The Elf Queen of Shannara
The Elf Queen of Shannara by Terry Brooks.
Publisher: DelRey (January 1, 1992)
(book 11 for OUaT)
The Elf Queen of Shannara continues the story started in The Scions of Shannara and continuing in The Druid of Shannara. Even though the book tells the stories of all the scions, the main story is about Wren Ohmsford and her search for the missing Elves. Though, there is an underlining story of Coll and the Sword of Shannara, which is very interesting. But the main story begins with Wren getting a clue to make a fire on the western shores of the Four Lands. She is answered by a member of the flying elves and he takes her to Morrowindl, where it is rumored that the Elves have taken up refuge. After a perilous journey through forests crawling with demons, Wren finally makes it to Arborlon. There it is revealed that she is not an Ohmsford but an Elessedil, a member of the royal family. She also finds out the "painted" rocks she has are none other than the famed Elfstones. After the truth about the demons comes to light, Wren must carry the city and its people back to the Four Lands in an ancient staff, that can only be used once. Also in this book, Walker reanimates Paranor and also comes face-to-face with the Four Horsemen. This is by far the best in this sequence even though it is all one big story.
The first few chapters didn’t capture me as the beginnings of the first two books. My thought was.. well it’s ok but…
“But” turned into…ok so I was wrong, this one is as good as the others!
This was yet another good adventure of good verses evil. Wren turns out to be able to fight the “demons” as well as any of the other characters..of course the “painted stones” turn out to be the Elfstones ..and that helps a whole lot! She searches and finally finds that the Elves have all moved to an island away from the four lands. And as usual in a Shannara book she seems to have bitten off more than she can chew!
A small thing and a little smile along the way in this book, is when she gets adopted by a “treesqueek”… the name alone makes me want one lol. A little animal of the island that clings to Wren throughout much of the book.
This part of the journey draws to it’s conclusion and yet you know the whole story of the Ohmsford’s and the fate of the four lands has not yet concluded..and so there is one remaining book: The Tailesman of Shannara yet to be read. June 19th ends Once Upon a Time Challenge and with luck I will finish (or come close) the last book in time.