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The Sword of Shannara Hardcover – Dec 31 1977


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  • Hardcover: 726 pages
  • Publisher: Random House (Dec 31 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394413334
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394413334
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.5 x 5.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (431 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,495,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A marvellous fantasy trip Frank Herbert --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, and this was followed by 13 consecutive bestselling novels. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ian Fortey on June 10 2004
Format: Audio Cassette
I finally forced myself to finish this book. I purchased the trilogy and, despite grimacing at nearly every turn of the page, here I am.
I like Terry Brooks in the present. Terry Brooks in the 70's, when he wrote this, was frightening. I've said it before and I'll say it again, this is rehashed Tolkien by a less skilled hand. In fact, the last time I wrote on this book, I hadn't even finished it yet. The similarities became even more blatant and, yes, pathetic, as I read on. The reason for it being pathetic, of course, is that Brooks tries to cram into 400 pages what Tolkien did in over 1000.
Witness Shea, our token Frodo with his Sam, now known as Flick, loyal to a fault. Shea/Frodo is no hero, but he's got strength of character and will see this thing through to the end.
Withness Allanon/Gandalf, the wise and ominous figure who knows so much and is a friend to all throughout the lands for he is so wise and blah blah.
Witness Aragorn/Balinor, the heroic man of royalty who..suddenly because Faramir/Boromir near the end of the book when we see that his brother, under the influence of the villanois Stenmin/Grima has ventured to take the throne from the king who is slowly being poisoned to death by Stenmin/Grima. Gasp.
Never forget Gimli/Hendle and then poor Legolas who gets turned into two generic elves who are utterly and totally pointless to the story in its entirety and serve only to remind you that yes, Elves exist here.
And then Menion Leah, who really has no parallel in Tolkien. That must mean he's original, right?
Marvel as they journey through the creepy mountain that is not Moria. Witness Allanon fight a Skull Bearer that is not a Balrog, only to smite the beast but have it grab him at the last second and pull him to a fiery doom.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Weiss on June 15 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As an avid reader, especially of fantasy novels, I will pick up just about anything, long or short. I am not extremely crtitical of books, but I have my expectations, this book I'm afraid, does not live up to them. I dove into this book on the advice of other critics who sang praises of it. I found this book bears an immediately apparent resemblance to the LOTR series. Brooks even brings up Allanons black garb every so often in order to contrast with the famous Gandalf the White. the story goes that a mysterious figure (aka:Allanon the wizard)appears in a quiet town to warn of an impending doom. Thus two friends and their small band set out to retrieve a ring, er excuse me, sword, to destroy the lord of all evil. Heard it before? However, even putting the stark resemblance to LOTR aside, this book is NOTHING SPECIAL. All your steriotypical fantasy elements are here, magic, intrigue, booby traps, you name it. Still, how bad could a tale about a group of heroes, including, you guessed it, an elf and a dwarf, setting out on a perilous quest, be? The answer: pretty bad. Even the interesting scenarioes, where it would be interesting to see how the band copes, are solved 1,2,3, by Allanon. The sense of urgency and anxiety present in LOTR is gone. I strongly advise you to pass this book by. Instead, go for the first three Wheel of Time novels, the Malazan series, and of course the LOTR series, to name a few.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edwin E. Hollins Jr. on April 29 2004
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I still can't believe that people give this book over 2 stars. I read all the positive reviews again and thought maybe I'd wipe the dust off the book again after a few years and try to NOT compare it to Tolkien. The book seems even worse. The writing style that Brooks uses is something you'd expect from a high school student who just didnt know when to quit. The characters are so devoid of personality and Shea doesn't even do anything throughout the book except carry around the elf stones which play more of a role than he does. The dialogue is almost hilarious and the situations that they run into (like the gnome encounter) illicits no kind of excitement or interest at all. I was tempted to skip at least 120 pages in this book and thats the SECOND time around after reading it. I realize this is his first book so hopefully he's gotten better. After this one I never read another one of his novels so I won't say to stay away from them completely but I recommend to stay away from this book and the other carbon-copy sounding shannara books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By brittanyann013 on April 21 2004
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I purchased this book because of several good things I've heard about it and reading some of the reviews on here. I understand "ripping off Tolkien" is pretty much impossible not to do in fantasy, so it didn't bother me when I heard that it was similar.
Unfortunately, I wasted a good eight dollars. There is such as thing as ripping off Tolkien (which nearly every fantasy author has done, at some point) and just repeating the same exact story with different names for the characters and places. The epic quest to destroy/save a magical object is actually something I enjoy reading about from different authors. But having everything the same -- even to the order of *when* it happens -- from Tolkien, the distraction becomes hard to overlook.
It was overly lengthy, had completely unnecessary descriptions of things like rocks and tables and dirt, and it was sloppily written. I read 400 pages and I had to force myself to read that much. It's like reading a summary of The Lord of the Rings that was written by a fourth grader who has no idea how to use a thesaurus. Poorly poorly written.
I rate this two out of five. Don't waste your money, and if you don't like it after the first one hundred pages don't waste your time.
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