The Sword of Shannara is the first volume of the classic series that has becomeone of the most popular fantasy tales of all time.
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 trueheir of Shannara. On Shea, last of the bloodline,rests the hope of all the races.
Thus begins the enthralling Shannara epic,a spellbinding tale of adventure, magic, and myth . . .
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Terry Brooks's The Measure of the Magic.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
If you love The Lord of the Rings, make The Sword of Shannara the next book on your list. Shea, a half-elf, is living a quiet, comfortable life when a venerable druid giant reveals his destiny: going on a quest to reclaim a mystical sword that only he can use to defeat the Warlock Lord and save his homeland. In the first book of the Shannara trilogy, Terry Brooks expertly weaves Tolkien-style world-building and historical detail into a rollicking adventure, packed with all the twists and turns of a perfect Dungeons & Dragons campaign.
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I have never been a big sci-fi person but this book was a great read. Brooks does an awesome job developing the characters and keep the story interesting despite some 700+ pages. Many say it's a LoR rip off but at most I would say LoR was an inspiration. Middle earth and hobbits are boring. This series has much more interesting characters: Druids, Eventine, and the border legion.
Passes the time, but derivative
I read this as a child and just reread it. I was stunned to discover it was the closest remake of LOTR I’ve yet read. But, it was still something to read.
On the Edge on my sit
This book is full adventure around every corner and written so well that you truly believe that you are right in the middle of it all. Not a single page of this book leaves you bored but finds you longing to turn the page to find out what happens next. A must read.