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The Sword of Shannara Trilogy

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6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

3 of THE Best Fantasy novels EVER written...

I've been a fan of Terry Brooks and his fabulous Shannara series since a friend of mine introduced me to 'The Sword of Shannara' shortly after it was published back in 1977...I nearly fainted when I first saw 'the Elfstones' on the bookshelf in 1982 and unlucky me, I ha...
I've been a fan of Terry Brooks and his fabulous Shannara series since a friend of mine introduced me to 'The Sword of Shannara' shortly after it was published back in 1977...I nearly fainted when I first saw 'the Elfstones' on the bookshelf in 1982 and unlucky me, I had NO money at the time and had to wait an excruciatingly long 3 days to earn enough money from my parents to pick up a copy (still my favorite of the Shannara series, too) and 'the Wishsong' wrapped up the first 3 books with an incredibly fresh new look at using magic in a fantasy setting. Terry has gone on to other great heights by branching away from Shannara with his Magic Kingdom of Landover novels (which I never really got into myself) and the wonderfully different but exciting 'Word & Void' series most recently. But all in all, it is VERY tough to beat his original novels. After recently re-reading the Lord of the Rings, I noted some serious similarities between the original 'Sword' and Tolkiens classics, but all that aside, I STILL consider it an incredibly entertaining piece of imaginative fiction. The overall change of writing style between 'Sword' and 'the Elfstones' is quite apparent, but its a change for the better. The story of Wil and his exploits into the Westland with Amberle to save the ancient Ellcry's was written to perfection. I still believe that ALL of his books since have fallen slightly short of this amazing tale. In 'Wishsong' Terry expanded yet again creating a fantastic heroine in the lead with Brin. Her younger brother Jair, also born with the gift of the Wishsong both embark (separately) upon an incredible journey of adventure and danger. I would have to say of all of Terry's wonderful novels, 'Wishsong' comes the closest to being the equal of 'Elfstones' (in MY opinion anyway). I can hardly believe it's been 25 YEARS since the release of 'The Sword of Shannara'! I can honestly say that Terry Brooks is one of the most influential authors in getting me interested in reading. I was quite fortunate that I was introduced to the world of fantasy at a time when I was looking for something, anything that would capture my interest, and boy did it! If you are a fan of Shannara, and I do mean TRUE FAN, than pick up this beautiful novel (it's BIG, too) and treasure it for the tremendous amount of fun it contains. I can't wait to get mine autographed on Terry's upcoming tour to promote 'Morgawr'. Terry, you really ARE in inspiration to those of us who literally treasure the time we get to spend inside of your imaginative creation. THANK YOU.

posted by Anonymous on August 28, 2002

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Publisher is a Moron

First of all, I've read it several times, and its a capture of the FUTURE, not Long ago, as the publisher indicates. Science is replaced by sorcery. Second of all, its a far cry from the Lord of the Rings. I read this before LOR and sadly now I realize that Terry Bro...
First of all, I've read it several times, and its a capture of the FUTURE, not Long ago, as the publisher indicates. Science is replaced by sorcery. Second of all, its a far cry from the Lord of the Rings. I read this before LOR and sadly now I realize that Terry Brook had no original thought of his own for this first book. Its a sick sad copy of the truely great LOR.

posted by Anonymous on January 19, 2004

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2004

    Unoriginal

    These books are way too much like LOTR. The whole thing with Shea having to journey into the Dark Lord's fortress to save the world...yep. Too much like Tolkien. Am I the only person who thinks Shea is like a VERY bad, washed out, brainless, imbecilic, annoying, boring, shredded, oddly named, wanna be Irish, gay version of Frodo? Only Terry Brooks could make a half elvish dude seem like a hobbit.

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