The Sword of Shannara Hardcover – Dec 31 1977
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A marvellous fantasy trip Frank Herbert 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 Confirms Terry's place at the head of the fantasy world Philip Pullman --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Terry Brooks was a practising attorney for many years, but now writes full time. His first novel, THE SWORD OF SHANNARA, remained on the New York Times bestseller list for 5 months. Every one of the 23 novels that have followed has been an international bestseller. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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The sun was already sinking into the deep green of the hills to the west of the valley, the red and gray-pink of its shadows touching the corners of the land, when Flick Ohmsford began his descent. Read the first page
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Brooks is a master world-builder and his greatest talent is capturing the right words to paint a canvas in the reader's mind, illustrating every scene with powerful and distinguished clarity. We enter the Four Lands of Brooks' debut novel, immersed in every excruciatingly detailed scene, as would characters that have never left their own backyard. Yet as with many first-time writers, Brooks is still finding his groove and his descriptions are often long, often uneconomical. Streams of paragraphs seem to flow down the page before any action or dialogue even takes place. But his ability to paint scenes serves him well in depicting the climactic Battle of Tyrsis. Brooks weaves story threads gracefully, building up dramatic tension, and culminating in a battle that his writing portrays as both epic in scope and tragic for those involved.
In his later novels, over time, Brooks becomes more adept at characterizations and diversifying their point-of-views. In "Sword", some characters, though not all, suffer from a lack of inner complexities and unstrained development. My favourite characters are arguably the most original and well-developed. Panamon Creel is the brave, if morally ambiguous, rogue who despite being a thief, is anchored to the side of good by his code of honor.Read more ›
But for some reason, I simply can't bring myself to dislike Terry Brooks and his debut novel, "The Sword of Shannara." Perhaps it's because he's worked so hard SINCE this book to create a distinct fantasy world, or perhaps it's because of the novel's wide-eyed earnestness. But as Tolkien knockoffs go, this is one of the more innocuous ones.
In a future medieval/postapocalyptic time, the mysterious druid Allanon comes to the town of Shady Vale, and warns young half-elven Shea Ohmsford that Sauron... I mean, the Warlock Lord will soon be trying to find him. Shea is the last descendent of Jerle Shannara, and as such is the only person in the whole world who can use the Sword of Shannara. He also gives Shea some magic Elfstones.
Faster than you can say "Shire... Baggins," minions of evil arrive at Shady Vale. Shea and his adoptive brother Flick escape their town, and meet up with Shea's friend Menion and a little gang of the expected tropes (a prince, a dwarf, and two elves). Now they must save a kingdom, wage war against the Warlock Lord, and recover the Sword before it's too late.
"The Sword of Shannara" is pretty shameless in knocking off "Lord of the Rings" -- the basic plot, the giant mutant robot spider, the characters, even the "death" of the wizardly mentor all reek of J.R.R. Tolkien. It reads like the first fantasy that a 15-year-old Tolkien fanboy would write while he's still working out the kinks of how to actually make a story.
And yet... it isn't that bad.
There's something very simple and earnest about the book.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
A great read for all fantasy lovers. Just because their are Elves, Dwarves, and Wizards in this world doesn't mean it is a LOTR clone. Terry Brooks is by far my favourite author. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
Exciting adventures with endearing characters in the vein of Lord of the Rings made this mammoth book enjoyable for my kids.Published 21 months ago by R Grant Williams
I'll make this one short and to the point.
This book is quite simply a complete load of crap. Read more
I bought this book on my kindle and expected a good, fun read. What I found were characters with about as much personality as cardboard and a plot with no direction. Read morePublished on Oct. 15 2012 by Naterie
Some critics have accused Terry Brooks of plagiarizing JRR Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" with the epic fantasy tome "The Sword of Shannara. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2012 by Sverre Svendsen
Terry Brooks is a master of the literary world. His stories are well thought out, as well as written. I enjoyed this book from the first page. Read morePublished on Sept. 3 2009 by Nikolai Krimp
Brooks introduced me to the world of fantasy. I have read many things since that introduction, and I look back fondly on the time spent reading the Shannara books and series. Read morePublished on Aug. 12 2009 by Martin Chayer