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The Scions of Shannara: (#1) [Hardcover]

Terry Brooks
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Feb. 17 1990 The Heritage of Shannara
The New York Times Bestseller, Book One of The Heritage of Shannara.

Three hundred years have passed since the death of the Druid Allanon, and the Four Lands are sadly changed. The Elves have vanished, and the Dwarves are enslaved. The Southland is under the totalitarian rule of the Federation, and magic is forbidden. Now the spirit of Allanon returns to the Scions of Shannara and shows them a bleak future in which the evil Shadowen have destroyed all life in the Four Lands. To prevent that, he orders the Scions to recover the long-lost Sword of Shannara, bring back the vanished Elves, and find the long-hidden Druids. But the forces of evil are already mobilizing against them . . .

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Generations after the events in the The Wishsong of Shannara , the most recent volume in Brooks's bestselling series, grave danger once again threatens the Four Lands. The Federation has conquered Callahorn, the other free men and the Dwarves, forbidding the practice of magic. The Druids and Elves have disappeared, and Shadowenspelling OK? Yes sss , wraiths who suck out the lives and substance of other living things and take their forms, cast their dark influence everywhere. The ghost of the Druid Allanon summons three Ohmsfords, descendants of the protagonists of the earlier series, and gives each a quest to save their land. Par Ohmsford, who has inherited his family's gift of the wishsong, is told to find the long-lost Sword of Shannara. His uncle, recluse Walker Boh, is charged to find Paranor, the lost keeper?? of the Druids, and to restore the ancient order. Par's cousin, half-Rover Wren Ohmsford, is sent to bring back the Elves. In this first volume of a new series, the scions of Shannara--Par, his brother Collboth and friend Morgan Leah, the leader of the Dwarfish underground, Steff; and the leader of the human Movement, Padishar Creel--encounter danger and death in their quest for for the? the Sword. ( Mar.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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In the long-awaited continuation of the Shannara fantasy trilogy (Ballantine), Brooks takes readers 300 years beyond the death of Allanon. The Four Lands have sadly changed. The Federation rules with an iron fist, and the land is plagued by horrible creatures known as Shadowen. Par Ohmsford, descendent of the fabled Shea and possessor of the magic of the wishsong, along with two other Scions, is challenged to save the Four Lands. Brooks weaves an action-packed tale set against a richly detailed fantasy world, and readers will be quickly drawn into this survival adventure. The main characters are well developed, and the tale is sprinkled with many interest-generating elements: romance, suspense, magic, and evil vs. good. Readers unfamiliar with the first trilogy will not have any difficulty with this volume, for Brooks clearly sets the stage and gives plenty of historical background. The book ends with a cliffhanger; teens will be clamoring for the sequel. A well-written fantasy epic. --Barbara A. Lynn, National Library Consultant, Econo-Clad Books, Topeka, KS
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Time Changes Things Oct. 26 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When I read this set in 1994, the year after the quartet was completed, I found it, well, *very* 1990's. It struck me as being soapy and melodramatic with strains of the unecessary and unsuccessful 'darkness' obligatory to all 90's fantasy epics. I missed the high rolling adventure of Shannara as I remembered it.
Rereading the first book today I was struck by how fresh, fun and expertly handled this novel is. Tight pacing, concise descriptions, solid characters, a sense of urgency and a ton of rip-roaring swashbuckling action - it's all here. What sets Brooks apart from the loads of dreadful/dreckful S&S authors flooding the bookshelves is his style - lifted directly from the world of Cooper, Smollett, Scott, Stevenson & Dumas. These are engaging and memorable adventure yarns plain and simple, with plenty of heart and some well thought out back history to boot. There's also a serious element of US fantasy, recalling Baum, Kirby & Lucas @ their best. And one can't help but conjure images from Pyle, Wyeth and Parrish as Brooks weaves his magic.
I was happily surprised to discover how wrong I'd been. Guess I just had the zeitgeist-blues.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful. March 2 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I expected that Brooks' new series not to be as good .I expected it to get repetiteve.I was wrong .It is not at all repetetive ,in fact ,Brooks added some political detail that he lacked in the other books,but it isn't pointless political
