"The first book of the triumphant and epic four-part conclusion to the Shannara series, from one of the all-time masters of fantasy. The Four Lands has been at peace for generations, but now a mysterious army of invaders is cutting a bloody swathe acrossa remote region of the land. No one knows who they are, where they come from, or what they are after--and most seem content to ignore these disturbing events. The only people who sense a greater, growing threat and wish to uncover the truth are society'soutcasts: an exiled high Druid, a conflicted warrior, a teenage girl struggling to master a prodigious magic . . . and a scrappy young orphan, improbably named Shea Ohmsford"-- - (Baker & Taylor)

Fearing the rise of a new enemy in the far north, the High Druid dispatches Dar Leah to discover its purpose, while the exiled Drisker Arc, accompanied by Tarsha Kaynin, searches for the unknown force that has marked him for death. - (Baker & Taylor)

A first entry in an epic four-part series concluding the Shannara Chronicles depicts a peaceful Four Lands that are invaded by a largely ignored, mysterious army whose true agenda is recognized by a band of outcasts who would expose the truth. By the best-selling author of <IT>The Sword of Shannara<RO>. - (Baker & Taylor)

<b>The first book of the triumphant and epic four-part conclusion to the Shannara series, from one of the all-time masters of fantasy.</b><br><br> 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&mdash;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&rsquo;s sworn guardian, Dar Leah, to confront the mysterious, encroaching force and discover its purpose.<br><br> 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&mdash;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.<br><br> 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.<br><br><b>Praise for <i>The Black Elfstone</i></b><br> <b><i>&#160;</i></b><br> &ldquo;Epic scope, heroic characters, and so much heart . . . proof that the Shannara series can still reach new heights.&rdquo;<b>&mdash;<i>Tor.com</i></b><br> &#160;<br> &ldquo;A strong opening book . . . The Four Lands face a new threat.&rdquo;<b><i>&mdash;Fantasy Book Review</i></b><br> <i>&#160;</i><br> &ldquo;Fantastic . . . one of the best books in this saga.&rdquo;<b>&mdash;<i>SFRevu</i></b> - (Random House, Inc.)