The High Druid's Blade

The High Druid's Blade

Book - 2014
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"Paxon Leah never thought of the old family sword hanging above his living room hearth as anything other than an intriguing ornament...until his sister is kidnapped by a sorcerer. Following the dark mage with nothing but this piece of steel to protect him, Paxon stumbles into a plot to overthrow the Druids and remake the world...and accidentally unlocks the powers of the ancient blade. Now, he must learn to master the sword's power in order to protect not only his sister, but also the very people who are teaching him to control his powers in the first place: the Druids!"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780345540706
0345540700
9780345540713
Branch Call Number: SF Brooks, T 900.1 2014
Characteristics: 305 pages : map ; 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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