Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. It's a great way to take a look at those upcoming releases we are drooling over and to share some of the books we are anxiously awaiting with others. It's also a great way to check out what other bloggers have found that we have missed or did not know about. I know it's been difficult for me to focus on what I currently need to read as there are so many great books on the horizon being released. My Tuesday feature Upcoming Releases helps me to take a look at what is being released during that week and helps me to stay more organized in my reading. I still can't help that 'squeal' though when I notice something new that I have been waiting for for a long time is finally being published.
One of the first Science Fantasy series/writers that I read, other than Guy Gavriel Kay's Fionavar Tapestry, was Terry Brooks and I was thrilled to discover that he is releasing a new fantasy series, the Legends of Shannara. I have begun to read The Sword of Shannara (it's hard to believe it was first published in 1977), although I had to put it aside because of some other obligations, but it's still sitting on my nightside table, patiently waiting for my return. With this new book being published, I am putting it at the top of my TBR pile.
Bearers of the Black Staff (Legends of Shannara, Book 1)
by Terry Brooks
Release Date: August 24, 2010
The Genesis of Shannara trilogy - Armageddon's Children, The Elves of Cintra, and The Gypsy Morph - charted the fall of our own world into the hands of once-men and demons - and the escape of a few humans, Elves, and others into a remote mountain valley walled in by impenetrable magic. For five-hundred years the survivors have lived peacefully, learning to coexist and to build a new world with the limited resources and skills available to them. Now the magic that has kept them safe for so many centuries is wearing down. Frightening creatures are penetrating the barriers and wreaking havoc on the valley within. It is time for the four peoples to stand together and create the new world of Shannara.