Paladins of Shannara: Allanon's Quest (Short Story) [NOOK Book]

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The legendary hero Allanon takes center stage in the first of three gripping new stand-alone eBook short stories set in the world of the fantasy-fiction phenomenon that is Shannara—by beloved New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks.
 
The history is thus: The once-Druid Brona, seduced by his pursuit of dark magic, was forever transformed into the Warlock Lord—whose evil would be the downfall of the Four Lands and the death of the ...
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Paladins of Shannara: Allanon's Quest (Short Story)

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Overview

The legendary hero Allanon takes center stage in the first of three gripping new stand-alone eBook short stories set in the world of the fantasy-fiction phenomenon that is Shannara—by beloved New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks.
 
The history is thus: The once-Druid Brona, seduced by his pursuit of dark magic, was forever transformed into the Warlock Lord—whose evil would be the downfall of the Four Lands and the death of the Races. Against him, the Elven King Jerle Shannara wielded the fabled sword that bore his surname and triumphed. Or so it was believed. But though the Dark Lord was driven out . . . he was not destroyed.
 
The Druid Allanon knows only too well the prophecy passed down to him by his late master: that eventually the Warlock Lord will return. Now, after hundreds of years, that day seems imminent. And the time is at hand for the Sword of Shannara to once more be brought forth from its sanctuary to serve its ancient purpose. All that remains is for a blood descendent of the Elven house of Shannara to carry the blade into battle.
 
With ever more portents of doom on the horizon, Allanon must seek out the last remaining Shannara heir, who alone will bear the burden of defending the Four Lands’ destiny. But with agents of darkness closing in from behind, unexpected enemies lying in wait ahead, and treachery encroaching on every side, there can be no certainty of success. Nor any assurance that this desperate quest will not be the Druid’s last.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345536808
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/9/2012
  • Series: Paladins of Shannara
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 34
  • Sales rank: 17,412
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Terry Brooks
Terry Brooks is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books, including the Dark Legacy of Shannara adventure Wards of Faerie; the Legends of Shannara novels Bearers of the Black Staff and The Measure of the Magic; the Genesis of Shannara trilogy: Armageddon’s Children, The Elves of Cintra, and The Gypsy Morph; The Sword of Shannara; the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilogy: Ilse Witch, Antrax, and Morgawr; the High Druid of Shannara trilogy: Jarka Ruus, Tanequil, and Straken; the nonfiction book Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life; and the novel based upon the screenplay and story by George Lucas, Star Wars:® Episode I The Phantom Menace.™ His novels Running with the Demon and A Knight of the Word were selected by the Rocky Mountain News as two of the best science fiction/fantasy novels of the twentieth century. The author was a practicing attorney for many years but now writes full-time. He lives with his wife, Judine, in the Pacific Northwest.

Biography

"I found my way to fantasy/adventure. When I got there, I knew I'd found a home," said Terence Dean Brooks, creator of the blockbuster, New York Times bestselling Shannara, Landover, and Word & Void series. Not only is Brooks at home in the highly competitive realm of fantasy literature, many would call him the genre’s modern-day patriarch – Tolkien’s successor. While that title is debatable, Brooks is, without a doubt, one of the world’s most prolific and successful authors of otherworld (and our world) fantasy. Few writers in any genre can boast a more entertaining collection of work – and a more ravenous and loyal fan base -- than can Terry Brooks.

The most rewarding aspect to writing for Brooks is “when someone who never read a book reads [one of mine] and says that the experience changed everything and got them reading.” Because of his very engaging, quick-flowing writing style, countless numbers of young people have been introduced to the wonderful world of reading through Brooks’s adventures. The miraculous thing, however, is that these same fans – whether they’re now 20, 30, or 40 years old – still devour each new release like a starving man would a steak dinner. Credit Brooks’s boundless imagination, endearing characters, fresh storylines and underlying complexities for keeping his older, more discerning audience hooked.

Brooks began writing when he was just ten years old, but he did not discover fantasy until much later. As a high school student he jumped from writing science fiction to westerns to adventure to nonfiction, unable to settle on one form. That changed when, at the age of 21, Brooks was introduced to J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien provided Brooks with a forum “that would allow him to release onto paper his own ideas about life, love, and the wonder that fills his world," according to his web site.

In 1977, after six trying years, Brooks published novel his first novel, The Sword of Shannara. And quickly it gave him – and his publisher (the newly created Ballantine imprint, Del Rey) – quite a thrill; the fantasy adventure featuring the young Halfling, Shea Ohmsford; the mysterious wizard Allanon; Flick, the trusty companion; and the demonic Warlock Lord, was not only well received -- it was a smash, spending over five months on The New York Times bestseller list. In 1982 Brooks released the follow-up, The Elfstones of Shannara (which Brooks says may be his favorite), to equal success. He closed out the initial trilogy in 1985 with The Wishsong of Shannara, and has since completed two more Shannara sets, The Heritage of Shannara books and the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara books.

As fans of Brooks know, the man doesn’t like to stay put. “I lived in Illinois for the first 42 years of my life, and I told myself when I left in 1986 that I would never live any one place again,” Brooks said. He now spends his time between his homes in Seattle and Hawaii; he and his wife also spend a great deal of time on the road each year connecting with the fans. These same nomadic tendencies are also apparent in his writing. Instead of staying comfortably within his proven, bestselling Shannara series, Terry frequently takes chances, steps outside, and tries something new. His marvelous Landover and Word & Void series are the results. While both are vastly different from Shannara, they are equally compelling. Word & Void – a contemporary, dark urban fantasy series set in a fantasy-touched Illinois – is quite possibly Brooks’s most acclaimed series. The Rocky Mountain News called the series’ first two books (Running with the Demon and The Knight of the Word “two of the finest science fiction/fantasy novels of the 20th century.”

