Paladins of Shannara: The Weapons Master's Choice (Short Story) [NOOK Book]

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A city besieged by a powerful warlock seeks salvation from a fabled warrior in the second 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.
 
His extraordinary—and deadly—skills have earned Garet Jax renown and infamy as the man called the Weapons Master. Rootless, solitary, and endlessly sought after, he roams...
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Paladins of Shannara: The Weapons Master's Choice (Short Story)

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Overview

A city besieged by a powerful warlock seeks salvation from a fabled warrior in the second 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.
 
His extraordinary—and deadly—skills have earned Garet Jax renown and infamy as the man called the Weapons Master. Rootless, solitary, and endlessly sought after, he roams the Four Lands, loyal to none but himself . . . and whomever can afford his services as warrior, assassin, and avenger for hire. But Lyriana is unlike any who have come to him before: as beautiful as she is bold, as enigmatic as the distant city she is desperate to save, and possessed of an intangible, irresistible allure that entices even the hardened Garet Jax more than any amount of gold or silver ever could.
 
But the challenge she comes bearing may give even the celebrated Weapons Master pause. The remote city of Tajarin, Lyriana’s home, is being laid to waste by an immensely powerful and boundlessly evil warlock of the deadliest order. With the populace enslaved and no champion to stand against the invader, Tajarin will soon be wiped from the map—perhaps only the first city to fall. Whatever hope exists rests in the deft hands, lethal blades, and unerring instincts of Garet Jax. With righteous fury in his blood, and feelings he has never before known in his heart, he will face the most dire of enemies, and dare the blackest of fates, for the mysterious woman at his side—whose deepest secrets have yet to be revealed.
 
PRAISE FOR TERRY BROOKS
 
“A great storyteller, Terry Brooks creates rich epics filled with mystery, magic, and memorable characters. If you haven’t read Terry Brooks, you haven’t read fantasy.”—Christopher Paolini, author of Eragon and Brisingr
 
“Terry’s place is at the head of the fantasy world.”—Philip Pullman, author of The Golden Compass

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Terry Brooks's Bloodfire Quest.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345536815
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/2013
  • Series: Paladins of Shannara
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 39
  • Sales rank: 15,676
  • File size: 2 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 March 8, 2013

    Excellent read (though as expected too short)

    Terry Brooks will always be my favorite writer because of his wonderful works over the years. This short ebook installment in the Shannara series once again affirms my faith in his fantastic writing skills. In this edition of the Paladins of Shannara, Brooks has written about arguably his most popular character in the Shannara world: the Weapons Master. The Weapons Master Garet Jax first appeared in The Wishsong of Shannara, the third book in the original Shannara series. Since then countless fans have screamed for more about this wonderful character. Finally (and thankfully), Terry Brooks has answered the call.
    In Paladins of Shannara: The Weapons Master's Choice, Brooks's fans can get another glimpse into the man that is Garet Jax. The only thing disappointing about this ebook is its brevity (but it is meant to be a short story). Aside from that, Brooks's writing does not disappoint. I highly recommend Paladins of Shannara: The Weapons Master's Choice to any fantasy reader, but especially to all fans of Terry Brooks.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2013

    Short, but complete

    This is a very short story, and is very good if you are a fan of Terry Brooks or just want to see if you like his writing. I think this is an easy way for the author to make a little cash and give you a sample of larger, more expensive book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2013

    A very fast and entertaining read.

    Terry is a great storyteller that keeps you involved with the characters. This is a good way to learn even more about the characters from the world of Shannara.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2013

    Great short story.

    I love the character of Garet Jax. It was nice to see him again, even if it was just in a short story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2013

    A very good read.

    I really liked Terry Brooks The Weapons Masters Choice. I would like to read more about the Weapons Master. I have almost all the Shannara series books and I'm looking forward to a lot more of Terry Brooks and Shannara.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2013

    Recommended

    A good story, short but good.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2013

    Fun read

    Enjoyed reading this short story. The only complaint that I have is I would have liked it to tie into the Wishsong of Shannara like the first short story tied into the Sword.
    Other than that it was a quick fun read in the style of writing that make Brooks so great to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2013

    Typical

    Nothing different, just an awesome short story by Terry Brooks! Highly recommended!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    Too short

    This is a very good story, but so short. I wish Brooks would just do a whole book of shorts instead of issuing them this way.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    I enjoyed the story but wish it was a little longer to allow for more development of the storyline and characters. Garet Jax is always great. Read wishsong of shannara to learn more about this character.

    I can't wait for Bloodfire Quest!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2013

    Garett Jax, The Weapon's Master, must travel to a far off place,

    Garett Jax, The Weapon's Master, must travel to a far off place, to help the locals of a secluded village, escape the clutches of a dark warlock.  fun and easy quick read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2014

    Highly recommended

    This short story is great the story itself has all the right actions in the right places would love to see a book to follow this story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2014

    Good

    Makes for a nice back story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2013

    Too short

    Too short

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    waste of money

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

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Azerix

    Wauts

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