The Sword of Shannara Trilogy

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Twenty-five years ago, New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks wrote a novel that brought to life a dazzling world that would become one of the most popular fantasy epics of all time, beloved by millions of fans around the world. Ten more Shannara books would follow. Now, for the first time in one elegant collector’s edition hardcover, and featuring an introduction by the author, here are the first three novels of that classic series: The Sword of Shannara, The Elfstones of Shannara, and The Wishsong of ...
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Overview

Twenty-five years ago, New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks wrote a novel that brought to life a dazzling world that would become one of the most popular fantasy epics of all time, beloved by millions of fans around the world. Ten more Shannara books would follow. Now, for the first time in one elegant collector’s edition hardcover, and featuring an introduction by the author, here are the first three novels of that classic series: The Sword of Shannara, The Elfstones of Shannara, and The Wishsong of Shannara—the beginning of a phenomenal epic of good and evil.

The Sword of Shannara
Long ago, the wars of the ancient Evil ruined the world. In peaceful Shady Vale, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knows little of such troubles. But the supposedly dead Warlock Lord is plotting to destroy everything in his wake. The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness is the Sword of Shannara, which can be used only by a true heir of Shannara. On Shea, last of the bloodline, rests the hope of all the races.

The Elfstones of Shannara
The magical Ellcrys tree is dying, loosening the spell that bars the Demons from enacting vengeance upon the land. Now Wil Ohmsford must guard the Elven girl Amberle on a perilous quest as she carries one of the Ellcrys’ seeds to a mysterious place where it can be quickened into a powerful new force. But dark on their trail comes the Reaper, most fearsome of all Demons, aiming to crush their mission at any cost.

The Wishsong of Shannara
An ancient Evil is stirring to new life, sending its ghastly Mord Wraiths to destroy Mankind. To win through the vile growth that protects this dark force, the Druid Allanon needs Brin Ohmsford—for she alone holds the magic power of the wishsong. Reluctantly Brin joins the Druid on his dangerous journey. But a prophecy foretells doom, as Evil nurses its plans to trap the unsuspecting Brin into a fate far more horrible than death.

Thus begins Terry Brooks’s thrilling Shannara epic, an unforgettable tale of adventure, magic, and myth.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara: Ilse Witch
“If Harry Potter has given you a thirst for fantasy and you have not discovered the magic of Terry Brooks, you are in for a treat.”
Rocky Mountain News

“[Ilse Witch] finds Mr. Brooks’s power ascending . . . The action and creatures come fast and furious.”
–The Dallas Morning News

The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara: Antrax
Antrax is great, and it confirms Terry’s place at the head of the fantasy world.”
–PHILIP PULLMAN
Author of The Golden Compass and The Amber Spyglass

“An engaging read . . . Fine storytelling . . . Antrax is a satisfying story.”
–Associated Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345453754
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/27/2002
  • Series: Shannara Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1200
  • Sales rank: 95,312
  • Product dimensions: 6.56 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 2.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Terry Brooks
Terry Brooks published his first novel, The Sword of Shannara, in 1977. It was a New York Times bestseller for more than five months. He has published eighteen consecutive bestsellers since, including his newest novel: The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara: Morgawr. His novels Running with the Demon and A Knight of the Word were each selected by the Rocky Mountain News as one of the best science fiction/fantasy novels of the twentieth century. Brooks lives with his wife, Judine, in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii.

Visit us online at www.shannara.com.

Biography

"I found my way to fantasy/adventure. When I got there, I knew I'd found a home," said Terence Dean Brooks, creator of the blockbuster, New York Times bestselling Shannara, Landover, and Word & Void series. Not only is Brooks at home in the highly competitive realm of fantasy literature, many would call him the genre’s modern-day patriarch – Tolkien’s successor. While that title is debatable, Brooks is, without a doubt, one of the world’s most prolific and successful authors of otherworld (and our world) fantasy. Few writers in any genre can boast a more entertaining collection of work – and a more ravenous and loyal fan base -- than can Terry Brooks.

