While the mass market paperback continues to decline in sales as the ever-expanding e-reader market grows, there are still some wonderful things about the paperback. It’s a physical book for one, its pages feathery and smelling of ink. It can be packed around with ease and have your favorite beverage spilled on it and still survive to be read. And paperbacks also usually have a chapter from the next book in the series.
In this case, The Measure of the Magic has a chapter from Wards of Faerie, which will publish this August 21!
Here is a bit more about The Measure of the Magic, Book II in the Legends of Shannara duology:
For five hundred years, the survivors of the Great Wars lived peacefully in a valley sanctuary shielded by powerful magic from the dangerous outside world. But the enchanted barriers have crumbled, and the threat of annihilation looms large once more. As he lay dying, Sider Ament, bearer of the last black staff and protector of the valley, gave stewardship of the powerful talisman 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 stands accused, and a heinous conspiracy is poised to subjugate the kingdom.
But even these affairs will pale beside the most harrowing menace Panterra is destined to confront—a nameless, merciless agent of darkness on a relentless mission: to claim the last black staff . . . and the life of whoever wields it.
When Terry went on tour in 2010 in support of Legends of Shannara Book I, Bearers of the Black Staff, he read Chapter One from The Measure of the Magic.
Here is Terry being introduced at his event in Seattle, WA as well as reading from The Measure of the Magic:
Terry Introduced & Reading Chapter One
Terry Finishes Reading Chapter One
The Measure of the Magic by Terry Brooks is now available in mass market paperback!
And don’t forget! Wards of Faerie, Book I in The Dark Legacy of Shannara, is coming August 21st!
The Four Lands won’t be the same again…