18077816First in the latest Shannara trilogy, High Druid’s Blade introduces us to the next generation of Ohmsford heroes….kind of…

Paxon and his sister Chrysallin are the latest generation of Leahs, great grandchildren to Mirah Leah and (if I remember right) Railing Ohmsford. And like many other generations before them they are aware of the history and legends of their families but believe they are just that -history and legend.

Until the day young, headstrong Chrys is kidnapped by a Federation scorcerer, forcing Paxon to go after them to rescue her.  Taking up the sword of Leah Paxon does just that, and on the journey reawakans the ancient powers of the sword.

Powers which peak the interest of the Fourth Druid Order and the Ard Rhys Aphenglow Elessidil.  Taking Paxon on as a knight-errant, the trains him as a paladin of the Druid Order and sends him along to guard members of the Order as they go about their tasks.

But what neither one expected was for Paxon to uncover a plot by the scorcerer to bring down the Order from within and without -using his sister Chrys as the key.

Interested to see where Terry Brooks plans to go with this trilogy.  But we have some time until the next one The Darkling Child.  So until then lets get on with Ja No Read Mo.  Next up is the last of the Harper series (or the last of the Harper series that I have) #14 Stormlight.

291535Strange magic is on the loose in Firefall Keep — magic that kills.

The mightiest War Wizards are baffled, and the shadow of destruction threatens valiant Harpers and nobles of the fair realm of Cormyr alike. With Harpers in jeopardy, it is up to the legendary Bard of Shadowdale, Storm Silverhand, to overcome this lethal and mysterious force.

“Whenever I think I can relax at last, someone hastens to brutally point out to me that I’ve fresh work to do. It’s time to save the world again.” — Storm Silverhand