Happy New Year & The Druid of Shannara

Hi Brooks Readers,

First, Happy New Year from Terry, Judine, and me! 2023 news is here!

As many of you know, Terry worked likely he normally does in 2022, writing almost every day. The result will be Book 3 in the Viridian Deep series publishing later this year from Del Rey Books. Terry just sent me the book after Judine read it, and I hope to read it soon. I’m sure we will be revealing the title (which is great, by the way), cover art, and publication date sometime in the next two to three months from Del Rey, so stay tuned.

For my part, we hope to have some exciting news to share on the publishing front, several pieces of news, in fact. And of course, Hollywood lingers out there in the ether, always flirting with possibly adapting Terry’s work. When we know something and can share it, we most certainly will.

On to publishing news I can share. The Druid of Shannara will be published in new regular and limited editions this year. Artist Lixin Yin has been hard at work for almost six months, painting beautiful, full-color interiors. I don’t think we will conduct a Kickstarter this time, but rather take pre-orders via The Signed Page beginning February 1st. If you don’t own the regular hardcovers or Signed & Numbered editions of The Scions of Shannara or Indomitable, you can order them HERE along with the Shannara coin set and Shannara art portfolio. We will of course match the S&N number of Scions with the forthcoming matching S&N number on Druid so your four-book Heritage series will match. This project will ship much faster than Scions, since we started it so early.

To that end and to celebrate 2023, here is The Druid of Shannara‘s front cover as well as the artwork for the signature page:

And finally, those of you who follow my fantasy writing will want to sign up for news concerning my forthcoming high fantasy novel, The King-Killing Queen. Skybound Entertainment (The Walking Dead, Invincible) and I are partnering to bring the novel and a prequel graphic novel to life via a mid-March Kickstarter. Are you a fan of Shannara-like storytelling? This will interest you. More details on all of that coming soon. Needless to say, I’m excited. Hope you will join me on this new adventure.

All in all, 2023 is here. Let’s make the best of it. Be a bit nicer to everyone, find the time to read more, and of course take care of ourselves and our health. I’m trying to do all of those. Hope you’ll join me.

Best WebDruid Wishes,

Shawn Speakman

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