The Sword of Shannara Trilogy

The Sword of Shannara Trilogy

by Terry Brooks

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ISBN-13: 9780345453754
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/27/2002
Series: Shannara Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 1200
Sales rank: 59,082
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 2.10(d)

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.

Hometown:

Pacific Northwest and Hawaii

Date of Birth:

January 8, 1944

Place of Birth:

Sterling, Illinois

Education:

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

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The sun was already sinking into the deep green of the hills to the west of the valley, the red and gray-pink of its shadows touching the corners of the land, when Flick Ohmsford began his descent. The trail stretched out unevenly down the northern slope, winding through the huge boulders which studded the rugged terrain in massive clumps, disappearing into the thick forests of the lowlands to reappear in brief glimpses in small clearings and thinning spaces of woodland. Flick followed the familiar trail with his eyes as he trudged wearily along, his light pack slung loosely over one shoulder. His broad, windburned face bore a set, placid look, and only the wide gray eyes revealed the restless energy that burned beneath the calm exterior. He was a young man, though his stocky build and the grizzled brown hair and shaggy eyebrows made him look much older. He wore the loose-fitting work clothes of the Vale people and in the pack he carried were several metal implements that rolled and clanked loosely against one another.
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The Sword of Shannara Trilogy 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 181 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Smiller0725 More than 1 year ago
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.
Druid_Allanon More than 1 year ago
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.
Kandi_Shannara More than 1 year ago
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.
Stevie14 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite fantasy book series.
HisByFaith More than 1 year ago
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!
abbeydog More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 26 days ago
Thanks
Anduril85 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I have to admit when I first started reading this book Shea wasen't exactly what I was looking for in a hero and so i think that made the beginning of the book a little slow for me, but soon enough you fallow him and his brother racing off into the night out of harms way and you get drawn into the story's pages and find it hard to put down. When the story reaches the part where they ask for the aid of Mennion a reluctant prince but a strong friend that's when the story really griped me and I could hardly tare my eyes away from the pages twists and turns abound, dark secrets and powerful magic if you like fantasy you'll like this book so if you haven't I recommend you give it a try.
Radaghast on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Excellent, a must read.
Anonymous 8 months ago
So so,pale version of Lord of the Rings
Anonymous 10 months ago
Couldn't put it down...the entire trilogy filled me to the brim with its array of characters and action, dread and wonder. Terry Brooks is a master of tale-spinning. Wow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best fantasy trilogies I have ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book and would highly recommend to any age. If you are fans of Brandon Sanderson Tolkien and other fantasy writers, Terry Brooks has you covered.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Captivating read. Looks like I’ll be looking up the REST of the story. (Stories) I love a good fantasy and Terry Brooks delivers.
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Love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This gave me more of a background on the character before reading this I had only seen the shoe which I that was outstanding and this book made me happy and I felt happier with the shoe which I that was better after knowing the back sorry of some of the characters.?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great triogy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Incredible storyline, character development and surprises.
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