“Bearers of the Black Staff” is a fantasy novel written by Terry Brooks. It is the first book in the “Legends of Shannara” duology, which is a spin-off series set in the world of Shannara. The book was published in 2010.
The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, centuries after the events of Brooks’ previous Shannara series. The survivors of the Great Wars have formed new societies, and the magical creatures and technologies of the old world have become myth and legend.
“Bearers of the Black Staff” follows the character of Sider Ament, the last remaining Knight of the Word. He is the protector of the small community known as the Valley of Shale, which is a haven for various races living together in peace. However, the peace of the valley is threatened when a mysterious force known as the Terrors begins to attack and terrorize the inhabitants.
As the danger escalates, Sider must embark on a quest to uncover the source of the Terrors and defend the Valley of Shale. Along the way, he encounters allies and adversaries, navigates through ancient ruins and treacherous landscapes, and confronts the dark forces that seek to unravel the fragile peace.
“Bearers of the Black Staff” combines elements of fantasy, adventure, and post-apocalyptic themes, showcasing Terry Brooks’ skill in world-building and storytelling. It serves as a captivating introduction to the “Legends of Shannara” series, inviting readers to explore a new chapter in the rich and expansive Shannara universe.