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Ilse Witch (edition 2001)
by Terry Brooks
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0345396553, Mass Market Paperback)Terry Brooks's new Shannara epic, The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara, kicks off its first volume, Ilse Witch, with the discovery of a mad elf drifting on wreckage miles out at sea with his tongue and eyes removed and a map secreted among his possessions. The elf is revealed to be a lost prince who set out decades earlier to find old magics on another continent. Walker Boh, the Druid we last saw in The Talismans of Shannara, persuades the Elf King that both vengeance and prudence dictate a second expedition and assembles the usual crew of talented misfits to travel by airship into unknown territory. The forces of evil are on their way as well--the shadowy figure known as the Ilse Witch and the lizard-like mercenaries forced on her by her untrustworthy ally, the Morgawr, are closing in, with acquisition and murder in their hearts.
Fans of Terry Brooks will know precisely what to expect from him: undemanding sword-and-sorcery adventure with touches of the gloomily mysterious and of more complex emotions. This is Brooks at his best and this novel is the least dependent on earlier models as it becomes clear that in this sequence the relationship between good and evil is more complicated than usual. --Roz Kaveney, Amazon.co.uk
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 25 Oct 2010 04:00:12 -0400)
A half-drowned elf is rescued from the Blue Divide seas carrying a map with mysterious symbols. He is believed to be part of an expedition led by an elven prince 30 years before in search of a legendary magic. Only Walker Boh, the last of the Druids, can decipher the symbols. But the Ilse Witch, a ruthless young woman who wields a magic as potent as his own, will stop at nothing to possess the map--and the magic it leads to.
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