• Bearers of the Black Staff

  • Pre-Shannara: Legends of Shannara, Book 1
  • By: Terry Brooks
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (73 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

For more than three decades, New York Times best-selling author Terry Brooks has ruled the epic fantasy realm with his legendary Shannara series. With each new novel the mythos has deepened, ever more fascinating characters have arisen, and increasingly breathtaking vistas of magical adventure have emerged. Now the evolution of one of imaginative fiction’s most beloved worlds continues in the first book of the new series Legends of Shannara: Bearers of the Black Staff

Five hundred years have passed since the devastating demon-led war that tore apart the United States, leaving nothing but scorched and poisoned ruins, and nearly exterminating humankind. Those who escaped the carnage and blight were led to sanctuary by the boy savior known as the Hawk—the gypsy morph. In an idyllic valley, its borders warded by powerful magic against the horrors beyond, humans, elves, and mutants alike found a place they believed would be their home forever. 

But after five centuries, the unimaginable has come to pass: The cocoon of protective magic surrounding the valley has vanished. When Sider Ament, the only surviving descendant of the Knights of the Word, detects unknown predators stalking the valley, he fears the worst. And when Panterra Qu and Prue Liss, expert Trackers from the human village of Glensk Wood, find two of their own gruesomely killed, there can be no doubt: The once safe haven of generations has been laid bare and made vulnerable to whatever still lurks in the wasteland of the outside world.

Together, Ament, the two young Trackers, and a daring Elf princess race to spread word of the encroaching danger—and spearhead plans to defend their ancestral home. But suspicion and hostility among their countrymen threaten to doom their efforts from within—while beyond the breached borders, a ruthless Troll army masses for invasion. And in the thick of it all, the last wielder of the black staff and its awesome magic must find a successor to carry on the fight against the cresting new wave of evil.

©2010 Terry Brooks (P)2022 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Terry Brooks displays the sure hand of a master. Bearers of the Black Staff is filled with iconic characters and heroes not diminished but made human by their flaws. A finely-wrought tale of sacrifice, adventure, betrayal, magic, loss, and a world on the precipice." (Brent Weeks, author of The Way of Shadows)

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Awesome story

Such an immersive story. The book hooks you early and keeps you wanting until the end. Narration seems so perfectly fitting and helps create an overall perfect feel.

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So disappointed

I have been reading Terry Brookes since the first Shannara book in the late 70`s. I lost partial vision after a stroke and audiobooks are my life line. Phil Gigante is like listening to paint dry. I have never left a review before, but I have to this time. I am so disappointed Terrys amazing writing skills have been left to a flat line orator. I will not be finishing this book in this format.

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Bearers

Terry Brooks is my favorite On to the next one in the series. Can’t get enough

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  • 07-16-22

Great story

Loved it, the narration is excellent. And the story is poignant. Can't wait for the next in the series.

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