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    Terry Brooks
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The Sword of Shannara Trilogy consists of the first three Shannara novels (The Sword of Shannara, The Elfstones of Shannara and The Wishsong of Shannara) by Terry Brooks.

The Sword of Shannara Trilogy consists of the first three Shannara novels (The Sword of Shannara, The Elfstones of Shannara and The Wishsong of Shannara) by Terry Brooks. Though not originally written as a trilogy, the novels were published as The Sword of Shannara Trilogy by Del Rey Books. The second book was later adapted into a television series titled The Shannara Chronicles, created by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar.

Terence Dean "Terry" Brooks (born January 8, 1944) is a writer of fantasy fiction. Terry Brooks writes mainly high fantasy, and has also written two movie novelizations. He was born in the rural midwestern town of Sterling, Illinois and spent a large part of his life living there. He is an alumnus of Hamilton College, obtaining his . in English Literature in 1966. He later obtained a . from Washington and Lee University

The Sword of Shannara book. Until I met Terry Brooks through The Sword of Shannara

The Sword of Shannara book. Until I met Terry Brooks through The Sword of Shannara. A neighbor of ours was moving out, and with the bulk of books and other stuff they have, they decided to sell most of them.

Shannara Chronicles Series Terry Brooks 3 Books Collection Set (The Sword Of Shannara, The Elfstones Of. .Terry Brooks does a wonderful job at unfolding the events in way that makes you want to keep turning the pages. The journey is an adventure you'll not soon forget.

Shannara Chronicles Series Terry Brooks 3 Books Collection Set (The Sword Of Shannara, The Elfstones Of Shannara, The Wishsong Of Shannara). I know that some criticism comes from the parallels people draw from Tolkein, but really take the time to read Brooks.

Home Terry Brooks The Sword of Shannara. The Skull Bearer swooped almost gracefully from out of the lowlands across the river to the north and settled into a long glide, bearing directly toward their place of concealment. The Valemen were frozen with terror, unable even to think, let alone move, as they watched the creature begin to close the distance between them. It did not matter that it had not yet seen them, perhaps did not know that they were there.

The Sword of Shannara. Author: Terry Brooks. Long ago, the wars of the ancient Evil had ruined the world and forced mankind to compete with many other races - gnomes, trolls, dwarfs, and elves. But in peaceful Shady Vale, half–elfin Shea Ohmsford knew little of such troubles. Then came the giant, forbidding Allanon, possessed of strange Druidic powers, to reveal that the supposedly dead Warlock Lord was plotting to destroy the world.

The Sword of Shannara introduces us to the Four Lands and their people. This book and the two others in this series are great reads and stand in their own right. We follow the adventures of Shea Ohmsford, resident of Shady Vale, but half-Elven. He soon finds himself the unwitting pawn of the druid Allanon in a quest to find the Sword of Shannara in an attempt to defeat the Warlock Lord. Brooks manages to weave in and out of the story characters that may later become important, or are simply there to move the story along for a little while. There is a lot of snobbery in the fantasy readers world of course there are similarities to Lord of the Rings as there are with many others.

The Sword of Shannara is a 1977 epic fantasy novel by American writer Terry Brooks. It is the first book of the Original Shannara Trilogy, followed by The Elfstones of Shannara and The Wishsong of Shannara. Brooks was heavily influenced by J. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and began writing The Sword of Shannara in 1967. It took him seven years to complete, as he was writing the novel while attending law school. Ballantine Books used it to launch the company's new subsidiary Del Rey Books

So, I watched the tv show first and found it cheesy but interesting I decided to read how it all got started. It took me a while, but it rang of LOTR with its own twists and turns,completely entertaining. The beginning was slow for me so I found myself reading per books in between, but then I couldn't put it down. The characters were courageous, and the story really came together at the end. I was sad for those that were lost, but happy with the ending. I'm really excited to have the next one to get started on.
It seems in order to review the Sword of Shannara that you need to first discuss the fact that Terry Brooks borrowed a lot from Tolkien. I feel that this many years later it is time to let it go. If your the type that is going to be bugged by this fact then my advice is to steer clear of this entire series. I myself was warned so I didn't let any of that take away from my experience of The Sword of Shannara.

