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From Terry Brooks -- the undisputed master of the epic quest fantasy -- comes Tanequil, the second volume of his High Druid of Shannara trilogy, a saga that puts the fate of the world in the hands of a boy charged with an impossible task.
With war destroying the Four Lands and an evil witch heading the Druid Council, Shannara's only chance of peace lies with Penderrin Ohmsford, an unassuming young man who must somehow find his aunt Grianne and restore her to her rightful place as High Druid of Shannara. With a hideously deformed assassin hot on his trail and an army of Druids scouring the Four Lands in search of him, all Pen has to do is travel hundreds of miles through a ghoul-infested wilderness, find a sentient tree (called the Tanequil), ask it for a limb, and fashion the branch into a darkwand that is capable of opening a portal to the Forbidding -- a mythical realm inhabited by demons and other monstrosities -- where his aunt is imprisoned.
Longtime fans who have followed this series since its inception (The Sword of Shannara, 1977) will be delighted by the High Druid of Shannara trilogy, which is (partially) set in a realm of the Shannara universe that has never been explored before: the hellish Forbidding.
As readers have come to expect -- and demand -- from Brooks, this adventure-powered narrative is filled with an irresistible group of fresh characters (trolls, elves, dwarves, et al.) who breathe new life into the much-chronicled history of this magical realm. Paul Goat Allen