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Paladins of Shannara: Allanon's Quest (Short Story) [Kindle Edition]

Terry Brooks
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The legendary hero Allanon takes center stage in the first of three gripping new stand-alone eBook short stories set in the world of the fantasy-fiction phenomenon that is Shannara—by beloved New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks.
The history is thus: The once-Druid Brona, seduced by his pursuit of dark magic, was forever transformed into the Warlock Lord—whose evil would be the downfall of the Four Lands and the death of the Races. Against him, the Elven King Jerle Shannara wielded the fabled sword that bore his surname and triumphed. Or so it was believed. But though the Dark Lord was driven out . . . he was not destroyed.
The Druid Allanon knows only too well the prophecy passed down to him by his late master: that eventually the Warlock Lord will return. Now, after hundreds of years, that day seems imminent. And the time is at hand for the Sword of Shannara to once more be brought forth from its sanctuary to serve its ancient purpose. All that remains is for a blood descendent of the Elven house of Shannara to carry the blade into battle.
With ever more portents of doom on the horizon, Allanon must seek out the last remaining Shannara heir, who alone will bear the burden of defending the Four Lands’ destiny. But with agents of darkness closing in from behind, unexpected enemies lying in wait ahead, and treachery encroaching on every side, there can be no certainty of success. Nor any assurance that this desperate quest will not be the Druid’s last.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1180 KB
  • Print Length: 39 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (July 9, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008C82N6G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,721 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So-So Story yet Still Essential for Shannara Fans July 11, 2012
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The story is written in Terry's average writing style (i.e. not as good as Scions and at the same time not as poor as the more recent Bearers). In total, around 20% or more is spent repeating previous material from other books to set a context, but given that most, if not almost all, of the readers will be Shannara fans and loyalists, the repetition is annoying. If Terry had tried a bit harder, he could have found a way to give the same context but write in new twists.

The story itself is very good in presenting a backdrop to Allanon's worry and concern and lets one appreciate his great and grave task in convincing Shea to take up the sword. It is a bit predictable and also a bit hard to believe at points (SPOILER: for example, how could Allanon's Druid Sense not recognize the presence of a Skull Bearer, twice!)

Unfortunately, for the past couple of years it seems as if Terry is just churning out work for commerical purposes. Nonetheless those of us who are addicted to Shannara will keep buying everything he writes about Shannara. Not only does Terry know this, at times he seems to abuse it.

I do expect more from the forthcoming Wards of Faerie and from the excerpt that is on the website and also partially appended here, it seems that Terry is back in top form in Wards.

Lastly, Speakman is the official webmaster for, gets free copies of everything, and maybe more. According to Amazon policy, he should at least disclose that. And people should take his reviews of anything written by Terry with a heavy grain of salt.

I hope the next two stories in the series will be worth five stars! Come on Terry, you can do it!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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You'd think that if an author was going to write a story that takes place immediately before one of his previous books, he would take the time to go back and re-read said book to make sure he doesn't contradict something he wrote before. The continuity errors in this short story are myriad!

For example, the fact that Allanon can do telepathy is a really significant plot point in The Sword of Shannara. But since that ability would interfere with the plot twist in this short story, Brooks seems to have conveniently forgotten (or simply didn't care). Oh, and that creepy aura that the Skull Bearers gave off? Well, that would have been a problem as well, so out it goes.

Then there are the details about Shea. In Sword, Shea's mother was still alive when she brought him to Shady Vale, dying shortly after they arrived. In this story, she died well before Shea was taken to Shady Vale. In Sword, Curzad Ohmsford was supposedly just a distant cousin of Shea's mother. In this story, he's her brother (which makes the fact that Shea--in Sword--considers him his adopted father instead of his uncle more than a little weird!).

Allanon is and always has been my favorite character in all of fiction, and I would have been happy to read a story about him when he was younger and less indomitable...but that story shouldn't take place right before Sword. The Allanon from whose POV we see this story has very little resemblance to the Allanon whose POV we get a few glimpses of in Sword.