Judged on its own merits it is a good epic fantasy novel. The characters are a lot of fun and so is the world they inhabit. The beginning of Sword has a lot of mystery to it. I love how the valemen are as blind as the reader about who to trust, and what to do. Really when you get down to it this novel is just a heck of a lot of fun. It isn't very dark. The whole novel just moves things along quickly. For the most part it works well.

I have two complaints about the novel. First is that it is written in omniscient perspective. This means that the narrator is not one of the characters. So in any scene you can know what any one of the characters is thinking. I rarely like this type of writting style. It seems that the vast majority of fantasy is written in a style called 3rd person limited. It gives each chapter a flavor for whoever the chapters viewpoint is written from. You can crack this one up to personal taste. If this kind of thing doesn't bug you then it won't be an issue. The only other compliant that I would have is that the last act suffered a little to much from a battle without involving the character as much. It felt like a blow by blow account of a war instead of being on the front lines with the characters.

One nice thing is that the story wrap ups were very good. I liked what happens with the valemen at the end. Another thing that I think should be pointed out about this novel. This book got publishers excited about fantay again. A lot of books that I enjoy might not have ever taken place if Brooks hadn't sold so many copies of this first volume.

I enjoyed my stay in Shannara. I will be visiting again soon.
Apparently this series has been around for quite a while. Better late than never. Terry Brooks is also new to me and has been a staple in the fantasy novel genre for many years as well. Luckily I stumbled across a short story of his which sent me searching for more of his magic. I must say I found I think I found a new favorite. This story has many wonderful characters from fantastical descent with rich histories that wrap you up in their world, lives, friendships and their journey to save all this from the evil that wants to devour it all. Kinships are made from many walks of life to travel through dangerous lands filled with the creatures who will try to stop them from saving their people and lands from being wiped out by evil.
I bought this book for a young cousin who got bogged down in LOTR. I originally read this in junior high (soon after its publication) - when my own first attempt at Tolkien failed. A classmate described it at the time as "Tolkien-lite." While SoS is clearly influenced by (and perhaps more uncharitably put: derivative of) LOTR, it is a thoroughly engaging epic tale in its own right.
I enjoyed it as a youngster, and enjoyed quickly browsing through it again before sending it along. My cousin said she really liked it.
This edition had the single page b/w paintings by The Brothers Hildebrandt, but lacked the full color fold-out print of the entire "fellowship" that my long-lost version had. The painting can be easily found via online search. Their art added a great deal to the story for me long ago; the style is so distinctive that as you read the book you see their visualization of each character. It is unfortunate that this integral print was not included in later editions.
I read several of the sequels; and while I enjoyed The Elfstones of Shannara, I liked the books following that one less and less.
If you have read LOTR, there is no real reason to read this book. For a younger reader intimidated by Tolkien's prose (or anyone who just doesn't enjoy his style - they exist), however, this book is a good alternative in the fantasy genre.
14 year old me enjoyed it immensely; and current me still feels confident recommending it.
40 years from first publication & this book fails the test of time. Entertaining, but the plot slavishly follows the LoTR & There’s too much telling, not enough showing. Brooks clearly gets better, but I don’t think this gets a book deal today.
Tori Texer
I had high hopes for this book and read through first few chapters quickly... unfortunately I found the story, details, series of events and the writing extremely lacking. I even bought the audiobook to go with it and gave up on the book halfway through.
I first read this book in the late 1970's. It has remained my favorite book of all time. I recently re-read it, and it is still great!
It is a classic battle of good vs. evil. Worth the time and effort it takes to read a real book. Glad I did.