detail.Brooks still has his superb detail in magic ,which is one of the reasons that he is one of my favorite authors.It also was perfectly legitimate to write it.Anyone might wonder what life is like in the Four Lands after all the Druids are gone .This is the plot:The Four Lands have drastically changed since the death of Allanon.The Elves have vanished and Callahorn,The Dwarves ,and the Southland are in the hands of the Federation,where magic is strictly illegal.Par Ohmsford still has the power of the Wishsong ,causing himself to be pursued by Seekers (Federation police).While he flees,he stumbles upon Cogline ,a once Druid.Cogline tells him that he ,his cousin Wren,and his uncle Walker Boh are needed by the shade of Allanon.Par finds Walker and they meet Wren at the Hadeshorn.Allanon tells each of them to do one thing :Par to recover the Sword of Shannara ,Walker to bring back the Druids and the keep of Paranor ,and Wren to find the vanished Elves .
This book is about Par,his brother Coll,Morgan Leah,Steff and Teel the Dwarves,and a couple others on there search for the Sword of Shannara.P.S.The next one is about Walker etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Missions of a Dead Druid March 1 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A Review by Ashley
The federation is starting to take over the four lands out ruling magic but Par and his brother Coll still use it trying not to let the people forget the stories. With the federation chasing them they journey throughout the lands and find themselves sent on a mission to find the Sword of Shannara. If they don't find it the Shadowen, creatures made entirely of magic will rule the lands and humans will be their slaves.
I really like the way Terry Brooks described Par and Coll as people just like everyone today. They have a very good bond ad brothers and what Par does Coll will do even if he doesn't agree. He does it to protect and be with his brother. Coll is completely against going after the Sword because it's been lost for three hundred years but when Par insists he goes along with it. I also like the subject. It is a fantasy book and it talks about creatures completely made of magic and they only way to destroy them is by using magic against them. It also talks about the federation rule and how the Shadowen and federation are connected in some way but nobody knows how. Throughout the hardships the three that were sent on a mission must over come all difficulties and complete the mission or horrid things will start to happen.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy because it is really good and Terry Brooks has the ability to hook the reader in and you want to finish the book and read the others.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ScIoNs Of ShAnNaRa July 26 2001
By Klown
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was interesting. I think that it was a little bit dejavu. It seems like this story has happened before in the first 3 books. One magical and one non-magical country kid are asked to go on a journey. Someone says its not a good idea. They fight some Shadowen that seem very similar to the Skull Berers. But this is still a good book. Its pretty much is the beggining of the end of the books because the next 3 books after this all have the same characters. This books starts out all of their jorneys. Par and Coll are brothers and they run into a guy named Pashidar Creel. He's Panamon's great grandson or something. He plays a scoundroul much like his ancester. Another Scion is Walker Boh. He's the coolest of all the Scions. Because he has powerful magic, yet he deciedes not to use it. He makes friends with a giant Cat. The last Scion is Wren. She is kinds Elfish. She is friends with a Rover named Garth, he is like her mentuor. So all the Scions are asked by Allanon in a dream to come to the Druid lake. I won't tell you what happens but its really cool so read this book and the ones after. You won't regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published on April 28 2003 by Cheryl Ballard
4.0 out of 5 stars ok, but keep reading, they get better...
in perfect honesty, the only real reason why i read this book was because there was nothing else. yea, i thought terry brooks was ok, but his first book was boring, and his last... Read more
Published on April 20 2002 by darkdesign6
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
Initially I was disappointed with the ending of the first book as I was not aware of the continuing saga.... Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2002 by Francisco Colon
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great addition
The one drawback about this, and in fact the whole second set of Shannara books, is that they really must be read together. Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2002 by History Buff
5.0 out of 5 stars exciting
I love all the Shannara books and this series was know different. Mr. Brooks creates intricate plots poepled with complicated characters and lush landscapes. Read more
Published on Sept. 6 2001 by O. Blaylock
5.0 out of 5 stars one of brooks best
the entire series is great but this is a fine start
Published on Sept. 2 2001 by Bill Wend
3.0 out of 5 stars Pedestrian Fantasy Fare
The Shannara series is famous, and it may be worth reading for that, as it is a big mover in the pulp fantasy circles. Other than that, there is no real reason to read the series. Read more
Published on June 5 2001 by Robert
3.0 out of 5 stars Implausible, but Strangely Compelling
This book was so-so. I wonder how, writing books such as this, Brooks has come to be such a widely-known name in the Fantasy genre. Read more
Published on June 1 2001 by Damon
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