There she is, the Chosen one. We’re up to Chapter ten in The Shannara Chronicles.
Our heroic team of Allanon and Wil wake up and set forth to find the last Chosen one alive, Amberle.
It’s a bit over the river and through the woods to Amberle’s house they go. There are rolling grasslands, a river, rocky terrain, ditches and finally a village. They decide to hang out and chill until nightfall, when they can sneak in under the cloak of darkness.
What they find is a quaint, charming cottage with flower boxes, an open air porch and a stone walkway. Wil is amazed and impressed. There’s even a cat on the porch. So normal. What is this place?
It’s where Amberle lives.
There was a long silence, then the sound of a latch drawn back. The door opened and an Elven girl stepped through. She was small, even for an Elf, her body slender and brown with sun. Chestnut hair fell all the way to her waist, shadowing a child’s face at once both innocent and knowing. Her eyes flashed briefly to Wil—eyes that were green and deep with life—then settled once more on the Druid.
As someone who reads a lot of romance, I’m immediately hoping there might be a love connection with Wil and Amberle. That would vastly help my enjoyment of this book.
Amberle is skeptical of Allanon. She’s not sure he’s really who he says he is. She’s nervous. It gets even worse when Allanon tells her she’s the last Chosen one alive.
“The last …” she whispered, but the words caught in her throat.
“They are all dead. The Demons have found and killed them. The Demons search now for you.”
Her face froze in horror. “No! What trick is this, Druid? What trick …” She did not finish this either, but stopped as tears formed in her eyes and streaked her child’s face. She brushed them away swiftly. “Are they really all dead? All of them?”
The Druid nodded. “You must come with me to Arborlon.”
She REALLY doesn’t want to go. Not. At. All.
She’s not budging. Amberle likes her life. She’s just where she wants to be, teaching and caring for children. She knows that because she rejected the gift of being a Chosen one, everyone back home will not be entirely happy with her.
The chapter doesn’t really end on a big moment or a true resolution. Amberle is scared of the Ellcrys. We learn that much. Allanon demands an answer, she must leave with them tonight or the demons are going to get her. She’s not phased. Not happening. The Chosen one needs to sleep on it.