The most rewarding aspect to writing for Brooks is “when someone who never read a book reads [one of mine] and says that the experience changed everything and got them reading.” Because of his very engaging, quick-flowing writing style, countless numbers of young people have been introduced to the wonderful world of reading through Brooks’s adventures. The miraculous thing, however, is that these same fans – whether they’re now 20, 30, or 40 years old – still devour each new release like a starving man would a steak dinner. Credit Brooks’s boundless imagination, endearing characters, fresh storylines and underlying complexities for keeping his older, more discerning audience hooked.

Brooks began writing when he was just ten years old, but he did not discover fantasy until much later. As a high school student he jumped from writing science fiction to westerns to adventure to nonfiction, unable to settle on one form. That changed when, at the age of 21, Brooks was introduced to J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien provided Brooks with a forum “that would allow him to release onto paper his own ideas about life, love, and the wonder that fills his world," according to his web site.

In 1977, after six trying years, Brooks published novel his first novel, The Sword of Shannara. And quickly it gave him – and his publisher (the newly created Ballantine imprint, Del Rey) – quite a thrill; the fantasy adventure featuring the young Halfling, Shea Ohmsford; the mysterious wizard Allanon; Flick, the trusty companion; and the demonic Warlock Lord, was not only well received -- it was a smash, spending over five months on The New York Times bestseller list. In 1982 Brooks released the follow-up, The Elfstones of Shannara (which Brooks says may be his favorite), to equal success. He closed out the initial trilogy in 1985 with The Wishsong of Shannara, and has since completed two more Shannara sets, The Heritage of Shannara books and the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara books.

As fans of Brooks know, the man doesn’t like to stay put. “I lived in Illinois for the first 42 years of my life, and I told myself when I left in 1986 that I would never live any one place again,” Brooks said. He now spends his time between his homes in Seattle and Hawaii; he and his wife also spend a great deal of time on the road each year connecting with the fans. These same nomadic tendencies are also apparent in his writing. Instead of staying comfortably within his proven, bestselling Shannara series, Terry frequently takes chances, steps outside, and tries something new. His marvelous Landover and Word & Void series are the results. While both are vastly different from Shannara, they are equally compelling. Word & Void – a contemporary, dark urban fantasy series set in a fantasy-touched Illinois – is quite possibly Brooks’s most acclaimed series. The Rocky Mountain News called the series’ first two books (Running with the Demon and The Knight of the Word “two of the finest science fiction/fantasy novels of the 20th century.”

Good To Know

When The Sword of Shannara hit The New York Times bestseller list, Brooks became the first modern fantasy author to achieve that pinnacle.

The Sword of Shannara was also the first work of fiction to ever hit The New York Times trade paperback bestseller list. Thanks to a faithful and growing fan base, the books continue to reach the list.

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was not Terry's first novelization. He also novelized Steven Spielberg's 1991 movie, Hook.

Brooks’s The Phantom Menace novelization is also not his only connection to George Lucas. Both The Sword of Shannara and the original Star Wars novel, A New Hope, were edited by Judy Lynn del Rey and published in the same year (1977) to blockbuster success.

The Sword of Shannara was initially turned down by DAW Books. Instead, DAW sent Terry to Lester del Rey, who recognized Terry’s blockbuster potential and bought it. And the rest, they say, is history.

Brooks’s influences include: J.R.R. Tolkien, Alexander Dumas, James Fenimore Cooper, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Mallory's Morte d'Arthur.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Terence Dean Brooks (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      Pacific Northwest and Hawaii
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 8, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Sterling, Illinois
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English, Hamilton College, 1966; J.D., Washington and Lee University
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2002

    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 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.

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  • Posted July 22, 2012

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    The quintessential read after the Lord of the Rings!

    A must read series for younger readers. If you have read and enjoyed the Hobit and the Lord of the Rings, then this is the next great story for you. Terry Brooks is one of the legends of Fantasy, and the Sword of Shannara is the beginning into this great new world.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2012

    You atleast have to try it!

    I read most of these books as a child and they never get old! Terry brooks does an amazing job of captivating the imagination. If you enjoy fantasy books at all you will love all of the Shannara series'. This is a must buy!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 28, 2010

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    Great trip to a whole new world.