When it comes right down to it, this is lazy writing. Even the fight scene--something at which Brooks has always excelled--is sketchy. I'm glad I only spent 99 cents on this.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The mystery remains July 9, 2012
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You get a little insight into what Allanon is thinking; what led him to where he is and some of his worries. Even with that he still remains the mysterious enigma he's always been. This is what I like most about his character; not really knowing much and imagining it instead. Another terrific story from Terry Brooks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inside the mind of Allanon July 11, 2012
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This short story is a fantastic marriage of Terry's early writing style and his current. Even in its brevity, the story still manages to create depth in the cast of characters and invites the reader to further engage the story in the first of Terry's works, The Sword of Shannara. Having read most of Terry's works, this was of interest to me because of the obvious limitations of a short story -- and yet, what he weaves is self-contained, digestible, and is very much a standalone work (while yet being part of a larger canon). I suppose I had only vaguely questioned how Allanon had come to find his way to Shady Vale, but it made for an intriguing read. As always, I highly recommend Terry's work -- both as a storyteller and as a writer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fan of Allanon ALWAYS! July 9, 2012
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It is amazing how after all the books that going back and reading about allanon and the time line in which he exists is just an adventure to its true form! The feel of the world is almost home for me and if it wasn't for me just rereading the seris this last winter i would start tonight! I can't wait for the short story of Garet Jax, and who ever he decides on next. Any fan would have loved this to be 400 pages or more! Recommend to any fan worth the money!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two thumbs up July 9, 2012
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Yet again, another great story from Terry Brooks. It gave some insight into the mind of Allanon and was thoroughly entertaining. Can't wait for the next book by him. I've never been disappointed and always look forward to the next adventure to begin.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ... a book by Terry Brooks that I have not enjoyed thoroughly.
I have yet to read a book by Terry Brooks that I have not enjoyed thoroughly.... this story did not disappoint.
Published 4 days ago by Henda S. Strasser
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping!
Terry is an amazing writer. I always wonder where certain characters surfaced from. This certainly fills in how Allanon came to find Shea Ohmsford in his first book. Read more
Published 6 days ago by larry kniess
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I always want more of Brooks. This is just a snack--not a meal.
Published 11 days ago by Susan B. Achziger
4.0 out of 5 stars good book, Terry Brooks is always intense
good book,Terry Brooks is always intense.
Published 20 days ago by Rhonda Wells
1.0 out of 5 stars very short story. money grab.
This is a really, really short, 'short story'. More like a movie teaser or a marketing gimmick. Blatant money grab. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Dan Bruce
5.0 out of 5 stars love the short stories
These stories are great! I love the Shannara series and these short stories help to fill the gaps and expand on the series.
Published 29 days ago by scgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars To read Shannara again
When I read this short story, I realised at the end, that is was a prequel to the first trilogy of Shannara. I think I will start reading those books again.
Published 1 month ago by Christine
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I was skeptical that a Shannara short story would have enough in it to satisfy me, but this one did. Read more
Published 1 month ago by David Hickenbotham
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh.
This can be read in 10 minutes, and it's hardly worth the time. I love Terry Brooks, and have read everything he's ever written. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ECDancer
3.0 out of 5 stars Standard
Good but not great Brooks work, nothing new to excite or grab your interest. Kind of boring standard back round of earlier topics.
Published 2 months ago by Todd S.
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More About the Author

Terry Brooks is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including the Genesis of Shannara novels Armageddon's Children and The Elves of Cintra; The Sword of Shannara; the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilogy: Ilse Witch, Antrax, and Morgawr; the High Druid of Shannara trilogy: Jarka Ruus, Tanequil, and Straken; the nonfiction book Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life; and the novel based upon the screenplay and story by George Lucas, Star Wars(R): Episode I The Phantom Menace.(tm) His novels Running with the Demon and A Knight of the Word were selected by the Rocky Mountain News as two of the best science fiction/fantasy novels of the twentieth century. The author was a practicing attorney for many years but now writes full-time. He lives with his wife, Judine, in the Pacific Northwest.

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