The High Druid’s Blade ARCs Have Arrived

brooks-highdruidsbladeAdvanced Reader Copies (ARCs) have arrived for The High Druid’s Blade!

Well, they have arrived at my home, at least. I’m sure Terry will have his soon as will select booksellers, book reviewers, and newspaper/magazine critics all over the United States.

For those of you who don’t know, an ARC is exactly what it stands for—an advanced reader copy. It is the entire book. There are still usually a few grammatical errors and the like in an ARC before they are copyedited out for the final hardcover release but the story is the same.

For those of you who don’t know about The High Druid’s Blade, here is a bit more information:

From New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks comes the first stand-alone novel in his legendary Shannara series in almost twenty years—the perfect place for new readers to begin.

Paxon Leah never thought of the old family sword hanging above his living room hearth as anything other than an intriguing ornament—until his sister is kidnapped by a sorceror. Following the dark mage with nothing but this piece of steel to protect him, Paxon stumbles into a plot to remake the world . . . and accidentally unlocks the powers of the ancient blade.

As I’ve said before, the book features a Leah as the principle protagonist, only the second time in present Four Lands Shannara history that a book hasn’t had an Ohmsford. The book takes place about 100 years after the events of Witch Wraith and is set largely in the Southland.

Here are some pictures of the ARCs, along with a early gift from your Web Druid:

If you click on the first page of the ARC, you can read it. A gift from me to you!

Sometimes, the every day fantasy fan can find these ARCs available on secondary booksellers like Abebooks and eBay. So keep your eyes open. They don’t sell cheap, FYI. I may put one of my two ARCs up for auction soon as well, the money to be used to relieve medical debt for fellow bookseller Duane Wilkins. More on that in a week or two.

I hope you enjoy the first page of The High Druid’s Blade. It publishes March 11, 2014!

Happy reading!

UPDATE: Since I’ve been asked three times already, yes, there will be an online The Signed Page signing for The High Druid’s Blade. The pre-order period for signed/personalized hardcover copies will begin November 1, 2013!

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)!