The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks
Published: July 1982
Source: Bought it (in Portuguese)
Ancient Evil threatens the Elves: The ancient tree created by long-lost Elven magic, is dying. When Wil Ohmsford is summoned to guard the Amberle on a perilous quest to gather a new seed for a new tree, he is faced with the Reaper, the most fearsome of all Demons. And Wil is without power to control them….
The Elfstones of Shannara is the sequel of The Sword of Shannara that I read some time ago and already reviewed on this blog (REVIEW).
This book is about the journey of Amberle, Eventine Elessedil’s granddaughter, and Wil, Shea Ohmsford’s grandson, to save Ellcrys, the sacred tree that protects the world against demons. Along the way, they meet other charaters such as Cephelo’s nomad family and Hebel with his faithful dog.
The characters. In general, this book had a very diversified set of characters and massive character development. Amberle and Wil were clearly the main characters and, for me, Amberle was the character that changed more. We follow this development and, in the end, she was so different from the beginning. Aside from the character development, she was an okay character. She wasn’t particularly strong or anything but still, she was the key to save Ellcrys. Wil was quite different from Amberle. He didn’t have any part in saving Ellcrys, his mission was to protect Amberle and to make sure she would reach her destination. He was mainly there because of Shea’s elfstones but, as the story unraveled, he became Amberle’s support and essencial to her mission. Even though I liked Wil more than Amberle, my favorite was Eretria. I loved her. Her personality was so different, she could take care of herself and her dedication to Wil made my heart warm. The last character I want to mention is Allanon. I feel like this character didn’t change. He did pretty much the same thing in this book has he did on The Sword of Shannara. He makes it possible to save Ellcrys but ut just feels like a copy of the Allanon of the first novel of the series. I loved to see the old characters, such as Eventine and Flick even though Shea didn’t appear.
Now, the plot. The plot was pretty linear, they had a problem, Allanon had the solution, gathered the needed characters and they set off to the adventure. It is what happens in their journey that made me love this book. It was dense and heavy. I was never bored except for a part in the middle where the battle was so descripted that I couldn’t focus.
Overall, I feel like this book was much better than the first one. It was an original story whereas in the first, it almost felt like I was reading The Lord of the Rings all over again with some changes on character names.
Rating: 5 stars