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General Information

Name:  Terence Dean Brooks  

Pen Name: Terry Brooks

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1944 in Sterling, Illinois

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Brooks was born and raised in Sterling, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Terry Brooks is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including the Genesis of Shannara novels Armageddon's Children and The Elves of Cintra; The Sword of Shannara; the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilogy: Ilse Witch, Antrax, and Morgawr; the High Druid of Shannara trilogy: Jarka Ruus, Tanequil, and Straken; the nonfiction book Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life; and the novel based upon the screenplay and story by George Lucas, Star Wars(R): Episode I The Phantom Menace.(tm) His novels Running with the Demon and A Knight of the Word were selected by the Rocky Mountain News as two of the best science fiction/fantasy novels of the twentieth century. The author was a practicing attorney for many years but now writes full-time. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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Selected Titles At Your Library

A Knight of the Word (Pre-Shannara: Word and Void Book 2)
ISBN: 0345379632. OCLC Number: 38311956

Del Rey,. .

A conflict of good versus evil in urban America, featuring a defender of good who has lost his faith. He is John Ross, Knight of the Word, and his crisis follows his failure to prevent a massacre of children in California. But faith can be regained. The Welsh hero Owain Glyndwr became a Knight of the Word and eight centuries later the legacy was passed on to John Ross, a professor of English literature on tour in Wales.

Angel Fire East (Pre-Shannara: Word and Void Book 3)
ISBN: 0345379640. OCLC Number: 41086723

Ballantine Pub. Group,. .

A boy is kidnaped by a demon in Hopewell, Illinois. It happens after he is invaded by magic which the demon covets. Demon hunters John Ross and Nest Freemark go to the boy's rescue. By the author of Running with the Demon.

Child of Light
ISBN: 0593357388. OCLC Number: 1227976874

DelRey. .

From the brilliant mind behind the Shannara saga comes an electrifying new fantasy series about a human girl struggling to find her place in a magical world she's never known. At nineteen, Auris Afton Grieg has led an . . . unusual life. Since the age of fifteen, she has been trapped in a sinister prison. Why? She does not know. She has no memories of her past beyond the vaguest of impressions. All she knows is that she is about to age out of the children's prison, and rumors say that the adult version is far, far worse. So she and some friends stage a desperate escape into the surrounding wastelands. And it is here that Auris's journey of discovery begins, for she is rescued by a handsome yet alien stranger. Harrow claims to be Fae--a member of a magical race that Auris had thought to be no more than legend. Odder still, he seems to think that she is one as well, although the two look nothing alike. But strangest of all, when he brings her to his wondrous homeland, she begins to suspect that he is right. Yet how could a woman who looks entirely human be a magical being herself? Told with a fresh, energetic voice, this fantasy puzzle box is Terry Brooks as you have never seen him before, as one young woman slowly unlocks truths about herself and her world--and, in doing so, begins to heal both--

First King of Shannara (The Sword of Shannara)
ISBN: B006DURJ3M. OCLC Number:

DelRey. .

Running with the Demon (The Word and the Void Trilogy, Book 1)
ISBN: 0345379624. OCLC Number: 36582033

DelRey. .

On July 4, the town of Hopwell in Illinois, is invaded by demons intent on destruction. Opposing them is Nest Freemark, a girl who has magical powers. The drama comes when a demon announces he is her father.

Small Magic: Short Fiction, 1977-2020
ISBN: 0525619968. OCLC Number: 1139027561

DelRey. .

Escape to worlds full of adventure and magic in the first-ever Terry Brooks short story collection, featuring both new and fan-favorite stories from all three of his major literary worlds: Shannara, Magic Kingdom, and The Word & The Void. The first short story collection from Terry Brooks offers readers both new and long-forgotten glimpses into all of Terry's most beloved worlds, plus one elegaic gem from a different world entirely. Here are heroes fighting new battles and struggling to conquer the ghosts of the past. Here are quests both small and far-reaching; heroism both intimate and vast. Here we learn of Garet Jax's childhood, see how Allanon first located Shea Ohmsford, and follow an old wing-rider at the end of his life. Here we see knights of the Word fighting demons within and without, and witness Ben Holiday and his daughter each trying to overcome the unique challenges that Landover offers. Perfect for any Terry Brooks fan, this collection of eleven tales is the perfect addition to the Terry Brooks canon, and a wonderful reminder of what makes a Brooks story such a timeless classic--Provided by publisher.

