Book Cover of The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks

The Elfstones of Shannara

Author: Terry Brooks

Release: 1982

Publisher: Del Rey

Genre: Epic Fantasy, Fiction, High Fantasy

ISBN-10: 0345285549
ISBN-13: 978-0345285546

Main Character(s): Allanon, Amberle Elessedil, Ander Elessedil, Changeling, Dagda Mor, Ellcrys, Eretria, Eventine Elessedil, The Reaper, Stee Jans, Wil Ohmsford

Synopsis: Ancient Evil threatens the Elves: The ancient tree created by long-lost Elven magic, is dying. When Wil Ohmsford is summoned to guard the Amberle on a perilous quest to gather a new seed for a new tree, he is faced with the Reaper, the most fearsome of all Demons. And Wil is without power to control them…

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Quotes and Lines

“The Chosen were the caretakers of the Ellrys, the strange and wondrous tree that stood at the center of the Gardens—the tree, as the legends told, that served as protector against a primordial evil that had very nearly destroyed the Elves centuries ago, an evil that had been shut away from the earth since before the dawn of the old race of Men.”

“The legend was not legend. The legend was life. Evil did indeed lie beyond a Forbidding that the Ellcrys maintained. Only she kept the Elven people safe. And now she was dying.”

“If one of the Chosen were permitted to carry a seed of the tree to the source of her power, the Ellcrys might be reborn and the Forbidding invoked again.”

“‘Child, that you were mine,’ he whispered. He stepped closer, reaching up to take…”

“Evil contained is not evil destroyed.”

“But your responsibilities are sometimes given you without choice, without consent.”