Contest: Read Wards of Faerie Early!


2012 is the year of Terry Brooks.

Terry and Del Rey Books are celebrating 35 years of the publication of The Sword of Shannara, one of the more influential books in the history of the genre. That in itself makes it a great year.

But this year, Terry is publishing a number of projects. Here is the list:

  • Indomitable (published, short story)
  • Paladins of Shannara: Allanon’s Quest (July 9, short story)
  • Measure of the Magic (July 31, paperback)
  • A New Four Lands Map
  • Wards of Faerie (August 21, hardcover)
  • The Annotated Sword of Shannara (October 16, hardcover)

Indomitable and Paladins of Shannara: Allanon’s Quest are two long short stories, the latter brand new and a prequel to The Sword of Shannara. Measure of the Magic is the paperback release of last year’s hardcover. Wards of Faerie is the first book in a brand new trilogy taking place after the events in the High Druid of Shannara series. And The Annotated Sword of Shannara is a hardcover featuring commentary from myself and Terry about the book that started it all.

Out of those books listed, Wards of Faerie is the one the fans can’t wait for. It is the first book in a new trilogy that will answer a question Terry Brooks fans have been wondering since 1977: What happened to the other-colored sets of Elfstones from the time of Faerie? Early reviews have been strong so far!

Terry and I decided to hold a contest and give away the Advanced Reader Copy of Wards of Faerie that Shawn used on his second continuity edit:

This contest is not sponsored by Random House or Del Rey Books. Just thought I should make that clear to everyone. Fans from around the world can enter. One submission per fan. No other restrictions. To enter the contest, simply fill out the information below in its entirety:


The winner is Rose Gambhir of Florida! Congratulations, Rose! More than 1000 fans entered the contest.

The contest closed on July 9, 2012! Good luck!

Wards of Faerie will be published on August 21, 2012!

Written by Shawn Speakman
I am the long-time friend and webmaster for Terry Brooks as well as the author of The Dark Thorn, an urban/epic fantasy hybrid novel Terry calls "a fine tale by a talented writer." Join me on Facebook and Twitter (@shawnspeakman)!