• The Elf Queen of Shannara

  • By: Terry Brooks
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (1,242 ratings)

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By: Terry Brooks
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The third volume of The Heritage of Shannara, which continues one of the most popular fantasy series of all time

"Find the Elves and return them to the world of Men!" The shade of the Druid Allanon had ordered Wren. 

It was clearly an impossible task. The Elves had been gone from the Westland for more than a hundred years. There was not even a trace of their former city of Arborlon left to mark their passing. No one in the Esterland knew of them - except, finally, the Addershag. 

The blind old woman had given instructions to find a place on the coast of the Blue Divide, build a fire, and keep it burning for three days. "One will come for you." 

Tiger Ty, the Wing Rider, had come on his giant Roc to carry Wren and her friend Garth to the only clear landing site on the island of Morrowindl, where, he said, the Elves might still exist, somewhere in the demon-haunted jungle. 

Now she stood within that jungle, remembering the warning of the Addershag: "Beware, Elf-girl. I see danger ahead for you...and evil beyond imagining." It had proved all too true. 

Wren stood with her single weapon of magic, listening as demons evil beyond all imagining gathered for attack. How long could she resist? 

And if, by some miracle, she reached the Elves and could convince them to return, how could they possibly retrace her perilous path to reach the one safe place on the coast? 

©2016 Terry Brooks (P)2016 Random House Audio

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The Elf Queen of Shannara

Having read the book, I looked forward to the audio version. However, John Lee's narration was hard to follow, his voice almost mechanical sounding. It detracted from an an enjoyable and exciting companion story to the Scions of Shannara. I won't be purchasing other audio books narrated by John Lee.

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Dangerous quest, unexpected secrets

The Elf Queen of Shannara is the third of four books in the Heritage of Shannara series. This one tells the story of Wren Ohmsford, the girl Ohmsford cousin whose story we have been waiting for.
The story is good, and the action, once they reach the island of Morrowindl is nearly nonstop. Even when she is not in a life-threatening situation, Wren is deluged with unexpected information about who she really is and what has happened with the Elves.

Most of the story in this book is Wren’s. But there are just a very few glimpses of Par and Col Ohmsford and Walker Boh and the journeys they are still on. This is just a little jarring in how it is done. I sort of wish that the books in this series would have either focused on one quest at a time once the three quests were set up or would have updated us fairly evenly on how everybody was doing. To have a single story interrupted with little bits of the others kind of destroys the continuity.

The shade of the late Druid, Allanon, had tasked Wren with finding the Elves and returning them to the Four Lands. It seems that since the original Sword of Shannara series, some three hundred years previously, the Elves had taken the notion that it would be best for them to leave the corrupted Four Lands. And nobody has seen them since.

For all the trouble that Wren has getting to the Elves and back once she discovers where they have gone, the most difficult part of this mission is finding them. In the little snippets we have seen of Wren’s journey in the earlier books in this subseries, she finally discovered an old witch of a crone who told her how to find them. So, she and her friend, the silent warrior, Garth, try it and are rewarded with a trip to the Island of Morrowindl where the Elves are supposed to be.

It is a wonder that they make it into the interior of the island where the Elves are at all. There are so many dangers they must face on the way. The only two creatures they meet who are nice at all are Stresa, a Splinterscat (a critter you don’t see every day, but whose knowledge of the island is the only thing that keeps them from being killed by the other denizens of the island) and an inoffensive creature that Stresa refers to as a “tree squeak.”

When they at last encounter one of the Elvin guards and are brought into the fortress where the Elves have sequestered themselves, Wren discovers many many things she didn’t expect about herself, the Elves, and magic.

Even as she is talking with the Elf Queen the walls around the fortress are giving way. Although some people protest the idea, it’s clear if you are paying attention that the only way to save the Elves as a people is to get them out of their island fortress. The Elf Queen, Elinroe Elissidel, performs a spell to place nearly the entire population into a special Elfstone, the Loden Stone, for the trip to the Four Lands.

