Wards of Faerie, Book I of The Dark Legacy of Shannara trilogy, will be published on August 21, 2012 in the US and a few days later in the UK.

But you don’t have to wait for publication day to begin reading it!

Terry and Del Rey Books have authorized the early release of Chapter One, for your reading enjoyment. It features Aphenglow Elessedil, Druid of Paranor, as she searches for lost knowledge in the bowels of the Elven royal palace. Aphen is one of the main protagonists of the novel and it is her will and wits that set in motion the story that will shake the Four Lands to its core.

And nothing will be the same again!

Here is the first two paragraphs of Wards of Faerie:

It was almost one year to the day after she began her search of the Elven histories that Aphenglow Elessedil found the diary.

She was deep in the underground levels of the palace, sitting alone at the same table she occupied each day, surrounded by candles to combat the darkness and wrapped in her heavy cloak to ward off the chill. Carefully she read each document, letter, or memoir in what had taken on the attributes of a never- ending slog. It was late and her eyes were burning with fatigue and dust, her concentration beginning to wane, and her longing for bed to grow. She had been reading each day, all day, for so long that she was beginning to think she might never see Paranor and her fellow Druids again.

Click HERE to read the PDF file of Chapter One! You must have Adobe Reader. Download it HERE.

Chapter Two will be released on August 2, 2012! And don’t forget Allanon’s Quest, e-publishing July 9th!

Feel free to use the comments below to discuss the chapter with other fans!

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