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The Wishsong of Shannara
Garet first appears when he rescues Jair Ohmsford from a band of nine Gnome Hunters, defeating eight of them single-handedly—he killed six, knocked out their leader, and one fled. The ninth, Slanter, doesn't even attempt to fight, saying that he was only working with them because he had to, and he has heard stories about the fighting prowess of Garet. When Jair asked Garet why he rescued him, Garet says that Jair interests him, something that "few things do anymore". The three travel together to the Eastland, to Culhaven.
Along the way Garet receives a vision of himself fighting a creature of flame, and he knew that this was the one creature who could give him a 'run for his money' in battle. This is the main reason that convinces him on to join Jair in his quest to journey to Heaven's Well[dead link] to save his sister Brin and to save the Silver River. Though he did agree to accompany Jair to Cullhaven before he received the aforementioned vision, this may have been from an influence from the King of the Silver River.
Garet Jax led the charge, darting through the Gnomes that rushed to bar his passage, swift, and fluid as he killed them. He was like a black-clad dancer, all grace, power, and seemingly effortless motion. Gnome hunters, gnarled and worn from countless battles, threw themselves in front of him with frenzied determination, their weapons hacking and cutting with lethal force. They might as well have been trying to contain quicksilver. None could touch the Weapons Master, and those who came close enough to try found in him the black shadow of death come to claim their lives.
When Jair and Slanter return, having saved Brin, they find Garet Jax sitting against a wall, his sword still held in his hand and looking like he might even be sleeping, but on closer inspection they realize the Weapons Master is dead.[dead link] Of the Jachyra there is no sign[dead link]—the magic that brought it to the Four Lands has been destroyed—but Jair is convinced the Weapons Master slew his foe before succumbing to his wounds. When asked who it was that won, Terry Brooks responded with "What do you think?"
Dark Wraith of Shannara
Terry Brooks expressed his desire in the beginning of Dark Wraith to further explore the relationship between Jair and Garet Jax.
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- Speakman, Shawn (2008). "Terry Brooks' official website". Archived from the original on 2008-04-23. Retrieved 2008-05-13.
- Brooks, Terry (1984) The Wishsong of Shannara, p. 110.
- Wishsong, p. 118.
- excerpt fromWishsong pp. 436-437
- Brooks, Terry (2000). "2000 Ask Terry Q&A". Retrieved 2008-06-24.
- Brooks, Terry (2008) Dark Wraith of Shannara