Sword of Shannara Trilogy (Abridged)

3 books in series
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The Sword of Shannara Publisher's Summary

The Sword of Shannara is the first volume of the classic series that has become one of the most popular fantasy tales of all time.

Long ago, the wars of the ancient Evil ruined the world. In peaceful Shady Vale, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knows little of such troubles. But the supposedly dead Warlock Lord is plotting to destroy everything in his wake. 

The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness is the Sword of Shannara, which can be used only by a true heir of Shannara. On Shea, last of the bloodline, rests the hope of all the races. 

Thus begins the enthralling Shannara epic, a spellbinding tale of adventure, magic, and myth....

©1977 Terry Brooks (P)2003 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • The Sword of Shannara

    • The Shannara Series, Book 1
    • By: Terry Brooks
    • Narrated by: Charles Keating
    • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 152
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 88

    Long ago, the wars of the ancient Evil ruined the world. In peaceful Shady Vale, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knows little of such troubles. But the supposedly dead Warlock Lord is plotting to destroy everything in his wake. The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness is the Sword of Shannara, which can be used only by a true heir of Shannara. On Shea, last of the bloodline, rests the hope of all the races.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good Book, Bad Abridgement

    • By Tyson on 11-06-03

    Regular price: $19.93

  • Book 2

    • The Elfstones of Shannara

    • The Shannara Series, Book 2
    • By: Terry Brooks
    • Narrated by: Charles Keating
    • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 240
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 180
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 179

    The magical Ellcrys tree is dying, loosening the spell that bars the Demons from enacting vengeance upon the land. Now Wil Ohmsford must guard the Elven girl Amberle on a perilous quest as she carries one of the Ellcrys' seeds to a mysterious place where it can be quickened into a powerful new force. But dark on their trail comes the Reaper, most fearsome of all Demons, aiming to the crush their mission at any cost.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Get the unabridged version...

    • By Michele on 05-21-08

    Regular price: $21.27

  • Book 3

    • The Wishsong of Shannara

    • The Shannara Series, Book 3
    • By: Terry Brooks
    • Narrated by: Charles Keating
    • Length: 6 hrs
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58

    Horror stalked the Four Lands as the Ildatch, ancient source of evil, sent its ghastly Mord Wraiths to destroy Mankind. Only Druid Allanon held the magic power of wishsong that could make plants bloom instantly or turn trees from green to autumn gold. But she, too, was in mortal danger, and Ildatch waited for Brin to fall into his trap.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Wishsong of Shannara

    • By Robert on 01-13-05

    Regular price: $18.17