The Black Elfstone: The Fall of Shannara
ISBN: 0553391488. OCLC Number: 985808147

DelRey. .

The first book of the triumphant and epic four-part conclusion to the Shannara series, from one of the all-time masters of fantasy. Across the Four Lands, peace has reigned for generations. But now, in the far north, an unknown enemy is massing. More troubling than the carnage is the strange and wondrous power wielded by the attackers--a breed of magic unfamiliar even to the Druid order. Fearing the worst, the High Druid dispatches a diplomatic party under the protection of the order's sworn guardian, Dar Leah, to confront the mysterious, encroaching force and discover its purpose. But another crucial journey is being undertaken. Exiled onetime High Druid Drisker Arc has been living in quiet seclusion, far from the politics and power struggles of his former life, until two brutal attacks by would-be assassins force him to seek out an infamous murder-for-hire guild--and find the hidden enemy who has marked him for death. At his side is Tarsha Kaynin, a young woman gifted with the wishsong and eager to be schooled in its formidable power by a master. She, too, is pursuing a mission: to locate her wayward brother, whose own magic has driven him to deadly madness and kindled his rage for vengeance. against his sister. In their darkest hours, facing dangerous adversaries, the lives and quests of Dar Leah, Drisker Arc, and Tarsha Kaynin will be inextricably drawn together. And the challenges each confronts will have resounding consequences for the future of the Four Lands. Praise for Terry Brooks The Sword of Shannara is an unforgettable and wildly entertaining epic, animated by Terry Brooks's cosmically generative imagination and storytelling joy.--Karen Russell, New York Times bestselling author of Swamplandia! If Tolkien is the grandfather of modern fantasy, Terry Brooks is its favorite uncle.--Peter V. Brett, New York Times bestselling author of The Skull Throne I can't even begin to count how many of Terry Brooks's books I've read (and reread) over the years. From Shannara to Landover, his work was a huge part of my childhood.--Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind Terry Brooks is a master of the craft and a trailblazer who established fantasy as a viable genre. He is required reading.--Brent Weeks, New York Times bestselling author of The Night Angel Trilogy The Shannara books were among the first to really capture my imagination. My daydreams and therefore my stories will always owe a debt to Terry Brooks.--Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Beyonders series and the Fablehaven series--

The Elfstones of Shannara (The Shannara Chronicles) (The Sword of Shannara Book 2)
ISBN: 0356507114. OCLC Number: 934480287

Orbit. .

An ancient evil threatens the Elves and the Races of Man. The Ellcrys, the tree of long-lost Elven magic, is dying, unravelling the spell of Forbidding that locks the hordes of Demons away from the world. Already the fearsome Reaper is free. Only by quickening a new seed in the mysterious Bloodfire can the Ellcrys be reborn and the Forbidding made whole. Amberle, a young Elven girl, is chosen to undertake the quest for the Bloodfire. The way is perilous, though. Other demons besides the Reaper stalk the land. Amberle will need a protector if she is to prevail, and Wil Ohmsford, heir to the elven magics of Shannara, is chosen to accompany her. Amberle's quest and the fate of the Four Lands will rest on Wil's ability to unlock the magic of the mysterious Elfstones of Shannara.

The Elves of Cintra (Genesis Of Shannara Book 2)
ISBN: 0345484118. OCLC Number: 123029789

Del Rey,. .

In a devastated world in which only a few imbued with magical gifts stand against the forces of evil, one hero flees Seattle with a group of orphaned street kids, while another leads a group to the Oregon wilderness to meet the long-hidden Elves of Cintra.

The Gypsy Morph (Genesis Of Shannara Book 3)
ISBN: 0345484142. OCLC Number: 222667000

DelRey. .

