For the first time in one elegant collector’s edition hardcover, and featuring an introduction by New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks, 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.
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Terry Brooks's The Measure of the Magic.
I remember trying to read the first book when I was in jr high. It belonged to my sister. I could not. I am a slow reader, and do get distracted. I tried again my sophomore year. I read the entire 726 pages in one week. That was a major accomplishment for me. I actually enjoyed all three books. I was fortunate enough to have Tim Hildebrandt sign the fold out poster from the first edition paperback. I do admit that I feel that the book that followed which was "The Scions of Shannara" was better than "Wishsong"...
I would definitely recommend this.
If you don't know these books, you missing out on everything great storytelling is about. This is the reason I fell in love with fantasy books. I think Brooks is the best ever. I've read these three a hundred times over. Highly recommended!
Sword of Shankar Trilogy
This book starts slow but stay put for it is going to pull you in until you lose track of everything but the adventure.