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The Elfstones of Shannara [Mass Market Paperback]

Terry Brooks
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Dec 12 1983 The Sword of Shannara
Ancient Evil threatens the Elves: The ancient tree created by long-lost Elven magic, is dying. When Wil Ohmsford is summoned to guard the Amberle on a perilous quest to gather a new seed for a new tree, he is faced with the Reaper, the most fearsome of all Demons. And Wil is without power to control them....

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Ancient Evil threatens the Elves: The ancient tree created by long-lost Elven magic, is dying. When Wil Ohmsford is summoned to guard the Amberle on a perilous quest to gather a new seed for a new tree, he is faced with the Reaper, the most fearsome of all Demons. And Wil is without power to control them....

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great original story, Great Characters! Sept. 11 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read THE SWORD OF SHANNARA(SOS) in 1984...once I finished SOS I promptly bought THE ELFSTONES OF SHANNARA(EOS) and what a great read this book is.
The only real character carried over from SOS is Alanon. Eventine and Flick have cameos of a sort but are not main charaters in this story. Instead we have a great lead character in Wil Ohmsford. He unlike virtually every other Ohmsford in the various Shannara stories has a carrer. He is a self made man who has worked hard to get where he is in life. He is young adult, not a teen as most other Ohmsfords when they are wisked away on a journey. I think many readers can identify with Wil as he is a young person just starting out in life with all the uncertainities that come with that age. Next we have a great supporting cast. Ander, Amberle, Allanon and Eretria are all given good character development. The Rovers were also fun to read about. Obviously the Rovers are the Brooks equivelent of Gypsies and I found their lifestlye and practices to be a nice additon to the story.
Oddly, when compared to his other Shannara writings, Brooks seems to have been able to describe a love story that really works. Unlike the relationship between Menion & Shirl that was under deveoped in SOS, the relationship between Brin and Rone in THE WISHSONG OF SHANNARA(WOS) that was over developed or the relationship between Bek and Little Red in THE VOYAGE OF THE JERELE SHANNARA trilogy that was somehow never really explained but more graphic than any of the other relationships mentioned the relationship between Amberele & Wil is a treat to watch unfold. Eretria adds to the story by making the love story a love triangle so that the reader is never quite sure how it will end.
I thought the demons made for great villans.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well . . . It's better than the Sword of Shannara June 16 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Brooks is not an epic writer, at least not that I can see so far. The Sword of Shannara copied dozens of elements from the Lord of the Rings series. But, he doesn't have the way with words that Tolkien did, he rambles, his characters are naive and then all-knowing from page to page, it's jumbled. I mean, in this book, Allanon hasn't given these people any reason not to trust him but still, after all that he and Flick went through in Sword, Flick still doesn't like him! When Allanon dove into the furnace with the Skull Bearer in Sword, Flick was sure the quest was over and the Four Lands would be destroyed, and he trusts him again when he went under cover in the Gnome army. But in this book, it's like all the progress that they made in friendship never happened!
And as for the stolen elements, Allanon never ages (just like Gandalf). Allanon falls into fire with a Skull Bearer, just like Gandalf is taken down into the mines by the fiery Balrog. There is a white tree that protects the Elves, just like the White tree in Minas Tirith protected the city! Allanon takes a horse from Eventine's stables (Artaq) that is wild and unwieldy but behaves perfectly for Allanon: Just like Shadowfax was a wild and unwieldy horse from Rohan that Gandalf borrowed from Theodin and was able to ride without a saddle or bridle. Also, there are people who want nothing to do with the war in this book, thinking it will leave them alone while the main characters try to convince them that evil stops for no one. This same element is in the Lord of the Rings books, which were written 20-some years before the Shannara books! Heck, these even have maps of the countries (which are similar in geography to Middle Earth) in the front! COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of epic fantasy May 26 2004
By Matthew
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I first read Sword of Shannara and it took some time and some re-reads to be hooked. This book was different. Both Sword and Elfstones continue a series of themes that can best be explained as, "Use your brain and not your sword," and "The weak can be powerful if they are determined and principled". Brooks' characters are forced to confront themselves BEFORE they can effectively solve their problems. I have always loved this psychological addition to the genre and Brooks does it better than anybody. However, the density of this task often bores people. I don't think Elfstones had this problem.
While Elfstones has the above themes, it also is highly successful as an exciting, page turning (no, page ripping) flight of fear and desperation. Any Brooks fan is likely to tell you this is his finest work. It is a rare book that can give you the depth of character and boiling action to satisfy both branches of our fantasy-fan brethren.
While I hold Tolien on a different plane, Elfstones is perhaps the book that most -approaches- the level of excitement and depth of the Lord of the Rings. And in addition, it is much less derivative than other books (but some derivation is unavoidable).
Here is my advice: Read the Sword of Shannara first. It is the best introduction to this world written and should not be avoided. But while you are reading Sword keep this in mind - all the work will pay off in that a ripping adventure is waiting for the informed in the form of Elfstones.
It is an adventure that will make your heart beat, make your hair raise, and ultimatley make you cry. So deeply did I care for the two main characters that at the end I had trouble accepting it, though I knew there was no other solution within the principles of the actors. Yes, I mourned a bit.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but my least favorite of the trilogy
It was good, however the storyline seemed to be rushed. It was my least favorite of the trilogy, Sword of Shannara was the best followed by Wishsong, then this one.
Published 7 months ago by Julles
5.0 out of 5 stars It reminded me of a good concerto
The Elfstones of Shannara was published five years after author Terry Brooks’ first book in his first trilogy, The Sword of Shannara. Read more
Published 12 months ago by S Svendsen
5.0 out of 5 stars A Certain Step in the Right Direction
"The Elfstones of Shannara" functions better than "Swords" in terms of showcasing Brooks personality and strengthening the differences between him and Tolkien. Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2012 by MatthewLegaspi1661
5.0 out of 5 stars The book that got me into Shannara
I read Sword and was kinda disappointed. I decided to give its sequel a shot and was pleasantly surprised. Read more
Published on July 7 2004 by Ross Pazzol
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story and ending
I had read his first book and thought good but then I read Elfstones. This book was better and I like and was suprised about the ending not exactly expecting what happened. Read more
Published on July 1 2004 by mpask
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST BOOK YET!
I am a big Terry brooks fan. I love his style of writing and his character development. many people say that Terry Brooks is a copy of Tolkien. Which I think is absolutly not true. Read more
Published on June 11 2004 by Michele van Sise
5.0 out of 5 stars Endless hordes of demons...
Have you ever had to battle against endless hordes of demons and your only hope of surviving belongs to two people over two-hundred miles away who are trying to complete their own... Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2004 by Sparticus
4.0 out of 5 stars Slightly better writing and absolutely more creativity make:
a better second book in the series. The first was convoluted and too wordy. The second is a little predictable at times, but the stakes feel higher and (glory be) it is shorter! Read more
Published on Jan. 21 2004 by Jared Garrett
4.0 out of 5 stars Thank GOD it's better than "The Sword of Shannara"!!!!!
I read the first book of the Shannara series and was devasted at the time and energy wasted on that drivel. Read more
Published on Dec 4 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Undescribable...
...yet I feel I must try. This has got to be one of my favorite fantasy novels -- I can't remember how many times I've read it, and it still makes me cry every time. Read more
Published on Nov. 1 2003
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