    This book series was a great trip into a world full of adventure. The parallel to the Lord of the Rings in the first book gives readers an insight to a world that is doomed if not for the courage of one small individual who will have to rise up and save mankind. The following stories of the family and their use of the magic that was passed down the generations will give readers new adventures to follow across an ever-changing land. This is a must read for all who truly enjoy epic fantasy. The series continues and once you start you will want to continue the stories of this incredible family with the entire Shannara series.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2009

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    Absolutely the Best

    I fell in love with the first three stories of Shannara, presented here in the Sword of Shannara Trilogy. Terry Brooks really takes you in the world of epic fantasy. The plot were amazing and the characters unforgettable. I have recommended this to everyone I know. A great read. It is filled with surprises and will keep you wanting more.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

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    Good, but sometimes too much like LOTR

    I enjoyed the stories a lot, but sometimes I felt bogged down by too much information and sometimes it felt like I was not reading Terry Brooks but J.R.R. Tolkien. If you can forget about that there are complex believable characters and the plots can be exciting with spots that make you keep reading. Overall not my favorite book, but still a good read.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2007

    World of Shannara is a World of Its Own

    Hardcore Lord of the Ring snobs always depict Brooks' work as a 'rip off' of the Lord of the Rings -- I can never understand this, as after the first novel, the similarities are far and few. It's also amusing that few seem to realize that Tolkien's work is as original as those they call unoriginal -- they're a re-telling of ancient tales and histories with their own twists. There are only so many different tales with so many different variations in modern literature. Within these boundaries, Brooks creates the world of Shannara not only through this trilogy, but through the Word/Void Trilogy, the Heritage of Shannara series, the Jerle Shannara Trilogy, the High Druid Trilogy, and the brand new Genesis of Shannara series. He's created a world of his own, and if there were any similarities between his work and the work of Tolkien, they parted ways a long time ago. This series is worth reading because of the door it opens into the world of Shannara, one of the most comprehensive worlds since Tolkien's Middle Earth, and certainly easier and more fun to access.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    Love it

    One of my favorite fantasy book series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2013

    Don't miss this Terry Brooks adventure!

    Terry Brooks never disappoints - I'm so glad he was able to forego his lawyer days to write full time! I read this series many years ago & it has lost none of the excitement this second time around. I'm thrilled to be following the Ohmsford family (the bearers of Elven magic) & the Druid Allanon in the 2nd trilogy' The Heritage of Shanara. Masterfully written you are a willing captive as "real" life fades and the adventure sweeps you away once again!

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

    Read the original printings when published

    When these were published, all three were in the large paperback form. I have sense read everything Terry has written over the next thirty five years in hardback copy. This purchase was to complete my collection in hardback. If you have not read these works, you are missing out on one of the finest authors of our time. Pick these up, and it's nice that all three are together, and you won't stop reading everything else.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Long book but still great read

    If your going to get in to it you have to have a lot of free time and it is one book that is a most read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    Doesnt open

    The book will not load on my google nexus. Would use my nook but it broke.

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 17, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2013

    ??? Have not read

    I have not read this books but read and watch legend of the seeker!+

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    This book sucks

    Look this book has zero action and description of anyhind. The plot is preidectable and thee characters suck. Look allonan was retarded and most of the book was talking abou the history of the land and not going along with any thing DONT BUY THEIS RIPP OFF

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2012

    Smells like dog buns

    0 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2012

    General opinion

    I do not think that these books are ripped of from lord of the rings, plot, characters et cetera are different though both authers writing styles are similar. If you like the style of lord of the rings you should givr this a try, i liked it and i am domewhat critical of books. This was a good read and it will keep you occupied.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    Good read

    I liked it alot very good charitors

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2011

    TERRY BROOKS IS BEAST

    No author is as good as Terry Brooks. These books are amazing and you're INSANE if you say otherwise. My dad bought me the three books about two years ago. I haven't finished it all yet but I know the books are some of the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2011

    Loved it!

    Read series when they were first released. Loved it then, love it now.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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