The Talismans of Shannara
infobox Book |
name = The Talismans of Shannara
image_caption = Cover art of "The Talismans of Shannara"
language = English
Heritage of Shannara
Del Rey Books
release_date = March 1993
media_type = Print (
Hardcover)Print ( Paperback)
pages = 453 pp (hardcover)
464 pp (paperback)
isbn = ISBN 0-345-36300-0
(Hardcover)ISBN 0-345-38674-4 (Paperback)
The Elf Queen of Shannara
"The Talismans of Shannara" is the fourth book of the
tetralogy" The Heritage of Shannara" written by Terry Brooks.
The Elves and
Paranorare both now back in the Four Lands, and the former Walker Bohhas inherited Allanon's powers; also, the Sword of Shannara has been found. Knowing all these, Rimmer Dalldecided to attempt to destroy all of the The Scions of Shannara. For Walker Boh, he dispatched the Four Horsemen (Famine, Pestilence, War and Death) to Paranor. For Wren, he sent an untrue friend. And for Par Ohmsford, whose wishsong was growing steadily more uncontrollable, he decided to deceive him to death by his brother Coll Ohmsford
All the traps laid by Rimmer Dall came to fruition even before Ohmsfords' realized that all of the charges laid by the shade of
Allanonhave been fulfilled. The Ohmsfords struggled to control their own power: Walker Bohstruggled to use the knowledge and power he inherited, Wren Ohmsfordstruggled to gain the confidence of the Elven minister, the head of Elven army and Par Ohmsfordstruggle to use the Sword of Shannara. In a clash with a Shadowen, which happened to be Coll in disguise, he found out that the Sword was really meant for his brother Coll Ohmsford; after the fight, Par found out who he had really fought, and then decided to follow Coll to help him out of what he has become. He followed Coll to Rainbow Lake and finally, with the help of the King of Silver River, he saved his brother from Rimmer Dall, the leader of the Shadowen but due to back-firing of his own wishsong magic is left back. Rimmer Dallimprisons him at Southwatch and starts trying to break into his mind.
First Trap Against Walker Boh
Walker Bohfought the Four Horsemen, defeating all of them after a time--but he lost his old friend Cogline in the fight with Death. Later, Walker dreamt of Allanon, who asked him to help the Ohmsfords' before they were lost. At Arborlon, Wren Ohmsfordset out to war against a Federation army. With the help of Triss and Tiger Ty, she managed to lead the Elves to victory at first, but then Creepers, who were almost single-handedly responsible for the fall of the Dwarves, came to the aid of the Federation army. Damson Rhee, with help from Matty Rohand Morgan Leah, rescued Padishar Creel, and they promptly sent him north to summon the army of the Free-born to aid the Elves in their war against the Federation. Damson Rhee, Matty Rohand Morgan Leahthen traveled further south in search of Par Ohmsford. At the same time Coll realizes what has happened to him and starts traveling north to Southwatch to rescue Par.
Second Trap against Wren
Wren Ohmsfordis deceived by Shadowen and captured to be taken to Southwatch, Morgan Leahout of sheer luck attacks the wagon in which she was being carried and rescues her. On her way back to the elves she is rescued by Tiger Tyand his Rok from the Shadowen who track her. Tiger Tyinforms Wren Ohmsfordthat he met Padishar Creeland the free born army were on their way to help elves. Wren with Tiger Tyand Trissby her side flew south to destroy the Creepers. At Southwatch Walker Bohturns up and helps Morgan Leahwhile he was just about to be attacked by a Shadowen patrol. Coll Ohmsfordis rescued by Damson Rheeand Matty Roh, from slave merchants. Coll Ohmsford, Damson Rheeand Matty Rohtravel to Southwatch to rescue Par. Walker Bohsurveys the Southwatch tower for position of Par and then start an assault to the Southwatch with Damson Rhee and Matty Roh safe under Druid Magic, Coll Ohmsford holding the sword of Shannara and Morgan Leah holding his sword of Leah. At Matted Brakes Wren Ohmsfordsuccessfully destroys Creepers with the help of Triss, Tiger Ty, Sestraand Faun.
As the Elven army, Home Guard battled the Federation Shadowen attack Wren from the deep forest and were about to kill her when
Faun, the tree squeak gave up her fears and attacked the Shadowen just to give enough time for Wren to call the magic of the elf stones and burn them up. Wren recovers to discover Faun's dead body lying among her Home Guards. On the same day Desidiowas also lost. Just then, when Elven army was almost about to lose, the Freeborn army appear out of eastland with men and Rocktrolls. Elves headed by Trissand Barsimmon Oridio, Men headed by Padishar Creeland Chandosand Troll headed by Axhindjoined forces under Wrento crush down Southlander army.
Destruction of Southwatch
Walker Boh, Coll Ohmsford, Damson Rhee, Matty Roh, and Morgan Leahjourneyed into Southwatch, the Shadowen stronghold, from where they have been draining the earth's magic. They rescue Par Ohmsfordby help of the sword of Shannara. Par learns reality of his birth that being half elven and half Shannara, he was partially Shadowen. He finally freed "The stolen Earth Magic" which was bounded by Shadowen. As soon as it was free it brought down Rimmer Dalland other Shadowen and dark creatures of its type. Walker Boh, Par Ohmsford, Coll Ohmsford, Damson Rhee, Matty Roh, and Morgan Leahescaped just before Southwatch crumbled to the ground. This quake kills all the Shadowen and Creepers in the Federation army and leads to victory of the elves' allies.
* Wren Elessedil
* [http://www.terrybrooks.net/novels/shannara/talismans.html Author's Note for "The Talismans of Shannara"]
* [http://www.terrybrooks.net/novels/shannara/heritage.html Author's Note for "The Heritage of Shannara"]
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