The High Druid's Blade

The High Druid's Blade

Book - 2014
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When his brash young sister is abducted by a menacing stranger, Paxon races to her rescue with the only weapon he can find. 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.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780345540706
0345540700
Branch Call Number: SciFic Brooks
Characteristics: 305 pages : illustration ; 25 cm

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happycanuck
Aug 22, 2015

Good plot, good action, want to read more.

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WCLSBlaineLibrary
Aug 04, 2015

I love his whole Shannara series but this is my favorite so far.

JCLJaredH Jul 18, 2014

The High Druid's Blade didn't quite live up to my expectations. It is not a bad book really. It's just that this story doesn't quite have the same...charisma, as the Wishsong of Shannara or the earlier Shannara books. Many of the characters are not well fleshed out yet, with the exception of two (the villian, of course, and the Druid Starks). The story isn't as complex as other Brooks novel (and that is okay. Not everything has to been a cataclysmic adventure) it does suffer from a few pacing issues.

Despite this, The High Druid's Blade is not a bad book. I do like the idea of Paxon's development into a Knight Errant, and the idea that this is technically a standalone novel (though there are enough unanswered questions that hopefully the next book will help to answer). Definitely recommended for long time fans. A new reader could pick up this book, but he/she may feel a little lost with the references to other adventures.

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