One of the most memorable moments from reading that book is when the sudden realization that Shannara was my world, well a mythical version of my world, after a nuclear holocaust. That stuck with me and made me look at things a bit differently. This is the reason I went ahead and purchased The Bearers of the Black Staff.
Kate Elliot is an author I have been meaning to sample for a very long time. A lot of roads seem to lead to her in the fantasy world. Her name pops up on Twitter and various Blogs on a regular basis. The fact that she co-authored The Golden Key with Melaine Rawn (and Jennifer Roberson), one of my all-time favorite authors, only raises my opinion of her. I am excited enough that I bought the first two books in her Crossroads series, Spirit Gate and Shadow Gate as I found copies on sale at a local bookstore.That aside, I am always eager to read a female fantasy writer. They always provide such a unique perspective on fantasy, especially for a reader who has grown up reading male written fantasy.
Other than that, the marketing blurb for the book has me hooked as well. Some blogger might yawn in the face of another "destined for greatness" style book, but that story never gets old to me. As long as it is written well, I love it. So I am looking forward to the book.
On a closing note, the cover art for both books is fantastic. It has such a unique looks and really stands out on the shelf. I think it has a very Art Nouveau flavor to it and that just happens to be one of my favorites!
Image Sources: Scanned Covers