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The Elf Queen of Shannara

Written By:Terry Brooks - 1992

  • The Elf Queen of Shannara  - Terry Brooks cover


The End of a Quest

"Find the Elves and return them to the world of Men!" the shade of the Druid Allanon had ordered Wren.

It was clearly an impossible task. The Elves had been gone from the Westland for more than a hundred years. There was not even a trace of their former city of Arborlon left to mark their passing. No one in the Westland knew of them—except, finally, the Addershag.

The blind old woman had given instructions to find a place on the coast of the Blue Divide, build a fire, and keep it burning for three days. "One will come for you."

Tiger Ty, the Wing Rider, had come on his giant Roc to carry Wren and her friend Garth to the only clear landing site on the island of Morrowindl, where, he said, the Elves might still exist, somewhere in the demon-haunted jungle.

Now she stood within that jungle, remembering the warning of the Addershag: "Beware, Elf-girl. I see danger ahead for you... and evil beyond imagining." It had proved all too true.

Wren stood with her single weapon of magic, listening as demons evil beyond all imagining gathered for attack. How long could she resist?

And if, by some miracle, she reached the Elves and could convince them to return, how could they possibly retrace her perilous path to reach the one safe place on the coast?


The Last True Elf?

Who was she?

Wren had always known that she was part Rover and part a descendant of the long-ago Shea Ohmsford. Her earliest memories were of playing with the Ohmsford children until she was five, when she was given to Garth, the deaf and dumb Rover who had taught her all the skills of the Rover life.

Now even that was stripped from her. Garth had finally admitted that both her parents had been Elves. He could—or would—tell her no more.

But the Elves had been gone from the Four Lands for more than a hundred years, and it seemed impossible to her that they could have survived the demons on Morrowindl for so long.

Could she be the last of the Elves—the only true elf?




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