- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey; First Edition edition (August 23, 2011)
- Author: Terry Brooks
- Cover art: I really like it.
- Over all rating: *** out of 5 stars
- Obtained: Won from goodreads first reads.
For five hundred years, the survivors of the Great Wars lived peacefully in a valley sanctuary shielded by powerful magic from the blighted and dangerous outside world. But the enchanted barriers have crumbled, the borders have been breached by predators, and the threat of annihilation looms large once more. Sider Ament, bearer of the last black staff and its profound power, devoted his life to protecting the valley and its inhabitants—and, in his final moments, gave stewardship of the black staff to the young tracker Panterra Qu. Now the newly anointed Knight of the Word must take up the battle against evil wherever it threatens: from without, where an army of bloodthirsty trolls is massing for invasion; and from within, where the Elf king of Arborlon has been murdered, his daughter, Princess Phryne Amarantyne, stands accused, and a heinous conspiracy is poised to subjugate the kingdom. But even these will pale beside the most harrowing menace Panterra is destined to confront—a nameless, merciless figure who wanders the devastated land on a relentless mission: to claim the last black staff . . . and the life of he who wields it. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)
This book was good, but not great. I found myself to be a bit let down the ending felt weak, which surprised me as Brooks is a very gifted story teller. It could be because this is book 2 of I believe 3 a book series, I will still pick up the next book though.
I do wish that this book had more information on the characters ect in it, Brooks normally has loads of information and shows the inter workings of his world.
There were some great action scenes and the dialog was great as usual. I would still recommend this to other Brooks fans, but with a warning that Brooks now has cliff hanger endings and it seems his style is changing.
It was still a good read though.