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!


46 responses to “Contest: Read Wards of Faerie Early!”

  1. Cool, my birthday is July 4th, I hope I can get a ‘late’ birthday present! I have been reading Terry’s works since 1990 when I was in high school for a reading contest. The book was worth a big number of points so I grabbed it and have been reading ever since…

  2. I have read almost everything Terry has published – I really hope I win! I’m retired now and on a fixed income, so it’s getting harder for me to buy books these days!

  3. I happy to be a fan of Mr. Brook’s writings since to late 70’s. I’ve built a small library of his work to pass on to my children and beyond. One day I would like to meet the man to thank him for a life time of mystery and adventure he has provided.

  4. I have read every book that Terry has written and my whole love for the fantasy genre started with “Sword of Shannara”. Favorite author of all time!!!!!!!

  5. I would give this as a gift to my bff who was instrumental to turning me on to the wonderful writing of Terry Brooks. I couldnt think of a better way to re pay her for all the joy I have received

  6. I got my fingers crossed as well. This would an awesome present to get me started on the new addition to the Shannara series.

  7. my fingers are also crossed…. many thanks for having this contest, we all appreciate this 🙂

  8. This would be awesome! I’d let my Stepdad read it first as a birthday gift. And totally get it signed when Terry is in Ohio/Michigan.

  9. Can’t wait for “Wards of Faerie”!!
    Is “Paladins of Shannara” going to be a physical book or Ebook?

  10. The first novel I ever read, that wasn’t a required reading for school, was Running with the Demon. I have read all of Terry’s work since and have been inspired to try my hand at writing. Though winning would be great and I would treasure the addition to my library I just want to thank Terry for introducing me to some amazing worlds of magic and adventure.

  11. OMG I want to win this, After loosing all of my first editions, including an original SWORD, I have been rebuilding my collection. I am almost done (can you guess which three I’m missing?). This would be an awesome addition!!! Will Terry be signing this?

  12. I am soooo excited about this new book. It would be so great to win. I rarely enter a contest, because I feel the odds are against me. Maybe this time it will be different. With a little bit of faith and magic you never know what may happen. Terry is the best. All his books are a treasure. It would be so nice to win this new treasured book.

  13. I am a former U.S. Army Green Beret. I started reading Terry Brooks novels about two years ago. PTSD was governing my life and I needed an escape. Over the past two years I have read all of Terry’s books and I have to say… His novels has changed my life for the better. I do not constantly think about my combat experiences anymore. I was able to connect with his characters on a very personal level and which allowed me to forgive myself for my duties to my country. It is my hope that another veteran reads my note and enjoys the gift I received from Terry. Peace. Thank you Terry and God bless.

  14. I have just started to read them all again. What a great feeling to sit down in your favorite armchair and open one of Terry’s novels. Feels like the first time !

  15. I was introduced to the world of Shannara at the age of thirteen. I was babysitting and the book was on the table. I started reading it and have read it many times since. I am 50 now and still love to read these books all of them. Thanks for such a great adventure for so many years!!!!

  16. I first read Sword of Shannnara in junior high, based on the recommendation of the librarian (wish I could remember her name to thank her). I’ve been hooked ever since. I’ve read every book of his and at one point, owned every book in hardback.

    I’m now recreating that collection on my kindle. Since my mom and I share our account, I convinced her to try the first book. Now she’s hooked and rereading them again (don’t know who many times total), so I can read with her and talk about the stories, the characters, the themes, Terry’s wonderfully expressive language. Once in a while she’ll say she’s done. “I can’t keep up,” or “I can’t remember all the characters.” But picks it up again, “I have to find out what happened to so-and-so.” She sometimes asks for spoilers, which I won’t give her. I do like to give small hints.

    She asked me today, “So is there a final end, where everything comes together?”
    I responded, “I certainly hope not! I want these books to go on for as long as I can read.”

  17. This is so hilarious. My best friend and I were just talking the other day about how we wish Terry’s next book/duology/trilory/etc. should go into some detail about other elfstones. We were like, “What about the green/red/etc. elfstones? What would their abilities be?”. Guess it had to come about eventually 😀

  18. Started reading the Shannara books in hospital after I was hit by a car travelling at 95mph in 1989, first 2 weeks in coma, was a bundle of broken bones with brain damage, but thankfully still mentally sharp. I was told I wuld robably never walk again, but while strapped to bed and reading Mr Brooks and Mr Feists books, made me think about overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds. After bones had healed satisfactorily, started the long journey to walk again, and with the inspiration of the books as a back up and also a mental getaway at the tough times I finally got there. Although I now need a walking aid to get about (and loads of tablets for the pain and the epilepsy which i later developed as a result of the head trauma), and will end up in a wheel chair, I just want to pass on my thanks to Mr Brooks. I don’t care if I do not win the competition as I will still buy it as soon as it hits the local book store shelves. Again many thanks for all your hard work from Northern Ireland

  19. Have always been fascinated by books. Used to spend all my free time in the library.
    Going through every book on each shelf at all the libraries in our town. So I can tell you that the day I discovered Terry Brooks – Sword of Shanara – Was like finding a treasure that is to this day priceless. And the many journeys I went on since that first one, is still a part of my life to this day.

  20. I remember being introduced to the Sword of Shannara by a good friend when it was first published. I enjoyed the book and figured that was that. I then discovered each new published book as it hit the book store. Know, some 35 years later, I have a collection of every Brooks first edition plus a few unusual proofreading books as well. It has been an amazing journey, thank you.

  21. I love you Terry. I have been reading you since the late 80’s. I went on amazon and all I see for pre-order was kindle edition and paperback. I am hoping they screwed up somewhere. When its comes to your books nothing but hardback will work. Anyway, can’t wait!! Here is to Shannara!

  22. I’m so glad i decided to read what’s going on outside of the forum on here. This is such a great opportunity.
    I just got done pre-ordering Paladins of Shannara 🙂 , can’t wait to read Wards of Faerie.

  23. When I was a senior in high school (1977)so many moons ago, my older brother walked into my room one night, threw a paperback book on my bed and said “Man, you have to read this book, this is the best book I have ever read!” I looked at it, read the back cover and thought, “ok, I’ll give it a shot”. I have since read every book Terry has published. I am one of his oldest and biggest fan. He has given me many, many hours of unbelieveable enjoyment. One day, I hope he’ll have a book signing in my neighborhood. I would very much like to have the opportunity to thank him and shake his hand.

  24. I have been reading Terry Brooks since forever–when I am done reading them, my 3 sons borrow them and read all of them also, so this new one will go to them to read also-he is such a fantastic writer–I love you Terry

  25. Recently introduced to Terry Brook”s writings through kobo e books format
    Now panting for more! Truly enjoyable; kept me in

  26. The winner is Rose G. of Florida! Congratulations, Rose!

    More than 1000 fans entered the contest. Terry picked the winning number — it was 413, by the way — and Rose happened to be that email number. We’ll be holding another contest for The Bloodfire Quest at the end of this year so stay tuned for that!

    • Thank you so much!!!! I just finished reading Allanon’s Quest and was wondering how on earth I’d manage to wait all the way to August to read the new book – this just made my day!!!! 🙂

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