Bearers of the Black Staff (Legends of Shannara Series #1)

Bearers of the Black Staff (Legends of Shannara Series #1)

by Terry Brooks
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Bearers of the Black Staff (Legends of Shannara Series #1) by Terry Brooks

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Terry Brooks's The Measure of the Magic.


Five hundred years have passed since the devastating demon-led war tore apart the United States and nearly exterminated humankind. Those who escaped the carnage were led to sanctuary in an idyllic valley, its borders warded by powerful magic against the horrors beyond. But the cocoon of protective magic surrounding the valley has now vanished. When Sider Ament, the only surviving descendant of the Knights of the Word, detects unknown predators stalking the valley, he fears the worst. And when expert Trackers find two of their own gruesomely killed, there can be no doubt: The once safe haven has been made vulnerable to whatever still lurks in the outside wasteland. Together, Ament, the two young Trackers, and a daring Elf princess spearhead plans to defend their ancestral home. And in the thick of it all, the last wielder of the black staff and its awesome magic must find a successor to carry on the fight against the cresting new wave of evil.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345523006
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/24/2010
Series: Legends of Shannara Series , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 26,900
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

 Terry Brooks has thrilled readers for decades with his powers of imagination and storytelling. He is the author of more than thirty books, most of which have been New York Times bestsellers. He lives with his wife, Judine, in the Pacific Northwest.


Pacific Northwest and Hawaii

Date of Birth:

January 8, 1944

Place of Birth:

Sterling, Illinois


B.A. in English, Hamilton College, 1966; J.D., Washington and Lee University

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Bearers of the Black Staff (Legends of Shannara Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 406 reviews.
Cinnamonbuns More than 1 year ago
Let me begin by saying that I have never read any of Terry Brooks' books nor am I a huge fan of high fantasy. I only picked this book while trying to take a break from historical novels. So let me be the first one to admit that this review will be a little biased but I will do my best to be objective. ** PLOT ** The synopsis on the overview tab summarizes the plot well enough so I wouldn't even bother with that. But without spoiling too much, this book ends very abruptly with several cliffhangers. If I knew the whole thing was just a setup for a much more epic story, I would've waited for the other books to come out before I started reading. The plot is engaging enough but nothing is really resolved at the end so the reader is left to create their own conclusions. At least until the next book comes out. ** CHARACTERS ** The characters are very likeable and readers of every age will find someone they can identify with. Their actions and motivations are believable enough and I just love how crafty the real villains are. I do find one character, Skeal Eile, a little too one-dimensional but that's just nitpicking on my part. Also, some characters may be related to people from Brooks' previous novels; but having read none of them, I really can't be sure. Definitely something for the real fans though. ** WRITING STYLE ** Not a huge fan. Very long narratives punctuated by brief dialouges. The dialouges doesn't really pick up until the final chapters and even then, they're very dry. ** ORIGINALITY ** The Shannara universe, from what I picked up from this book, is a post-apocalyptic world populated by the typical creatures from Tolkienian high fantasy novels. And it works surprisingly well. If you have always wondered who can win in a fight between Mad Max and the orcs from Lord of the Rings, then this book is for you. Well, I guess if you're a Terry Brooks fan, then picking up this book is a no-brainer. But for everyone else, I suggest you avoid it, at least until the whole series is released. As for me, I would definitely follow the series closely, not for admiration but out of sheer curiosity.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Five centuries ago the demonic Great War left humanity on the brink of extinction. Young Hawk the Gypsy Morph led a few battered human, elven and mutant souls into a sanctuary protected by a magical barrier (see The Gypsy Morph). Those inside knows that outside hell reigns. However, when he led the march to safety, Hawk never expected what has occurred recently; the barrier has collapsed allowing the demonic horde to invade. The last surviving Knight of the Word Sider Ament knows the people need new young heroes like the Bearers of the Black Staff he possesses that once was held by Hawk when he led them to safety. He rescues teen Trackers Panterra Qu and Prue Liss and tells them to warn the Hawk's descendents. However, the council complacent after hundreds of years of peace rejects Sider's belief the demons are coming while the Knight goes out to the external world to learn what has happened there and most likely in the valley. The two Trackers believe the Knight's word and seek allies. Terry Brooks continues his prehistorical saga the Legends of Shannara with the first of a twp part fantasy thriller with the story line occurring five hundred years since the events of The Gypsy Morph. Inside the once safe valley is a fascinating look at a peaceful life on the verge of pandemic collapse with leaders mostly unable to accept the demonic tsunami is coming. As enjoyable as that subplot is, fans of Shannara will especially appreciate the other segue as Sider escorts the audience in a venture outside the valley, which enables fans to see what happened after Hawk saved the band. Mr. Brooks is at his best with this tale as his myriad of fans will look forward to the conclusion. Harriet Klausner
Kenji More than 1 year ago
This is the continuation of the Shannara series, and brings us forward 500 years after the Gypsy Moth brought them to safety. It is the logical conclusion of the last series and the beginning of a new trilogy. Story was very well developed, plot line is logical, suspenseful and the character development is also very well done. The ending was abrupt and left me very unsatisfied, kind of like an essay written by a middle school English student when they reach their word quota, "The End."
John Roe More than 1 year ago
I haven't read anything by Terry Brooks that I didn't love. This book is no exception. Even if you haven't read any of the other Shannara books, you won't be lost trying to figure out who's who and what's what. I highly recommend this book and the author as well.
rustyray1 More than 1 year ago
I have read most the the Shannara series. Including the pre shannara and the genesis of shannara. All the books have a good plot and are interesting steady reading. The only this I wish is that the Author wood of put what series was first and the book titles all the way to the end. I don't like jumping around in the different series. However I did find all the series good reading. I would recommend this books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great adventure in the Shanarra tradition. good character development. Four stars though due to excessive preaching by the author regarding social, religious and environmental themes. Just a little heavy handed. Other than that though I really enjoyed the book and look forward to reading the sequel.
Bearman57 More than 1 year ago
This book is a good continance of the Shannara series. It takes place 500 years after the Hawk and his ragtag band of humans, elves, and others have entered the valley. the only draw back is that it doesn't cover much of the proceeding years. Other than that it is a good starting to the bridge between the old world and the new.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a continuation of the story set after the destruction of the known world of Terry Brooks' creation. It is fascinating and I look forward to the next one to see what happens next in this drama.
Emile Sigee More than 1 year ago
I am new to fantacy scifi, and i loved it. My eyes are open to new worlds.
Donald Link More than 1 year ago
Cant wait to read more
RickCT More than 1 year ago
Bearers is right in keeping with the same high standards as the rest of the Shannara series, which I've been reading since day one. As is typical with his books you see things developing in a captivating fashion and still don't know what to expect right to the end. He's a master of making things continue to evolve. It's been a fantastic transition from the far flung future of the series to watching the future evolve here our own future.
FantasyRider More than 1 year ago
Brooks does it again in the continuation of the Shannara world. This book is a promising beginning to the new series that seems to be off to the same action packed and complex story line of the rest of the books. I highly recommend this book to Shannara lovers and even those new to the Shannara world!
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DavBod57 More than 1 year ago
Bearers of the black staff is an extremely good book. It moves at a good pace and the story line is a can't put it down, must find out what happens next. I highly recommend this book. I have already bought the sequel and am currently reading it. Really good stuff.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This isn't my normal type of story, but Mr. Brooks is an excellent writer, and he writes an interesting tale! If you are into the "what if" you'll enjoy Shannara and the concept of the Black Staff!
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