Excerpt: The High Druid’s Blade by Terry Brooks

Del Rey US Cover

Del Rey US Cover

Orbit UK Cover

Orbit UK Cover

Click HERE for Excerpt!

Click HERE for Excerpt!

The High Druid’s Blade by Terry Brooks will publish March 11, August 2014 in the US and the UK! It is the first stand-alone novel in Shannara since the publication of First King of Shannara, one of three stand-alone novels that will be published in the Defenders of Shannara series. These three books will lead into the concluding Shannara trilogy that Terry plans to write in the next few years.

To celebrate the upcoming release of The High Druid’s Blade, Terry and Del Rey Books have released the first two chapters of the book! Click HERE to read (must have Adobe Reader)!

Here is more about The High Druid’s Blade:

Legend has it that Paxon Leah is descended from the royals and warriors who once ruled the Highlands and waged war with magical weapons. But those kings, queens, and heroes are long gone, and there is nothing enchanted about the antique sword that hangs above Paxon’s fireplace. Running his family’s modest shipping business, Paxon leads a quiet life—until extraordinary circumstances overturn his simple world . . . and rewrite his destiny.

When his brash young sister is abducted by a menacing stranger, Paxon races to her rescue with the only weapon he can find. And in a harrowing duel, he is stunned to discover powerful magic unleashed within him—and within his ancestors’ ancient blade. But his formidable new ability is dangerous in untrained hands, and Paxon must master it quickly because his nearly fatal clash with the dark sorcerer Arcannen won’t be his last. Leaving behind home and hearth, he journeys to the keep of the fabled Druid order to learn the secrets of magic and earn the right to become their sworn protector.

But treachery is afoot deep in the Druids’ ranks. And the blackest of sorcery is twisting a helpless innocent into a murderous agent of evil. To halt an insidious plot that threatens not only the Druid order but all the Four Lands, Paxon Leah must summon the profound magic in his blood and the legendary mettle of his elders in the battle fate has chosen him to fight.

Terry and I both hope you enjoy the excerpt! If you would like a signed copy of the book, The Signed Page is now accepting orders.

The High Druid’s Blade by Terry Brooks publishes March 11, August 2014!

Leah! Leah!

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