The Darkling Child, Hardback
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


New powers are awakening. A legend is born ...In a distant corner of the Four Lands, the mysterious magic of the wishsong has been detected.

Paxon Leah, sworn protector of the Druid order and heir of the enchanted Sword of Leah, must travel to uncover its source - and ensure that this formidable power is not wielded by the wrong hands. But danger lies in wait, and in a fearsome clash between mortal might and dark magic, it is up to Paxon, as the High Druid's Blade, to defend the people of the Four Lands against a terrifying evil. From the international bestselling Terry Brooks comes a thrilling new adventure - and an unforgettable new hero.

Praise for Terry Brooks: 'If you haven't read Terry Brooks, you haven't read fantasy' Christopher Paolini, bestselling author of Eragon and Brisingr 'I can't even begin to count how many of Terry Brooks's books I've read (and re-read) over the years' Patrick Rothfuss 'I would not be writing epic fantasy today if not for Shannara' Peter V.

Brett 'A master of the craft ...required reading' Brent Weeks


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9780356502199



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High Fantasy is not a genre I read often but I have fond memories of Terry Brooks' original Shannara trilogy, read when I was a teen, and I'm looking forward to the upcoming television series adaption.Though it can be read as a standalone, The Darkling Child is the second novel in The Defenders of Shannara trilogy that takes place several years after the previous book, The High Druid's Blade. It is also the 29th book in the Shannara saga, which Brooks intends to wrap up in just four more books.The Defenders of Shannara features Paxon Leah, the Druid's Blade, and his nemesis, the Sorcerer Arcannen. In the Darkling Child, Arcannen who has been in hiding since Paxon foiled his grand plans for dominion over the Four Lands, is seeking revenge after his refuge is razed to the ground by an elite command of Federation soldiers. Fortuitously Arcannen stumbles across Reyn, a young man with the rare power of the Wishsong. Reyn neither understands nor can control his ability, and when Arcannen offers to mentor him, he accepts.Meanwhile the Druid Council is alerted to the use of Wishsong and Paxon along with Druid Avelina are dispatched to find the magic user. Unfortunately they are too late to prevent Reyn from falling under Arcannen's influence but they are determined to thwart whatever nefarious plan Arcannen is using Reyn for.Even with only vague memories of the Original Shannara series, The Darkling Child feels familiar. Brooks's world is easy to understand, the magic system makes sense, and there is enough backstory provided to create context where needed.The plot involves fantasy's most enduring trope, a quest to prevent evil triumphing over good. Arcannen is a suitably ruthless, if uncomplicated villain and Paxon a valiant, if flawed, hero. There is plenty of action in the confrontations between the sorcerer and his enemies, a small measure of intrigue stemming from the question of Lariana's true motives, and a dose of emotion with death, guilt and romance.I found The Darkling Child to be a quick and entertaining read but I'm not struck with the urge to continue with the trilogy. Fans may be more appreciative.

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