Books by Terry Brooks

Terry Brooks was born in Illinois in 1944, where he spent a great deal of his childhood and early adulthood dreaming up stories in and around Sinnissippi Park, the very same park that would eventually become the setting for his bestselling Word & Void tri


THE DARKLING CHILD by Terry Brooks
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 7, 2015

"While retrograde and without much style, the novel will likely find an audience in fans of the series."
The forces of good and evil converge to do battle in Brooks' (The High Druid's Blade, 2014, etc.) latest addition to the ever expanding Shannara series.Read full book review >
THE HIGH DRUID'S BLADE by Terry Brooks
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 11, 2014

"Square, sturdy, straight-down-the-middle fantasy entertainment, enjoyable for the Shannara faithful."
Brooks (Witch Wraith, 2013, etc.) returns with a stand-alone Shannara novel starring Paxon Leah. Read full book review >
Released: March 19, 2013

"A fine middle chapter to Brooks' latest Shannara adventure."
The second book in Brooks' ongoing Dark Legacy of Shannara epic-fantasy trilogy. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"An auspicious beginning to Brooks' latest Shannara tale."
Prolific epic-fantasy novelist Brooks (The Measure of the Magic, 2011, etc.) unveils the first in his latest Shannara trilogy. Read full book review >
BEARERS OF THE BLACK STAFF by Terry Brooks
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 24, 2010

"A highly approachable continuation of the Shannara saga."
Brooks (A Princess of Landover, 2009, etc.) returns with the first book in a new fantasy duology set in the author's Shannara universe. Read full book review >
A PRINCESS OF LANDOVER by Terry Brooks
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"A pleasant fantasy romp."
A new installment in The Magic Kingdom of Landover series (Witches' Brew, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
THE ELVES OF CINTRA by Terry Brooks
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 28, 2007

"Brooks (Armageddon's Children, 2006, etc.) fans will enjoy the ride, as always; others will simply be confused."
A handful of humans and Elves continue their battle against the demons in the moderately gripping middle volume of a post-apocalyptic fantasy trilogy that links the Shannara and the Word/Void series. Read full book review >
ARMAGEDDON’S CHILDREN by Terry Brooks
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Like the prequel trilogy: steady, absorbing storytelling, if, typically, lacking narrative tension. And don't expect any sort of ending: In anticipation of sequels, the book just ceases."
Sequel to Brooks's Word and Void contemporary fantasy trilogy (Angel Fire East, 1999, etc.) wherein, despite all the scuffling between the Void (demons) and Knights of the Word, the bad guys won. Read full book review >
HIGH DRUID OF SHANNARA by Terry Brooks
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 6, 2005

"Best for lovers of conventional fantasy."
It's confrontation time in the world of Shannara, and things are not looking pretty for the good guys. Read full book review >
HIGH DRUID OF SHANNARA by Terry Brooks
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Satisfying but often lamentably prosaic—but sure to be another bonanza for this one-man industry."
Brooks finds another series to wring out of the profitable Shannara world that has been so good to him in the past. Read full book review >
THE VOYAGE OF THE JERLE SHANNARA by Terry Brooks
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Kid stuff—but magic sells."
Conclusion of the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilogy, and 12th in the entire Shannara series, with a new Shannara trilogy promised. Read full book review >
THE VOYAGE OF THE JERLE SHANNARA by Terry Brooks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Will Harry Potter fans come aboard?"
Second in the Shannara Voyage subseries, still a swift and easy-swinging adventure fantasy. Read full book review >
THE VOYAGE OF THE JERLE SHANNARA by Terry Brooks
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"And no, of course Brooks hasn't forgotten about the sword."
After a time out to write about demons and knights (Angel Fire East, 1999, etc.), Brooks returns to his bestselling Shannara universe (First King of Shannara, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
ANGEL FIRE EAST by Terry Brooks
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Once again, a carefully crafted scenario and believable characters undermined by uncompelling and unsurprising developments; still, series fans should be pleased."
Final installment in Brooks's Word vs. Read full book review >
A KNIGHT OF THE WORD by Terry Brooks
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Unevocative, humdrum, and devoid of narrative tension; still, fans of the previous book will probably want to investigate."
Relatively uncompelling sequel to Running with the Demon (1997), Brooks's good (the Word) vs. evil (the Void) clash set in contemporary America. Read full book review >
RUNNING WITH THE DEMON by Terry Brooks
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"An intriguing and well-balanced scenario with believable characters, but undermined by unsurprising story developments and therefore little or no narrative tension."
New contemporary fantasy from the author of two interminable series, one about Shannara (First King of Shannara, 1996, etc.), the other set in a Magic Kingdom (Witches' Brew, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
FIRST KING OF SHANNARA by Terry Brooks
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1996

