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Publisher's Summary

50 million Terry Brooks copies sold around the world
The Shannara Chronicles is now a major TV series

Volume one in the classic best-selling series from one of the all-time masters of fantasy.

Long ago, the world of the Four Lands was torn apart by the wars of ancient Evil. But in the Vale, the half-human, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford now lives in peace - until the mysterious, forbidding figure of the druid Allanon appears, to reveal that the supposedly long-dead Warlock Lord lives again. 

Shea must embark upon the elemental quest to find the only weapon powerful enough to keep the creatures of darkness at bay: the fabled Sword of Shannara. 

©1977 Terry Brooks (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A marvellous fantasy trip." (Frank Herbert)
"Confirms Terry's place at the head of the fantasy world." (Philip Pullman)

"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)

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  • Ms. S. C. Taylor
  • 03-28-16

Shanara

I read this book years ago when I was a teenager and I feel like I've just revisited a long lost friend... great book...

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  • gemma
  • 02-14-16

a great listen

a great listen the reader was fantastic looking forward to the next one a really great book

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  • tomasz sliwa
  • 10-24-17

if you love lord od the rings you will enjoy this.

if you love lord od the rings you will enjoy this
if you love lord od the rings you will enjoy this

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  • Phil Sayers
  • 07-25-17

I read this book 30 years ago

and wondered what it would be like now.
A slightly predictable plot but a great romp though a Tolkien like world. Good character development and concepts.
I'd would recommend this book. and now im about to start the elfstones of shannara

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  • David
  • 07-08-17

One of them books you've heard of...

... but never read. Great story, lots of depth to the characters. Pity you don't find out what happened to the rock troll. Looking forward to the second one.

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  • Steve Harris
  • 10-23-17

A Lord of the Rings clone.

I struggled to finish this audio book. The story copies far too many elements from Lord of the Rings. The narration is over exaggerated and very hard work to keep listening too. This has put me off trying the rest of the series.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-13-18

Lord of the rings by Terry Brooks

OK, we've all heard it before! Yes there are so many similarities between the two stories, but it's the differences that makes Shannara a series worth reading. So once you get past the sword the world opens before you in its wonder. To ignore this book because of the views of others is to miss a necessary introduction to the magic of Shannara and an ongoing saga of epic proportions! On first reading the Sword of Shannara decades ago I almost left it but after deciding to continue on through the trilogy I was glad of this first glimpse at these characters. So dont let anything put you off what is a good clear reading of a book deserving of the 20+ hours needed and I promise you will not regret it.

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  • Andy
  • 08-03-18

Honest feedback

A really well read audio book - given its one person reading, you still get the flavour of all the characters - one of terry Brooks’s earlier books and if I’m honest, I always feel this chapter of the world needed more exploration- still well worth the credit and perfect for insomniacs

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  • Harf
  • 07-03-18

Gave up after chapter 6

Oh dear, recommended by a friend as I have exhausted everything by Brandon Sanderson. Plodding and endlessly dull where every major decision is summed up in one line without having the characters actually discussing or interacting.
E.g. "They conferred briefly to decide what direction it would be best to take now"

The narration is particularly hard to listen to, each sentence with a strange uplift at the end with no variance in voice for each of the characters, making it very hard to distinguish between the trio of characters. You get the impression the narrator is reading the book for the first time themselves.

I'll continue on with the book to give it a fair chance but will be returning the audiobook

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  • Emily
  • 03-11-18

LOTR simplified

it was a good book but too much like LOTR. I listened to it while I was at work so I may have missed sections. The theme was so much like LOTR it was a bit disappointing, but I did get into it and want to finish it.

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  • Keith
  • 04-16-18

"Inspired" by Tolkien...

A decent story, BUT but if you have read The Lord of Rings, don't bother reading this. The rest of the series might be different, but this is effective The Lord of Rings with all of the names having been replaced, some of the characters roles reversed or switched and the order of the storyline reshuffled in places. It's not a exact copy, but to say it was just inspired by Tolkien's work is a bit of a stretch. If you haven't read Lord of the Rings, just read that as it's much better.

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  • Peter
  • 02-19-18

Even better twenty years on.

I loved this book when I was a child and enjoyed revisiting it even more as an adult.

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  • David
  • 11-18-17

Awesome Audible book

A great listen from start to finish.
You won’t regret buying this wonder audible book

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  • Kris
  • 10-28-17

great story and great person reading book

this book was great. story was amazing
the person reading book was very good also

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  • Adam
  • 10-21-17

Very different from TV Series but still very enjoyable

Different story line from the TV Series.
Some predictable some fascinating.
Fun all along! Perhaps the tv Series is after this story?

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  • Gareth
  • 10-10-16

Sounds familiar

Seems like I've read this before... A band of heroes (of multiple races I might add) seeking a ancient relic that has the power to destroy an evil warlock (sound familiar yet???) while being chased by the warlocks powerful henchmen.

All in all its not a bad story at all its just too similar to LoTR to bother with.

Scott Brick doesn't make the story any more appealing offering only two different styles of voice, pathetic and weak for all of the non-warrior characters and deep and gruff for the stronger more "manly" characters. Found it hard to differentiate between half of the non-warrior characters because of their annoying high pitched whiney British accents...

In summary, don't waste your time with this poorly voiced LoTR ripoff.

2 of 9 people found this review helpful