The Darkling Child

The Darkling Child

Defenders of Shannara Series, Book 2

eBook - 2015
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From New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks comes a thrilling stand-alone novel in his legendary Shannara series--the perfect place for new readers to begin.After taking up his enchanted sword against the dark sorcerer Arcannen, Paxon Leah has become the sworn protector of the Druid order. Now a critical hour is at hand, as a beloved High Druid nears the end of her reign and prepares to pass from the mortal world to the one beyond. There is little time for Paxon to mourn his friend and benefactor before duty summons him. For in a distant corner of the Four Lands, the magic of the wishsong has been detected. Paxon must accompany a Druid emissary to find its source--and ensure the formidable power is not wielded by the wrong hands. But danger is already afoot in the village of Portlow. Gentle traveling minstrel Reyn Frosch possesses the uncanny gift, and curse, of the wishsong. And now his coveted abilities have captured the malevolent...
Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9780345540805

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suezee
Jan 02, 2019

Slow start and perhaps some padding to round it out but I liked it. Kind if a dark moody piece as it details how gentle minstrel Reyn is slowly seduced by Arcannen and the girl/woman he hired into participating in a horrible act of cruelty. The incident also shakes Paxon's belief in the Druids and how magic and governance is handled throughout the four lands. In reference to the 2015 comment, I believe the darkling child is Reyn who was orphaned at an early age because through ignorance he used the Wishsong to kill others. Now he has done the same thing even though he is not an evil person himself. Can there be any redemption for him?

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nidofito
Jun 29, 2015

Not as compelling or entertaining as its predecessor though the ending was unexpected and provided a reprieve from the very methodical and overall, slow story. Maybe someone can explain who the Darkling child is being referenced to? And why?

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