I believe in one of the books an elf makes his way through a maze to find a black crystal of some sort. When he leaves the maze there is an army outside waiting for him and he uses it to kill the army.

Also I believe in another book of same series, they are trying to make a sword. They find a blacksmith with an amazing sword already made. He won't sell it, but he says if they get the material he'll make them a new one.

Edit:(All credits to CBredlow for the answer.For a more detailed answer look below.)

Then name of the first book in the series that contains both of my above scenarios in the books is "The First King Of Shannara."

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This is the Shannara series by Terry Brooks, with both parts being from the novel "First King of Shannara". The elf is looking for the black elfstone, and has to use it to save himself and his friends. The second part is from the same story, since the sword is specially forged (though they pick the blacksmith based off of that beautiful sword) and it requires special metals and forging techniques.


Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shannara

  • Was there a black crystal (used to kill an army), a maze and a broken sword?
    – Valorum
    Commented Jan 29, 2015 at 21:03
  • @Richard In the first one, yes, there is a broken sword, there is a black crystal (black elfstone) but I can't remember if it killed an army or not. Also, question for you, did that main character have one arm? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Druid_of_Shannara
    – CBredlow
    Commented Jan 29, 2015 at 21:05
  • this sounds close but some of the details are off; I don't think there was a maze involved in finding the elfstone, it was in a fortress. Plus, I don't think there were more than one copy of the Sword of Shannara?
    – KutuluMike
    Commented Jan 29, 2015 at 21:24
  • It's been about 12-13 years sense I read the book. >.< Sorry if my details are off, just remember it being good and wanted to know.
    – Clyde
    Commented Jan 29, 2015 at 21:28
  • But I'm pretty sure I remember the guy using the stone at a great cost.
    – Clyde
    Commented Jan 29, 2015 at 21:30

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