BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Terry Brookss The Measure of the Magic. Twenty-five years ago, New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks wrote a novel that brought to life a dazzling world that would become one of the most popular fantasy epics of all time, beloved by millions of fans around the world. Ten more Shannara books would follow. Now, for the first time in one elegant collector's edition hardcover, and featuring an introduction by the author, here are the first three novels of that classic series: The Sword of Shannara, The Elfstones of Shannara, and The Wishsong of Shannara-the beginning of a phenomenal epic of good and evil. The Sword of Shannara 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. The Elfstones of Shannara 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 crush their mission at any cost. The Wishsong of Shannara An ancient Evil is stirring to new life, sending its ghastly Mord Wraiths to destroy Mankind. To win through the vile growth that protects this dark force, the Druid Allanon needs Brin Ohmsford-for she alone holds the magic power of the wishsong. Reluctantly Brin joins the Druid on his dangerous journey. But a prophecy foretells doom, as Evil nurses its plans to trap the unsuspecting Brin into a fate far more horrible than death. Thus begins Terry Brooks's thrilling Shannara epic, an unforgettable tale of adventure, magic, and myth.
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1 . Passable Epic Fantasy
Posted October 15, 2009 by Colin , Courtney, BCGenerally, this book is over praised.
While it does tell an epic story, it isn't nearly as innovative or rich as many people seem to think it is. The similarities to Tolkiens Lord of the Rings series are frequent, and the actual writing tends to be heavy handed and clunky in some places.
Some say that it's unfair to compare the two trilogies side by side, but the influence that the Lord of the Rings had on Terry Brooks is apparent in both the pacing of the story, and even moreso in the characters.
For instance, the parallels between Allanon the Druid and Gandalf the Grey are clearly there. Both characters are grumpy, stern magicians who are burdened by their need to rest the fate of the world on the shoulders of the young, unassuming hero to be.
That isn't to say that the books are horrible. The story a couple unique points, and the characters are relatively well rounded. I would definately suggest this series to a younger reader who is just getting into the epic fantasy genre, or who doesn't have the patience for Tolkiens slower stylings, but would think twice about suggesting it to seasoned fans of the genre, especially if they had recently read the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
2 . Great story and clear text
Posted September 29, 2009 by MLW , LAThis is a wonderful story and a great value for an eBook. The formatting and text are perfect. I loved it and so did my 12-yr old.
3 . A rare treat in the fantacy world
Posted July 14, 2009 by Bill , Baltimore MdThe sword of shannara trilogy the first three of many books that Terry Brooks has written. The writing style is light and easy going, filling in only enough discription to let you mind do the rest. The characters are not perfect or all powerful which makes them all the more interesting as they deal with their flaws and short commings in the use of magic or the lack of. in this reviewers opinion Terry Brooks is the best living fantacy author. Get ready to enjoy these books like you havent in a long time.
4 . Classic Story
Posted April 17, 2009 by Opus104 , ChicagoThe original from Terry Brooks. Solid fantasy story line. Brooks develops characters well. He tries to stir up the genre by having the magic involved be more subtle.
August 25, 2002
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