Wards of Faerie by Terry Brooks, Wards of Faerie

Art by Todd Lockwood

One of the most exciting things about the upcoming release of Wards of Faerie, a new Shannara trilogy by stalwart Fantasy writer Terry Brooks, is that, for the first time since The Wishsong of Shannara, in the ’80s, the novel will feature artwork to go alongside Brooks’ story. It’s doubly exciting because they chose one of my favourite artists, Todd Lockwood, to do the art. I’ve always felt that Lockwood and Shannara would be a good mix. Having read Wards of Faerie, I think he nailed the feel and look of Brooks’ characters and world.

The above image is kinda small, but Lockwood also made some detail shots available, to give us a closer look at some of the characters.

Khyber, Wards of Faerie by Terry Brooks, Art by Todd LockwoodWards of Faerie by Terry Brooks, art by Todd Lockwood

Great work. I can’t wait to see the rest when Wards of Faerie comes out this summer. I know Brooks gets a hard time nowadays, and he’s been writing some hit-or-miss novels for the past several years, but Wards of Faerie is one of his better novels and I hope other fans are as excited as I am to see where he takes the trilogy.

  • [email protected] June 21, 2012 at 3:22 am

    Beautiful artwork! Thanks for sharing. The only thing I can’t figure out is whether the white-haired person is a man or a woman…

  • Scott June 21, 2012 at 6:16 am

    I’m a Brooks fan, and though I was REALLY let down by the last Duology…I am still excited about WARDS OF FAERIE….how long after the duology does it take place? Also…jealous you’ve read it.

  • Aidan Moher June 21, 2012 at 6:22 am

    Hey Scott,

    The previous duology, with Bearers of the Black Staff and The Measure of Magic is, in my opinion, the weakest thing Brooks has ever written, but a country mile. That said, I think Wards of Faerie is the best thing Brooks has written since Ilse Witch, which is one my my favourite Brooks novels. Take that as you will.

    The novel is set a few thousand years after the previous duology, and after the High Druid of Shannara trilogy which ended with Straken.

  • Ron June 21, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Hey Aidan,

    This is beautiful artwork, and I’m glad to hear that Wards of the Faerie is good. It’s nice to see Brooks get this artistic treatment, particularly from an artist like Lockwood.

    Like you, I thought the duology was very weak. I did really enjoy the Genesis trilogy, however, particularly Armageddon’s Children which I thought was a strong book.

  • Rob B June 21, 2012 at 7:07 am

    That is a purty image. I think Lockwood is easily the logical heir to Whelan for these types of iconic fantasy images. The more I think and read about this book (especially here on your blog) the more inclined I am to give it a shot.

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