50 Page Fridays: Terry Brooks


Every Friday, we here @ Del Rey Spectra will place a 50 page excerpt of a selected title on Unbound Worlds. Whether it is science fiction, epic fantasy, alternate history, horror, urban fantasy, paranormal, the possibilities are endless.

BLOODFIRE QUEST by Terry Brooks is the second novel in his newest trilogy: The Dark Legacy of Shannara. The quest for the long-lost Elfstones continues, and in this book it has drawn the leader of the Druid order and her followers into the hellish dimension known as the Forbidding, where the most dangerous creatures banished from the Four Lands are imprisoned. The only hope lies with a young Druid, faced with a staggering choice: cling to the life she cherishes or combat an army of darkness by making the ultimate sacrifice.

Del Rey Spectra editor Anne Groell tells us more about this series and what it’s like to work with Terry Brooks:

“For over 35 years, Terry Brooks has been a staple of bestseller lists and beloved of fantasy fans worldwide. And why? For the simple fact that he tells a great story! When you pick up a Terry Brooks book, you become instantly enmeshed in its events and its characters…no matter whether it is one of his classics, or one of his more recent offerings.

I am probably confessing more than I should about my age with this story, but I first discovered Terry Brooks at a middle school book fair. I was a huge fantasy fan, and there was this shiny mass-market copy of THE SWORD OF SHANNARA just staring at me in all its glory from the New Books table. Hooray! A new author to love! But life moves on, and so do students. And before I knew it, I was umpteen books behind, and they were all big, and catching back up just seemed intimidating, to say the least, and… Fast forward thirty-odd years, and suddenly I am Terry’s editor. Awesome! But could I jump into a new series after 30 years away?

Delightfully, I learned that I not only could, but that I enjoyed doing so just as much as I had when I was a kid. I tore through WARDS OF FAERIE, the first book in The Dark Legacy of Shannara, and couldn’t wait for the second book, BLOODFIRE QUEST, to arrive…much as I hope many of you are now eagerly awaiting it! As I write this, I have read and edited the final volume, WITCH WRAITH, and am currently 50 pages from the end of my second read of his newest novel, which will be published in 2014. So I can tell you, definitively, that there are great things still to come from Terry!

So, Terry fans, rejoice! And for those, like me, who found that backlist intimidating… Do yourself a favor and reads WARDS OF FAERIE (You can read an excerpt here). ”

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