1. The High Druid of Shannara – Jarka Ruus

It’s been 20 years after the conclusion of Morgawr, The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara, and the dreaded Ilse Witch Grianne Ohmsford is now the High Druid or Ardh Rhys. She finds herself struggling to unite the ambitious, overeaching druids, but her enemies banish her behind the wall of the Forbidding, Jarka Ruus, the anti-demon security feature that collapsed so spectacularly in The Elfstones of Shannara. The young Penderrin Ohmsford must now go through the usual hoops of quest and adventure to unlock the Forbidding and rescue her.

Another formulaic addition to the Shannara franchise. All the usual suspects are here – the Druid Keep of Paranor, dark creatures in pursuit of the reluctant young hero, druids, dwarves, trolls, and of course, the elves with the Elfstones – the comfortable butter and lembas of mainstream fantasy.

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