SF & Fantasy

A Pair of Terry Brooks Interviews


brooks-wardsWards of Faerie by Terry Brooks hits shelves August 21st!

To celebrate this first book of a brand new trilogy, Terry has been accepting interviews for the last few weeks. Those interviews are starting to see light now that we are getting close to the publication date. Plus, 2012 marks the 35th anniversary of The Sword of Shannara and it is important for the author and fantasy fans to reflect back on that book and its importance.

Here are excerpts along with links to the complete interviews:

Fantasy Literature Interviews Terry Brooks

Rebecca Fisher: My favourite novel of yours is Running With the Demon, as I love the way that all the myriad plot-strands weave together toward a conclusion that feels both inevitable and yet surprising. This was also the first time you moved away from the fantasy genre into something that would probably be classified as something like “urban fantasy.” Was there a reason for the shift?

Terry Brooks: An opportunity to write anything I wanted was offered in the early 1990s, and I was pretty quick to jump on it. I had been wanting to write something different from epic fantasy for a long time, and this was my chance. I conceived of a story that would take readers back to their childhoods, remembering when things of magic seemed real and possibilities were not yet constricted by experience and disappointment. I wanted to write about growing up in a small town, but with the understanding that what happened there would potentially impact the larger world. As kids, we are shaped by our growing up, and we eventually come to see the larger world as an extension of ourselves. So I coupled that with the mythic of the Word & Void at war, the the Knights of the Word doing battle with the Demons of the Void , and I had my thematic structure.

To enter a giveaway contest and continue reading the interview, click HERE!

The Damned Interviews Interviews Terry Brooks

Tina Hall: Can you tell a little about Wards of Faerie? What can your readers expect to find in this trilogy?

Terry Brooks: The heart of the trilogy lies in a search for the missing Elfstones of Faerie, a magic that has been discussed in the Shannara books on and off since the beginning.

Only the blue Elfstones, the Seeking Stones, survived the old times. No one knows what happened to the other sets. No one even knows what they look like or what they can do. Now, because of a diary found by a young female Druid, the answer may be discoverable. In Wards, the search begins and will carry through book 2 Bloodfire Quest to the end of book 3 Witch Wraith. This is a classic quest story with most of the usual complications and dangers. For some, it results in a coming of age. For others, it ends badly.

To continue reading the interview, click HERE!

These won’t be the end of the Wards of Faerie coverage. We’ll be featuring other interviews and content!

Wards of Faerie, Book I in The Dark Legacy of Shannara, publishes August 21, 2012!

And the Four Lands won’t be the same again…


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