Eighty years into the future, the United States is a no-man's-land: its landscape blighted by chemical warfare, pollution, and plague; its government collapsed; its citizens adrift, desperate, fighting to stay alive. In fortified compounds, survivors hold the line against wandering predators, rogue militias, and hideous mutations spawned from the toxic environment, while against them all stands an enemy neither mortal nor merciful: demons and their minions bent on slaughtering and subjugating the last of humankind. But from around the country, allies of good unite to challenge the rampaging evil. Logan Tom, wielding the magic staff of a Knight of the Word, has a promise to keep -- protecting the world's only hope of salvation -- and a score to settle with the demon that massacred his family. Angel Perez, Logan's fellow Knight, has risked her life to aid the elvish race, whose peaceful, hidden realm is marked for extermination by the forces of the Void. Kirisin Belloruus, a young elf entrusted with an ancient magic, must deliver his entire civilization from a monstrous army. And Hawk, the rootless boy who is nothing less than destiny's instrument, must lead the last of humanity to a latter-day promised land before the final darkness falls.--From publisher description.

The Heritage of Shannara
ISBN: 0345465547. OCLC Number: 52909307

Ballantine Books,. .

A novel of evil and magic in a land where magic has been forbidden but now must be used again.

The High Druid of Shannara Trilogy
ISBN: 0345528956. OCLC Number: 701017687

Del Rey/Ballantine Books,. .

Presents the three novels in the fantasy trilogy that follow the trials of the Third Druid Council.

The Last Druid (The Fall of Shannara)
ISBN: 0399178546. OCLC Number: 1119471269

DelRey. .

The riveting conclusion not only to the Fall of Shannara but to the entire Shannara series--a truly landmark event, twenty-nine books and forty-three years in the making. Bringing a conclusion to an epic that has spanned centuries is a vast undertaking, but Terry Brooks is entirely equal to the challenge. As the Four Lands reels under a brutal invasion from across the sea, spearheaded by a nation determined to make this land their own, our heroes must decide what they will risk to save the integrity of their home. For as one group remains to defend their homeland, another undertakes a perilous journey across the sea to the homeland of the invaders, carrying with them a new piece of technology that could change the face of the world forever. For both groups, the stakes could not be higher. For those who remain, one of their key allies has been banished to the Forbidding: a demon-filled prison from which there is no escape. And the one who sent him there now stalks the land with a fearsome demon at her side, determined to seize what power she can. While across the sea, a small band of heroes has been shipwrecked far from the land they seek. Can a young girl free her mentor in time to stop an invasion? And can a strange new science reach a foreign shore in time to alter the fate of two nations...providing the device even works? Filled with twists and turns and epic feats of derring-do--not untouched by tragedy--this is vintage Terry Brooks, and a fitting end to a saga that has gathered generations of readers into its fold--

The Skaar Invasion (The Fall of Shannara)
ISBN: 0553391534. OCLC Number: 1077788960

DelRey. .

Following The Black Elfstone, the second book of the epic four-part conclusion to the Shannara series from one of the acknowledged masters of the fantasy genre. Tensions in the Four Lands are high. The mysterious force that laid waste to Paranor has revealed a more human face. While some gain a new understanding of the invaders and what they are after, others continue their existing quests even as the peril rises. For what looked to be a formidable invading force proves only the forerunner of a much vaster army--one that is now marching against the Four Lands in all its fury--

The Sorcerer's Daughter: The Defenders of Shannara
ISBN: 0345540824. OCLC Number: 940795176

DelRey. .

The inspiration for the epic MTV series, the world of Shannara is brimming with untold stories and unexplored territory. Now bestselling author Terry Brooks breaks new ground with a standalone adventure that's sure to thrill veteran readers and recent converts alike--

The Stiehl Assassin (The Fall of Shannara Book 3)
ISBN: 0356510239. OCLC Number: 1127086254

Orbit. .

The Sword of Shannara
ISBN: B0025L72YE. OCLC Number:

Ballantine. .

The Sword of Shannara Trilogy
ISBN: 0345453751. OCLC Number: 50285008

DelRey. .

The first three novels of Terry Brooks Shannara epic of good and evil.

The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara Trilogy
ISBN: B019TM284U. OCLC Number:

DelRey. .

The Wishsong of Shannara (The Shannara Chronicles) (The Sword of Shannara Book 3)
ISBN: 1101965614. OCLC Number: 908175900

DelRey. .

An ancient evil is stirring, intent on the complete destruction of all life. The Druid Allanon sets out on a dangerous journey to save the world, reluctantly aided by Brin Ohmsford, daughter of Wil Ohmsford--for she alone holds the magic power of the wishsong. But a prophecy foretells doom, as evil nurses its plan to trap the unsuspecting Brin into a fate far more horrible than death.--