Heritage storyline.
Diane
The third book in the Heritage of Shannara series is, again, an old friend, recently revisited. Raised to be totally self-sufficient and trained to survive against all odds, Wren is given a charge to find the vanished Elven civilization and bring the Elves back to help fight the evils that have befallen the land. Her quest takes her to the mysterious and unstable volcanic island of Morrowindle where she faces hidden and unpleasant truths and perils beyond imagining. A great escape for an afterno The third book in the Heritage of Shannara series is, again, an old friend, recently revisited. Raised to be totally self-sufficient and trained to survive against all odds, Wren is given a charge to find the vanished Elven civilization and bring the Elves back to help fight the evils that have befallen the land. Her quest takes her to the mysterious and unstable volcanic island of Morrowindle where she faces hidden and unpleasant truths and perils beyond imagining. A great escape for an afternoon or evening and well-crafted conflict between good and evil.
Andrew D Flynn
Very well done. Emotional, suspensefully, sad, and rewarding. Satasfying ending and cliff-hanger. Only two things keep it from being five stars:

1. At times, the movement back and forth between the overarching stories was disjointed. It occasionaly felt as though i was being ripped from Wrens story to be placed back into Pars story in a way that killed the pacing and suspense.

2. More of an issue with the Nook version. Distracting typos far too often in this e-book. Surprised these typos got throu Very well done. Emotional, suspensefully, sad, and rewarding. Satasfying ending and cliff-hanger. Only two things keep it from being five stars:

1. At times, the movement back and forth between the overarching stories was disjointed. It occasionaly felt as though i was being ripped from Wrens story to be placed back into Pars story in a way that killed the pacing and suspense.

2. More of an issue with the Nook version. Distracting typos far too often in this e-book. Surprised these typos got through proofreading.

Other than that, looking forward to the final book, Tailsmans :)
Lucy
Every time I reread this quartet, I expected to like this book more than I did. I mean, it's called "Elf Queen"! It's about a queen! Of elves! (And keep in mind I was reading this when I was like, ten. Twelve, max.)

But it was never my favorite.

I think that probably has something to do with the fact that in my eagerness to read about the Queen! Of! Elves! I read this book first, not realizing that it would make absolutely no sense without having first read The Scions of Shannara and The Druid o Every time I reread this quartet, I expected to like this book more than I did. I mean, it's called "Elf Queen"! It's about a queen! Of elves! (And keep in mind I was reading this when I was like, ten. Twelve, max.)

But it was never my favorite.

I think that probably has something to do with the fact that in my eagerness to read about the Queen! Of! Elves! I read this book first, not realizing that it would make absolutely no sense without having first read The Scions of Shannara and The Druid of Shannara (which, incidentally, was totally my favorite.)
Alisha
Succinct, focused storytelling, following Shannara heir Wren on her quest to find the Elves.

Lots of intrigue, danger, sacrifice and heart. A couple of conveniences used (Gavilan), but forgivable given the the brevity of this installment - and I'm not complaining because this book is as long as it needs to be.

Having finished the Heritage tetralogy, I would say that while Wren's quest does not directly affect the other Shannara heirs - it does reveal something to the reader that is good to know g Succinct, focused storytelling, following Shannara heir Wren on her quest to find the Elves.

Lots of intrigue, danger, sacrifice and heart. A couple of conveniences used (Gavilan), but forgivable given the the brevity of this installment - and I'm not complaining because this book is as long as it needs to be.

Having finished the Heritage tetralogy, I would say that while Wren's quest does not directly affect the other Shannara heirs - it does reveal something to the reader that is good to know going into the fourth book. So read in order ;)
Kevin
I loved this installment of the Heritage of Shannara series! It may have been a bit predictable and dragged-on in the middle of the novel for my tastes, but the latter half more than made up for it. A very moving conclusion to an insanely well written series.

I'd recommend this book in a heartbeat, but I would also encourage readers to read The Elf Queen of Shannara in the proper order...that is read the first two books before this one.

