Todd Lockwood is one of the best artists in the fantasy genre.

So imagine Terry’s surprise when Todd wanted to do the interior artwork for the forthcoming first book in The Dark Legacy of Shannara trilogy, Wards of Faerie!

Terry and Todd spoke at length about the book, its characters, and a great setting for the full-color piece of art that will open up inside the book. Todd also read a couple scenes. He took that information and sketched out several scenes, selecting one. Then Todd went to work in earnest, updating Terry as the art progressed, allowing the bestselling author to make adjustments when needed. Todd was all too happy to make the changes.

The result? Here is the finished piece below:

In hi-res, it is stunning. I love it. And it does justice to the characters in the book and the setting that Terry has created. It is the Fangs, a place of great evil in the Four Lands. Ard Rhys Khyber Elessedil is leading her group of companions into the unknown, looking for the other-colored sets of Elfstones from Faerie. This is perhaps the most accurate pieces of art featuring Rock Trolls, by the way, who are protecting Ohmsford twins Redden and Railing.

Terry also loves the piece. He is excited one of his novels has a full-color piece of artwork on the inside again. It is part of his desire to thank the fans for their years of support—so thank you!

And since fans ask about artwork all of the time, Todd is making this piece of artwork available in a series of prints and giclees at different sizes and prices. I believe Todd and Terry will also double sign the 15 x 19 giclee! Click HERE to look at sizes, prices, and ordering information, as well as closeups of the artwork!

Can’t wait until Wards of Faerie is published on August 21st! And if you want a signed copy of the book, be sure to order one at The Signed Page!

More soon!

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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)!