Those of us who have read "The Sword of Shannara" by Terry Brooks know what I mean when I say this about "The Elfstones of Shannara," its sequal. Flick Ohmsford hasn't changed a bit 50 years after he and his brother, Shea, returned to Shadyvale. His stoic attitude and drive for normalcy after such heroic adventures of his youth seems to be his only concern other than his grand-nephew. What is to be noticed is that the courage and strength of character displayed by the heroes is combined in Shae's grandson, Wil Ohmsford. Swept up in another dangerous mission that could change life in the four lands, Wil has to learn things about himself that frightens even him. Accompanied by an elven girl, a chosen, they find that what cannot be seen is more deadly than anything that the eyes can see. Can mankind escape from the brink of devistation? This was definitely a book I couldn't put down and a classic that can never collect dust. I recommend this book highly along with the rest of the trilogy: "The Sword of Shannara" and "The Wishsong of Shannara."