"Although Sword of Shannara has been roundly (and justifiably) denounced as a blatant Tolkien knock-off, the rest of Brooks' series (including those that extend beyond this first volume) are consistently wonderful."
"A gripping story from Iron Age Palestine, this historical novel places the reader in this time and location like no other I have read. Action packed but filled with very human drama, this is a book for everyone to try."
"The original is still the best. One of those books that is so entirely different from the movie that they cannot even be compared; if the characters' names were changed you might not even recognize the story."
"Guterson captures the Pacific Northwest and the appalling injustice of the Japanese Internment in the personal experiences of his characters, and tells an unforgettable story of the triumph of one man's victory over the darkness in his own soul."