The Sword of Shannara (Shannara Series #1)

The Sword of Shannara (Shannara Series #1)

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The Sword of Shannara (Shannara Series #1) by Terry Brooks, Brothers Hildebrant

Living in peaceful Shady Vale, Shea Ohmsford knew little of the troubles that plagued the rest of the world. Then the giant, forbidding Allanon revaled that the supposedly dead Warlock Lord was plotting to destory the world. The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness was the Sword of Shannara, which could only be used by a true heir of Shannara--Shea being the last of the bloodline, upon whom all hope rested. Soon a Skull Bearer, dread minion of Evil, flew into the Vale, seeking to destroy Shea. To save the Vale, Shea fled, drawing the Skull Bearer after him....

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345314253
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/28/1983
Series: Shannara Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 736
Sales rank: 57,020
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.60(d)
Lexile: 1220L (what's this?)

About the Author

Terry Brooks has thrilled readers for decades with his powers of imagination and storytelling. He is the author of more than thirty books, most of which have been New York Times bestsellers. He lives with his wife, Judine, in the Pacific Northwest.


Pacific Northwest and Hawaii

Date of Birth:

January 8, 1944

Place of Birth:

Sterling, Illinois


B.A. in English, Hamilton College, 1966; J.D., Washington and Lee University

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The Sword of Shannara (Shannara Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 534 reviews.
Merickel-books More than 1 year ago
Some people write off this series because of this book and they are truly missing out because this is one of the best series ever written. The complaint is that this book is too similar to the Lord of the Rings, and the truth is that, well it is ON PURPOSE. Terry Brooks was actually friends with Tolkien and this book was originally written personally for Tolkien as a gift. Tolkien liked it so much that he convinced Brooks to publish it. Despite the similarities the book is able to stand on it's own and the series is completely original.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books that I have ever read. Full of action and adventure. If you like J.R.R. Tolkiens books, you will like this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Sword of Shannara is an ok and at times slow read .that being said , it sets the scene for the best and ongoing fantasy series on earth .
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is pleasant, and at times compelling. The power of the Sword of Shannara was imaginative. There is a nice air of fantasy. The mechanics of Brooks' writing, however, are somewhat amateur. I found his description, while occasionally imaginative, to be a little mundane and comically repetitive. Everyone's face is 'impassive' and Allanon's expression is always a 'mocking grin'. It becomes very silly after a while. The elfstones were a bit of the 'Deus ex Machina' - able to solve just about any problem. Another annoying characteristic of his writing is that, as soon as a character becomes totally despondent and hopeless about a situation, that situation resolves and they triumph despite their doubts. After this happens about twenty times, it becomes very predictable. Also, his tactic of breaking chapters into cliffhangers is a weak attempt at infusing unpredictability into this novel. Nevertheless, a good book for younger kids. Some good values such as loyalty and companionship are expressed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book is amazing. Love the adventure and action. Thank you Terry Brooks!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It made me so sad when Shea went missing. But then he was okay! Also, I prefer Shannara to Lord of the Rings because it moves at a faster pace and has more modern writing. I still am a Tolkein fan, but it was harder to get through.
GrahamCDowns More than 1 year ago
I eventually decided to give this book a read, since my brother is head over heels in love with the Shannara series. Every year there's a new Shannara book on his Christmas and Birthday list, so I decided to crack open the first one and see what all the fuss was about. I must be honest, I wasn't particularly impressed. This book is long--and not in the sense of word count; I've read books with higher word counts, in far less time. This one is long-winded. I simply could not get into it. Often while reading I would "zone out" for pages and pages, and then have no idea what was going on later in the story. The characters aren't particularly memorable, and their manner of speaking is inconsistent. That, coupled with the author's infuriating habit of using "the other" to refer to a speaker after the first speaker has just finished a two page diatribe, makes it insanely difficult to keep track of who's in a particular scene. There are more twists and turns in this book than a snakes and ladders game, and it's frequently also not entirely clear where one scene or point in time ends and other starts (see what I did there?). I've read many people bemoaning how derivative this book is of Lord of the Rings. I have to say, I didn't find that at all. Granted, there were certain small sections of this book which reminded me of lots of things I'd read in lots of books before, including but not limited to Lord of the Rings. However, many of those books were actually written AFTER this one, so which is derivative of which? Tolkein was the father of modern fantasy anyway, so all fantasy written since will always tend to have a semblance of familiarity with his books. Besides, I wasn't in love with Lord of the Rings anyway. There's not much more to say about this book. It's a decent story, I guess, but I found it those parts I was awake for a bit predictable. If you can follow the plot and all the characters (again, of which there are far too many, in my opinion), you might enjoy it. I didn't particularly, though.
Anonymous 6 months ago
A real page turner.
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kashasha More than 1 year ago
The book was okay...the characters seemed pretty one-dimensional and the quest portion very choppy. I had to force myself to pick it up time after putting it down. Some of the elements were quite imaginative and I respected and enjoyed that. Sadly, there wasn't a single female character until three-quarters of the way through the book. All in all, it was pretty lackluster and definitely did not live up to the hype.
CinnamonE More than 1 year ago
Fantastic! Nothing more need be said.
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My next favorite after Tolkien!
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Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
This was a fun book, but it seemed to pull a lot of elements that I had read in other books. We have the unlikely hero and his sidekick setting off on a quest given to them by a strange figure that seems mythical and extremely powerful. So powerful that many times throughout the story I wondered why he didn't just do more to help the group out.  I enjoyed the history of the world very much. It was a different look at some of the traditional races of dwarves, elves, gnomes, and humans. This history and the way mysticism had replaced technology was great. The few times they ran into relics and remnants of the past were some of my favorite part. I wish I had seen more of them. There were several scenes that were too descriptive. There is only so long that I want to read about how they walk through the tall grass or wander through tunnels. The story was a good one, but I think it was a little too hyped up for me and didn't live up to expectations.
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The Shannara series is the best Epic Fantasy books I have ever read. It even surpasses Tolkiens LoR. Which you're all apparentally are in love with. I found it too detailed and boring. I had to force my way through the book.