Breaking news- I liked this chapter. A lot. Chapter fourteen of Shannara Chronicles starts with Artaq, the black stallion, missing.
From Mary Sue’s chapter thirteen summary of the Shannara Chronicles, we know that there were some nefarious people called Rovers, camping nearby, and chances are they’ve stolen the horse. Intrigue and danger from the beginning. Yass!
Wil, who is apparently an expert tracker, confirms that suspicion and tells Amberle that they will be pursuing the thieves on foot. This doesn’t sit well with her, but truly, they need this horse back. They like him and aren’t happy about his potential fate with his new owners. And, the promise of walking to Arborlon isn’t so appealing either.
When they come up on the Rovers, Wil decides to just go all in and approach them.
To be fair, he’s already told us that he knows something of these people, and as a healer has treated them before. He’s quite smooth. Really. I’m impressed. The Rovers are like land pirates. That’s my way to explain them. Silks and flowing shirts, deceitful, like to drink quite a bit and dance. I’m imagining Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow.
After saying he’s looking for his missing horse, but not accusing them of the deed ,Wil offers to heal them in exchange for food and bathing privileges. They take him up on it and he’s busy for a bit before the lead land pirate takes him to see their horses, one of which they just happened to “find” last night. Of course it’s Artaq. They agree to Wil and Amberle joining their caravan for a few days with this horse, and in exchange, Wil will continue to heal them when needed. At some point, he can take the horse and leave.
The chapter ends with Wil getting drunk, dancing the night away with a beautiful Rover girl and I believe passing out from his night of fun.
Mary Sue and I have realized that the chapters in this book are pretty short and the book is remarkably long. We’ll start reviewing two chapters at a time the next go around.