Wards of Faerie by Terry Brooks is published today in the US!

That means your local bookstore and online retailer have it!

Wards of Faerie is set 100 years after the events of the High Druid of Shannara trilogy, where the people of the Four Lands have become largely distrusting of magic after the failed Third Council of Druids. But when a Druid stumbles upon information that might lead to the re-discovery of the lost Elfstones of Faerie, Ard Rhys of Paranor Khyber Elessedil must decide to undertake the most dangerous of missions to acquire them—at all costs.

And those costs turn out to be high indeed.

Here is the dust jacket copy:

Seven years after the conclusion of the High Druid of Shannara trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks at last revisits one of the most popular eras in the legendary epic fantasy series that has spellbound readers for more than three decades.

When the world was young, and its name was Faerie, the power of magic ruled—and the Elfstones warded the race of Elves and their lands, keeping evil at bay. But when an Elven girl fell hopelessly in love with a Darkling boy of the Void, he carried away more than her heart.

Thousands of years later, tumultuous times are upon the world now known as the Four Lands. Users of magic are in conflict with proponents of science. Elves have distanced their society from the other races. The dwindling Druid order and its teachings are threatened with extinction. A sinister politician has used treachery and murder to rise as prime minister of the mighty Federation. Meanwhile, poring through a long-forgotten diary, the young Druid Aphenglow Elessedil has stumbled upon the secret account of an Elven girl’s heartbreak and the shocking truth about the vanished Elfstones. But never has a little knowledge been so very dangerous—as Aphenglow quickly learns when she’s set upon by assassins.

Yet there can be no turning back from the road to which fate has steered her. For whoever captures the Elfstones and their untold powers will surely hold the advantage in the devastating clash to come. But Aphenglow and her allies—Druids, Elves, and humans alike—remember the monstrous history of the Demon War, and they know that the Four Lands will never survive another reign of darkness. But whether they themselves can survive the attempt to stem that tide is another question entirely.

To celebrate this year’s release of Wards of Faerie, Terry and Del Rey Books are doing something really special for one reason: Terry has gotten ahead of his publishing schedule. Wards of Faerie, Bloodfire Quest, and Witch Wraith are all completed and publishing at six month intervals instead of the normal year increments!

But that’s not all. Del Rey Books has agreed to make Wards of Faerie a very special publication in its own right. Here are the highlights:

  • Interior color for the first time since publication of The Sword of Shannara, supplied by the fantastic Todd Lockwood
  • A new two-page map of the Four Lands by Russ Charpentier
  • Detailed schematics of Paranor by David Cherry

And as a treat, here is Terry explaining about the new book and reading an excerpt from Wards of Faerie!

Still, that’s not all. Both Todd Lockwood and Russ Charpentier have made their artistic efforts available for the ardent fan who loves great art! Want an authorized map of the Four Lands hanging on your wall? Want the full-color scene of Khyber Elessedil and companions traveling through the Fangs? Look below!

To order the Todd Lockwood giclee, click HERE!

To order the Russ Charpentier map, click HERE!

Wards of Faerie by Terry Brooks is in fine bookstores now!

And the Four Lands will never be the same again!

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)!