Jarka Ruus is book 1 in the High Druid of Shannara trilogy and book 16 overall. Grianne Ohmsford has become Ard Rhys and restored the druid council. There are some who believe she needs to be replaced.
Something horrible has happened to the Ard Rhys. Her protectors have gone to find her brother Bek Ohmsford for help. Surprise, Surprise, they have gone on their own long voyage and it is up to their son Penderrin to save Grianne. Penderrin enlists the help of outcast Ahren Elessedil and his neice Khyber with of course the elfstones. Well this formula has worked for Brooks for almost all the previous Shannara books so why not this one as well?
I don’t know how I feel about this book. At this stage in the game it really doesn’t matter what Brooks does as I, along with his legion of fans, will finish the series no matter what (Brooks will probably keep writing until he physically unable to anymore). Does it matter anymore that all his books are exactly the same? Who cares if his prose aren’t as poetic as some fantasy authors?
What is nice about Jarka Ruus is that Brooks re-visit more in depth a place we only got a glimpse of in a previous book Elfstones of Shannara. Haha and as I re-read my review of that book to make sure I am thinking about the right book I come across one of my own lines,
I wish I never started this series
Perhaps even more true now after book 16 than it was after book 2.