Then they set out, just a small company that includes Wren, Garth, Elinroe, Elinroe’s best friend and seer, Eowen, four of their best guards and trackers, and Elinroe’s nephew who is also Wren’s cousin.

The death toll on the trip back to the coast is incredibly high. Even the indomitable Garth is finally bitten by something that threatens to do more than merely kill him. This part is really sad. Only Wren, Stresa, the tree squeak, and one seriously injured guard are left when Tiger Ty returns on his Roc to retrieve them. They barely escape the island before the volcano at its heart destroys it.

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I love this story

When I first bought this book in the earl 1990's I couldn't put it down. I still love this book and highly recommend it.

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the best of the Scions series

I've always liked the Elfstone-related books a little better than the others in to Shannara-verse, and this is probably the best of the lot. The narrator is still pretty terrible, with a very distracting cadence, but it's eventually something I learned to ignore.

The story isn't quite as strong as I remember it being last time I read the book (e.g. a bit too much internal ruminating over things we were just told), but Brooks' penchant for over-describing the setting works really well here when they setting is so strange and so important. The action is as good as the series gets, and the characters, while occasionally undercooked, are as likable as ever.

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it was a great lesson

listen to baseball again and again and again and probably will probably will love K Brooks books

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A Story brought to life!

This is an excellent book written by Terry Brooks who knows how to make his words leap out of the book! John Lee does an excellent job narrating the book with his different voices and the suspense he brings alive in your mind as you listen to him read!

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Best of the Series

This is my most favorite so adventurous and sad, yet victorious. I can't wait to finish it 😩

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Great story and great narrative!

The reading was done very well. I have read the series multiple times so it was easy to follow. I would recommend reading the series, but for those who just don’t have the time nothing is lost when you listen to the narrative by John Lee.

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It's the little things

it's the little things. Lee's narration features some of the best attention to detail I can recall from a narrator. The voice of Stresa alone deserves a 5 star review. One of my favorite Shannara books narrated in brilliant fashion. Bravo!

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Great depth

What a master storyteller! The depth of characters, scenes and action pulls the reader right into the story. The characters are delightful, even those of death and destruction.
John Lee has a mesmerizing voice that carries you right into the story!!

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  • Ben probert
  • 10-08-22

amazing journey

I love all Terry Brooks work, the story is a great adventure like all the shannara books

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-24-21

One of the best in the series so far

At last, Brook's female protagonist has more to her than innocent beauty or petulant sexiness

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  • K Oliver
  • 01-12-21

The best Shannara book?

I have read the first 7 (publication order) Shannara books plus the First King, and this is my favourite. Usually, I greatly enjoy Brooks' novels despite glaring weaknesses in his writing, but here, he does things well that he usually does badly. For example, Wren, Stresa, and to a lesser extent Garth are beautifully drawn characters. The moment of greatest pathos in the novel is pitched perfectly, and I am left moved by it rather than irritated by the melodrama. It's not perfect (Wren's moral dilemma, which is no dilemma at all, gets annoying after a while), and it needs to be read as part of the series to be really enjoyed, but I think that this is peak Terry Brooks. The narration is also excellent.

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  • MR DA AUSTEN
  • 09-26-20

outstanding

the only thing I can say is BRILLIANT in all ways like all the other books can't wait for more to be released by audible

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  • S J Dolding
  • 03-07-18

money for old rope

exposition followed by exposition. she thought. he pondered. i silently screamed, john lee tries hard.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-04-18

such an addictive read. love this auther

absolutely adore this auther. His books are captivating! I love them all but this has been my favourite so far.

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  • Andrew M.
  • 10-01-17

another hit

another great story in the shannara series about to start the talismans can't wait to see how it comes together

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  • Moon pie
  • 06-10-20

narration issues

i loved this book however, i felt it was narrated too quickly and was better listened to at 0.95 speed. for the story itself ,i felt that brooks spent too much time describing the scene and on the feelings of the characters leaving not much room for events and character development. overall still a great book but was tempted to skip ahead due to endless metaphors and repetition of thoughts.