The Sorcerer's Daughter: The Defenders of Shannara

The Sorcerer's Daughter: The Defenders of Shannara

by Terry Brooks

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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 mysterious, magic-wielding Druid order has existed for long ages, battling any evil that threatens the Four Lands—and struggling to be understood and accepted by outsiders. But their hopes of building goodwill are dashed when a demon’s murderous rampage at a peace summit leaves their political opponents dead—casting new suspicions upon the Druids and forcing them to flee from enemies both mortal and monstrous.

Paxon Leah, the order’s appointed protector, knows that blame lies with Arcannen Rai, the vile sorcerer he has battled and defeated before. But there’s no time to hunt his nemesis, if he is to lead the wrongfully accused Druids to their sanctuary. It is a quest fraught with danger, as a furious government agent and his army snap at their heels, and lethal predators stalk them in the depths of the untamed wilderness.

But Arcannen is playing a deeper game than Paxon realizes. Paxon’s sister possesses a powerful magic that the sorcerer longs to control—but Arcannen has not reckoned with the determination of his own estranged daughter, Leofur, who is also Paxon’s devoted lifemate. Leofur sets out on a perilous quest to thwart her father’s desires—while the vengeful Arcannen conjures his blackest magical skills, determined to destroy them all . . . and claim the most powerful of magics for his own.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345540843
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/2017
Series: Defenders of Shannara Series , #3
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 79,000
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Terry Brooks has thrilled readers for decades with his powers of imagination and storytelling. He is the author of more than thirty books, most of which have been New York Times bestsellers. He lives with his wife, Judine, in the Pacific Northwest.


Pacific Northwest and Hawaii

Date of Birth:

January 8, 1944

Place of Birth:

Sterling, Illinois


B.A. in English, Hamilton College, 1966; J.D., Washington and Lee University

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The Sorcerer's Daughter: The Defenders of Shannara (Signed Book) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read, hope there are more to follow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Think of one of your favorite TV series. One of mine is Supernatural. In it's 12th season and will likely see more. The story twists around but the themes are always familiar. The Terry Brooks writings are no different. The recurrent themes he creates are familiar and new all at the same time. It's a place to escape and feel comfortable amidst the drama and adventure. I have enjoyed every moment of every book and they are a treasured part of my life. Thank you Mr. Brooks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Little slow for the plot to unfold but a good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was interesting and held my attention although it didn't feel as if Mr. Brooks put a full effort into the tale. Perhaps this is one of those in-between stories, too long to fit into a current story and too short to be it's own full on novel. I got the feeling that this read is a setup to understand changes in further main story lines. Altogether, a good read with a good story line. Just doesn't feel like Mr. Brooks actually wrote it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not my favorite. Although I am glad I read it
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Mirella More than 1 year ago
It has been several years since I read a Terry Brooks novel. He is definitely one of my favourite fantasy writers. IF you're unfamiliar with Terry Brooks and the world of Shannara, The Sorcerer’s Daughter is a good book to start with. This book easily stands alone, so therefore makes a good introduction. It contains many of the same characters and you won't need to know any prior knowledge of previous stories. In this novel, Leofur is the daughter of a tyrannical sorcerer and she teams up with the hero, Paxon Leah, the High Druid's blade, to thwart her father's evil intentions. There is a touch of everything in this book - romance, tragedy, treachery, flying machines, a steampunk style setting, and an adventurous quest. It is perhaps due to this denseness that sometimes I felt the characters became secondary to the story. Otherwise, there were plenty of twists and turns and a very evil villain that definitely did not disappoint. All in all, this is a great book to start with to get to know Terry Brooks and the world he creates. Thank you to the author and publisher. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for visiting my blog,, where the greatest historical fiction is reviewed! For fascinating women of history bios and women's fiction please visit
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
I would like to thank Del Rey & NetGalley for a copy of this e-ARC to review. While I received this ebook for free, that has no impact upon the honesty of my review. Once again Brooks brings us back to Shannara and it's wonderful world, peopled by amazing characters. This time we follow Leofur, Chrysallin, and Paxton on their separate journeys, each attempting to ultimately reunite with the others. Though this book is billed as Leofur's story, Paxton and his sister Chrysallin both have equal roles to play, or very close to it. I liked Leofur's forthright personality, her determination, and willingness to look at things and really give them the attention they deserved. That was true of her friends, her history, and most especially herself. She never rushes into things, but slowly she always reaches the right decision for herself. And she's smart enough to know that she can't be something for others if it isn't also providing at least as much satisfaction for her, though for a time she looses her way. In fact, her journey to rescue Chrysallin is also a journey of self-discovery; though of course that is clearly not her intention at the beginning of this self-appointed rescue mission. Chrysallin is the one we know the least about, at least in this book. But she had her own story, so in this one she is relegated to supporting cast. It's a position she plays well, although she does step more actively into the story from time to time. Rather than having a heavily interactive role, in this she is mostly living in her own mind. She is a stalwart friend, but I found her need for others to perpetually rescue her a tad pathetic. Then there's Paxton. As Chrysallin's brother he is obsessed with her protection, as Leofur's life partner he is, well, he's rather lacking. To promise to be a life partner and never be with said partner, that right there screams 'problem' in the world of romantic relations. The fact that he always has, and always will, put his job ahead of his partner tells us all we need to know about his use to Leofur. That's not to say that he's a bad guy, because he's anything but; he's simply not cut out for a committed relationship to anyone with a life of their own. Though their roles begin small, both Imric, the shape-shifter that Leofur enlists to help rescue Chrysallin, and Miriya, a Druid that is part of the group Paxton has been tasked with protecting, grow to be powerful characters in their own right. Their roles are rather fluid, changing as the story evolves. The adventures of all parties are entertaining, scary, and moving, in no particular order. They are pretty much true to form for books by Mr. Brooks and promise to engage the reader and keep you wrapped up in the story. Nothing happens without a reason, even if as the reader we don't see the reason for several chapters to come. It's so nice watching each story come full circle, or as close an approximation as is possible. So although this book is part of a series it could be read as a stand-alone without to much trouble. As always Brooks has created compelling people to populate his much loved world of Shannara, using them to grab the reader and sweep them into the latest adventures taking place there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This work is getting tiresome much similarly play of eagerness of money. Favoring regurgitation over content.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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