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The Sword of Shannara Trilogy

The Sword of Shannara Trilogy

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by Terry Brooks

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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


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.

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.”
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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Random House Publishing Group
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Shannara Series
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First Edition
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6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 2.10(d)

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Meet 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.

Brief Biography

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 Trilogy 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 169 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 3 months ago
Incredible storyline, character development and surprises.
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BookAddict24 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because I saw some good reviews, but quite honestly, about after 5 pages, I realized it was a barely concealed rip-off of Lord of the Rings, albeit not nearly as well-written. It reads like a young college student learning to write has paraphrased LOTR with different names and less descriptive details. If you want something original, look elsewhere. Since I was dumb enough to spend $20 on the series, I'm going to see if I can get through it and find this series has some redeeming value.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting characters and original stories
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am quite familiar with Terry Brooks's writing but had never read "The Sword of Shannara". I was very dissapointed when i realized it was so heavily based on the Lord of the Rings as to stop just short of plagiarism. Shea and Flick (Frodo & Sam) are recruited by Allion (Gandalf) to save the World etc etc. The sword/ring even has a super fan Ori/Gollum; there's a walk through the underground tomb/kingdom and so on. Next is the awful prose. I am sure there's a special pit in Hades for abusing the language in such grievous way. The abundant adjectives, repeated over and over, make reading painful until one learns to ignore them. The " Giant borderman" is probably used every other sentence. I only recommend you read this book if you need to read Tolkien and can't locate your copy.
TheIndigoQuill More than 1 year ago
See full review @ The Indigo Quill . blogspot . com The Sword of Shanara trilogy written by Terry Brooks is about a mythical world rooted in the tension between old-world-magic and, what could be seen, as rational thought.  We are taken on an expansive trip through the three separate generations of the Ohmsford family.  This is a family of elven children who are actually teenagers, who unknowingly possess magical skills that can unlock some of the great events threatening the world they hold dear.  The adventures in this quasi-medieval world involve the conflation of the races of men, elves, dwarves and, yes even trolls and gnomes.  All of the inhabitants of this world are pawns in a struggle between the forces of magic and the books present, which smacks of an emerging modernity.  Forged from an intricate history involving ancient wars and what we could see as geo-political conflicts, there emerges a sprawling epic not too different from what we experience in our own world.  The author uses the character of Allanon, a man symbolizing a race of men called the druids, to parcel out historical lessons to these protagonist young people as he leads them through dangerous adventures.  At one time the druids mastered the mysteries of using magic to try and better the human condition, but the intertwining epics of three generations makes the reader understand that the wielding of magic and power can have devastating effects.  Absolute power tends to absolutely corrupt.  I found the work, although somewhat wordy, a wonderful read.  Brooks’ power of description to the many environments, the descriptions of character emotions, and the varied monster and beast creatures, made this a treasure-trove of description.  Although the two maps provided general locations to the many rivers, mountains, cities and castles, I did wish, however, that the map could provide more detail to the narrative.  I believe the work was worthy of some illustrations and relief maps.  I wanted to follow the treks, particularly of Jair Ohmsford’s party and his sister Brin Ohmsford and her party. The power of the work was manifest in how the protagonist’s inner-monologue worked while confronted with flagrant evil.  The young adults were driven by restraint and circumspection about what they felt they needed to do to save their selves and their kind.  Their self-doubt, introspective thoughts were refreshing in an age of computer games where kids feel that destructive force is always justified.  Make no mistake violence forces are afoot, but so is the power of reason.  I found the young protagonists were governed by a higher power mitigating against blind rage and thoughtless action.  Our protagonists in all three epics do what we all should do, question ourselves, gather some facts and have the courage to carry out our mission.  We all face forces that loom bigger than what we are capable of handling.  Of course, sometimes the nature of faith enters in as well.  There are no theistic components here that I can see, but there doesn’t need to be.  Faith in a common good, free will and understanding that there is good and there is evil pervades these stories.  The characters learn to trust one another and value each other’s purpose.  There is the threat of holocaust, destruction and chaos at every turn, but this world is also governed by the forces for good.  The players have stakes, experience death, separation and suffering, but all for the welfare and preservation of family and tribe.  This is a must for your library.  There is a powerful imagination residing in this work.  I am entertained, but I am also edified by the lessons that are so abundant in this work. 
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So good!