Bravo Terry!!!!!
CarolAnn
I hate characters that are manipulated by other forces. And that is what these characters are forced to endure. Manacled, forced to be puppets, and all for the survival of the four lands. Yet...these characters grew stronger, became what they needed to be, and developed a strong sense of self. So the plot lines were imaginative, explosive, touching, and laced with devotion and heroics. Isn't that what fantasy readers require of their books?
Blair
A great read. As Walker Boh is charged with restoring Paranor, Wren Elessidil is charged with restoring the Elves, who disappeared decades before without a trace. In order to find them, she must gain control and use of the Elfstones. Once she does find them, however, she faces a nearly insurmountable task - helping the Elves escape from the island prison they call home which is infested by their own creations turned against them.
Sa'id
This is not the best book of the series so far, but it wasn't bad. There were some memorable characters that came out of the book, but for the most part there was far too much whining by the main character for my taste, a trait common among the Shannara series though. This story was really good though. I sometimes feel that people don't learn from histories, not the histories as a whole, just the immediate histories. Like the reluctance to use Elf Stones and such. Okay book though.
Frank Waits
Solid addition to the Heritage arc, as 2 of the 3 charges from Allanon are now completed. Looking forward to seeing how it all wraps up in the final book. As in all of Terry's books in this series, there are some great characters that we must say goodbye to, but they all tend to go out heroes of their own.
Charles McGonigal
Action continues to improve, but in between the action is still laborious repetitions of the same one or two internal conflicts. The series is good, but I doubt casual readers will make it through the first one to get to these better-focused, more interesting stories. We'll see if the conclusion reverts or improves.
Nick
The return of the elves to the four lands is a good tale with some dark secrets revealed.  The characters progress nicely although the Par/Coll story is left treading water a little.
Ian McGaffey
This series has been my favorite in the Sanaa chronicles so far. The way Mr brooks has brought the whole history of the Ohms ford's, the druids, and elves together to create a gripping tale is impressive. I'm excited to start the Talismans of Shanara.
Oliver Neubert
Terry Brooks did it again, for me, I couldn't put the book down. Another world and another quest with many twists and turns - incredible imagination and wonderful descriptions of the rescue of the elves
James
It's been awhile since I read this book, but I remember that this one was not as good as the other 3 in the Heritage of Shannara series. Still, it's necessary to read it to finish the series. The fourth and concluding book is excellent.
Kimberly
One of the first books I ever received from the SCI FI Book club back in the early 90s. I loved this series so much. I can still after 20 years remember so much in the stories. Ill always cherish these books.
Chelsey Hattum
This book is fabulous. It is, so far, my favourite in this 4 book series. It is interesting, and Terry Brooks sure knows how to hold his readers to his books. I laughed, cried, and at a couple points in this book I was scared for the characters. Great book!
Roger
Brooks finds the magic more in this volume than the other two I've read. Really interesting take on the elves in taking us along for Wren Ohmsford's search for the long absent elves of Shannara. Good characters and great action throughout. Looking forward to the final volume.
Marita
I seem to like Terry Brooks books best when they have a female main character. I was also happy to have read many books in between, otherwise it might have been a bit repetitive. Now I truly enjoyed it.
Brandy Jennings
I can't help myself. I love all books by Terry Brooks, and they are likely to get five stars. If you have read his work before and do not like it, don't go off my five star rating lol. Although, I will think you're nuts!
Jesse
This is the best Brooks novels I've read in a long time.

The plotline moved along well; fewer segways into the other active plots which helped the reader stay focused on the main story.

For me, the best part was the jungle setting, which I think is pretty rare for fantasy.

Patrick Osborne
I really enjoyed this book, and picked up a few pointers about writing along the way.
To read my full review, please visit my blog at http://ozmosisbookmarked.blogspot.com...
Tyler Baker
This series is well written. I think this book in particular and the Druid of Shannara are particularly well written. One caveot is only read one of the Shannara series. They do get a little repetative, but still I read them all I thought they were so well written
Allison
The book follows Wren's journey to discover the lost elves and to find out about herself. She finds the elves, and in the process discovers the history of the problems that plague Shannara. I enjoyed reading it.
Don Moore
The series starts with the sword of shannara but Mr.Brooks writing actually improves throughout the series. By the time you get here you'll be very pleased.
Clayton
I love these books, they keep getting better. I am glad there are so many in the series.
Danail Yovev
Wren Elessedil - the ultimate queen of the elves!
Maritza
If you liked the Druid of Shannara then you will love The Elf Queen
Lyl Lyl
Very good book. Instills values such as courage, sacrifice, and devotion to a cause, while at the same time feeding the imagination.
Kate
An amazing book, and Wren has become one of my all-time favorite characters.
Thez
I Loved the characters and how the story got my imagination. Terry Brooks Inspired me.
Nick Woodall
Phenomenal book! One of my favorite authors, who did an outstanding job on this series of fantasy books.
Shannon Abdul
This is the book that stays with you all of your life. It has all of the darker side of human emotion with an undercurrent of hope to get you through.
Adam Mccaulley
Great book and I liked the main enemy or creature of the week in this one.
Carol
Even better than the last one in the series.
John
This is certainly a great reboot of the series.
Brandon
Wasn't bad, I just didn't care as much about the characters as I have for some of Brook's other characters.
Crazy Uncle Ryan
Well, I read this series like 15 years ago or something so I really don't remember much. What I do remember was that they were awesome!
Jennifer Nelson
Another great read! It was a great storyline and everything fit together very nicely.
Shannon Vyff
I read all the Shannara series, they were a great escape for me as a young teen. (Not profound, or really portraying any new type of society--typical fantasy, but rich imagery)
H. Anne Stoj
It was good. Makes me want to read the 4th book.
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