Good To Know

When The Sword of Shannara hit The New York Times bestseller list, Brooks became the first modern fantasy author to achieve that pinnacle.

The Sword of Shannara was also the first work of fiction to ever hit The New York Times trade paperback bestseller list. Thanks to a faithful and growing fan base, the books continue to reach the list.

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was not Terry's first novelization. He also novelized Steven Spielberg's 1991 movie, Hook.

Brooks’s The Phantom Menace novelization is also not his only connection to George Lucas. Both The Sword of Shannara and the original Star Wars novel, A New Hope, were edited by Judy Lynn del Rey and published in the same year (1977) to blockbuster success.

The Sword of Shannara was initially turned down by DAW Books. Instead, DAW sent Terry to Lester del Rey, who recognized Terry’s blockbuster potential and bought it. And the rest, they say, is history.

Brooks’s influences include: J.R.R. Tolkien, Alexander Dumas, James Fenimore Cooper, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Mallory's Morte d'Arthur.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Terence Dean Brooks (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      Pacific Northwest and Hawaii
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 8, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Sterling, Illinois
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English, Hamilton College, 1966; J.D., Washington and Lee University
    2. Website:

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  • Posted July 9, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    The Druid Allanon has long been one of my favorite fantasy chara

    The Druid Allanon has long been one of my favorite fantasy characters. The original Shannara novels -- The Sword of Shannara, The Elfstones of Shannara: 2 (The Sword of Shannara), and The Wishsong of Shannara: 3 (The Sword of Shannara) -- are some of the best epic fantasy available and it is largely due to Allanon. He is dark, powerful, and mysterious, a great combination that has led many fans like myself wanting to know more.

    Terry Brooks has finally given us more. ALLANON'S QUEST takes place before The Sword of Shannara, when Allanon has the same responsibilities but he's a bit younger -- a bit untried. I loved the twists that Terry threw into the story, and getting an entire short story from Allanon's Point of View was fantastic. Anyone who loves the original trilogy and the Druid in particular will want to read this! And at $.99, it is completely worth it and much more. It even makes me want to re-read the original trilogy! I have no doubt I won't be the only one who wants to do that after reading this!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

    Terry Brooks draws you in like no other!

    Well writen and leaves you wanting more! I recommend reading this if you want to know what happens prior to the start of the sword of shannara and if you have not read it start here makes me want to reread the classic! Probably will ! Allanon is by far my favorite druid and I know the rest of you fantasy readers will love him. Great job Terry keep the stories coming!!!!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2012

    You can't go wrong with more stories about Allanon

    Allanon is a great character in the World of Shannara. He is a powerful druid that has the weight of the world on his shoulders. This short story is a prequel to Terry's first novel the Sword of Shannara and the author never disappoints.
    If you haven't read Terry Brooks Shannara novels you are missing out on wonderful stories set in a magical world. I highly recommend this and all of Terry's novels. Great stuff!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    Allanon's Quest is Awesome!

    This short story is awesome. Is a great addition to the Shannara timeline, if you like Terry Brooks then you will love this.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    I love all his work!!!!

    Im bias. Theres nothing of his i dont like. The kingdom series is his best!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    Everyone loves Allanon

    The most compelling character of all Brooks novels... at least I think so. Great little snippet and can't wait for more!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

    The search for Shea Ohmsford by Allanon was given additional dep

    The search for Shea Ohmsford by Allanon was given additional depth by Terry Brooks in the form of a short story, and I found it enjoyable, and easily read in one sitting. It reminds me of recollections by past generations of the reading habits of a different time, when their reading material, especially fictions, was given in small doses in the various newpapers and periodicals of the time. It was prudent to supply only a chapter at a time to the public, and keep them coming back for more of a popular author. The short story helped me read something new and fresh by Terry Brooks, and inform me of a new series being written presently by him.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2012

    dissapointing

    wish it had been much longer

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2012

    MUST READ!!!

    Great short prelude to Sword of Shannara. Typical Terry Brooks. Great story from a great storyteller.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2012

    Great short read

    Nice short story,my first intro to Terry Brooks

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    Paladins of Shannara: Alanon's Quest

    I loved this little snippet. I want more.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    A lot of fun. Makes a great prologue to The Sword of Shannara.

    A lot of fun. Makes a great prologue to The Sword of Shannara.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    great

    this is great i always had questions about things and this answered them i had to re read sword after words thank you for all your great trips i have taken in yout books

    i recommend this to anyone who follows the series

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Good

    Makes a nice bit info

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2013

    More Allanon, please, Mr. Brooks

    This took me WAY back in time and I will reread the Sword of Shannara series. If you have not read it, buy the bundle! I still have mot in hard backs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

    Love this series

    I have looked at the maps and after reading the books want to travel the way the maps direct to find the land where the Gypsy Morph traveled to find the land where Shannara takes place.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    waste of money

    If you read the sample, you have read the entire story.

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  • Posted April 5, 2013

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    Short and Sweet

    It is very short, but well worth the read if you are a fan of the series.

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  • Posted February 13, 2013

    Short but engrossing

    Terry Brooks is always a great read. This is just a taste that makes you want for more.

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  • Posted February 11, 2013

    Great Short Story! Nicely Integrated Into The Sword of Shannara History

    It was nice to read some of the preliminary history running up to the Sword of Shannara. It was a little too short; would have liked a little more in depth story, but it was a fun little read. I'm a fan of all the Shannara books, so I am slightly bias. It does have an interesting turn at the end which was not expected. Good job Terry!

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