"For those who care."
Brooks wasn't the first writer, and won't be the last, to make a career out of a single idea that captured the fantasy audiences's attention (his Magic Kingdom yarns notwithstanding). Read full book review >
WITCHES' BREW by Terry Brooks
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1995

"These Landover yarns are agreeable enough in their own limited fashion, and mostly manage to avoid formula; this one, after a lethargic start, comes well up to the mark."
A new adventure in Brooks's Magic Kingdom of Landover series (The Tangle Box, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
THE TANGLE BOX by Terry Brooks
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1994

"Solid entertainment for series fans, and useful comic relief from Brooks's recently completed Shannara series."
Fourth of Brooks's Magic Kingdom of Landover series. Read full book review >
THE TALISMANS OF SHANNARA by Terry Brooks
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1993

"Still, fans of the series won't be dissuaded."
Concluding the second series of Shannara yarns (The Elf Queen of Shannara, etc.) as the scions of Shannara—namely, the newly made Druid, Walker Boh, the Elf Queen Wren Elessedil, and the magical Ohmsford brothers, Par and Coll—somehow must unite their efforts in order to bring a final end to the evil Shadowen and their leader, Rimmer Dall. Read full book review >
THE ELF QUEEN OF SHANNARA by Terry Brooks
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1992

"Fancy and mostly agreeable stage-setting for the showdown to come in book four."
The latest addition to The Heritage of Shannara tetralogy, the separate quests of Wren, Coll, and Par Ohmsford, and their uncle Walker Boh, proceeding as ordained by the dead Druid, Allanon. Read full book review >
THE DRUID OF SHANNARA by Terry Brooks
Released: March 1, 1991

"Some quite lively plotting, but set forth in an abstracted, rather slapdash fashion that will not deter Shannara fans but will certainly prevent more discerning readers from taking Brooks seriously."
Brooks continues to squeeze mileage out of his sword-and-sorcery Shannara yarns; this one's the fifth, following The Scions of Shannara (1990), and describes the quest for the Black Elfstone, a jewel that nullifies magic and can restore Paranor, the magically lost Keep of the Druids. Read full book review >
THE SCIONS OF SHANNARA by Terry Brooks
Released: March 1, 1990

"Hard to understand the large-selling appeal of this and similar dime-a-dozen epics, but certainly whoever buys them has an insatiable need for the reassuringly familiar."
Brooks takes another stab at the not-so-hot Shannara wimp-magic fantasy conveyor-belt (most recently, The Wishsong of Shannara, 1985) with this first of a new series called The Heritage of Shannara—just in case you hadn't guessed. Read full book review >
WIZARD AT LARGE by Terry Brooks
Released: Oct. 3, 1988

"As these things go: not too bad."
Bright and breezy third outing for ex-lawyer Ben Holiday, now King of the Magic Kingdom of Landover (most recently The Black Unicorn, 1987). Read full book review >
THE BLACK UNICORN by Terry Brooks
Released: Oct. 1, 1987

"Sprightly if irritatingly obvious fable-weaving, then, and, despite the absence of any profound thinking or involvement, Brooks' enormous popularity should carry this one smartly along."
Simple-minded, derivative sequel to the best-selling Magic Kingdom for Sale—Sold! (1986). Read full book review >
MAGIC KINGDOM FOR SALE/SOLD by Terry Brooks
Released: April 1, 1986

"Still, a pleasantly entertaining jaunt, and considerably better thought out than Brooks' ragged Shannara yarns (most recently The Wishsong of Shannara, 1985)."
Restless, grieving widower and lawyer Ben Holiday comes across an ad for a "genuine magic kingdom"; intrigued, he pays over a million dollars—and proceeds through a magical tunnel to Landover, an as-advertised property complete with fairies, wizards, dragons, and a magical palace! Read full book review >
THE WISHSONG OF SHANNARA by Terry Brooks
Released: May 1, 1985

This third Shannara yarn (The Sword of Shannara, 1977; The Elfstones of Shannara, 1982, paperback only) concludes what is not so much a trilogy as a series with the same tenuous, unconvincing backdrop. Read full book review >
THE SWORD OF SHANNARA by Terry Brooks
Released: April 1, 1977

"None of this can be expected to dismay the s-and-s audience."
A sword-and-sorcery narrative a la Tolkien, being introduced with some fanfare in simultaneous hard-cover and trade paperback editions. Read full book review >