Wards of Faerie published in August 2012.
It is Book I in The Dark Legacy of Shannara trilogy, the series that takes place about 100 years after the events in Straken, featuring a hunt for the missing other-colored sets of Elfstones from Faerie.
While a new Shannara book like Wards of Faerie is a celebrated event for Terry Brooks fans, Terry had something else up his sleeve. It turns out he has gotten ahead of his publishing schedule, finishing the writing of novels earlier than the publisher needed them. In a nice gesture, Del Rey Books and Terry decided to publish the Dark Legacy volumes in six month intervals instead of keeping to the normal one-book-a-year publishing schedule.
The result? Wards of Faerie published in August 2012. Rather than coming out in August 2013, Bloodfire Quest will be published March 12, 2013!
The six month publishing schedule is interesting. Fans are getting the entire trilogy in the span of exactly one year—well, since Witch Wraith is publishing in July 2013, actually 11 months.
It leads to an even more interesting Friday Poll question:
Are you reading The Dark Legacy of Shannara trilogy as it publishes? Or are you waiting for all three books to be published before reading it?
Both are viable ways of reading the series. For me personally, I couldn’t go a month without reading a new Terry Brooks book if I knew it was in bookstores waiting. I usually wait for series to be finished—it’s the reason I haven’t read Wheel of Time or the entirety of Ice & Fire—but I just can’t wait with Terry.
But for some, the books coming out so quickly might prevent them from starting the series until it is done.
So there is my poll question. Love to hear from you!